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The facilitation of a community discussion about the benefits and challenges surrounding I-81.


NYCLU conducted outreach both in city and suburban neighborhoods to encourage an open dialogue and community conversation around the benefits and challenges of various I-81 replacement options.

Women of New American Women’s Empowerment (NAWE) meeting around a round table.

Khadijo Abdulkadir launched New American Women’s Empowerment (NAWE) to instill confidence and strength in refugee girls and teach them the tools to overcome gender boundaries.

Shawndell Burden in her salon styling a clients hair.

Shawndell Burden was one of the first funding recipients of the Near Westside Initiative's Microloan Program, created for existing businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs located in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse.

The lounge/activity area in the McMahon-Ryan Child Advocacy Center

A three-story historic building was renovated into a state-of-the-art facility that provides McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center with 10 times the space it had in its previous location, allowing multiple agencies to serve the needs of vulnerable victims under one roof.

Students enjoying the process of creating model rockets.

Children at McKinley Brighton Middle School add the final touches to model rockets of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Once fully assembled, the countdown will begin.

Matthew House resident relaxing in the lounge area.

Matthew House is a two-bed, not-for-profit, non-denominational home for people who are terminally ill and who for a variety of reasons, can no longer remain in their own homes.

Rick Rarick, farm manager, kneeling next to plants in greenhouse.

Matthew 25 uses its farms located in Tully and LaFayette to grow and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables for distribution free of charge to those in need.

A woman smiles and speaks to a crowd

The Community Foundation recently awarded a second round of grants from its new Black Equity & Excellence Fund. Grants from the fund support Black-led nonprofit organizations and projects that counteract systemic racism.

Recent graduate holds degree while in cap and gown

A new service expansion into Madison County will help students more easily find the healthy support system they need as they explore opportunities for a higher education.

Woman working on laptop at a desk

The Central New York Community Foundation is distributing more than $128,000 in grants to help local nonprofit organizations measure and demonstrate program impact.