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Two Months Away: CAMBA Casino Night Out 


CAMBA Opens Second Family Shelter


Campers Make the Most of Summer


Artist Donating Exhibition Proceeds to CAMBA


Business Owner Giving Happy Birthdays to Shelter Kids


CAMBA Gardens Holds Second Olympic Games







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August 2015

CNOCAMBA Casino Night Out Only Two Months Away
CAMBA Casino Night Out is two months away, and we're looking forward to celebrating the past year's accomplishments with you.

This year's honorees are two long-time CAMBA supporters and partners: Carlo A. Scissura, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; and The Hudson Companies, one of New York City's leading housing developers.

The honorees will headline CAMBA Casino Night Out 2015 on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Tribeca Three Sixty┬░ in Lower Manhattan. 

Our gala brings together a dynamic group of more than 300 leaders in business, politics, development, community, arts and service who are committed to empowering low-income New Yorkers.

Join us
to recognize our honorees and celebrate a year of CAMBA achievements. Click below for tickets and sponsorship opportunities:

landingCAMBA Opens a Second Family Shelter, The Landing, in Queens
The number of homeless families seeking emergency shelter in New York City typically skyrockets in summertime.

To address this year's spike, CAMBA has redoubled our response to the homeless crisis -- increasing efforts to prevent evictions and homelessness, creating more affordable housing and supportive services and expanding our emergency housing programs.

Last week, CAMBA welcomed homeless families to The Landing, a new shelter in Queens, which houses up to 169 families and helps address this year's rise in summer homelessness.

As CAMBA's second family homeless shelter, parents and children at The Landing will benefit from our expertise at the Flagstone Family Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where our staff help about 650 people every year gain self-sufficiency, jobs and permanent housing. CAMBA will provide a long menu of services to families at The Landing, including 24-hour security, case management, crisis intervention, supportive services, benefits and relocation to permanent homes.

A compassionate neighbor of the new shelter (who asked to remain anonymous) hosted his own welcome -- treating families to an impromptu pizza party. Parents and kids were delighted by his hospitality, according to Elizabeth Stephens, CAMBA Senior Program Manager at The Landing.

"God bless you and your family," one mother told our benefactor, as she watched her children enjoy the treat.

campCAMBA Campers Make the Most Out of Summer
CAMBA campers at Harbor Camp with the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.
For CAMBA campers, it was a summer of memories that will last a lifetime -- of museum galleries, 3D printing demos and urban escapes to parks, zoos and the high seas.

CAMBA camps ran from July 6 to August 21, based in 14 public schools and Beacon and Cornerstone Community Centers around Brooklyn. From 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, 1,700 elementary- and middle school-aged campers spent the summer exploring, learning, playing, traveling and filling their summer with other enviable, and life-changing, activities.

Across the summer camps, CAMBA participants traveled far and wide on field trips around the City. They spent time out on the water with Harbor Camp; absorbed culture and history at the Rubin Museum and the African Burial Ground; and got a look at the cutting edge, with visits to the 3D printers of Makerbot and programmers of Codecademy, to name just a few of the summer's highlights.

The field trips are a large part of what makes CAMBA's camps so valuable -- and memorable. They take campers out of their neighborhoods and expose them to the cultural bounty NYC has to offer. This opportunity, which so many of the predominantly low-income campers often lack, expands horizons and inspires future academic success.

And more than ever before, campers' experiences out in the field were solidified back at camp. This summer, for the first time, campers filled out trip "passports" for all of their destinations. Activities like this and others in the classroom drew upon the field trips to build campers' writing and comprehension skills.

Campers at our Cornerstone Community Centers, located in NYCHA developments, took advantage of expanded offerings, with engaging activities running to 11 pm on weekdays and during the day on weekends, and the camp season lasting until August 28. Cornerstone campers also took part in swimming lessons at a local high school pool through "Learn to Swim," a pilot program through the NYC DOE, DOHMH, DPR and DYCD.

"Our 1,700 youth enjoyed exciting learning opportunities, new experiences and just plain fun-filled days," said Valerie Barton- Richardson, CAMBA Executive Vice President.

In all, it was a summer of great memories for the CAMBA campers. And now, for many of them, the amazing experiences will continue this fall at CAMBA's after-school programs and community centers.
noelArtist David Emmanuel Noel Donating Exhibition Proceeds to CAMBA
We're honored that artist David Emmanuel Noel has chosen CAMBA as a charity for his current exhibition at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea. Noel is generously donating 10% of proceeds from sales of his work to CAMBA.

Visit the exhibition, enjoy Noel's beautiful work and support CAMBA's at the same time:

August 28 - October 6, 2015
WHERE: Amsterdam Whitney Gallery,  511 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
flagstoneLocal Business Owner Giving Very Happy Birthdays to Shelter Kids
Maria Nitti (left) with birthday kids at the Flagstone Family Center.
Photo: My Two Boys Photography
On a recent Sunday, Maria Nitti showed up at our Flagstone Family Center to throw the kind of birthday party kids dream of.

Nitti, the owner of
Isabella's Creations cake shop in Bensonhurst, was at our Brownsville family shelter to launch "Operation Birthday Party," her new endeavor to throw monthly group birthday parties for all shelter residents turning ages 1 to 13.

Armed with a cake and cupcakes from her shop, Nitti also brought along all the makings of a great party, donated by other Brooklyn businesses she enlisted to her cause: decorations, gift bags,  juice, cotton candy, a popcorn machine, sandwiches, music and a live magician. All of this gave 19 kids and their guests quite the celebration.

"It was completely and truly amazing," said Steve White, Director of Social Services at Flagstone.

Nitti got involved with CAMBA last winter, when she donated cupcakes for another program's holiday party. This gave her the idea to throw birthday parties, so that kids of families with limited means would have true celebrations for their special day. Flagstone, with its 158 homeless families, was the perfect fit.

Now after the first month's success, Nitti is already gearing up to go bigger in September -- the magician will be back, and Nitti has lined up a face painter and even an appearance by a beloved kids' TV character. Nitti is working to establish a base of businesses for the coming months.

"I met with a group of vendors yesterday," said Nitti. "I want to plan different themes, see what we can put together going forward."

"I'm in a position to do this -- to give these kids something that all kids should have," said Nitti. "It was wonderful to see their faces ... but of course, I wish I could have done more."

CAMBA extends a huge thank you to Nitti and all the businesses that donated to the party:  Boulevard Books & CafeF&M Bagels, Hot SocieteIsabella's CreationsKids Play Day, Miles Thorn Magic and My Two Boys Photography.

olympicsCAMBA Gardens Holds 2nd Annual Olympic Games
Tenants of CAMBA Gardens, CAMBA Housing Ventures' supportive and affordable development in Wingate, Brooklyn, laced up their sneakers on August 26 for the Second Annual CAMBA Gardens Olympics, held in nearby Wingate Park.

About 40 tenants took part in the day's events, which included potato sack races, tangerine spoon races, 3-on-3 basketball, hot potato and much more, all under the blazing sun.

"Our second annual Olympics was a success," said LaShonne Greene, Program Manager at CAMBA Gardens. "Tenants and staff alike enjoyed themselves immensely." 

Congrats to all the participants!