Christian Community Action
Christian Community Action (CCA) serves families in New Haven experiencing homelessness by providing apartment style emergency shelter. CCA also provides other emergency needs such as food and diapers to people in the community. With its ARISE (Accessing Resources for Independence, Skill building and Employment) Center, CCA goes beyond emergency help and incorporates a two-generational approach with families to help them on their journey to independence.
The Fellow assist staff with helping residents and community members access child care and employment.
Agency website: ccahelping.org
CitySeed is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture. Farmers from around Connecticut bring goods produced from their own local operations to sell at CitySeed’s Farmers Markets. CitySeed’s Mobile Market is a market on wheels, bringing fresh produce from Connecticut farms to New Haven neighborhoods and senior sites, along with cooking demonstrations and tastings of local, fresh fruits and vegetables. The Fellow will assist the farmers market team in developing community programming, tracking SNAP and demographic data, as well as improving marketing efforts. The Fellow will also assist with SNAP redemption at farmers markets, and will complete research on how to improve the local food system within New Haven.
Agency website: cityseed.org
Connecticut Violence Intervention Program
The Connecticut Violence Intervention Program (CTVIP) is a team of trusted community members who work to prevent and stop the spread of violence in New Haven. CTVIP does this by building relationships with high-risk youth and the institutions that impact their lives. The program also provides crisis intervention services to help those affected by violence.
The Fellow will work in CTVIP’s judicial court liaison program. In this role, the Fellow will collaborate with CTVIP staff stationed at the juvenile and adult courts to assess referrals for acceptance into the intervention program.
Agency website: ctintervention.org
Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK)
DESK serves people experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity.
The Fellow will work with DESK’s program staff to coordinate the weekly food pantry program; assist with coordination of the distribution of meals as part of DESK’s nightly dinner program; and oversee the Friday and Saturday evening Yale Community Kitchen program in coordeination with DESK staff.
Agency website: deskct.org
Haven’s Harvest is an environmental food recovery organization that directs food to communities experiencing food insecurity–daycare centers, schools, health clinics, methadone clinics, subsidized housing sites.
The Fellow will engage in community outreach activities and will spend time in the warehouse meeting partners and volunteers to accept and share food; use social media; and perform data collection and management activities at community at events or by surveying partners to update information.
Agency website: havensharvest.org
Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall
The Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall offers access to credited college courses, degrees, and other academic and extracurricular programming to incarcerated students in Connecticut. College in prison stands at the forefront of national conversations around access to higher education and criminal justice reform, and college in prison programs have proven their transformative and rehabilitative value both to underserved students of great potential in prison — who excel given the chance, who display extremely low rates of recidivism, and who go on to become leaders in their communities — and to instructors, for whom teaching in prison is an eye-opening reminder of the power of higher education.
The Fellow will select from projects assisting and coordinating on-the-ground YPEI programming, including assisting and liaising with course instructors, guest lecturers, and volunteers; providing administrative and operations assistance including materials management; assisting with fundraising and grantwriting; and working with community partners and formerly incarcerated students on student re-entry in New Haven and local initiatives based around criminal justice reform.
Agency website: yaleprisoneducationinitiative.org