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In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

COVID-19 Briefing #1 (4.1.20) – Nonprofit update

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #1 – April 1, 2020

Topic: Nonprofit update and resources during COVID-19

Guest speaker Linda Czipo, Executive Director – Center for Non-Profits

Linda Czipo shared the results from the Center for Non-Profits first rapid response survey and what was known about the recently passed CARES Act.

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • State & National Resources
  • Funding Sources
  • Communications and Staying Connected (phone tree model for serving people with limited or no access to technology)
  • Mental and Emotional Health (counseling services, emotional wellbeing webinars)
  • Technology (tech discounts, and free subscription up to 3 months)
Download the full summary and resources links here.

“The convening in Orange of 80+ people last March under the banner of the Orange Call to Collaboration allowed us the opportunity to expand our arts-as-the-engine-of-urban-revitalization movement from 15 blocks to the whole city of 33,000 people. The Orange Call to Collaboration is becoming an umbrella for public and private initiatives to innovatively confront our urban challenges and to celebrate our culture and diversity.”

– Patrick Morrissy, Former Executive Director, HANDS, Inc. (Orange)