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Only a Month Away: Shona Benefit Sale


CAMBA Goes on the Air around Brooklyn


Join the Healthy Way 5k: May 3rd, Prospect Park


Respite Bed Program Seeks Shelter Volunteers 







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CAMBA's Shona Sculpture Benefit Sale:
March 26th-29th, 2015

Our Shona Benefit Sale is just a month away, and there's a gallery-full of inspiring stone sculptures created by Zimbabwe's Shona artists. Pick up an affordable, original artwork for your home or garden and help fund CAMBA's services for 45,000 New Yorkers in need.

Opening Night Cocktail Reception
Thursday, March 26th, 2015
6 pm - 9 pm
Tickets: $75


Public Sculpture Sale

Fri., Sat., & Sun. March 27th, 28th & 29th, 2015
1 pm - 6 pm
Free & open to the public


Buy Reception Tickets Here


All events are at the CAMBA Shona Gallery, 19 Winthrop Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225-6008


CAMBA Goes on the Air with Young News Anchors and with Solutions to Homelessness
Nicole Ryan of News 12 Brooklyn filming Beacon 271's 'Fearless Leader News'

In one Brooklyn television studio on a recent day, a CAMBA vice president talked about homelessness with a New York City Councilmember. In another studio, a middle-school news team was having its moment in the real-world news spotlight.


CAMBA Vice President Melissa Mowery was on-air in a Downtown studio as a guest on "BK Live," the daily flagship show of Brooklyn Independent Media. Mowery was there to discuss solutions to homelessness with Councilmember Stephen Levin and Christy Parque, Executive Director of the nonprofit Homeless Services United.


In a lively round-table discussion, Mowery and co-guests tackled some of the causes of homelessness in the City -- and the current ongoing and potential solutions.


Mowery told of the reach and scope of the citywide HomeBase homelessness prevention program. HomeBase is funded by the NYC Department of Homeless Services and operated by nonprofits in 23 communities throughout NYC. CAMBA HomeBase, led by Mowery, serves several communities in Brooklyn and Staten Island.


"This year, CAMBA's HomeBase program is on track to serve 4,000 individuals," Mowery said.


Watch the BK Live "Homelessness in Brooklyn" show here


That same week, across the borough in Brownsville, Reporter Nicole Ryan of News 12 Brooklyn was spending the morning with a group of middle-school newscasters at CAMBA's Beacon 271. "Fearless Leader News," the Beacon's student news program, was being featured on Ryan's News 12 segment "What's Cool at School."


Anchored, written and reported by members of the Beacon's Youth Council, "Fearless Leader News" was created last fall to generate interest in the Youth Council and  give students a creative avenue for their love of media and technology.


"It's a very tech-savvy generation," said Wesner Pierre, CAMBA Senior Director of Education. "We wanted to harness that desire and that passion, and we wanted to give them a voice at the same time."


The Beacon participants involved also see it as a way to help them pursue their dreams.


"I want to be a photographer one day, and I think being part of this can help me and teach me," said Trevis Chailes, a "Fearless Leader" team member.


Watch "Fearless Leader News" on News 12 Brooklyn here (certain subscriptions required). 


Join CAMBA' s Healthy Way 5k: May 3rd, 2015

Join CAMBA's Healthy Way 5k Run/Walk, get in shape for beach season and help CAMBA provide life-saving and life-changing services for more than 45,000 New Yorkers in need.


WHEN: Sunday, May 3, 2015, 8:45 am
WHERE: Prospect Park (at the Peristyle)
96 Parkside Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
ENTRY FEE: $25* (Early Bird, until March 15)


*Healthy Way 5k t-shirt
*Access to a 5k training plan and weekly running tips
*Race-day snacks
*A fun morning and the great feeling that comes from helping others
The Healthy Way 5k is an electronically timed and chipped race, thanks to the pros at NYC Runs. The top three male and female runners will receive awards.


For more information, visit or contact Claudia Dymond at or 718-287-2600 ext. 20321. 


Respite Bed Program Seeking Shelter Volunteers

CAMBA is seeking caring, friendly and dependable people to help at the Respite Bed Program in Brooklyn and Queens, a network of faith- and community-based overnight shelters for homeless adults.


Each overnight shelter provides a welcoming, home-like setting where six to 20 guests can enjoy a hot meal and a safe place to sleep. Guests are screened to ensure that they can interact socially and successfully in the faith-shelter environment.


Volunteers are needed for various shifts and tasks. Scheduling is flexible. Tasks include:


Dinner Volunteers: 

  • Cook, serve and clean up dinner according to shelter operations and safety procedures
  • Work as part of a team with other Dinner and Overnight Hosts
  • Ensure that guests are treated with dignity and respect
  • Maintain open communication with Shelter Coordinator and CAMBA's Respite Bed Program staff

Overnight Volunteers: Interact with guests and ensure that they have a safe evening, the site is left clean and all guests are ready to leave at a specific time in the morning.


Volunteers are needed on a one-time or ongoing basis. All volunteers are fully trained and shifts are flexibly scheduled. Orientation trainings are required and offered on a regular basis. Overnight volunteers must be 21 or over.


Current sites include: 

  • Brooklyn: Plymouth Church, Sacred Heart Church, St. George's Episcopal Church, The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, True Holy Church, Vanderveer Park UMC
  • Queens: Queensboro Temple SDA (HIGH NEED), Southeast Queens Cluster Homeless Program, St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church
  • Manhattan: Rutgers Presbyterian Church, St. Bartholomew's Church

To volunteer or for more information, contact Joshua Foss at or (347) 992-9757.