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HANDS Undergoes Executive Transition

HANDS Undergoes Executive Transition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HANDS Undergoes Executive Transition

Orange, NJ – updated January 8, 2019 – HANDS, Inc. announced this week that Luther Flurry will step down as Executive Director of the Orange, NJ-based community development corporation (CDC), effective January 4, 2019. Board Chair Elliott Lee will serve as Interim Executive Director. Vice Chair Rebecca Doggett will become Acting Chair. As part of the transition, Mr. Flurry will help complete several ongoing projects during the first two months of the new year.

“During two years of dedicated service, Luther applied his considerable expertise to meet the challenges facing CDCs in the 21st Century,” said Mr. Lee. “The board will accelerate efforts to meet these challenges. We especially thank Luther for reinforcing our belief that community empowerment must fuel Orange’s efforts to become a just and beautiful city,” Mr. Lee added.

“I will miss the mission, people, and partners of HANDS, but know I leave them poised for great things,“ said Luther of his departure.

About HANDS

The mission of HANDS is to empower the residents of Orange and nearby communities to create neighborhoods of choice–places where people can and do choose to raise their families and run their businesses. By targeting the most pivotal properties for redevelopment, engaging citizens and other stakeholders, and leveraging investments of time, talent and funding, HANDS has stabilized neighborhoods and created long term, sustainable change. Drawn to work in neighborhoods with untapped or underutilized assets, HANDS amplifies the voices of community members who are regarded as underrepresented or unheard. We look to engage stakeholders in collaborative efforts to improve their communities, create healthy and vibrant physical environments, and increase and diversify economic opportunities for all.

Established in 1986, HANDS is a nonprofit corporation and a chartered affiliate of NeighborWorks® America.

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Primary Contacts:

Elliott Lee  

Interim Executive Director

Email: elliottdlee@gmail.com

Rebecca Doggett

Acting Board Chair

Email: r.doggett@comcast.net

Neighborhood Project Grants! Open for Grant Applications

Neighborhood Project Grants! Open for Grant Applications

HANDS, The HUUB and ValleyArts Working Together for Neighborhood Project Grants Initiative:

Do you have an idea that will bring people together, get to know your neighbors better, and make meaningful change in your community? Apply for a Neighborhood Project Grant to help make it happen! Click here to download the application (click here for Spanish version of the application and click here for Haitian Kreyol version) or to complete the application online, click here.  We are happy to answer any questions about the application!

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.

The Orange High School NJROTC, Boys to Men and Robotics Club Little Heroes event in Orange, NJ, Oct. 14, 2017.

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 jeremymoss@valleyartsnj.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.

HANDS Part of Team to Receive 2018 New Jersey Smart Growth Award

HANDS Part of Team to Receive 2018 New Jersey Smart Growth Award

HANDS is thrilled to be part of the team awarded a 2018 New Jersey Smart Growth Awards for the #HarvardPrintingCompany project! The celebration takes place Wednesday, June 6, 5:30-8:00 PM, The Great Hall, Rutgers University, Newark. Click here for more information and to get tickets to the event!

Current Exterior
Harvard Printing Company Site BEFORE
Hat City Lofts Completion Celebration!

Hat City Lofts Completion Celebration!

Please join us to celebrate the completion of Hat City Lofts!

Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10am
475 S. Jefferson Street, Orange NJ

Click Here to R.S.V.P.

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.

A Kitchen Incubator Comes to Orange NJ!

A Kitchen Incubator Comes to 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.

HANDS and The HUUB Working on Neighborhood Project Grants

HANDS and The HUUB Working on Neighborhood Project Grants

HANDS and The HUUB Working Together for Neighborhood Project Grants Initiative:

Do you have an idea that will bring people together, get to know your neighbors better, and make meaningful change in your community? Apply for a Neighborhood Project Grant to help make it happen! Click here to download the application.  We are happy to answer any questions about the application! Sign up for Informational Grant Workshops For more info, click here. Informational grant workshops will be held Monday, October 16; Wednesday, October 25; and Tuesday, October 31 10am & 5pm each day, location: The HUUB at the First UU of Essex, 35 Cleveland St, Orange, NJ.

This round of grants will give special consideration to projects focused on making Orange’s streets safer!

Orange is full of talented people with exciting ideas about how to make the city a better place. We are supporting resident-led projects in the Heart of Orange neighborhood 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.

Submitting an application is easy: Describe a project to strengthen your community that can be carried out from July-November 2017 and provide a budget of up to $500.

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 November 6, 2017

Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis beginning November 15, 2017.

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 OrangeHUUB@gmail.com to ask a question or request an application.

The Heart of Orange is bound by Main St, Scotland Rd, Central Ave and Oakwood Ave.