CNY Volunteer Fair at Destiny USA

Want to get involved? Check out annual CNY Volunteer Fair at Destiny USA

By Chris Baker,

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 8:20 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The annual CNY Volunteer Fair Tuesday will feature more than 50 organizations seeking volunteers. The fair takes place Tuesday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of Destiny USA's canyon area near BG Cowboys Saloon.

Assemblyman William Magnarelli will host the event, which is in its ninth year.

"This is a great opportunity for students who need community service credit, for those wanting to learn about potential job fields, or for anyone looking to get more involved in their community," Magnarelli said in a statement.

On-site organizations represent various interests, from animal care, helping the homeless, education organizations, helping domestic violence survivors, to health care fields. 

Public Discussion: “The State of the Community Engagement Infrastructure in CNY.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Eileen T. Jevis

September 18, 2017                                                                           315-443-3527



Onondaga Citizens League Invites Public to Discuss:

“The State of the Community Engagement Infrastructure in CNY.”

SYRACUSE – The Onondaga Citizens League announces the kick-off of its 2017/18 study, "The State of the Community Engagement Infrastructure in CNY.”

Using community input, the study committee will look at the state of community engagement in our region – who is involved, who is not, and why? Is there a need for a more engaged citizenry in our region? Is it part of our civic responsibility to become involved in issues that affect us?

The first study session will be held at the Central Library Downtown, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY on Tuesday, September 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. OCL's study sessions are free and open to the public.  There is on-street parking or there is a lot on the corner of Salina and Onondaga Street. The lot is accessible by either Onondaga or Clinton Street. Please enter the library via Salina Street.

Several speakers will share their perspective on who/what inspired them to become activists for causes that affect all of us. They will give us tips on how to become more involved citizens and inspire us to become advocates for change.

Attendees are invited to bring a bag lunch. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

For additional information, contact study co-chair Tom Carlin at or program administrator, Eileen Jevis at

The Onondaga Citizens League (OCL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen-based group designed to promote civic education and involvement in public affairs. Its members research and propose solutions to issues facing Central New York. OCL then generates reports offering specific recommendations for addressing the problem.

Information about OCL is available through the OCL office at 315-443-4846, by e-mail at, or via the web site at

University College (UC) enhances our community through continuing education and outreach. University College is seen as a champion of the University’s mission and its tradition of access.  For more information, visit the website,

Southside TNT Gala in the Garden


Tomorrow's Neighborhood Today (TNT) Southside in association with Soul A La Carte presents a Gala in the Garden at the Brady Farm.

Come relax in a beautiful urban setting while listening to music and enjoying the flavors of Southern fusion cuisine provided by Soul A La Carte. A four-course meal will be served featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients harvested from The Brady Farm.

Come check out the farm, enjoy great food, and socialize for a good cause!

Purchase Tickets by click HERE



Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Artichoke Crostinis

Fresh Fruit Cups


Caesar Salad with Popcorn Chicken

Main Dishes:

Low Country Shrimp Boil

Honey Glazed Fried Chicken

Cajun Blackened Salmon


Four-Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

Green Beans with Carmelized Onions

Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower

Southern Dirty Rice


Pound Cake Bar

Ice Cream Station

(Menu subject to change)

Inaugural 2017 Award Honorees:

Geneva Hayden, Community Hero Award

Charles Pierce-El, Community Hero Award

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler, Public Service Award

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Corporation, Community Non-Profit Award

Dunk & Bright Furniture, Community Business Award

This event is a benefit for TNT Southside, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life on the Southside. To learn more about the work of TNT, visit:

Advance Tickets Only! Seating is Limited.

Rain Date: September 10, 2017


Land Bank Announcements

The Land Bank is holding its second Paint The City event this Saturday at South Pres Church at 2110 S. Salina St. from 10 am to 1 pm. Come join and paint a board that will be used to secure Land Bank Properties. More information can be found here:

Additionally, the Land Bank has issued an RFP for Periodic Inspections on Land Bank properties. They are seeking a contractor to conduct routine inspections on our properties. If you or know of a contractor that would be interested in submitting a bid please reach out to Jake Thorsen at More information and the full RFP can be found here:

Taste of Sankofa Festival

Eat to Live Food Cooperative Presents: Taste.of.Sankofa

Contact: Victoria Coit
Cuse Culture Media Group

SYRACUSE,NY ---The Eat to Live Food Cooperative ( hosts its 1st Annual community focused engagement festival in the heart of the Sankofa Business District
(www.SankofaDistrict.Syr.Edu) at 2323 South Salina Street, in Syracuse, NY on July 15th, 2017 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The TASTE.of.Sankofa, exists to provide residents of the community, businesses and organizations in the area an opportunity to engage with entertainment, and taste culturally diverse cuisine from throughout the community.
Great food and music traditionally prompt communities to unify. The Taste.of.Sankofa will be no different featuring a unique vegan soul food truck, vendors with eclectic signature dishes, handmade crafts and creative service offerings will be present. Not only does the festival focus on being a platform to give small businesses exposure. It also serves as a opportunity for the community to tour the Eat to Live Food Cooperative, a gem and anchor business on Syracuse’s Southside that provides fresh affordable food options and coop memberships to customers!.
The festival will also be hosting a BBQ Contest with a $250.00 grand prize, to a lucky winner!
(Contest begins at 2pm)