TD Charitable Foundation Grant for Free Computer Training Program

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. (CGA) would like to thank the TD Charitable Foundation for awarding a $2,500 grant to support its Free Computer Training Program. CGA has trained over 200 individuals in MS Office and Introduction to Computers since it started offering Free Computer Classes in April 2011. The training has been very popular and has attracted participants that included community residents, low-income individuals, the unemployed, persons with disabilities, veterans, immigrants and minorities, city workers, the youth and seniors. For FY 2014 – 2015, Vincent Peter Ty, an experienced instructor on Microsoft applications and who has a background in business management and human resources, will conduct the free computer training classes.

Under the program, Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. is offering two types of free computer training classes: 1) Introduction to Computers and 2) Microsoft Office.  Introduction to Computers is specifically geared to those who have absolutely no background in computers. Participants will learn about computer operating systems, how to surf the internet, send emails, as well as an introduction to Microsoft Word. After completing the three-week program, participants will receive a Certification of Completion in Introduction to Computers.

Microsoft Office is a beginner-level course on MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop their workforce readiness skills through tips on resume writing, searching for jobs, etc. Upon successful completion of the five-week program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion in Microsoft Office.

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For FY 2014-2015, CGA will be offering three (3) training cycles on Introduction to Computers and five (5) training cycles on Microsoft Office. The Training Schedule for 2014 – 2015 follows:

  • First Training Cycle: Introduction to Computers              Sept. 15 – Sept. 30, 2014
  • Second Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                             Oct. 6 – Nov. 11, 2014
  • Third Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                                Nov. 17 – Dec. 16, 2014
  • Fourth Training Cycle: Introduction to Computers           Jan. 5 – Jan. 26, 2015
  • Fifth Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                                  Feb. 2 – Mar. 10, 2015
  • Sixth Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                                 Mar. 23 – Apr. 21, 2015
  • Seventh Training Cycle: Introduction to Computers         Apr. 27 – May 12, 2015
  • Eighth Training Cycle: Microsoft Office                               June 1 – June 30, 2015

To complement the computer workforce readiness training, the Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. will invite community partners to present on jobs in their respective fields. As TD Bank continues to broaden its reach and offer resources to our community, CGA looks forward to working with TD Bank as a resource partner. In particular, TD Bank representatives could be involved by presenting to program participants information on jobs in the banking field, where to find information on TD Bank or other bank job openings, advice on what TD Bank looks for as an employer in interviews and the overall hiring process.

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Sixth Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival

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The Sixth Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12 PM – 5 PM on Columbia Street (between DeGraw and Union Street) & Union Street (between Columbia and Hicks Street).

There are many ways to participate in this 1 day street fair. There are opportunities for merchandise and food vendors, community based organizations, sponsorship,volunteers, and performers. If interested in participating in any of these ways, click on the links and follow instructions to complete the appropriate registration.

Otherwise, save the date and make certain to come out and enjoy all that the local community has to offer. If you forgot how much fun was had at last year’s festival, check out these photos of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRGbg1XZcRU.

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CGA Receives Grant Awards for Housing Education and Counseling Program

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. (CGA) would like to thank Investors Foundation and Wells Fargo Housing Foundation for awarding us $2,500 and $1,000, respectively, to help support our Housing Education and Counseling Program!

Starting the Fall of 2014, CGA will offer a new series of workshops under its Housing Education and Counseling Program, with one workshop offered monthly. CGA will be partnering with Investors Bank to present the first workshop in the series, “Pre-Purchase Orientation,” on September 24, 2014. Subsequent workshops will cover such topics as: Using Your Home Equity to Achieve Your Goals, Refinancing Your Home, Affordable Rental Housing Resources, and Foreclosure Prevention.

CGA will also offer regular counseling services to program participants through our housing specialist and by developing collaborative partnerships with Investors Bank and other non-profit organizations. In addition, CGA will promote Investors Bank’s First Home Club program, where first time homebuyers may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 through a $4 to $1 match from Investors Bank.

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Our Housing Education and Counseling Program was launched in January 2013, thanks to a previous grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, with a workshop on “Learn More about Becoming a Homeowner.” This past spring, CGA once again collaborated with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage specialists to present a First Time Home Buyer Workshop. With this new $1,000 grant, CGA hopes to further assist Wells Fargo by promoting its First-Time Homebuyer workshops, steer potential homebuyers to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultants, and assist in marketing of its Home Preservation Assistance program such as “Leading the Way Home” events.

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Tour de Brooklyn

Sunday, June 1st

Tour de Brooklyn will start and end in Red Hook at Erie Basin Park next to IKEA. Organized by Transportation Alternatives, the Tour de Brooklyn is a family-friendly 21.5 mile long bike ride that carries 1,200 bicyclists throughout the borough.

To celebrate the Tour de Brooklyn, SBIDC, Carroll Gardens Association, and Restore Red Hook teamed up to promote the local businesses in Red Hook and the Columbia Waterfront District. Residents, visitors, and bicyclists alike can take advantage of these limited time specials at area businesses.

When the Tour riders return, there will be a Tour de Brooklyn Finish Festival from 11-4pm at Erie Basin Park. Check out tables from local community groups, grab something to eat from Solber Pupusas and stop by the NYC Bike Jumble, a bicycle flea market.

Download and print the Tour de Brooklyn postcard here. Contact Lindsay Donnellon at ldonnellon@carrollgardensassociation.com for more information.

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How to Fund Your Start-up Workshop on Thursday, June 19th

Join us for the last Entrepreneur/Business Assistance Workshop of the season before we take a break for the summer!

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Free Community Health Fair this Wednesday, May 21st!

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Free services to be provided:

  • Disaster mental health counseling
  • Benefits of martial arts practice
  • Physical therapy
  • Glucose testing
  • Blood pressure screening
  • HIV testing
  • Mammogram screening (sign-up in advance)
  • and more!
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Independent Neighborhood Democrats’ 42nd Annual Awards Dinner Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. founder, Salvatore “Buddy” Scotto was honored at the Independent Neighborhood Democrats’ 42nd Annual Awards Dinner last Thursday. Members of CGA’s board were in attendance as Buddy accepted the IND Lifetime Achievement Award. Cynthia Gonzalez, CGA’s Board President, was present on Thursday to speak on behalf of Buddy–his character and dedication to CGA over the decades.

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Success Stories Workshop this Thursday, May 15th

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Keeping the Community in Mind at CGA’s 43rd Anniversary Celebration

On May 1, 2014, Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. (CGA) held its 43rd Anniversary Celebration and Awards Reception at the Marco Polo Restaurant on Court Street in Brooklyn. In selecting recipients for our awards, CGA focuses on those organizations that have provided outstanding service to the neighborhoods of Southwest Brooklyn (view last year’s honorees).

We were especially excited this year to include two honorees, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and Victoria Hagman of Realty Collective, located right down the street from our office on 201 Columbia Street.

Christopher Bramwell, President of Shinda Management Corp., accepts the Corporate Leadership Award on behalf of Richard Bramwell, Sr., Chairman of Shinda Management Corp., from CGA Board President Cynthia Gonzalez.

Christopher Bramwell, President of Shinda Management Corp., accepts the Corporate Leadership Award on behalf of Richard Bramwell, Sr., Chairman of Shinda Management Corp., from CGA Board President Cynthia Gonzalez.

 

Meg Fellerath and Brian McCormick, co-founders of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, accept the Public Service Award for BGI from CGA Board Vice President Michael L. Brown.

Meg Fellerath and Brian McCormick, co-founders of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, accept the Public Service Award for BGI from CGA Board Vice President Michael L. Brown.

Victoria Hagman, Owner of Realty Collective, accepts the Small Business Leadership Award from CGA Executive Director Vilma Heramia.

Victoria Hagman, Owner of Realty Collective, accepts the Small Business Leadership Award from CGA Executive Director Vilma Heramia.

CGA Board Treasurer Patricia Ruiz presents Jill Eisenhard, Executive Director of Red Hook Initiative, with the Public Service Award.

CGA Board Treasurer Patricia Ruiz presents Jill Eisenhard, Executive Director of Red Hook Initiative, with the Public Service Award.

 

CGA Board President Cynthia Gonzalez and Board Vice Chair Michael L. Brown with all the honorees.

CGA Board President Cynthia Gonzalez and Board Vice Chair Michael L. Brown with all the honorees.

CGA would also like to thank our local elected officials for taking the time out of their busy schedules to attend our gala.

Left to right: Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, CGA Board President Cynthia Gonzalez, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, and Councilman Brad Lander

Left to right: Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, CGA Board President Cynthia Gonzalez, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, and Councilman Brad Lander

 

 

Left to right: CGA Board President Cynthia Gonzalez, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, and Councilman Carlos Menchaca

Left to right: CGA Board President Cynthia Gonzalez, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, and Councilman Carlos Menchaca

 

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Sign-up for a FREE Mammogram Screening Today!

The American Italian Cancer Foundation’s Mobile Care Clinic will be providing free digital mammograms and clinical breast exams during our upcoming Health Fair on May 21st at the Miccio Center in Red Hook.

To book your 15 minute appointment, please call CGA at 718-243-9301 or email us at info@carrollgardensassociation.com.

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