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.

“During the process, a wonderful synergy has developed. The weekly Host Team meetings have united our Host Team, and forged new relationships between us all, as well as the businesses and community organizations that we represent. I applaud Gathering Ground for helping communities look at themselves through a process that embraces inclusivity, accountability and openness.”

– Rachael Faillace – Chair, Rahway Call to Collaboration Host Team | Former Executive Director, Rahway Arts District (Rahway)

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