COMMUNITY LIFE
Progreso Latino Fund celebrates 20th anniversary with over $20,000 in grants

To honor this milestone, the Progreso Latino Fund will launch a $20,000 match campaign and up to 40 charitable funds, all with the goal of empowering the Latinx community and expanding Latinx philanthropy in New Haven.

“Not like other libraries”: How a 197-year-old private library in New Haven survives

Ahead of a $1.72 million renovation project, The New Haven Institute Library, one of twenty remaining membership libraries in the United States, talks historic preservation and library funding.

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen receives $1.4 million in federal funding

DESK will use the money to renovate its drop-in center and expand services.

City gives local arts organizations almost $200,000 in grants

The Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant Award prioritized supporting arts and cultural projects that aim to uplift the city’s underserved communities.

Families celebrate MLK Day with dance, music and storytelling at the New Haven Museum

Sunday’s event was part of the Yale Peabody Museum’s 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration and marked the first in-person celebration since the beginning of the pandemic.

City’s VAXgiving photo campaign promotes healthy holiday season

The campaign, announced by The New Haven Health Department in late November, invites fully vaccinated families to submit holiday photos to be used in a public health campaign.

Understanding Yale’s construction hiring goals for New Haven residents

Although Yale has long affirmed its commitment to hiring New Haveners, the number of residents who have been hired for current construction projects remains unclear.

Miss Arab USA 2022 joins refugee advocates at Elena’s Light fundraiser

Elena’s Light welcomed Miss Arab USA 2022, Marwa Lahlou and refugee advocate, Basma Alawee, as part of their “Lighting the Future: Refugee Conversations” speaker series highlighting empowering immigrant figures in the community.

“Guns to Gardens” buyback event transforms discarded firearms into gardening tools

The New Haven Police Department partnered with nonprofit organization Swords to Plowshares Northeast to host the biannual gun buyback event; after being vetted, guns collected will be wielded into gardening tools and distributed to community gardeners

New Haven-based homelessness nonprofit receives $2.5 million from the Jeff Bezos fund

New Reach, a New Haven nonprofit that provides housing support, was one of the 40 organizations receiving funding from the Day 1 Families Fund.

Controversial plan for 194-unit apartment building in the Hill moves forward

The construction of a new apartment building at 354 Davenport Ave. received approval from the City Plan Commission last month. Since then, community members have pushed for developers to listen to and accommodate their concerns.