The latest from CRE ... Safe Passage Project ... Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

New York Attorney General candidate Zephyr Teachout is the latest politician to highlight her association with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left), the 'It Girl' in state politics, who has also appeared with gubernatorial canidate Cynthia Nixon (right).
New York Attorney General candidate Zephyr Teachout is the latest politician to highlight her association with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left), the 'It Girl' in state politics, who has also appeared with gubernatorial canidate Cynthia Nixon (right).
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New York Attorney General candidate Zephyr Teachout is the latest politician to highlight her association with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left), the 'It Girl' in state politics, who has also appeared with gubernatorial canidate Cynthia Nixon (right).

The latest from CRE ... Safe Passage Project ... Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Updates from nonprofits across New York state.
July 13, 2018

Lessons are already in from the first year of Partnerships for Early Childhood Development. The collaborative and grant initiative was started by the Altman Foundation, New York Community Trust and United Hospital Fund, which has a new report on how the effort is going.

The aim was to partner 11 city health systems with one or more community-based organizations to find out the socio-economic factors that affect children’s health. One-third of some 5,500 city children and their caregivers need more services, a July 12 press release stated.

“Adult education and child care were the two most common social needs, with food insecurity a close third. A high percentage of families at several practices were found to have one or more social needs, among them poor housing, maternal depression, exposure to violence, and child behavioral concerns. All these factors, often referred to as social determinants of health, can adversely affect the physical development of very young children, causing lifelong health and educational challenges,” reads the press release.

Download the report here.

 

A new report from Foundation Source examines the state of private foundations. The report, released this month, found that more money moved through 927 private foundations in 2017 compared to the year before, whether that involved earning more on their investments, increased contributions and more disbursements to charitable causes. The full report can be accessed here.

 

Two leaders from the Safe Passage Project appeared on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the current situation in immigration court faced by unaccompanied minor children in New York City. Lenni Benson, professor of immigration law at the New York Law School and director of their Safe Passage Project, and Alexandra Rizio, senior staff attorney at Safe Passage Project, offered insight into the legal barriers to reunification with their parents as well as the ongoing efforts of the nonprofit, which provides volunteer attorneys to children in the immigration system. Hear it all here.

 

Community Resource Exchange has released the winners of the CRE Rising Fund 2018. The $100,000 worth of pro bono consulting services will be given to six nonprofits along withleadership development training, according to a press release. The winners are Black Agency Executives, The BLK Projek, Building Beats, F.Y. Eye, Kings Against Violence Initiative and New Sanctuary Coalition.

 

New York City agencies have released dozens of contracts in the past few days involving social services, resulting in millions of dollars flowing to nonprofit service providers. The latest contracts primarily involve just a few city agencies.

Department for the Aging

  • Nine contracts for caregiver services, released on July 12. This includes contracts with Presbyterian Senior Services ($772,666 and $772,543); Services Now for Adult Persons ($769,814); Sunnyside Community Services ($768,065); Jewish Community Center of Staten Island ($780,920); VISIONS ($777,001); Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bixexual and Transgender Elders ($767,858); Hamilton - Madison House ($776,874).
  • The department also announced on July 12 one-year contract extensions to the following organizations that provide home delivered meals: Jewish Association for Services for the Aged ($1.69 million, $1.94 million and $765,498); Riseboro Community Partnership ($1.7 million and $1.32 million); Encore Community Services ($2.24 million); Services Now for Adult Persons ($697,000); Queens Community House ($1.44 million) and Corona Congregational Church ($1.1 million) as well as Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island ($660,000) on July 11, according to the City Record. Queens Community House ($1.54 million) and Services Now for Adult Persons ($750,777) also got in on the action on July 10.
  • Three-year contract renewals for elder abuse and prevention programming have been announced for Jewish Association for Services the Aged ($2.66 million and $2.7 million) and The Neighborhood Self-Help by Older Persons Project ($1.47 million).
  • One-year contract extensions for nonprofits that provide caregiver services: Presbyterian Senior Services ($772,543 and $772,666); Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders ($767,885) and Visions and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired ($777,001).
  • A $1.11 million contract is going to Brooklyn Legal Services to provide legal help to the elderly, according to the City Record.

Administration for Children’s Services

  • Manhattan-based Kismet Films has received a $10,000 contract to provide videography of expert witnesses.
  • Noor Associates received a $149,814 contract (just under the $150,000 for a classification for procurements from Minority and Women Owned Businesses) to provide temporary personnel services.
  • Alimade received a $1.32 million contract to operate “breakfast-lunch for children’s center,” according to the City Record.
  • Grand-Windham received a $2.39 million contract to provide family treatment rehabilitation.
  • Westat of Rockville, Maryland, received a $510,000 contract to provide analytical studies consulting.

Department of Social Services/Human Resources Administration

  • The Legal Aid Society has got a $519,000 contract from the city to provide legal counsel to child in immigration court.
  • The department also gave a $1.26 million contract (retroactively applied) to the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems for the “provision of comprehensive service model,” according to the City Record.

 

From sister publication City and State’s July 13 First Read …

Many female politicians have chosen to have events in front of the Fearless Girl statue in lower Manhattan, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. State attorney general hopeful Zephyr Teachout, however, chose to be endorsed by current political “it” girl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a few feet away, in front of the Charging Bull statue.

While it may seem odd for an anti-corruption candidate to hold an event before the very symbol of Wall Street excess, Teachout said the location had symbolic meaning. When she was growing up “in the country,” Teachout said, her family had a bull calf that escaped its pen. Her father asked her to “run after the bull and tickle its nose and then run back inside the fence and get it back inside the fence.”

Teachout completed her father’s mission successfully, and said it had a deeper moral lesson: “I’m not afraid of any bullies.” The secondary reason for the locale, she said, was to highlight the corruption of corporate Wall Street firms donating to candidates, which she said she would challenge.

And …

Yasmin Cornelius, director of community relations at L+M Development Partners, and Esther Fein, formerly of The New York Times, have joined the Osborne Association as new board members.

The original version of this article incorrectly stated the new roles of Yasmin Cornelius and Esther Fein at the Osborne Association.

Send your press releases, photos, and word of your latest happenings to reporter Zach Williams at zwilliams@nynmedia.com.

Zach Williams
Zach Williams
is a staff reporter at New York Nonprofit Media and sister publication City & State.
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