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Letter from Vera House

Dear CNY Works,

 

We greatly appreciate the gift of $160.00 from your "Jeans Day" fundraiser.  Please extend our appreciation to all of the wonderful people at Cny Works.

For almost 40 years, Vera House has been helping individuals and families who reach out to us to find a place of safety, compassion, assistance and the encouragement they need to build new lives.

Thank you for believing in what we do and for taking action to improve the quality of lives of those who may be facing challenges while in crisis or transition.

We are very grateful for your support.

 

Sincerely,

Randi K. Bregman

Executive Director

 

Success Story

Hi, my name is C. W.  

I started working with you guys back in 2011 through the CNY Work's Youth program.  I completed the 6 week Dale Carnegie course/classes with you guys in 2011 or 2012, which was very fun and exciting.  My first job placement was at Meals on Wheels on Burt street in Syracuse, New York.  My second job placement was in February of 2012, where I was placed at Syracuse University bookstore.  My job experience there was so wonderful, I got to meet and work with some of the most amazing people I ever met, for an example: Jim Boeheim.  I loved it there and wanted to stay but I knew my final days were approaching.  My job placement was set to expire in August, which was the new semester for incoming students and returning students.  A job was posted on Syracuse Job opps for a temporary position as a cashier.  I applied for the job, had an interview, the interview turned out great and in August of 2012 I started working for Syracuse University as a temporary employee.   I stayed there for the past four and a half years.  I am proud to announce that after two and a half years of trying to get a permanent full-time position at Syracuse University where I can receive a free education and benefits, my time has come.  I will be leaving my second family at the bookstore and starting with my new found family at the Schine dining hall on Thursday, September 1st.   I want to take this time to thank the staff that helped me in my time of need. THANK YOU!  If it had not been for CNY Work's Youth program, who knows where I would be today.  This program and the staff changed my life in so many great ways and I am forever greatful.  I would like to give a special thank you to Amy stage, Sharon Cole and Jeff from Dale Carnegie class.  Thank you for believing in me and giving me the extra push I needed to succeed.

Sincerely,

-C. W. 

YWCA Syracuse & Onondaga County

The 2016 YWCA Fashion Show, "Transforming Into a Beautiful Me," was a huge success last night! The women rocked the runway, modeling outfits from business attire to night attire, and everyone had a blast while enjoying the food and music.

Thank you to all who came out to support, and to Natur-TymeEmpower Federal Credit UnionCNY WorksUnited Way of Central New York and The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. for their generous donations!

Syracuse Housing Authority

Syracuse Housing Authority would like to thank you for your support of the Work to independence Program, funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development's JOBS Plus Initiative.

Work to Independent members benefit greatly from accessing a wide variety of services to fit their specific needs and barriers.  CNY Works has supported the program by providing both direct and indirect  support and services.  Recently CNY Works staff presented two valuable workshops for members. "Are You Ready for the Workforce" training and a Resume Writing Workshop facilitated by CNY Works staff provided our members with valuable and pertinent information to assist in their job seeking activities.

In addition, Ms. Andrea Hahn has been a tremendous asset in helping the program access information on youth services, participating in our monthly Advisory Committee meetings, sharing data, and attending HUD workshops and conferences.

We greatly appreciate the partnership and hope to continue collaborating for this program and maintain our long standing summer youth employment program partnership, and support for our HUD ROSS grants.

SHA applauds CNY Works commitment to improving the lives of Syracuse residents.

Sincerely,

William J. Simmons

Executive Director

McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center

CNY Works

Dear staff,

Thank you so much for participating in the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center's GO BLUE 4 KIDS awareness campaign. Your purchases of pinwheel items and promotion of the campaign made a great difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.  This years campaign was a wonderful success, helped raise awareness, and provided a strong visual statement to the Central New York Community.

McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization that provides a safe, child and family friendly environment for victims of child abuse and their non-offending family members.  Our goal is to provide support and work to reduce the trauma that abused children face during the investigation, prosecution and treatment of their abuse.

On behalf of the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center and the children and families that we serve, please accept our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

Warm regards,

Linda Cleary

Executive Director

2016 Zoo Guides and Zoo Guide Fellows

Congratulations to the 2016 class of Zoo Guides and ZooGuide Fellows!

ZooGuides are trained youth educators who serve on zoo grounds, interacting with visitors as biofact station interpreters. At the conclusion of each summer season, ZooGuides have the opportunity to apply to continue in the ZooGuide Fellowship program, which involves a change in focus from educational interpreter to scientific researcher.

Fellows receive additional training, and work closely with animal care staff to design and conduct a research project with scientific merit. Fellows have access to unique resources such as animal exhibits, zoo staff, on-site library, computers, software and measurement and model building tools. Fellows complete their research and prepare a formal presentation to share results of their projects with community partners, school personnel, program funders and their own families. Fellows then continue as Senior ZooGuides, serving as peer mentors and role models for new ZooGuides.

The ZooGuides program develops youths’ skills as public speakers, critical thinkers and members of a team, and equips them with a strong science background. These skills can be directly applied to STEM professions, as well as other careers.

The program is administered by Friends of the Zoo in partnership with CNY WorksThe Syracuse City School District and Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.