Greater New Haven is made up of many distinct neighborhoods. Each has its own unique needs and opportunities. And within every neighborhood are individuals coming together to build community and address local concerns.
From block watch captains, to park cleanup volunteers, historic preservationists, business owners, community gardeners, tutors, the organizers street festivals, and others, New Haven is full of caring leaders who volunteer their time and energy to making their neighborhoods safe and lively places to live.
The Community Foundation has a long history of identifying and supporting grassroots community projects and supporting residents who are making a difference in their neighborhoods.
Our Leadership Strategy
The Community Foundation's Neighborhood Leadership Program builds community and strengthens relationships among the City’s residents and those living in contiguous towns. Recipients receive leadership training on effective ways to work with groups in their neighborhood. At the end the training, participants can receive a grant to implement a project of their choice.
The program prioritizes activities that benefit youth by enhancing student achievement, supporting a college-going culture and reducing violence. Recent program recipients include a group of young New Haven residents who organized Youth Day in New Haven, an artistic and cultural celebration of the talents of New Haven youth.
Interested in seeing who these leaders are, what they are doing and what they are learning? Watch this video.
Other examples of projects receiving grants include: a mentoring program for children in a neighborhood run entirely by residents; a garden at a school that is run by community residents and serves as an outdoor classroom; a mentoring group run by young African American men; a back-to-school community festival; and a neighborhood celebration of International Peace Day.
“The workshops bring diverse groups together and teach skills that are relevant and applicable to virtually any situation,” says Lee Cruz, director of Community Outreach at The Community Foundation. “They are designed to increase the success of the project for which funding is awarded, as well as any future projects that may bring community together for the common good.”
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