This month’s newsletter is all about our team! We’ve had a busy summer, and we want to share updates on events we’ve attended, clients we’ve worked with, and how members of our team are involved with the community inside and outside of Public Works. Have more questions? Want to connect? Get in touch!
Exploring Central Brooklyn
Earlier this month, our team spent an afternoon in Central Brooklyn exploring Brooklyn Botanic Garden, followed by touring Crown Heights and capping the day with some cold brews at Berg’n. We’re all proud of New York City, and our annual summer outings are one of the ways we get to explore and build our knowledge of New York City neighborhoods. Our past outings have taken us to East Harlem, Long Island City, and Red Hook.
What We’re Doing
Building Evaluation Capacity of Southern Brooklyn Nonprofits
This summer we headed down to Coney Island to share our evaluation expertise with the members of the Southern Brooklyn Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD). Our team hosted a half-day workshop to help COAD members determine the success of their programs. During the workshop, we provided them with the strategies and tools to strengthen their existing evaluation capacities. We also gave one-on-one consultations to select COAD members to help them implement simple ways for detecting their impact. The Southern Brooklyn COAD is a coalition of nonprofits formed after Hurricane Sandy to improve the coordination for disaster response. The COAD is coordinated by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Coney Island.
Engaging Communities in our Style
Public Works is a mission-driven firm. We support communities not only through our client engagements but also through own involvement with local nonprofits. For instance, our business development lead, Moe Magali, serves as Youth Coordinator for NYC Chapter of Surfrider Foundation – an environmental advocacy group dedicated to protecting the coastline of New York City. As Youth Coordinator, Moe is developing the next generation of ocean conservationists by engaging local youth with ocean sports. This summer, Moe has dedicated his Friday afternoons to giving free surfing lessons to Rockaway youth so they can better connect to the ocean in their backyard.
To learn more about what our team is doing outside of Public Works, follow us on Instagram @publicworksiq
What Our Clients are Doing
- The HOPE Program: Sustainable South Bronx, a subsidiary of The HOPE Program, returned to Hunts Points by opening a new training site for its green jobs programs. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in mid-July to commemorate the site launch.
- Goodwill of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey: Looking to update your fall wardrobe? Check-out “Curated by Goodwill NYNJ,” the nonprofit’s trendy boutique now open in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
- Garment District Rezoning Plan: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer supports the City’s Garment District rezoning plan, which aims to preserve roughly 300,000 square feet of fashion manufacturing space through tax incentives, public-private partnerships, and targeted rezoning. This plan reflects recommendations created by the Garment District Steering committee, which we facilitated last summer.
What’s Coming Up
- Learn how we assess the organizational health of nonprofits at the NYN Media Nonprofit Check Up on September 13. Our CEO Celeste Frye will share strategies and explain how we leverage our new online tool, the Nonprofit Health Assessment, to gather data and define the overall health of a nonprofit.
- We’re proud to sponsor the 2018 NYCETC Conference: Innovative Solutions for an Equitable Workforce on September 20. Our team will share insights from our latest evaluation project at the event.
Do you know a whip-smart communications specialist interested in civic consulting? We’re looking for a part-time Project Coordinator to support our business development and marketing efforts. This role is ideal for a civically conscious graduate student with a background in development and communications. Feel free to send us some leads!