Central New York Community Foundation

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Senator Chuck Schumer says he’s pulling out all the stops to ensure Syracuse gets its share of federal funding to address lead hazards in older homes.  He stopped by Golisano Children’s Hospital Monday to explain why.  Lead paint was banned in 1978, but 90 percent of Syracuse’s housing stock was built before 1980.   Half of the city’s rental properties were built before 1960. 


Onondaga County Health Department

The Central New York Community Foundation will be investing more than $2 million to help combat childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse.  More than 11 percent of Syracuse children tested positive for elevated blood lead levels in a 2017 Onondaga County Health Department study.  Lead poisoning has lifelong impacts on young children, including reduced brain activity, learning disabilities, and even violent behavior.


Katie Zilcosky

On Syracuse's Southside, a 3 acre urban farm is growing fresh produce on the former site of nearly abandoned apartments. While Brady Farm sits in an area of high concentrated poverty, it's working towards change in more ways than just supplying accessible and affordable food. As a part of City Limits' series "On the Front Lines," Katie Zilcosky spent the day at Brady Farm learning about its larger goal.

"On The Front Lines" is made possible by the Central New York Community Foundation. 


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The Central New York Community Foundation has launched a new website that aims to spur action on any number of issues facing the region…from housing and lead exposure, to literacy and education.  The site congregates data from multiple sources so users can monitor progress.

Vice president of community investment at CNYCF Frank Ridzi says there are many efforts underway to improve the community, but no central place to see how we’re doing.

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Many families in Syracuse may take eating a meal together for granted.  But for those facing hardship, eating as a family may not always be an option. At the Rescue Mission, CEO Alan Thornton says this sparked an idea to expand their food center.

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Syracuse City School Students are scoring big with the latest round of more than $680,000 in grants from The Central New York Community Foundation that will benefit education and non-profits in Onondaga and Madison Counties. Four projects made the grade on providing student supports and learning opportunities. WCNY’s Enterprise America Program will acquaint students with 14 businesses to get them thinking about current and future career opportunities in Central New  York through a simulated ‘city experience.’ Community Foundation President and CEO Peter Dunn says the board awarded projects that can begin in the classroom and take kids out into the community.


Redhouse Arts Center Lab theater space
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A local foundation and theater have come together  to improve access to the arts for up-and-coming performers and audiences.  The Central New York Community Foundation recently awarded the Redhouse a $25,000 grant to construct a "lab" theater space, which provides public performance space for educational programming.  The grant and planned uses for the theater were highlighted as part of Community Foundation Week.

A new schedule has been released for the 31st Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest and it features one of the more critically acclaimed voices in jazz today.  Thanks to a recent grant from the Central New York Community Foundation, chart-topping jazz singer Giacomo Gates is headed to Syracuse.  Syracuse Jazz Fest Executive Director Frank Malfitano describes Giacomo Gates as a "vocalese hipster in the style of Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson."  Gates performs Friday, July 5th at 5:00 PM.

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