Opportunity And Resources

Grant Opportunities Available

There are a number of grants available through the Center for Community Leadership at JCRC-NY for organizations and individuals serving New York City. Each grant focuses on a particular area and issue. For more information on each and to download the request for proposal and application, please visit the following links:
Brooklyn: non-traditional educational opportunities for teens 13-18 years old through reading, writing, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics education programs): deadline April 12
Queens: Empowering seniors or women through economic independence, health and wellness, civil engagement or social opportunities: deadline May 2
Northern Manhattan: Community organizing: deadline April 1
Bronx: organizations serving the LGBTQ community in the Bronx: deadline April 1

Grant Writing Training Program starts March 28

Volunteer Management Group's Grant Writing Certificate training program will start March 28. This 8-week training is a must for anyone seeking funding for a nonprofit organization through government, foundation or corporate grants. This program will unveil the secrets behind how to identify prospects, write a winning proposal and professionally apply for grants. Each course covers a key component of the grant writing process and is taught by a subject matter expert who brings real-world practice to the discussion. Click here to register or learn more.

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Orientation April 25, May 2

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Community Service Society of New York matches the skills and interests of adults aged 55+ with NYC youth impacted by juvenile justice interactions or parental incarceration, mentoring them in skills to overcome challenges and to build on their strengths. RSVP Mentors will serve as part of a community of older citizens that ‘has their back’ and assists youth as they navigate within ever shrinking resources in New York City. The RSVP staff provides you the training, placement and support at a number of nonprofit, community based partner organizations for youth. Be a Mentor with the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program!

For more information attend the RSVP Mentor Orientation/Training on Monday April 25th or May 2, 2016. The session is from 10AM- 1PM located at 633 3rd Ave, NY, NY 10017. Confirm your seat by contacting Karen Brown or telephone 212.614.5557.

BlocPower is Hiring

BlocPower has an opening for a team-oriented, highly motivated Associate to work in the company’s Business Development Division. BlocPower Business Development, or BlocPower BD, is responsible for finding, educating, and ushering new end users—decision makers who desire to perform energy efficiency retrofits of their buildings—into our growing pipeline. The BlocPower BD Associate will work closely with the entire BlocPower team to play a key role in ensuring that end users receive white glove treatment before, during, and after the client’s energy related capital improvement project occurs. Ideal candidates will be comfortable performing a wide variety of tasks, gaining a
firm grasp of the engineering, contracting, and financial arms of the company (as an extension of their work within business development) and working with cross-functional teams to achieve project success. To apply for the position, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to James Hendon

VMG Grant Writing Conference – Thurs., May 26

Join your colleagues, peers and leaders in the field of grant writing for a day of educational and informative presentations, professional development, personal motivation and inspiration, and networking. If you’re involved with grant writing or want to learn to write a grant and get grant funding, you will want to attend this conference. Conference venue: University Settlement at the Houston Street Center. For registration visit our website or call 917-829-8344. Click here for flyer.

Additional High School Options for Students Entering 9th & 10th Grade

NYC families have the choice of completing the district school application in which the city assigns their child a high school, as well as applying to multiple charter schools throughout the city. New Visions Charter High Schools (NVCHS) is a network of high schools with options in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. NVCHS does not require exams, essays or interviews for admissions and welcomes applications from English language learners and students with special needs. Admissions is based on a lottery and students who live in the same school district as the school receive preference in the lottery.

Any interested families need to submit an application by April 1, 2016. Families can apply online (available in 12 languages) or can submit a paper application by mail. Interested families can call 646-470-0375 or email for more information.

Financial Coaching Corps Workshops

Get Free Financial Workshops for Your Clients! The Financial Coaching Corps of the Community Service Society of New York would like to offer you free workshops at your organization. Topics include Budgeting, Credit, Debt Collections, Credit Reports, and more! Please contact Courtney Davis or 212-614-5413 for details.

NYC Advance Warning System - Register Life-Sustaining Equipment with Utility Providers

The Advance Warning System (AWS) disseminates information to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs through their service providers. For individuals who rely on electric-powered medical equipment at home (e.g., respirators, dialysis machines, apnea monitors), registration with the local utility provider is an important step so that they can be contacted in the event of an emergency. Click here for more information.

Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills. We work in Title I elementary schools to support students from low-income communities who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade-level. By utilizing a structured and easy-to-follow curriculum, we empower members of the community to help a young struggling reader to succeed. In New York City this year, we are serving twelve elementary schools throughout four of the five boroughs. Sign up to become a Reading Partner and make a difference in a child's life: email or sign up through our website

Free Financial Coaching For Your Organization

The Community Service Society's Financial Coaching Corps (FCC) wants to partner with your organization! FCC places free financial coaches in NYC non-profit organizations. Our coaches can help your clients repair their credit, budget, save, and address specific financial dilemmas. Hosting an FCC coach will increase your capacity to help your clients succeed! For more information please contact Reyes Irizarry, at 212-614-5419 or We also provide free coaching at our site. Call Courtney Davis, at 212-614-5413 or for details.

The Hudson Community Project: Safe at Home

The YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (WHIY) has collaborated with the Riverdale YM-YWHA, the Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights and Inwood, and the Hebrew Home at Riverdale to form a unique partnership called The Hudson Community Project: Safe at Home. It combines our agencies' resources, expands the geographic scope of our services, and streamlines the way we provide them. The result - older adults can receive a more comprehensive selection of services aimed at helping them maintain their independence and make living at home more comfortable and secure. Some of our services include case management, housing advocacy, kosher pantry and meals, social adult day care, in-home support, health maintenance, rehabilitation and transportation. For more information, please contact Rina Hennes, MSW at (212) 569-6200 x233 or

ACES Volunteers for Your Organization

The Community Service Society’s ACES Project has a unique opportunity for your agency. The program trains volunteers, age 55+, to serve as public benefit counselors and places them in hospitals, senior centers and community-based agencies. ACES volunteers work directly with clients screening for public benefit eligibility and assisting with applications. Volunteers serve one day a week. If you’re interested in having an ACES Volunteer on site to enhance the services you provide, contact Rebecca Haase at 212-614-5482 or

Hostos Community College Study Abroad Program

Hostos' Study Abroad Programs provide opportunities for CUNY students, faculty, and staff to increase their understanding of the history, culture, and language of other communities and countries throughout the world. Since 1992, Hostos Community College and Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) have collaborated in a series of very successful academic exchange programs involving both faculty and students. In 1998, this institution entered into an academic exchange agreement with Interamerican University in San Germán, Puerto Rico. Hostos' other partners in academic exchanges include universities in Puerto Rico, Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, and Universidad de la Habana in Cuba. For a copy of the application, please click here.

Voices of New York

Check out the Voices of New York website for news from community and ethnic media around New York and to sign up for a weekly e-mail newsletter.

LaGuardia Community College Home To Work Program

LaGuardia Community College is now recruiting for the Home to Work Program. The Home to Work Program offers free computer skills training, customer service training and assistance with job placement for all displaced homemakers. The term "displaced homemaker" means an individual who has worked in the home, providing unpaid household services for family members; is not gainfully employed; has had, or would have difficulty in securing employment; and has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by such income, or has been dependent on federal assistance but is no longer eligible for such assistance, or is supported as the parent of minor children by government assistance or spousal support. Please call Ms. Jarvis @ 718-482-5171 to make an appointment.


Working with the local chambers of commerce, industry associations, and civic and community groups, the Partnership for New York City recently announced GoBizNYC, a coalition that already represents more than 20,000 small businesses—nearly one in ten businesses in New York City—around issues of importance outlined in the NYC Jobs Blueprint. GoBizNYC will ensure that there is a unified voice to represent business in each of the 51 City Council districts. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter. If you would like to be involved or have business owners you’d like to connect us with, please feel free to contact me at or 212-493-7593.

LaGuardia Community College Justice Community Program

LaGuardia Community College's Justice Community Program offers community benefit projects and civic engagement, transferable job skills to help build an individual’s resume, career counseling, job readiness workshops, mentoring and leadership opportunities, and a chance to earn up to $300 a month and metro cards for achieving program goals ($1,350 max). In order to qualify an individual must: be between the ages of 16-24, have had some type of criminal involvement within the past year/an individual who is at risk of having criminal involvement, and someone who is on probation/parole. All interested parties should contact Vanessa Jarvis at 718-482-5171 or

Shared Workspace For Nonprofits And Community Leaders

The Centre for Social Innovation is a new shared workspace, community center and incubator for small nonprofit organizations and community leaders. The 24,000 sq ft space, located in Chelsea, will soon be home to a thriving community of more than 200 people and projects committed to social change. In addition to workspace, CSI provides shared services, training opportunities and a culture of collaboration. Tenants share access to a large kitchen, lounge, meeting rooms, classrooms and event spaces. For more information, see or email

Parents 4 Parents NYC

 "A parenting support group/resource/organization facilitated, researched and executed by parents FOR parents. Its existence is to create the safe haven for parents to discuss, brainstorm and inform others about the praise, challenges and issues concerning their children's need, wants, education and development and to help parents from all walks of life who are great; become even more influential parents and hold them accountable to paying it forward!"
P: (347) 589-6756
F: (212) 933-0599
A: PO Box 1811
New York, NY 10035

ESL  Summer Enrichment Opportunities- available throughout the city. Please see your guidance counselor, ESL teacher or parent coordinator for school sites near you.