A bi-weekly newsletter for nonprofit staff of the Southern Tier & Finger Lakes
What's New at IHS?
At the IHS Annual Membership Meeting, the Governance Committee presents a slate of nominees for the IHS Board of Directors for a 3-year term. Each member organization is allocated one vote at the annual meeting.

The Annual Membership Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 9 a.m., during RECHARGE 2.0 - Institute for Human Services, Inc.'s Annual Conference. The meeting can be viewed virtually by attending the annual conference OR by members who request free admission via Zoom.

RECHARGE, IHS's Annual Conference returns on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 and is proud to present programming that aims to make your professional life easier, with presentations from Kate Sholonski, Erica Marx, Emily Cote of NYCON's Marketing Team and a representative of Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP. 

This event is for all nonprofit professionals from the Southern Tier and across New York State. 

Tickets are now on sale. The cost is $35 for IHS members and $50 for non-members. 

We think this could be the start of something good.

Our annual membership drive has been extended through our Annual Conference on Wednesday, March 17.

Membership benefits include capacity building, governance, and operations support, strategic collaboration and communication among agencies in our service area, professional development events that build organizational sustainability, coordination of programs and services to enhance capacity and more. 

For more information, call 607-776-9467 ext. 231.

The Jack Lisi Youth Award, Inc. (JLYA) is calling for nominations to recognize Steuben County young adults (ages 16-21) who have overcome obstacles, and/or exhibit a desire to succeed. This award aims to facilitate success by providing a $2,500 grant for academic financial assistance, materials needed for continuing education or materials for workforce related career goals.
Anyone can nominate a young adult that fits the award's criteria by utilizing the JLYA application process, by Friday, March 19. Applications can be found on www.lisiyouthaward.org, and submitted via email or mail. Nominations of more than one young adult may be submitted and are encouraged.
Registration for Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier's spring season is open through the week of March 26. This season, programming will remain 100% virtual, so girls in grades 3-5 (some virtual sites include 6th) can participate in the virtual season through a personal device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) and internet access, or participate by calling in by phone.

Lessons will include:
  • The importance of expressing emotions and self-worth.
  • Standing up for yourself and others.
  • Exploring the connection between physical and emotional health.

The 8-week, 16 lesson program consists of twice-weekly meetings is proven by research to help girls build healthy habits and stay physically active.
From Our Partners at NYCON
February 23rd | Please register for an upcoming panel conversation with nonprofit leaders (including NYCON's own CEO, Doug Sauer) to discuss the legal merger process and strategic partnerships that can be utilized to deepen an organization's programmatic and operational expansion. 

The discussion will explore merger case studies, and provide legal merger transaction guidance and best practices. Speakers will share perspectives on how race and ethnicity can impact organizations, when merging or applying other reorganization and strategic partnerships. Please send questions for the panel to Nonprofit New York Vice President, Policy, at

Member News and Events
If you have news, events or job posts that your organization would like to share with IHS members, please email content to provider@ihsnet.org for it to be included in the next edition.

Please consider supporting Bridges for Brain Injury and the Wildlife Rockstars during the 2021 United Way Giving Campaign. Use the Designated Donor # 2491 on your pledge form. Giving a Little to Make a Big Impact - You'd be surprised at how far they can stretch a dollar.

Catholic Charities' Housing Counseling Department will host a First Time Homebuyer Workshop online. Registration is necessary for the Zoom Workshop to be held on February 16, 18, and 22.

Get your copy of "Elmira Civil War 1861-1865" at the Chemung Historical Society Gift Shop or online.

The Great Backyard Bird Count returned and concluded this week, encouraging viewers to record their sightings. Don't forget, the annual Tanglewood Raffle continues through Feb. 26.

ProAction notes Black History Month, asks supporters to be champions of equity and highlights programming aimed at strengthening families and aiding childhood development in Steuben and Yates Counties, especially during these difficult times.

Love and Logic provides parents a loving, balanced approach that is neither permissive nor punitive discipline. The Zoom series is every Tuesday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. beginning March 2.

Staff send well wishes for a more 'normal' 2021 to nonprofit partners, while offering funding, training and education resources, nonprofit partner news and good reads from their staff reading list.

Please join Steuben Prevention Coalition for a Virtual Community Forum on March 18th, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on the topic of support for recovery during the pandemic.

New York State has expanded the list of people eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine to include all basic health care workers.

Check your eligibility by visiting http://ny.gov/vaccine.

The novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is creating an evolving situation with varied impacts around the world and across the states. The National Council of Nonprofits updates this page regularly with the latest information and resources that nonprofits can use to prepare and respond.

Read the latest guidance for schools on COVID-19 across the state, take advantage of resources provided for remote learning and information about child care, child nutrition and meals, continuity of learning, special education, state assessments, school closures, and more.

2-1-1 is the most comprehensive source of locally curated social services information in the United States and most of Canada.

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, get in touch with your local 2-1-1 HELPLINE by dialing 2-1-1 on any phone to speak with someone who can help connect you to community resources that meet your Pandemic-related needs. 

If you are in search of childcare as your return to work following the COVID-19 period, The New York State Office of Children and Family Services Division of Child Care Services may be an important resource for finding local providers, knowing the latest health and safety regulations and receiving subsidized care for your child. 

Nonprofit Resources & Sector News
Regardless of what type of business a nonprofit organization does, it requires a marketing campaign. Here you will find a short but informative template that contains everything about creating a nonprofit marketing plan.

         Bill Advances to Raise Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour by 2025
 on February 10, the House of Representatives' Education and Labor Committee approved a bill to raise the minimum wage, moving it on for final consideration by the full House.

 Job growth was extremely modest overall, up just 5,158 jobs, or 0.3%, for January, according to the latest report from the Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS) at Johns Hopkins University.

It's up to nonprofit leaders to give trustees the tools they need to be successful.

Upcoming Training & Professional Development

FLPPS has launched a NEW Training eCourse! Foundational Training for Community Organizations. The interactive eLearning modules take 10-15 minutes each and cover five critical topics.

The latest RPU newsletter and training announcements offer many opportunities to learn more about partner events and presentations in the coming months on a variety of helpful topics.

Check out Chamber events that include business mixers, leadership workshops and seminars detailing capacity building tools.

CSS Workforce NY introduced its new free resource featuring 5,000 courses for residents of Steuben County. CSS Workforce NY also has resources for job training for new hires, skills gap assessment and training for employees with new responsibilities, retraining displaced workers and opportunities for veterans re-entering the workforce.

Click the link for a full list of offerings. webinars are FREE to NYCON members, who can also enjoy special discounts on our in-person trainings and seminars. All IHS members are also NYCON members.
Click the link for a full list of offerings.

Visit CCC's portal for workforce and professional development services and education for individuals and businesses.

Click the link to view CCE's offerings of free virtual workshops on financial literacy for this fall.

People-Centered Leadership begins with self-leadership. If you can't lead your own life how can you expect to lead others. It's okay for everyone to possess leaderships skills and perform like a leader.

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