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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.

“I was really amazed by the cross-section of people in this whole building today. I really didn’t know what to expect and I wasn’t anticipating facilitating a session. I absolutely loved the energy that came out of the room and I was pretty amazed at the breath of ideas. “The fact that we come back on day two to create an action plan and walk out of here with very specific tasks is an amazing thing. It’s a way to help Asbury Park to move forward with an actionable plan.”

– Jen Souder – Consultant, Greener by Design, Founder Asbury Park African American Heritage Project & Museum (Asbury Park)