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Cheer for the Cyclones at CAMBA's Night at the Ballpark


A Playground Party in Flatbush


Vote for 97 Crooke in National Contest




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cyclonesCheer for the Cyclones and Support Our Clients at CAMBA's Night at the Ballpark

Next Thursday, August 8, come out to MCU Park in Coney Island for our third annual Night at the Ballpark.


Bring the family and join us for a fun evening with CAMBA staff and supporters. Watch the Brooklyn Cyclones and take in the cool breezes of Coney Island.


Undeniably family-friendly

Tickets are available for our field boxes ($30/seat, including a Cyclones cap) or for a catered luxury suite ($175). Either way, you'll enjoy the game and support our services to 45,000 New Yorkers each year. Learn more and buy your tickets here.


See you at the game!

playgroundPlayground Party! Flatbush Celebrates a Playground with a Day of Safe, Healthy Fun

"Our Kids. Their Park."

That was the message a couple of Saturdays ago, when almost 300 Flatbush residents came out for a party at their local playground.


CAMBA' Flatbush Promise Neighborhood Initiative (FPNI) organized the day---full of music, facepainting, Zumba, dancing and healthy refreshments---to remind the community what a playground is meant to be: a place for kids to have safe, healthy fun.


"The children loved it," said Marjorie Momplaisir-Ellis, CAMBA's Senior Program Director of FPNI. "And parents were asking if we could do this every single weekend."


Sitting next to P.S. 269, home of CAMBA's Beacon Community Center 269, the Nostrand Playground looks like it should always be full of children running, playing, sliding and climbing. But this isn't the case; the playground has become a haven for adults struggling with alcohol and drug abuse.


"Parents have been reluctant to let their children go out in the playground because they feel it isn't safe," said Momplaisir-Ellis. 


The party was funded by a Community Transformation Grant from the Fund for Public Health in New York. Through the grant, CAMBA and community groups are working to turn the playground back into a vibrant community resource where children from the school and the surrounding neighborhood can come to engage in healthy physical activity.


"This party was to educate people," said Momplaisir-Ellis. "The message got out there."

crookeVote for 97 Crooke in National Magazine Contest
We are proud to announce that CAMBA Housing Ventures' 97 Crooke Avenue is a finalist for the Affordable Housing Finance 2013 Readers' Choice Award.
97 Crooke Avenue is a state-of-the-art affordable and supportive building in Flatbush that empowers people in need and helps them achieve independence. And now our worthy building needs your vote to go all the way and win the national award.

Here's how to vote: 

1. Go to the Readers' Choice Awards voting page.


2. Fill out your name and the other required fields and...

3. Vote for 97 Crooke Ave. in two categories: Special Needs Development and Best Overall Development.
It's as simple as that... but to make it even easier, here's a diagram showing just what to do:
Now go vote and bring 97 Crooke the national recognition it deserves. Voting ends August 16.