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Believe in Syracuse Announces New Board Members

To view our entire roster of active board members visit believeinsyracuse.org/board_of_directors

Jessica_Bumpus.jpgJessica Bumpus - Board Member

Jessica Bumpus has been a resident of the Syracuse area since 2004, moving from central Texas to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at SUNY ESF. After having her son in 2007, she decided to settle in the area. She currently works at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo as the Gift Shop Manager and Buyer, the Chair of the Conservation Committee, and member of the Education Committee. She is the Treasurer for the Rosamond Gifford Zoo chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) and former Executive Board member of GreeningUSA. She recently moved to Lyncourt, has one son (aged 9), a wonderful husband, and a personal zoo (3 cats, 2 dogs, 1 guinea pig). In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, and running (both competitively and for fun). She is very interested in sustainability, civic engagement, and community organizing.

 

 


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Kim Parker - Secretary

Kim Parker is the Founder of the AP Professionals Syracuse, NY office, a professional staffing firm which opened in May 2014 and is the newest office of the firm which was founded in 1993 in Buffalo and has offices in Rochester and Scottsdale, AZ. Leveraging 25+ years of management experience in Fortune 500 companies as well as community-based organizations, Kim’s focus is on placement of finance, accounting, human resources and administrative professionals on a direct hire, temporary and temporary-to-hire basis in the greater Syracuse community. She loves helping people get the job they want with the employer they want and everybody wins! Kim resides in Cazenovia and her pride and joy are her two sons, a 23-year-old who is a U.S. Marine Corps Officer and a 12-year-old who is in 7th grade and an avid hockey player. Kim is excited and honored to be a part of Believe in Syracuse and to be a member of the Board.


Sally_Photo.jpgSally Sayles-Hannon - Board Member

Sally is a diversity educator and active community organizer/advocate in Central New York. She has been an instructor at five U.S. universities and colleges. Currently, she holds an instructor position at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York in the School of Social Sciences and Education. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Grand Valley State University, an M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. Sally is presently the Chair of Believe in Syracuse’s Community Service Committee.

 

Sally moved to Syracuse in August of 2008 from Dallas, Texas. Her love of Greater Syracuse, especially the community, has since made Syracuse her home. When she has the opportunity, she enjoys visiting family in Michigan, spending a good weekend in the outdoors, and listening to live music. She resides in Clay, New York with her significant other and two cats, Otto and Ollie.

Job Opportunity! Program & Outreach Specialist Position.

Sharing for a friend! A local nonprofit organization is seeking applicants for the following full-time position! Please note that this is not a position with Believe in Syracuse and all inquiries should be directed to the hiring organization by email at manage2008work@gmail.com.

Job Title: Program & Outreach Specialist / Full Time / Syracuse

Education: Minimum Associates Degree

Experience: Minimum 2 years nonprofit experience in a related field preferred.  

Appropriate experience in for profit business may be substituted.

Good social media skills a plus.

Delivery of direct program services to clients

Salary:$28k - $31k annually / DOE

Benefits: Medical insurance available, paid vacation, paid holidays, misc.

Apply: Send resumé & cover letter to: manage2008work@gmail.com

JOB SUMMARY

Assist in the smooth and efficient operation and administration of a variety of organization programs, as well perform outreach activities as directed, to ensure effective and timely delivery of mission-driven services.

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinates the delivery of services & outreach throughout the CNY community to increase effectiveness & efficiency.

  • Process large volume of client requests/intake for program services.  Heavy client contact.

  • Develops forms, documents and maintains records of programmatic, outreach & volunteer activities.

  • Compose and edit internal and external correspondence.

  • Maintain agency databases & files, tracks activity data, and assist in preparation of pertinent reports.

  • Utilizes designated evaluation tools and conducts periodic reviews / reports findings.

  • Direct liaison to volunteers and community partners, providing direction, input and feedback.  

  • Assists in promotion of organization programs & activities to increase public awareness and program units of service.

  • Assist in planning and implementing special projects.

  • General office duties.

  • Other duties as assigned.

 

COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Able to work independently and manage time effectively.

  • Exceptional organizational skills.  Able to prioritize and plan work with minimal oversight, while developing realistic action plans with a high level of commitment and follow-through.

  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment and includes appropriate persons in the decision-making process.  

  • Ability to align work with organizational strategic goals.

  • Self-starter -- Maintain a high degree of professionalism and able to approach others with tact.  

  • Ability to synthesize complex or diverse data & information.

  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner, as well as use reason when dealing with emotional topics.

  • Excellent written, social media, and oral communication skills.  Able to respond well to questions, as well as read and clearly interpret written information.

  • Willingness to learn new concepts and skills.

  • High degree of empathy balanced with an understanding of ethical behavior and business practices.  

  • Teamwork – Contributes to building a positive team spirit.  Gives and welcomes feedback.

 

EQUIPMENT / COMPUTER PROFICIENCY

  • Phone and voicemail system

  • High degree of proficiency with computer software, particularly Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher)

  • E-mail and Internet

  • Copier, scanner, misc office equipment

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • General office environment, occasional outreach/events offsite.

  • May be required to occasionally work some evening and weekend hours.

  • Occasional, light lifting of supplies (under 25 lbs.) for program activities.

  • Must have valid NYS driver’s license.

Our 5th Birthday Party - Where should it be?

We turned 4 years old this past January and held a huge celebration at the MOST in Armory Square. Other recent birthday party locations: Sky Armory and the Landmark Theater!

Where do you think we should hold the next big event? Click here and let us know!

Aside from a location, we'd love to hear your feedback on our big events. Just a few quick questions in our survey. Average completion time so far has just been 4 minutes. Fill it out here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BelieveFEA

Believe in Syracuse's Community and Caring Initiative is hosting a feminine hygiene drive for low-income and homeless women and girls in need of tampons, sanitary napkins, disposable cleansing wipes, and condoms in the Greater Syracuse community. We're holding a fundraiser via Facebook in order to make a big impact with this. Click here to donate $10, $50 or whatever you can.

Finally, we're doing one last big push for Fall Fellowship applicants! Interested in interning with Believe in Syracuse this fall, or do you know someone who might? Click here and apply or spread the word!
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Shape the Future of Believe in Syracuse's Special Events

Thank you to the hundreds of you who came out to the Greater Syracuse Arts & Culture Festival on Friday at the Zoo!

Special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor AP Professionals! Thank you to our Platinum sponsor Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Gold sponsors CH Insurance, CNY Community Foundation, Unorthadoxed Studios, Breadcrumbs Productions, our 60+ amazing vendors and thank you to Rosamond Gifford Zoo!

I am writing to you today because we want your feedback on this event and all out big special events. From the Progress Gala to our Birthday Parties to this year's Arts & Culture Festival, we want your honest opinion of our events. More importantly, we want to know what types of events you'd like to see us plan and what types of events you'd like to attend in the future!

By taking this 6 question survey, you have a real opportunity to help shape what will be some incredibly exciting and cutting-edge events that are purposeful and fun. We want our events to build up our community and bring us together to celebrate and enjoy Syracuse.

New ideas and suggestions are encouraged! Click here and let us know what you think.

If you were a vendor or a sponsor at any of our events over the past two years, click here to fill out our vendor/sponsor survey.

Here are some photos of our Arts & Culture Festival Last Friday at the Zoo:

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Festival Tonight at the Zoo! How to get $5 off admission at the door.

Still don't have your tickets for tonight's big festival? Never fear. You can still get $5 off admission at the door AND support a great cause at the same time!

The Community and Caring Initiative of Believe in Syracuse is hosting a feminine hygiene drive for low-income and homeless women and girls in need of tampons, sanitary napkins, disposable cleansing wipes, and condoms in the Greater Syracuse community. Benefiting organizations include Hope Print, Samaritan Center, CanTeen of Central New York, and Vera House. If you bring a box of one of these items you get admission for $25 instead of $30!

The event is all throughout the indoor zoo, the banquet room, the lower and upper lobby as well as the courtyard, so there will be a lot to explore! The event was spotlighted in a great report on WAER 88.3 Radio about how events like these can break down barriers and bring people together. Click here to check it out. I was also on Channel 5 on TV yesterday and the event is on Syracuse.com this morning!

When so often our country seems divided these days, this event will be doing our part to bring people together from diverse backgrounds and cultures and break down barriers. Art, food and music are things we all enjoy.

Can't wait to see you TONIGHT Friday the 18th from 5:30 - 9PM at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo!

This is an ART FESTIVAL:

23 Art Businesses Selling Bags, Jewelry, Photography, Origami, Clay items and more. Also 14 Art Nonprofits such as Syracuse Stage, Auburn Public Theater, and the Syracuse City Ballet.

This is an INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL:

With the price of admission, you get enough FREE FOOD samples to serve as your dinner. Food from Indian, Jamaican, Creole, Louisianna, Italian, Pakistani, Syrian, Japanese, Mexican, Filipino, Southern Fusion, Irish, Middle Eastern and Lebanese cultures!

This Event Celebrates CULTURE AND DIVERSITY:

A DJ playing Arabic, Spanish, and Reggae music. An Irish Dance Troupe, Refugees from Syria and Pakistan who started their own food businesses and will be serving up amazing food. There will also be 8 History and Culture Nonprofits such as Onondaga Historical Association and the Irish American Cultural Institute.

This is a FUN FRIDAY NIGHT:

The zoo will have their full bar available with Beer, Wine, Spirits and other beverages for sale. If you're keeping it local, have a Syracuse Pale Ale or a Swallow Wit beer from Middle Ages! Also, we have a distillery from Rochester providing free samples of their liquor! The event will be inside and outside so it will be a great way to enjoy the summer!

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THIS FRIDAY NIGHT: Arts & Culture Fest! Don't Miss Out!

In times like these, it's so important for us all to come together and celebrate our diversity. Events like these can unite us when so often we seem divided. Our big event is just days away and I want to thank you for your support.

WHATGreater Syracuse Arts & Culture Fest Presented by AP Professionals!
WHO: 65 Participating Art, Cultural, and Food Organizations Entertaining YOU!
WHEN: This Friday, August 18th from 5:30 - 9 pm
WHERE: Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Pl, Syracuse, NY 13204
WHY: Proceeds Benefit Believe in Syracuse. Enjoy food, Beer, Wine, Art, and Diversity!
HOW MUCH: $20 or 2 for $35 online until Wednesday. $30 at the door if not sold out. Kids get in free.

CLICK HERE AND RSVP NOW

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For more info check out our new blog posts at the links below:

Top 4 Reasons to Attend the Arts & Culture Fest!

Check out our floor plan of all the amazing vendors we'll have on Friday!

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WHO: 65 Participating Art, Cultural, and Food Organizations Entertaining YOU!
WHEN: This Friday, August 18th from 5:30 - 9 pm
WHERE: Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Pl, Syracuse, NY 13204
WHY: Proceeds Benefit Believe in Syracuse. Enjoy food, Beer, Wine, Art, and Diversity!
HOW MUCH: $20 or 2 for $35 online until Wednesday. $30 at the door if not sold out. Kids get in free.

CLICK HERE AND RSVP NOW

Celebrate Syracuse! This is YOUR town!

Too often, Central New Yorkers get down on themselves and their community. Negative perceptions of Syracuse led to cynicism and apathy. Today, however, Syracuse is on the rise and we're leading the charge changing perceptions of our community.

Sometimes we take for granted how good we have it here. Traffic is minimal and it takes about 15 minutes to get just about anywhere. While it's easy to make note of our winters, we have four distinct seasons. Many other regions of the country don't get to experience all four of them. Syracuse also receives national recognition for the low cost of living and low cost of buying a home.
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Personally, I love Syracuse because it has the best of both worlds. Beautiful parks, farms, rural areas and wildlife. Syracuse is a great place to raise a family or grow old in. It's small enough to feel like home and big enough to have great art, culture, and diversity that will be on display this Friday at the Zoo.

In Greater Syracuse, we're lucky to have art and cultural resources like the Everson Museum, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse City Ballet, Auburn Public Theater, Onondaga Historical Association..... all of whom will be vendors at our event this Friday.

Diversity sums up a lot of what makes Syracuse great to me. A diversity of experiences (rural, suburban, urban, all within 15 minutes of each other), plus a diversity of people. In organizing this event what has stuck us are some of the incredible stories we've heard from some of the people who own the food businesses that will make this an international food festival.

Assad fled as a refugee from Syria and is now starting America's First Syrian Sweets & Ice Cream shop. Sara is starting Syracuse's first Pakistani Restaurant. Zell Avarez has a nationally recognized Filipino restaurant right here in Syracuse. Taste cuisine from each of them this Friday, August 18th at the Zoo. Click here and get your tickets and don't miss out on this experience.

I was on TV yesterday being interviewed on CNY Central about the event. Click here for a video of the interview!

Greater Syracuse Arts & Culture Fest this Friday, August 18th from 5:30-9pm at the Zoo!

  • Kids 12 and under get in free to enjoy the Zoo!
  • Live Music, cultural performances and more!
  • Wine, Beer Liquor available!
  • If we don't sell out, tickets will be $30 at the door
  • Tickets are currently $20 online or two for $35 at BelieveInSyracuse.org


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Are you with a group or company who would like 5, 10 or more tickets? Ask me about discounted group rates! Email john@believeinsyracuse.org

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Top 4 Reasons to Attend the Arts & Culture Fest!

The Greater Syracuse Arts & Culture Festival - an International Food Festival and fundraiser for our charitable work, for our big public art mural project we are funding and our programs - is just 9 days away!

This event was just featured on Syracuse.com yesterday and the excitement is building! Kids 12 and under get in free to enjoy the Zoo!! RSVP to join us Next Friday!

1. It's an Art Festival:

23 Art Businesses Selling Bags, Jewelry, Photography, Origami, Clay items and more. Also 14 Art Nonprofits such as Syracuse Stage, Auburn Public Theater, and the Syracuse City Ballet.

2. It's an INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL:

With the price of admission, you get enough FREE FOOD samples to serve as your dinner. Food from Indian, Jamaican, Creole, Louisianna, Italian, Pakistani, Syrian, Japanese, Mexican, Filipino, Southern Fusion, Irish, Middle Eastern and Lebanese cultures!

3. This Event Celebrates CULTURE AND DIVERSITY:

A DJ playing Arabic, Spanish, and Reggae music. An Irish Dance Troupe, Refugees from Syria and Pakistan who started their own food businesses and will be serving up amazing food. There will also be 8 History and Culture Nonprofits such as Onondaga Historical Association and the Irish American Cultural Institute.

4. This is a FUN FRIDAY NIGHT:

The zoo will have their full bar available with Beer, Wine, Spirits and other beverages for sale. If you're keeping it local, have a Syracuse Pale Ale or a Swallow Wit beer from Middle Ages! Also, we have a distillery from Rochester providing free samples of their liquor! The event will be inside and outside so it will be a great way to enjoy the summer!

For a limited time, tickets are just a $20 donation for one or $35 for two. If we don't sell out, tickets will be $30 at the door. What are you waiting for? Get your tickets today at www.BelieveInSyracuse.org/festival

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Group Ticket Pack Discount:

Are you with a Family, a Business, a social group, or any organization that might like to come to the event together? Maybe you want to bring your family closer together, do some team building or get tickets for employee appreciation? Click here for special discounts for groups!

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John DeSantis
Believe in Syracuse

Our Big Announcement on TV and Discounted $20 Tickets for Arts & Culture Fest!

TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!

Friday, August 18th from 5:30 - 9pm we're hosting an International Food Festival and a celebration of the Art, Culture, Music, and Diversity that make Syracuse Beautiful. Proceeds from the event support our charitable work in the community! 

With 14 international food vendors providing you with free food samples, the price of admission covers your dinner for the night. 

Beer, Wine and other drinks will be available for purchase. Kids get in free to enjoy the Zoo and tickets are only $20 for a limited time.
Click here to get discounted tickets before they are gone!

I held a press conference Wednesday at the Zoo to unveil the list of 65 vendors and other participating organizations! All three local TV news networks came out to cover the big announcement! Check out the full list of all who are participating in this unique and diverse event:

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This vendor list includes:

  • 23 Art Businesses Selling Bags, Jewelry, Photography, Origami, Clay items and more.

  • 14 food vendors with cuisine from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America

  • 3 Live Entertainment Acts such as DJ Rock, Legacy Music and the Francis Academy of Irish Dance

  • 14 Art Nonprofits such as Syracuse Stage, Auburn Public Theater, and the Syracuse City Ballet

  • 8 History and Culture Nonprofits such as Onondaga Historical Association and the Irish American Cultural Institute.

  • 3 Additional Event Sponsors such as Presenting Sponsor AP Professionals of Syracuse

For more info visit believeinsyracuse.org/festival or buy your tickets now at believeinsyracuse.org/syracuse_arts_and_culture_fest

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Graphic Design Fellow Molly Sweeney on her Summer Internship

"The projects I was asked to contribute to over the course of the summer were fun to be a part of. I got to help out with a range of projects from logo design, print media, copywriting, social media marketing, and web development. All of this while building my portfolio. I really couldn't have asked for a better organization to learn from and give my time to."

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Click "Read More" at the bottom of the post to read her article and see her work!

Believe in Syracuse is looking for Fall Fellows! Gain experience in the Non-Profit Sector, earn college credit, and be a leader of your community!

We are looking for interns interested in one or more of the following:
-Social Work
-Graphic Design
-Website Development
-Community Outreach
-Social Media Management
-Fundraising
-Event Planning

Click HERE to apply!

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