Spring break at Cornerstone! The kids ate brunch prepared by the youth staff, learned to bake, sang their hearts out at a karaoke party, challenged each other in minute-to-win-it games, and headed to the science museum where they learned about dinosaurs, watched an Omni Film and explored the different science exhibits. Throughout the whole week the kids got to hang out, have fun, and experience new things.
Day One® Receives Office on Violence Againt Women Grant to Collaborate with Communications Services for the Deaf (CSD)
About the grant:
The purpose of the Disability Grant Program is to create sustainable change within and between organizations. The result: accessible, safe, and effective services for individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as well as accountability for perpetrators of such crimes. Award recipients will follow a structured process designed to enhance collaboration, build capacity, identify needs and develop a plan and solutions to address the stated needs.
Partners: Day One and Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD)
Day One® and CSD will be implementing the “Enhancing Access to Safety and Services for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Communities Initiative” in the counties of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington. Models, protocols, and practices will be developed by a multi-disciplinary team comprised of staff experts from a Deaf culturally-specific agency and a mainstream hearing agency. These will enhance our capacity to better serve the communities while creating the opportunity to assist and support other mainstream agencies in these same efforts. We will use an inclusive framework that examines how the intersections of lived experiences of multi-forms of interpersonal violence and oppression create gaps and barriers in service delivery. The foundation and framework will lead to sustainable change by creating a network of services providers that are prepared and accessible to communities that are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing.
About the Project Coordinator:
Becky graduated from St. Catherine University with a BA in Sign Language Interpreting. Upon graduation, she worked as an interpreter in education and became a nationally certified interpreter through RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf). She completed deaf-specific 40 hour training to become a DV advocate and volunteered as a DV advocate, then later worked on staff at CSD. During her time at CSD, she maintained a case load, trained local law enforcement departments on deafness and accessibility, and continued collaboration with Day One® regarding improving access around sign language interpreters. She is looking forward to getting this project rolling!
More than 2,000 Comcast volunteers
to work at Twin Cities nonprofit sites on April 26
Dozens of volunteers to work at Cornerstone in Bloomington
For area homeowners, weekends in April are often set aside for spring cleaning. The story is quite the same for Twin Cities nonprofits who need help with landscape clean-up, sorting and pitching, painting, general fix-up and more at their respective facilities. And Comcast and NBCUniversal are reaching out to lend a helping hand.
From 8am until noon on Saturday morning, April 26, more than 2,000 Comcast employees, family members and friends will head to dozens of Twin Cities project sites as a part of Comcast Cares Day during National Volunteer Week. Dozens of those volunteers will take on an ambitious community project at Cornerstone, located at 1000 East 80th Street, Bloomington. Cornerstone supports children and adults to live violence-free lives. Volunteers will perform outdoor spring landscaping, including raking, mulching and general outdoor cleanup.
“Like every Minnesotan, we are looking forward to spring and the warmer weather,” said Susan Neis, executive director of Cornerstone. “We are thrilled that Comcast volunteers will be here to help get our facilities ready for outdoor fun for the families we serve. Cornerstone is and always has been a volunteer intensive agency. We are honored to have been chosen as one of the projects for the Comcast Cares Day.”
This year marks the company’s 13th annual event, with more than 80,000 volunteers expected at over 700 locations across the country and around the globe. Rallying around this year’s theme, “Making Change Happen,” Comcast Cares Day is widely recognized as the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort.
“Our employees look forward to Comcast Cares Day each year because they’re excited to volunteer with local social service organizations whose programs are key to the stability and health of the communities where we live and work,” said Jeff Freyer, Comcast regional vice president – Twin Cities. “We’ve partnered with a number of these organizations for more than a decade.”
Budgets continue to be tight for nonprofits.They are busy serving their clients and welcome extra help with clean-up and the kinds of chores that are difficult to get around to doing. “We take special care to make sure our projects are well planned and fully staffed with volunteers who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work,” added Freyer.
At thirty separate non-profit sites across the Twin Cities, Comcast employees will landscape, power wash, paint, sort donations, restock warehouses and food shelves, install garage doors, deep-clean kitchens, and more.
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s community partners in the Twin Cities and across the country continue their collective mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $14 million in grants to partner organizations to match the efforts of our volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. In addition, more than half a million volunteers have contributed over 3 million volunteer hours since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
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