In this Issue


Gamble for Good at CAMBA's Casino Night 


Food Pantry Serving Homegrown Salads


New Program Paving Teens' Way to College


For Rent: Nonprofit Office Space in Bed-Stuy






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september 2013

casinoGamble for Good at CAMBA Casino Night Out (Less than a Month Away!)

Join us at our annual gala, CAMBA Casino Night Out, for an evening of games and raffles, food and drink, all in support of our clients and services. Join a dynamic group of leaders in business, politics, development, community, arts and human service... all committed to empowering low-income New Yorkers.
This year's gala is on October 24 at Brooklyn's Steiner Studios. We'll be honoring Bruno Frustaci Contracting, Inc. and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Be part of this great night... learn more about tickets and sponsorship opportunities here.


farmFlatbush Food Pantry Serving Up Homegrown Salads

Clients at our Beyond Hunger Emergency Food Pantry have spent the past few months watching strangers grow in their midst. First it was the mounting wood beams and tubes of a hydroponic farm, then the farm's produce itself: the tiny lettuce sprouts growing without sunlight or soil.
Now all that has come to fruition. This month marked the hydroponic farm's first harvest, with pantry staff picking dozens of lush heads of lettuce one Thursday morning to hand out as part of the day's provisions.
"The clients are very excited," said Lucila Santana, the pantry's Project Coordinator. "They've been pretending to rip the lettuce out of the farm for a while now."
See more photos of the farm, including this month's harvest, on CAMBA's Facebook page.


extraNew Community-Based Program Paving the Way to College for Flatbush Teens

For many kids in Central Brooklyn, the road to college can be full of potholes - voids caused by shortfalls in family support, academic help, financial guidance and fitting role models.

Filling these holes is the goal of CAMBA Collegiate Express, a new college readiness program based at CAMBA's Beacon 269 in East Flatbush. The program, launching in early October, will serve 60 local ninth-graders and their parents over the next four years---giving them the tools, information and support they need to smooth the road from high school to college.

Collegiate Express has all the bells and whistles of a solid college readiness program---academic support, standardized test prep, homework help, financial aid information, college visits, after-school activities and even paid internships.

But it includes something even more important: parent coaches from the community, people who have already successfully ushered their children into college.

Caroline Sykora, Program Coordinator for Collegiate Express, emphasizes this parent-mentor dynamic and says it will benefit both the students and parents in the program and the community as a whole.

"Coaches will work with parents and really keep track of kids' progress over four years," said Sykora. "We're also hoping that this program will create advocates: parents who can go back and increase the capacity of people in the community to get their kids through high school and into college."

Collegiate Express is funded by the Pinkerton Foundation and is serving families within the area of CAMBA's Flatbush Promise Neighborhood Initiative (FPNI), a partnership of schools, businesses, government, nonprofits, healthcare providers and faith communities working to support every child in the community from cradle to college to career.

It was FPNI's work that highlighted the need for a program like Collegiate Express. "FPNI did a survey and identified this gap," said Sykora. "The community felt there wasn't enough support for kids going to college. Now it's a community-centered effort to get them there."


bedstuyNow For Rent: Nonprofit Office Space in Bed-Stuy

CAMBA recently was awarded a contract from the NYC Human Resources Administration to manage the Bedford-Stuyvesant Multi-Service Center, a five-story building spanning a full block of Brooklyn's Fulton Street. The building was already home to a public elementary school and a number of small nonprofit organizations. CAMBA was to spend the next several months getting the building in shape to house other nonprofits from around the City.


Now the center is open for business and we're looking to get organizations in the doors.


Located at 1958 Fulton Street, between Ralph and Howard Avenues, the large multi-use building features light-filled spaces with large windows, high ceilings, proximity to subways and bus lines, and access to conference rooms during the business day and to a 450-seat auditorium and schoolyard after 3 pm.


While office renters must be nonprofits from within New York City, for-profit groups are invited to rent conference rooms, the auditorium, the schoolyard and other spaces for special events.


Know an organization that might be interested in renting space at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Multi-Service Center? Learn more about rates and availability here