BronxWorks Newsletter – February 2015

The following newsletter is brought to you by Bronxworks, an organization that helps individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being.


The New York Community Trust Continues Collaborations with BronxWorks

The New York Community Trust has had many partnerships with BronxWorks and has supported several programs. This past fall, the Trust approved a $45,000 Healthy Neighborhoods planning grant for BronxWorks. One of a select number of Bronx-based organizations to receive Healthy and Livable South Bronx funding, the grant will enable BronxWorks to develop strategies designed to improve health outcomes in the Mott Haven section of our borough, a community characterized by high rates of asthma, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. Ms. Kimberley Wong, who has a master’s degree in public health will oversee the effort.  Read more >>>

BronxWorks Joins Forces With Bank Street College to Provide Graduate Courses in the Bronx

Are you an early learning professional in the Bronx seeking credits towards a master’s degree? This coming September you will be able to take classes taught by the faculty of Bank Street College at the BronxWorks Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center at 1130 Grand Concourse. The five-story, 42,500 square foot building, which has an Early Childhood Learning Center, a computer lab, and several classrooms, will offer graduate classes for the autumn 2015 semester.  Read more >>>

Jobs-Plus Expands

Jobs-Plus is a program BronxWorks operates in three New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complexes that cover the South Melrose and Mott Haven sections of the South Bronx. Started in 2011 with support from the Social Innovation Fund and the Mayor’s Fund for New York City, its purpose is to increase the earnings, savings, and employment capacity of working-age residents in public housing.  Read more >>>

Dip Against Homelessness

This Valentine’s Day BronxWorks partnered with the Bronx Polar Bears Club to raise awareness about homelessness. On Saturday, February 14th, the Bronx Polar Bears braved the winter waters of Long Island Sound to remind us of the challenges of living on the street. Their five minute dip was symbolic of the bone-chilling cold homeless men and women must deal with every minute of each day in the winter.  Read more >>>

Staff Profile: Lisette Nieves: “I’ve Always Been in Education”

From her first job long before joining BronxWorks to her new position as director of the Department of Children & Youth, Lisette Nieves’ career has followed the same trajectory. “I’ve always been with community-based organizations; I’ve always been in education,” she says.

Lisette, who proudly notes, “I was born and raised in the Bronx and will always be part of this community,” earned her BA in 1992 from Wesleyan University, including a college-sponsored semester in Spain.  Read more >>>

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A Blood Shortage in NYC

The following letter from Stacey Cumberbatch, the ‎Commissioner at NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, was recently sent out to city agencies throughout the NYC area.  The links below are intended for city employees. To find a donor location for the general public in or near The Bronx, please visit the NY Blood Drive search page.


Dear Co-Workers,

The recent inclement weather has led to a mass cancellation of blood drives across our region with more than 3,000 scheduled donations lost the largest single loss since Superstorm Sandy.

The New York City Blood Program has always depended on City workers in helping to maintain our area’s blood supply. Last year nearly 42,000 life-saving blood donations were made by City employees. It’s a record we can all be proud of which is why I am asking you to consider donating now.

Donating blood takes less than one hour and has the potential to save up to three lives! City employees with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to donate, as your blood can be used in emergencies.

The NYC Employee Blood Program holds blood drives almost every day at City agencies throughout the five boroughs. Visit city locations to see a list of drives taking place over the next couple weeks. Or, you can call (800) 933-BLOOD (2566) or visit

Thank you for your support of this vital cause.

DCAS Commissioner Stacey Cumberbatch
Chair of the NYC Employee Blood Program




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A Message from Congressman Joe Crowley

Recently, in his State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about an issue that is very important to me: college affordability. Education is the key to a lifetime of success, and it is critical to the long-term health of our nation’s economy.

We have an opportunity to make college accessible to every American, through tuition-free community college and increased financial aid for university students. But to move forward on this plan, I need your help.

Please stand with me in pushing Congress to make college affordability a top priority!

The American middle class was founded on access to the world’s best education system. To remain the world’s top economy, we must now equip our students to compete on a global scale. We can only achieve this if higher education remains within reach of every American.

Will you join me in standing up for college affordability?


Joe Crowley 

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Bronx Polar Bear Plunge Against Homelessness


The Bronx Polar Bear Plunge is themed on fitness and the environment and also raising awareness and support for this need, and the services for the homeless provided by Bronx Works.

If you’d like to make a contribution toward the homeless services of Bronx Works, please visit their site

Join BronxNet & BronxWorks for the Bronx Polar Bear Plunge Against Homelessness At Orchard Beach on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Come take the plunge in the brisk waters off Orchard Beach or come support the swimmers.  Transportation is available courtesy of The Bronx Tourism Council and BronxWorks. (See schedule below for pickup information).  To support the homeless, please bring new gloves, socks, hats or scarves to donate to BronxWorks homeless services programs.  Donated items may also be dropped off now, through 5:00 PM, Friday, February 13th at the following locations:

  • BronxWorks administration office – 60 E. Tremont Ave.
  • Classic Community Center – 286 E. 156th St.
  • Betances Community Center – 547 E. 146th St.
  • Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center – 1130 Grand Concourse
  • The Living Room – 800 Barretto St.
  • BronxNet Television – Lehman College Campus, 2790 Goulden Ave., Carman Hall, Rm. C19B
  • The Bronx Beer Hall – 2344 Arthur Ave.

Below is an itinerary with important info regarding the Bronx Trolley, the after party and much more.

  • 9:30 AM: Bronx Trolley transportation pickup. Location: Manhattan – 42nd St. between Lexington & Park
  • 10:30 AM: Bronx Trolley transportation pickup. Location: Bronx – Opera House Hotel, 436 E. 149th St., between Bergen & Brook Ave.
  • 10:30 AM: BronxWorks transportation pickup. Location: Outside #6 Pelham Bay subway station
  • 11:00 AM: Event kickoff/speeches
  • 11:30 AM: Safety instructions/warm-ups
  • 12:00 PM: The big plunge
  • 12:30 PM: Soup served
  • 1:30 PM: Bronx Trolley leaves. Destinations: After party, S. Bronx & Manhattan
  • 2:00 PM: After Party – Happy hour at Bronx Beer Hall (located inside Arthur Avenue Market, 2344 Arthur Ave.)

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Bella Tan Studio hosts Arbonne Beauty Event

Come join Danielle, from Bella Tan Studio, for some wine and cheese while they share their secrets to beauty.

Look and feel good from the inside out with high quality Arbonne products.  You can try their Beauty & Wellness products to see and feel the difference after only one use.

If you are looking for an opportunity to make a few extra $$, you can also get information on how you can become  a  beauty consultant yourself.

The event starts promptly at 7:30 pm at Bella Tan Studios, located at 3166 East Tremont Ave, Bronx NY 10465. For more information, you can call (347) 810-8781.



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