|Omega Service Week Grants Go to 29 Nonprofits|
|Tuesday, 05 May 2009 14:54|
Twenty-nine nonprofits are this year’s recipients of the Omega Institute’s Service Week grants which provide two-day, two-night organizational retreats at Omega’s 195-acre campus in Rhinebeck, New York. Some of the grantee organizations are bringing representatives from additional nonprofit organizations, enabling this year’s program to broaden its reach to more than 80 organizations. This year, Service Week will be held from May 25-29th.
Nonprofit organizations representing a broad spectrum of social issues on local, statewide, national, and global levels will be given free accommodations, meals, a private meeting space, and an optional consultation with Omega’s partner, the New York Council of Nonprofits, at an on-site Nonprofit Wellness and Restructuring Clinic.
“In light of the difficult economic landscape and increasing pressure on the nonprofit sector, this year we are incorporating a Multiple Organizations Track for nonprofits with similar objectives who seek to work more closely together,” said Carla Goldstein, director of external affairs at Omega. “Certain organizations applied to attend Service Week together so they could find ways to collaborate and use shared resources more efficiently and effectively.”
“The Nonprofit Wellness and Restructuring Clinic provides professional expertise on the specific issues and opportunities impacting each organization’s effectiveness,” said Doug Sauer, Chief Executive Officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits, and president of the National Council of Nonprofits. “It will also provide those in the Multiple Organizations Track with an enriched program designed to enhance collaboration opportunities, which could make the difference for some organizations,” concluded Sauer.
During Service Week, each organization creates and leads its own program. In the past, grantee organizations have utilized the time to develop strategic plans, cultivate relationships among their board members and with other grantees on campus, re-engage with their mission statements, heal organizational rifts, deepen staff cooperation, and enjoy some much needed peace and relaxation.
This year’s grantees are:
· Amethyst Women’s Project, Inc.
· Battered Women’s Resource Center
· Beyond Words
· Center for Constitutional Rights
· Common Justice
· Community Voices Heard
· Crime Victims Treatment Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital
· Earthjustice – Northeast Office
· Families First New York
· Girls Write Now
· Green Chimneys
· Kingston Land Trust
· Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County
· National Council of Nonprofits
· National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
· New York Council of Nonprofits
· New York Legal Assistance Group
· NY Youth At Risk
· Orange County Housing Consortium
· Pachamama Alliance
· Planned Parenthood
· Promesa, Inc.
· Public Conversations Project
· Sadie Nash Leadership Project
· St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction, Inc.
· Sustainable Hudson
· The Women's International Consortium
· U.S. Human Rights Network