A Call for Nominations, HANDS Community Leadership Awards— HANDS is looking to honor community activists, community builders, entrepreneurs and innovators. If you know someone who would be perfect to receive and award, please take the time to complete the nomination form, Click Here. This fall, HANDS will celebrate creativity in all forms – the fuel driving Orange’s economic engine. Join us for the 19th Annual Community Leadership Awards: Building Together.
HANDS is a unique neighborhood change organization that combines strategic redevelopment of deteriorated properties with comprehensive planning, advocacy, leadership development and community building. Our innovative methods yield impactful results. Collaboration is an essential ingredient to much of that success.
This year, our annual community leadership event will celebrate “Building Together” thinking, creativity and our community partners.
The Community Leadership Awards: Building Together will be a festive evening to recognize the honorees, showcase local talent and a networking opportunity for area businesses to witness the great happenings in Orange, New Jersey. Attendees will include community leaders, government officials, business owners, the creative community in and around Orange and local residents interested in seeing a bright future for their community. Ticket prices range from $60 to $160 and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Anna D’Elia for more information at 973-678-3110 Ext. 8 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents can receive application assistance at the Information and Help Workshops
Orange is full of talented people with exciting ideas about how to make the city a better place. We are supporting resident-led projects that impact the Heart of Orange or Valley Arts District neighborhoods and their residents. These projects are created to build community, cultivate neighborhood leadership, expand activities for youth, promote wellness and health and to more generally celebrate the diversity of people living in this city.
We are accepting applications from resident groups for projects in the Heart of Orange neighborhood.
Groups may be long-standing, newly established or in the process of forming, and are not required to have non-profit or 501(c)(3) status. Submit your idea to HANDS, The HUUB, or ValleyArts by September 30th for a chance to make a difference in your community – one idea at a time!!
We look for projects that: are clear and thoughtful; address important community concerns; contribute to building stronger communities through neighbors working together; and result in concrete and sustainable improvements.
Applications are accepted until September 30, 2018. Residents can receive application assistance at the Information and Help Workshops. Click the workshop date you are interested in below to register online:
The application is available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole, with September 30, 2018 being the final date for submitting applications during the Fall 2018 grant round.
These grants are NOT for: individuals; for-profit projects; businesses; organizations with paid staff; religious, fraternal, and partisan organizations; projects affiliated with staffed organizations; groups that have received Neighborhood Project Grants in the last year. We also do not fund the following: rent, utilities, web hosting, web development, 501(c)(3) incorporation fees, salaries, speaker honorariums, and computer equipment.
Contact Charlie Wirene at 973-674-0010, ext. 1, or Charlie@orangehuub.org or Jeremy Moss at email@example.com or 862-252-7035 to ask a question or request an application.
The Heart of Orange is bound by Main St, Scotland Rd, Central Ave and Oakwood Ave and the Valley Arts District is bound by Scotland Rd, Valley Street/Road, Argyle Ave, and Central Ave.
ORANGE FARMERS MARKET
Monday August 13, 2018, 12pm – 6pm
@ THE ORANGE TRAIN STATION/ TONY GALENTO PLAZA
73 Lincoln Avenue, Orange NJ
Come out and shop fresh produce from NJ farms as well a variety of other foods and beverages from local vendors!
Live music will be playing all day long, so make sure to bring your dancing shoes along with your appetites.
Vouchers are available for senior citizens with an income of no more than $1832 monthly. Also accepting Food Stamps, WIC, and SNAP. For senior citizen transportation call Orange Office of Older Adults at 973.266.4068/4069.
HANDS celebrated a neighborhood revitalization milestone with the completion of Hat City Lofts – the adaptive reuse of blighted factories transformed into vibrant affordable loft living and creative economy commercial space. HANDS Executive Director, Luther Flurry was joined by Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., the Hon. Dwayne Warren, Mayor of Orange Township, New Jersey Community Capital’s President, Wayne Meyer and HANDS Founder, Patrick Morrissy along with government officials, funders and partner organizations, residents and business owners on May 31st, 2018 at 10am in the courtyard of Hat City Lofts (formerly the F. Berg Hat Factory) at 475 South Jefferson Street, Orange, NJ.
“Throughout the United States, we are seeing a resurgence of local communities,” said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. “The Hat City Lofts project is the cornerstone for Orange’s arts community. This development, which my father worked hard to boost, will help revitalize the neighborhood and make the Valley Arts District a creative hub for entrepreneurship
HANDS celebrates a neighborhood revitalization milestone with the completion of Hat City Lofts – the adaptive reuse of blighted factories transformed into vibrant affordable loft living and creative economy commercial space. Join HANDS, New Jersey Lt. Governor, Sheila Oliver, the Hon. Dwayne Warren, Mayor of Orange Township, HANDS Executive Director, Luther Flurry, government officials, funders and partner organizations, residents and business owners on May 31st, 2018 at 10am in the courtyard of Hat City Lofts (formerly the F. Berg Hat Factory) at 475 South Jefferson Street, Orange, NJ.
We’re so excited to share this news! The wheels are in motion and soon there’ll be a kitchen incubator in Orange, New Jersey! Here’s Kris Ohleth, Founder of Garden State Kitchen signing the lease for one of our properties in the Valley Arts District! It was a special moment for everyone including HANDS team members Andrew Davlouros and Executive Director Luther Flurry and the great team of Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation including Kevin Chu and GNEC’s Executive Director (and HANDS Board member), Steven Gomez with ValleyArts Executive Director, Jeremy Moss! We can almost smell the incredible aromas that will soon be in the air! Check out Kris’s story at Garden State Kitchen’s website, Click Here.
Thirty-two years ago today a group of clergy and community leaders founded HANDS (Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc.) Today, we are going strong and taking on new challenges. Let’s take a moment to celebrate!
For 32 years, HANDS has worked to make neighborhoods in the Oranges places where people can and do choose to raise their family and run their business. What does this mean to us? Thriving neighborhoods have attractive and safe streets, healthy buildings, green spaces, public art, good schools, plus a strong and supportive community. There is affordable housing, diverse employment opportunities, and good transportation. HANDS has achieved a lot, but we have much more to do!
The scope of our vision is why we work in a wide range of neighbor-driven activities, with affordable housing, creative placemaking, and social justice as our anchors. Over the years, HANDS has developed about 190 deteriorated, pivotal properties into homes for more than 200 families and locally run businesses. In 2017, HANDS projects contributed almost $2million in property taxes just in the city of Orange.
None of HANDS’ achievements would be possible without our founders, staff, board, and friends. Thank you for your support! Please pat yourself on the back and do something celebratory. Happy Birthday to all of us!!
HANDS is grateful that Essex County Freeholder President, Britnee Timberlake agreed to serve as this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies for our 18th Annual Community Leadership Awards. This year, we will honor the dedicated resident groups receiving 2017 Neighborhood Project Grants (NPG). The evening will include great food, entertainment, time for mingling, and a short program. For tickets call 973-678-3110 x 8 or click/go to https://tinyurl.com/HANDS-CLA-2017
We couldn’t ask for a better reprensentative for this community event then Freeholder President, Ms. Timberlake. She has made affordable homeownership assistance more attainable for citizens in need; created a Citizen Immigration Services committee to welcome those joining Essex County from other countries; innovated new methods to level the financial playing field for SBE, WBE, and MBEs; was successful advocating for the Sheriff’s department to obtain body cameras for officers; is holding banks accountable for giving back to the community by proving they are working with people to avoid foreclosure, supporting nonprofits, granting access to credit in communities of color, and maintaining abandoned homes owned by the banks, etc.
Ms. Timberlake is currently, the founding Executive Director of a nonprofit affordable housing organization called the Essex Community Land Trust (ECLT). The ECLT supports the creation of permanent high quality affordable housing throughout the diverse municipalities of Essex County, NJ. In this position, Britnee has been successful in leveraging over 1 million dollars to be used to build affordable housing in suburban communities for low- to moderate- income people.