Believe in Syracuse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote positive perceptions and improve the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse Area. Below are just a few of our community accomplishments. We convert local pride into local progress. Join us in making Syracuse an even better place to call home!


Events - Timeline


- October - Feminine Hygiene Drive Benefiting Hope Print, Samaritan Center, CanTeen of Central New York and Vera House

- August - Greater Syracuse Arts & Culture Festival Rosamond Gifford Zoo

- July - Distributed 1,000 books at Summer Learning Day with the CNY Literacy Coalition

- June & July 5 - Summer Youth Literacy Book Drive (K-5) - collected over 2,500 books

- January - Believe in Syracuse's 4th Birthday @ The MOST - 1,200 attendees, 80 vendors, celebrated the Arts and our Believe in Syracuse Award bestowed upon a deserving community member, Carrier Lazarus, for her unbridled commitment to the Syracuse community


- December - Come Home to Syracuse - in partnership with 40 Below and a dozen hiring employers!

- October - ORANGE, Red & Yellow Creekwalk Stroll & Social - Cafe Kubal Creekwalk Commons

- September Community Organizing Training - South Side Innovation Center

- August Syracuse Neighborhood Olympics - Cummings Field Eastwood

- July Believe in Syracuse Progress Gala - SOLD OUT Historic Hotel Syracuse

- June Reading is Fun Block Party Homer Wheaton Park

- January Believe in Syracuse's 3rd Birthday Party Landmark Theatre - 600 Attendees, 30 vendors


- September - Believe in Syracuse's Office Grand Opening South Side Innovation Center

- July - Believe In Syracuse Presents: Clean Lake Party in the Park Willow Bay @ Onondaga Lake Park

- July - Syracuse Rising: Downtown Syracuse Maxwells

- May - Syracuse Latin School Courtyard Cleanup The Syracuse Latin School

- March - Light up Syracuse Downtown Syracuse

- February - Believe in Syracuse Committee Launch Event! Soule Branch Library

- January - Believe in Syracuse's 2nd Birthday Party! SKY Armory


November - Helped disadvantaged Syracuse Kids Get New Books - The Oncenter

November - Syracuse Rising: Westside - The Pale and Bucket Pub

September - Syracuse Rising: Westcott Street - Beer Belly Deli & Pub

July - Believe in Syracuse Northside Neighborhood Night - Change of Pace

June - Syracuse Rising: What's Next? - Black Olive

May - Strathmore & South Side Neighborhood Night - Swallows Tavern

April - Day of Action: Clean up 'Cuse - Samaritan Center

February - Eastwood Neighborhood Night: Believe in Syracuse - Chadwicks

January - Believe in Syracuse's First Birthday Party - Small Plates, Armory Square


- November - Serving Breakfast to the Homeless and Hungry at the Samaritan Center

- July - Believe in Syracuse Networking Social at Beer Belly Deli - helped keep their business from going under

- July - Believe in Syracuse Volunteers feeding the homeless and hungry at The Samaritan Center

- July - Park Clean-Up and post clean up trip to the Irish Festival on Tipp Hill! Pass Arboretum

- June - Our First General Interest Meeting - Soule Branch Library

- May - Believe in Syracuse's Kick-Off Social! Al's Wine & Whiskey Lounge - 60+ attended our first event!

- January - Believe in Syracuse was founded. We started our Social Media promotion of Greater Syracuse.

Excited about Believe in Syracuse's accomplishments? Get involved! 


Since our founding in January 2013:

  • Helped hundreds of our fellow Syracusans through various drives such as summer reading books, school supplies, warm weather wear, feminine hygiene products, making lunches for our homeless & hungry population, etc.
  • Partnered with various sponsors (BlueRock Energy, AP Professionals, etc.) who are helping us in our mission
  • Gained much media attention - local tv and newspaper, even garnered some great attention from the New York Times 
  • Having fun along the way! Largest Event to Date: 4th Birthday Party @ The MOST, with over 1200 attendees


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  • John DeSantis
    published this page in About us 2017-11-07 08:41:16 -0500