COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Each year, Hope Community Inc.’s organizes a wide range of community initiatives and projects designed to enhance the lives of Hope’s Tenants, and other East Harlem/El Barrio residents.
 
To provide our resident’s with resources to effectively address issues related to employment, child care, health, education, and other needs, Hope's Community Relations staff provides intake and referrals to entitlement and benefit programs, such as SNAP, and other income assistance programs. Additionally, to address the needs of residents of Hope-owned and/or managed buildings, Community Relations staff also work with tenant leaders in an effort to organize tenant associations to serve as a vehicle for clear communication between Hope's Property Management Department and residents regarding building-related issues. 
 
Community Relations staff also works diligently to provide individuals and families in the broader East Harlem community with programs such as Financial Literacy and Home Buyers Workshops, the Women's Entrepreneurship Forum, and Fall Fest.  And new this year, as part of our efforts to assist in keeping East Harlem “green”, Hope Community will be working with the Lower East Side Ecology Center to create an E-Waste event.  All of these programs are free and open to the public.
 
Each summer,  we work with other agencies to create volunteer opportunities in our community gardens; and to co-host holiday celebrations, community activities and other events. Finally, Hope works with community-based organizations to host interns annually (To learn more about our internships, please read below).
 
 

INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

LISC Cashin Community Development Fellowship:  During the summer of 2010, Hope Community received its first Fellow through Local Support Initiatives Corporation's Cashin Community Development Fellowship. The Cashin Community Development Fellowship is a six-week fellowship where current college students with an interest in community development intern with local community development organizations to learn more about their operations and mission. Hope Community's Cashin Fellow will assist Hope's Community Relations staff during the summer. This summer we welcome Tia Robinson of Amherst College who is asssiting the Visit El Barrio Intiative and the Hope's Merchant's Assistance Initiative.

Touro College: Hope Community receives interns from Touro College Human Services Department's Field Project Course for 112 hours in the field -- a course requirement -- referring residents of Carlos Rios, a Hope-owned-and-managed Senior Residence, and Hope Founders, LP (formerly Ortiz-Wittenberg), which is permanent housing for former homeless families, to access benefits, medical services, childcare and financial services. Field Interns assist residents in accessing needed services.
 
El Barrio's Operation Fightback: Hope Community partners with El Barrio's Operation Fightback each summer for an internship program. High school students from all over New York City intern with Hope Community for seven weeks in the summer where they assist Hope's Community staff in the office and also with our gardens. The students receive valuable experience and hands-on training while increasing Hope's capacity to serve the residents of East Harlem. For the summer of 2014, Hope Community has five interns through El Barrio's Operation Fightback.

Morgan Stanley/ANHD Community Development Fellowship
This year, Hope Community, Inc. was selected to host a Morgan Stanley/ANHD Community Development Fellow through a competitive process.  The 10-month Morgan Stanley/ANHD Fellowship is designed to increase the capacity of New York City’s neighborhood-based community development organizations, and to create a pipeline for the next generation of community development leaders. Beginning in September, a top-level local master’s degree student will assist Hope in its work with strengthening small businesses, as well as other economic development initiatives. 

 
If your organization is interested in partnering with Hope Community for community programs and initiatives, please contact the Communications Associate at (212) 860-8821 Ext. 162.