A core intention of CNY Solidarity Coalition is to bring together and support organizations already out there helping directly affected communities in the Central New York area. We (all of us) must not only work harder for the liberty of all people — we must work smarter. This means showing up for one another, and strategically sharing labor and resources. It also means not duplicating efforts.
Take some time and familiarize yourself with the incredible organizations and campaigns in the greater Syracuse area. Browse the directory by category, or scroll alphabetically. Pick a couple to connect with and see what you can do to help. When you’re out living your lives every day, learn to recognize needs and connect them with resources.
Feel free to email us with information about efforts you don’t see represented here. This is an ever-growing list.
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AccessCNY offers person-centered services that empower individuals of all ages and abilities to reach their
full potential as part of our shared community. Services are provided with dedication, compassion, innovation, and commitment.
The agency supports people with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries (ABI) and mental health issues.
#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.
Resettlement services and support for those forced to leave their countries due to unsafe conditions. The program provides assistance with applying for jobs and registering for English language classes, locating translators, finding housing, and securing medical care. Special academic programs prepare refugee children to attend school.
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Our mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.
CCA serves people in trouble: youth at risk; families in crisis; people struggling to address drug and alcohol problems and HIV and AIDS; and people who have been involved in the criminal justice system who are seeking community reintegration and productive, law-abiding lives. CCA endeavors to address these issues by emphasizing personal empowerment, self-respect and concern for one's community.
InterFaith Works’ Center for New Americans provides resettlement and post-resettlement services to help refugee families reestablish their lives and overcome the barriers to successful integration in their new communities. The program typically resettles 500-600 new refugees each year, and annually serves an additional 1,200 families who have been in the U.S. for less than five years.
Located In Utica, New York, our community-based and multicultural organization is committed to living wage jobs, affordable health care and education, educational opportunities, and improvement in living conditions for low and moderate income people. Founded in 1997, we advocate for the interests of children, families, seniors, and disabled in Central New York.
The mission of CNY Pride is to serve the Central New York lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and their allies.
Our annual Pride Parade and Festival, along with similar events throughout the year, provides a forum to celebrate and affirm individual sexual and gender identity, to commemorate our community's rich history and diversity, and to renew our dedication to ending intolerance and achieving equal rights.
Area federation representing over 100,000 members of 200 local unions in eleven central New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego,Tioga, and Tompkins. Mission: to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.
The core mission of the institution of the Dunbar Association Inc. is to enhance the quality of life, break the cycle of poverty, and develop racial equity in our community by strengthening youth and their families through a comprehensive delivery of services that promote excellence through advocacy and education.
Eastern Farmworkers is a volunteer-run organization involved with low-income working families. We work with farmers and their workers, and former manufacturing workers who have had to assume temporary jobs after plants like Carrier relocated. We work to bridge the gap between rural and urban communities, and maintain healthy relationships between employers and employees who are often affected by the same policies. We allocate benefits such as job and housing referrals, food and clothing distribution, and volunteer dental, legal, and medical services.
Focus on Awareness and Information Resources of New York, Inc. We host the educational booth at the New York State Fair to provide information and resources on issues ranging from bullying of LGBTQ youth, discrimination facing members of the LGBTQ community in employment, housing and health issues, GENDA, marriage equality and protection of LGBTQ families. Our Booth is a highly visible space that welcomes the general public as well as members of the LGBTQ community, as we work to promote inclusion and diversity through educational information and resources.
Friends of Dorothy is our initiative to be supportive of people with AIDS. Since October of 1992 we have offered home-based care to people with AIDS in a variety of ways, including recuperative or hospice care, supportive housing, and emergency assistance.
In My Father’s Kitchen, Inc. (IMFK) is a not-for-profit corporation founded by John and Leigh-Ann Tumino. IMFK is a faith-based organization offering non-denominational and non-discriminatory assistance to homeless people through direct street outreach.
InterFaith Works builds bridges of understanding to affirm the dignity of all people in Central New York. Working with the different faith communities and the diversity of the region’s people, we address deeply embedded social divisions.
The Islamic Society of Central New York (ISCNY) is a religious organization whose purpose is to provide programming and services for the religious, social, community, health and holistic well-being of the community. ISCNY is committed to and actively seeks to foster collaborative partnerships & promote inter-cultural & interfaith dialogue to eliminate misunderstandings about the principles and ideals of the Islamic way of life. ISCNY’s doors are open to anyone. Located in the heart of the City of Syracuse’s University Hill Neighborhood, serves a diverse community of over 15,000 spread throughout Central New York, from Oswego and Watertown to Ithaca, Camillus, and Syracuse.
The JCC of Syracuse is all about families coming together with the community. We offer programs and services for infants, toddlers, school-age children, teens, adults and seniors... something for everyone! Come for a visit and tour. You don't have to be Jewish to become a member of the JCC.
A diverse and democratic community of activists grounded in Jewish values and traditions and working together against anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, and anti-Jewish bigotry and oppression. We seek an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; and a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on international law.
The Syracuse chapter of JVP was started in Fall 2016. In addition to the goals above, we are committed to creating community; working for peace, social justice and human rights locally; and collaborating with other Central New York groups working on these and similar issues.
La Casita Cultural Center's mission is to advance an educational and cultural agenda of civic engagement through research, cultural heritage preservation, media, and the arts, bridging the Hispanic communities of Syracuse University and Central New York.
LadyFest Syracuse is a grassroots, community-based music and arts festival dedicated to celebrating women and feminism(s). We aim to support and foster a culturally, ethically, and racially diverse creative community. LadyFest Syracuse is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive space for for varied gender expressions, performances, and identities.
LiteracyCNY, formerly Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse (LVGS) provides adults in Central New York with the literacy tools and skills that they need to be contributing, productive, and engaged members of the community. We do this by advocating for adult education, providing instruction, and partnering with other community based agencies. Improving Adult Literacy makes our community stronger.
MCRA is a not-for-profit adult literacy service working in conjunction with all the public libraries in Madison County. MCRA trains volunteer literacy tutors and recruits potential learners 16 years of age and older who want to improve their basic English language skills, get a High School Equivalency diploma (“GED”) or learn English as a second language.
Develops public outreach programs that can save people money or energy, cut waste, avoid pollution, protect resources, eliminate use of fossil fuels, and help save the planet. Mainstream Green is a 501 C-3 Non Profit environmental charity.
The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation is dedicated to educating current and future generations about Gage’s work and its power to drive contemporary social change.
At the heart of our mission is the story of Matilda Joslyn Gage, a progressive visionary of women’s rights and human liberation and an often unacknowledged leader who, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony wrote the arguments, inspired the passions and organized the political action of the 19th century woman suffrage movement in the United States.
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.
NOW is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. CNY chapter covers Onondaga and nearby counties.
Grassroots organization of Central New Yorkers that recognizes and supports the sovereignty of the traditional government of the Onondaga Nation. A program of the Syracuse Peace Council, NOON supports the right of native peoples to reclaim land, and advocates for fair settlement of any claims which are filed.
Syracuse and surrounding areas - Inclusive group for all like-minded individuals who want to affect change especially with the new Presidential Administration threatening to destroy democracy as we know it. Upon learning the results of the 2016 Presidential election, three women came together to form New Feminists for Justice (NFFJ). Our goal is to work for peace through justice utilizing grassroots feminist efforts.
The North Side Learning Center (NSLC) was founded in 2009 and exists to aid in adult and youth literacy development, and to be instrumental in teaching self-sufficiency and self-actualization to newcomers in our community. Students come from dozens of countries around the world. Beyond the core of teaching English to adults and providing academic support to their children, additional programs are offered as resources allow.
We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, working to protect the civil rights and liberties of residents in 7 Central NY counties since 1963. The New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, promotes and defends the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution and New York State Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality, and due process of law. We carry out our mission through public education, advocacy and litigation.
The Partnership for Onondaga Creek is a diverse, community-based environmental justice organization, rooted in the Midland area of Syracuse, New York. We are committed to empowering local communities, through knowledge and tools for change, to make the water and environment in and along Onondaga Creek meet the highest standards.
Peace Action at SU is a new non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes non-violent resolution of conflict, the abolition of nuclear weapons, halting the global spread of conventional arms, building a human rights culture, and supporting human needs instead of militarism.
Protects and provides health care and education that empowers individuals and families. Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York has 10 health centers and one mobile unit. Delivers affordable, nonjudgmental, high quality health care to thousands of people each year. Staff specialize in reproductive and sexual health care.
Provides resources, education, advocacy and collaborative programs to improve health and reduce health disparities in areas such as prenatal and perinatal health, adolescent pregnancy and parenting, and HIV/AIDS, in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, and Cayuga counties.
Formerly known as the Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA), RISE was founded by Somali Bantu refugees in 2004 to ease the transition of other members of the resettled Somali Bantu community living in Onondaga County. RISE was established at the beginning of 2016. RISE's mission is to advocate and promote self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities in Onondaga County.
Offers resettlement services and support for those forced to leave their countries due to unsafe conditions. Provides assistance with applying for jobs and registering for English language classes, locating translators, finding housing, and securing medical care.
Promotes the well-being of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and allies in Central New York through health programs, social activities, and education.
Service Area: Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties.
Programs: Health and wellness programming, support groups, social activities, and education for health care providers about the needs of older LGBTQ people.
SASSE strives to create a community and safe space for students while also empowering one another through the use of creative expression and discussion. We advocate for sexual safety through activist efforts, education, and other events so that they can express themselves, meet other people, and feel comfortable in a supportive community.
**Update: Now Syracuse RISE
Established to promote Bantu cultural programs intended to inform about Bantu life in the United States and to promote programs directed to assisting and aiding the Bantu community in and around Onondaga County, New York in attaining the necessary skills, language competency and resources to overcome poverty and become functioning members of Society.
The Stand is an online South Side community newspaper that is written for and by South Side residents. As the voice of the South Side community of Syracuse, the paper aims to start a community conversation online by inviting residents of the South Side to share their stories. The paper is the brainchild of the South Side Newspaper Project, a collaboration of the South Side Community Coalition, Syracuse University and a number of dedicated South Side community residents.
The goal of the Southside Community Coalition is to restore, revitalize, and rejuvenate the Syracuse’s South Side community through a partnership with community residents, agencies, organizations, and Syracuse University.
Established in 1974, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., now d.b.a. Syracuse Community Connections. (SCC) is the managing entity of the City-owned Southwest Community Center (SWCC) located at 401 South Avenue. SWCC, in the tradition of settlement houses also known as community or neighborhood centers, provides services and activities designed to identify and reinforce the strengths of individuals, families and communities. SCC provides a refuge for community residents with a variety of services to meet a number of social, health, economic and nutritional needs.
SCW is a progressive publisher committed to peace, sustainability, social justice, feminism and multiculturalism. We create and publish visual materials, like calendars, posters, T-shirts, cards and postcards, and distribute them across North America.
The Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus is a community choral ensemble of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people and their allies, dedicated to providing and performing an eclectic and entertaining offering of quality choral music which reflects the diverse nature of our community and serves to unite us with the wider community around us.
Syracuse Grows is a grassroots network that cultivates food justice through advocacy, education, and resources in support of urban food production. We envision a community where everyone has the equal opportunity to produce healthy and culturally appropriate food.
Oldest local, autonomous, grassroots peace and social justice organization in the United States. SPC educates, agitates and organizes for a world where war, violence, and exploitation in any form will no longer exist. Anchor organization of CNY Solidarity Coalition.
Mission to engage the University Community to empower students, enhance equity and provide a platform for innovation and inclusion. We achieve this by mitigating competitive disadvantages and environmental barriers that impact learning; by supporting faculty in the classroom and our colleagues across the university to strive for universal design and full inclusion. We provide individual academic adjustments when environmental barriers cannot be eliminated and assistive technology that fosters independent, self-determined learners.
Established to support and promote the academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development, civic engagement, and retention of students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups at Syracuse University.
Provides parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies on a variety of special education and disability-related topics designed to assist them in understanding child's disability, education process, and parental rights within that process.
SUPAC, the Mid-State Special Education Parent Center, is funded through a contract with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education and seeks to empower parents to become meaningfully involved in their children’s education through school, family, and community partnerships. SUPAC is a project of the SU Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies and is located on the Syracuse University campus.
An organization made up of community groups; faith based organizations and concerned citizen, dedicated to creating a local economy that provides good jobs and job training for local communities of color, low income families and more opportunities for local woman and minority-owned enterprises.
Vera House is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence service agency providing shelter, advocacy, and counseling services for women, children & men, education and prevention programs and community coordination.
One of Syracuse’s longest-surviving community gardens, cultivated primarily by community members living near the garden, the West Newell St. Garden utilizes a shared harvest model and holds regular garden workdays, garden lunches, barbecues, and fishing trips. West Newell Street Community Garden is a social change garden, striving to be inclusive of individuals from diverse backgrounds and ethnic groups.
The Workers’ Center of Central New York is a grassroots organization focused upon workplace and economic justice. Through community organizing, leadership development, popular education and policy advocacy, the Workers’ Center of Central New York aims to empower marginalized, low-wage workers to combat workplace abuses and improve wages and working conditions throughout the community.
WCCNY is an anchor organization of CNY Solidarity Coaltion.