Community Education Events

Thursday, August 2 – United Way of Central New York

Join us for the second discussion on poverty in Syracuse in our 2018 Civics on Tap series. This event will feature Leah Russell, of the Center for Court Innovation and Peacemaking Center, Lou Vinciguerra of Yeshua Restoration Ministries and Devin White, of 100 Black Men of Syracuse. This event will feature a discussion on service which works with community members in close partnership to address challenges related to poverty. We’re honored to be joined by each of our panelists and have opened a survey for questions to be submitted ahead of the event at:

More on the Peacemaking Center:
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More on 100 Black Men of Syracuse:

Parking is available at the United Way and refreshments will be provided!


February 3, 2016 – Aurora of Central New York

Aurora of CNYAurora of Central New York is committed to  promoting independence, opportunity and full access for individuals of all ages who are blind, visually impaired, Deaf, hard-of-hearing, late deafened and deaf blind.  You may visit their website at and find about their mission, their services, referrals and read stories.

This event, including a presentation by their President, Ms. Debra Chaiken will help you understand these populations, give you valuable information about warning signs of hearing and vision loss for you and your loved ones, and will show you two of United Way’s 91 funded programs at Aurora:  Community Living Skills and Vocational and Employment Services for People with Vision/Hearing Loss.


Past Events:

November 12, 2014 – Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Justice for All

logoHiscock Legal Aid Society was founded on September 23, 1949 to provide free legal assistance to indigent residents of Onondaga County. Initial funds were provided by the Syracuse Foundation, Inc. from a bequest of the Hon. Frank H. Hiscock, Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals from 1916 to 1926.

In the beginning, the Society emphasized providing civil legal assistance to those in need and family, housing and economic matters continue to represent the most numerous cases in our Civil Program. In 1965, the Society contracted with the Onondaga County Bar Association to administer the first Assigned Counsel Program and established an in-office Appeals Program to handle appeals from criminal convictions.

From 1974 until 2004, the Society provided complete criminal defense services to indigent persons accused in non-felony cases in Syracuse City Court. In 2004, through a contract with Onondaga County, the Society began to provide complete legal representation to adults in Family Court cases, as well as parole revocation and extradition defense.

The Hiscock Legal Aid Society currently employs a staff of 55, including 30 attorneys. Nearly 5,000 cases are handled each year.

October 22, 2014 – Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare Virtual Tour

SBHSBH’s Recovery Works events have been scheduled for calendar year 2014. Recovery Works events culminate at the end of the year with a Recovery for Tomorrow breakfast. The whole process aligns individuals who want to support our mission. Backing SBH’s mission is left to each individual as a self-defined goal.

On scheduled Wednesdays during 2014 community members are invited to the Learbury Building’s Training Institute Room to attend one of the Recovery Works sessions.  These sessions are less than one hour.  Recovery Works provides an understanding on how we treat, educate and support individuals and their families in Recovering Lives.

A Recovery Works event involves taking a virtual tour of SBH Programs. Participants “visit” each program by stopping at a canvas representing an image of a facility and receiving a direct testimonial from individuals who have experienced that specific SBH program.

October 15, 2014 – ARISE at the Farm Tour

AriseARISE at the Farm is a accessible, inclusive recreation center located on a 77-acre working horse farm in Chittenango, NY. Focused on the needs and interests of individuals with disabilities in the Central New York region, ARISE at the Farm is open throughout the year and offers a variety of recreational activities.

From therapeutic horseback riding to summer camps, an accessible fishing pond, and a high ropes course, all ARISE at the Farm programs are inclusive and welcome people of all abilities.

August 8, 2014 – Salvation Army Tour

Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

The Salvation Army is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.