Promote Civic Vitality

Civic Vitality

A community thrives when its people are engaged in its institutions and in each other, and when they have access to safe streets, good sources of information, and places to gather. In Greater New Haven, most adults volunteer or give to local causes, and most believe that they or their neighbors can effect change at a local level.


Other measures of civic wellbeing, however, show disparities between our higher and lower income neighborhoods. According to the 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey, more than seven in ten residents of Greater New Haven's high-income neighborhoods say that they feel safe taking walks at night. Less than half the residents of low-income neighborhoods do. Closing these and other gaps is critical to ensuring that a vibrant community is accessible to all. 

More recent data has been compiled in the Greater New Haven Community Index 2016 and Valley Community Index: Understanding the Valley Region.

   
Closer Look OCT 2016 Take "A Closer Look" at the civic vitality organizations on giveGreater.org that advocate for social justice and provide services for domestic animals.
   

 

Learn about the organizations promoting civic vitality in our region by viewing their profiles below:

The Community Foundation's mission is to create positive and sustainable change in Greater New Haven by increasing the amount of and enhancing the impact of community philanthropy.
HomeHaven is a private not-for-profit corporation founded to provide its members with the opportunities, services, and confidence they need to remain active participants in the life of the community, living their lives to the fullest as they grow older in the comfort of their own homes.
The Mission of Greater New Haven Help Alliance is to form genuine alliances of both faith-based and otherwise secular people and organizations who desire to work together toward seeing the Shalom (holistic peace) of God manifested in Greater New Haven.  Through such alliances, we desire to  increase local oppor...
Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue Corp (SGRR) is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization and formed in 2008 in the State of Connecticut.  It was formed to help rescue and save displaced Golden Retrievers and dogs similar in nature (golden-hearted) in need. At SGRR, we rescue Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes that have...
The organization assists older or disabled people 60 and over by fostering independent living and reducing isolation through the good will and resources provided by IVCG trained, deployed and monitored volunteers and also assists religious congregations and civic groups to recruit, train and monitor volunteers who provide free neighborly service...
The mission of JFS is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals of all ages through an integrated program of social services in accordance with basic Jewish values and precepts.
 The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is to lead, build, strengthen and renew a dynamic local Jewish community and to provide support and caring for Jewish people in our community, Israel and worldwide. We are guided by the traditional Jewish values of Torah (tradition, learning and deeds), Tikkun Olam (impr...
     The mission of Iris is to enable refugees and other displaced people to establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut's communities. Refugees are men, women and children who fled their countries of origin due to persecution on the basis of their race, nationality, religious be...
 The mission of Dwight Hall at Yale is to nurture and inspire students as leaders of social change and to advance justice and service in New Haven and around the world.  Dwight Hall, a not-for-profit organization independent of Yale, was founded by undergraduates in 1886 and has operated cont...
The James Blackstone Memorial Library provides essential access to information, resources and unique shared experiences to help ensure Branford is an educated and enriched community.
Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, "BEKI," is a caring community of concerned Jews and their families, promoting knowledge and service to God, study of Torah, and acts of kindness and social responsibility. BEKI members seek to respect the intellectual and religious integrity of each person, and to welcome people with diverse backgrounds seekin...
The Animal Haven, Inc.'s mission is to provide a temporary, safe, caring and humane refuge for homeless, adoptable cats and dogs and to subsequently place these animals in quality, adoptive, permanent homes. We advocate responsible pet ownership, follow a mandatory spay-neuter policy, prohibit euthanizing our animals, exc...
New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.'s mission is to provide high-quality legal services to individuals, families and groups who are unable to obtain legal services because of limited income, age, disability, discrimination and other barriers.
Valley United Way and its predecessor organizations (Community Chest, Red Feather, etc) have been raising and distributing funds to support the delivery of health and human service programming in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut, (Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour & Shelton) since the 1930's. Volunteers annually conduct a community...
GNHBPA was created to empower minority and female-owned businesses. Through its professional staff and dedicated volunteers, minority owned small business have received support towards reaching often-difficult road of profitability. GNHBA provides support through its massive business network, technical support, and training resources...
Ansonia Community Action (ACA) develops the physical and human resources of the City of Ansonia by assuming the role of Social Advocate and by promoting comprehensive human services through direct delivery and community referral.
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation protects and nourishes the vitality of significant buildings, landscapes and communities.   Visions:• Historic preservation activity results in economic growth in Connecticut, through job creation and leveraging public and private investment.̶...
Community Mediation helps people, organizations, and communities transform conflict into constructive solutions through mediation, facilitation, and training.
Our mission is to respond to the need of the Latino Community by assisting them to succeed in the U.S. society, and to enable Latinos to maintain and share their rich varied cultures with the broader community.
The Shelton Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is a non-profit corporation that focuses on the balanced development of the City of Shelton.  The SEDC's goal is to advance the economic development and public welfare of the City of Shelton by promoting and assisting the growth and development of businesses, including the encourageme...
The New Haven Free Public Library Foundation raises funds to support the mission of the New Haven Free Public Library.The New Haven Free Public Library is a community treasure focused on creating experiences for all ages that support cultural connections, economic engagement, lifelong learning and young minds. ...
The mission of URI is to foster environmental stewardship and human development by promoting citizen participation and community action through education, institutional cooperation and professional guidance, and to carry on any and all activities as may be helpful or appropriate to the foregoing goals and purposes.
To empower the people of Wallingford to meet their own communication needs, as they define them, by facilitating digital media creation and managing its public distribution.Use of WPAA-TV digital media tools can help inform, connect, and build community through the production of ideas, opinions, stories, news, informat...
We are an organization of 15,000 people from 27 religious institutions: urban and suburban, multi-faith, and racially and ethnically diverse, living in communities in New Haven and Fairfield Counties. We discover, research, analyze, and articulate a powerful moral voice for public education campaigns for our membership that lead to&nb...
Connecticut Voices for Children's mission is to promote the well-being of all of Connecticut's children and families by identifying and advocating for strategic public investments and wise public policies. Connecticut Voices advances its mission through high quality research and analysis, policy development, strategic communications and establis...
DataHaven is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a 25-year history of public service to Greater New Haven and Connecticut. Our mission is to improve quality of life by collecting, sharing, and interpreting public data for effective decision making.  DataHaven directly supports effective institutional and g...
To promote development of professional quality hyper local online journalism
New Haven/Leon Sister City Project is a progressive, binational, grassroots organization that seeks to promote social justice in Greater New Haven and Leon, Nicaragua. By sending delegations of volunteers from Greater New Haven to the rural community of Goyena, we educate local students and adults about Nicaragua, the second poorest...
Capital for Change's (C4C) mission is to provide flexible, creative and responsive financial products and services to benefit low and moderate income persons, and minority and otherwise disadvantaged individuals, businesses and communities. The vision for Capital for Change is to be Connecticut's premier community development financial instit...
 The mission of the Greater New Haven Labor History Association is to collect, preserve and celebrate the history, culture and traditions of working people and their unions in the city of New Haven and its surrounding communities.
Our mission is to make the Valley a better place to live and work, both now and in the future, by connecting private philanthropy to the long-term public good of the Valley.
Local History Preservation The purpose of the Oxford Historical Society, Inc is dedicated to preserving and encouraging community interest in the history of Oxford, Connecticut We seek to ensure that present and future generations can share in and understand their rich heritage.
At Junior Achievement, we give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Our business volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that teach students from kindergarten through high school the basics of financial literacy, workforce ...
1000 Friends of Connecticut is a statewide organization whose mission is to promote and shape growth to ensure a prosperous economy, a healthy natural environment, and distinctive, integrated and attractive communities while promoting opportunities in education, housing, transportation, and employment for current and future generations.
New Haven Youth Soccer's goal is to promote and advance youth soccer in New Haven, as well as to create a place where children from diverse backgrounds and economic situations can play together. We provide a place for boys and girls in kindergarten through high school to learn the game of soccer and to have fun. It is a developmental soccer prog...
The Center for Children's Advocacy's mission is to improve the child welfare, juvenile justice, health and education systems' responsiveness to the needs of children who are resource-poor, by providing legal representation and legal rights training.  
The Connection's mission is Building Safe, Healthy, Caring Communities and Inspiring People to Reach Their Full Potential as Productive and Valued Citizens. We carry out our mission by providing programs in three primary service areas: Behavioral Health, Family Support Services, and Community Justice.  Each month 7,000 C...
The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center's (CVLC) vision is for all military veterans in Connecticut to live with adequate means, affordable health care, safe and secure housing, and peace of mind. To this end, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center works in medical-legal partnership at VA healthcare facilities to help low-income veterans overc...
The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance works to reduce the number of children and youth entering the juvenile and criminal justice system, and advocate a safe, effective, and fair system for those involved. The Alliance accomplishes its mission by serving as a catalyst for systems reform. It employs the following strategies i...
The mission of the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) is to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. Primarily engaged in microenterprise development, WBDC offers program...
CWEALF is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. To achieve this mission the organization provides legal education and advocacy services, leads statewide policy and advocacy campaigns, implements research and evaluatio...
Public Allies CT's (PACT) mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. Toward this end we offer, a signature leadership development AmeriCorps program that advances the skills, networks, and experiences of diverse young leaders linked to a national service model; a proven p...
The mission of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is to protect the natural character and environmental health of the entire Housatonic Watershed for this and future generations. 
True Colors works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed. We challenge all forms of oppression through education, training, advocacy, youth leadership development, mentoring and direct services to youth and those responsible for their well-being.
The Community Fund for Women and Girls promotes social and economic advancement for women and girls through strategic philanthropy, grants, advocacy and collaboration.    A component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls is a permanent endowment focusing...
The Prosperity Foundation (TPF) is an emerging philanthropic and educational initiative designed to strengthen Connecticut's Black/African American communities in critical areas such as health, education, and economic development.  TPF is an outgrowth of the Urban Prosperity Fund, which was created in New Haven, Connecticut in 2010...
Our mission is to protect poor children in family court and advocate for systemic changes to the adversarial system and other policies that advance the well-being of children involved in family transitions. Through our programs and services, we strive to create safe, stable environments for children whose parents are in chronic confli...
To improve the quality of life for people who are blind, visually impaired, or with other special needs.   Founded in 1946, The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. provides independence for people who are blind, visually impaired, or with other disabilities through the use of guide and service dogs...
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  Vision The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We asp...
Our mission is to create a safe and accessible all-inclusive outdoor playground that fosters imaginative play and developmental learning where all children can play side-by-side in an environment of acceptance and understanding of differences.  
New Haven Farms promotes health and community development through urban agriculture.  The Farm-Based Wellness Program provides free cooking, nutritional, and agricultural education to participants referred from healthcare providers in New Haven for 16-20 weeks during the growing season. After each session, participants take ho...
The purpose of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is to witness for Christ by uniting all people in a common bond of Christian fellowship through worship, hospitality, service, concern, and evangelism and to keep our hearts open to new possibilities.
For 20 years, The New Haven Animal Shelter has helped abused and neglected animals find loving, permanent homes.  We continue to socialize, train, and provide medical care to help adoptable cats and dogs live the life they so deserve.  Our efforts include educating the public about responsible animal ownership, continue fundraising, re...
The mission at the Urban League of Southern Connecticut (ULSC) is to enable African Americans and other minority groups to secure and sustain economic self-reliance and parity through education and instruction. The vision of ULSC is to unify, inspire and empower our community through leadership, advocacy and development.
The mission of the Progreso Latino Fund (PLF) is to promote the educational and socio-economic well-being of Latinos in the City of New Haven and the region, with special attention given to Puerto Rican youth; as advised by committee. PLF is a component Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
The Institute Library's mission is to fulfill its historical purpose of "mutual assistance in the attainment of useful knowledge" for its members and the New Haven community at large through literature, civil discourse, and the arts. The Institute Library's vision is the perpetuation of the modern community library as a physical place, social sp...
Friends of Animals works to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. Our goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world.
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, in partnership with members and communities throughout the state, creates change through leadership, advocacy, and building the capacity of members and the field to respond to environmental challenges. Our collective mission is to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut.
The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) protects forests, parks, walking trails, and open spaces for future generations by connecting people to the land. CFPA directly involves individuals and families, educators, community leaders, and volunteers to enhance and defend Connecticut's rich natural heritage. CFPA is a private, non-prof...
 NVP's mission is to bring together Valley residents, especially the poor and working poor, to build community, develop their leadership skills, and act on their faith and democratic values to create the power to address the systemic causes of poverty and injustice in the Valley.During the past 30 years...
End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) is a statewide anti-hunger and food security policy organization dedicated to ending hunger beyond emergency food and promoting healthy nutrition in Connecticut. Our mission is to eliminate hunger in the state through legislative and administrative advocacy, outreach and public education. 
The mission of the American Anti-Vivisection Society is to unequivocally oppose and work to end experimentation on animals and to oppose all other forms of cruelty to animals.
To promote the development of professional quality hyper local online journalism.
To build stronger, better informed communities through professional, hyperlocal, online journalism in the lower Naugatuck Valley of Connecticut.
The Connecticut Health Investigative Team [C-HIT], founded in December 2010, is a non-profit news service dedicated to providing high-impact, public service journalism on vital issues of health and safety and empowering consumers to make informed health care choices. C-HIT is dedicated to helping to train the next generation of y...
The mission of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame is to honor publicly the achievements of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls.
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.
The Derby Community Endowment will help fund educational improvements and beautification projects to improve the Derby community.  A component fund of The Valley Community Foundation, the Derby Community Endowment is a permanent endowment focusing exclusively on the needs of and the opportunities for Derby.
Our mission to provide year round access to programs and services that help people with chronic illnesses & disabilities improve their physical activity, functional movement, eating habits, and community-based independence.
The Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC) is a recognized leader and advocate for the elimination of homelessness, the creation of affordable homes, and the development of strong communities in Connecticut. None of these complex social problems can be solved by a single organization, and the Partnership has taken a leadership role in a pro...
The mission of The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (GNHCP) is to end the suffering of homeless cats through the practice of trap/neuter/return (TNR), and to educate the community about the importance of animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.
Victim Rights Center of Connecticut, Inc. (VRCCT) provides quality, free or low-cost legal support to victims of sexual assault, child sexual assault, child abuse,  violence against those identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer, elder abuse, & homicide .VRCCT is the only organization providing no...
America's VetDogs' mission is to help those who have served our country honorably to live with dignity and independence, whether they are visually impaired or have other special needs, through the use of assistance dogs.   America's VetDogs provides independence, mobility and companionship for veterans and mi...
WPKN's MISSION STATEMENT WPKN's purpose is to provide a high quality, community-oriented broadcast service to the people of Southern Conn, New York's Suffolk County and Berkshirefoothill...
The mission of Christ Episcopal Church is to share the love of Christ through out worship, ministry, and fellowship. In addition to our outreach ministry through our Missions & Social Concerns Committee, Christ Episcopal Church is the fiscal sponsor for the Kathleen C. B. Samela Memorial Food Bank which provides meals for the most ...
The International Association of New Haven is committed to funding programs that enhance and promote cultural understanding in our diverse community.
East Haven United's mission is to unite the residents of East Haven through benevolence, service and compassion; we promote communication and cooperation to empower all residents of East Haven to build a cohesive community. 
Congregation B'nai Jacob is a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. We are an egalitarian and fully participatory congregation. We have minyan services twice daily every day of the year. Our Shabbat morning services include congregational singing, stimulating s...
The Optimates Society was formed to encourage learning, debate and the exchange of philosophies and ideas among Yale students and in the Greater New Haven community. The Society believes such activities are central to the development of well-spoken, principled leaders with a fundamental understanding of the ideas that have shaped history. To ...
The Connecticut Humane Society (CHS) is the leading resource in the state for companion animal welfare; enriching the lives of families and communities through adoption services, medical care, education, and prevention of cruelty. Four core values bring this mission to life: stewardship, quality care, community, and respect.
The Springs Learning Center is an educational ministry established and supported by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.  We seek to provide a holistic literacy program for under-served adult learners, with a special emphasis on English as a Second Language (ESL).
The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) is an association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good.
Apostle Immigrant Services (AIS) works with and supports immigrants in achieving their goals, particularly through legal and educational services.
CT Community Nonprofit Alliance's mission is to advocate and build capacity for community-based, nonprofit organizations that strengthen and sustain healthy communities.The new organization has the following strategic commitments:1. Build the capacity of our members to be vibrant, financially stable and to a...