Urban Update 
The monthly newsletter of the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative
May 2012
While the work of the Urban Initiative never stops, May marks the end of the academic year at UMass Dartmouth. This means that students--including almost 30 who have worked on projects with or through the Urban Initiative this semester--are hurriedly wrapping up reports, a few of which we hope to feature in next month's newsletter. It also means that Hannah Colestock, the Urban Initiative's graduate research assistant for the past year, will be moving on to put her newly acquired Master's of Public Policy to use as the Executive Director of Girls on the Run - Rhode Island. Good luck, Hannah!

We are currently working on hiring a new grad assistant for the upcoming school year. In the meantime, we're excited to announce that UMass Dartmouth undergrad Evan Desrochers will be joining us for the inaugural year of our Urban Policy Summer Internship Program. Do you know a college student who might be interested in contributing their talents to the work of the Urban Initiative as an intern this summer? Please put them in touch!

  • Today, the Urban Initiative is hosting nearly 20 of our local friends and partners on a visit to the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Roxbury, MA. DSNI is considered a model for sustainable, resident-driven neighborhood revitalization, a topic about which there has been considerable conversation in our region's cities. We expect that our group, which includes people with backgrounds in education, housing, the arts, and economic development, will come home with inspiration, information, and ideas for action. Keep an eye on our blog for a recap of this trip, and get in touch if you want to learn more about this effort! 
  • Seekonk may not be 'urban,' but they offered us a project we couldn't refuse, because it centers around two things that are near and dear to our hearts: financial education and program evaluation. We'll be helping them track the outcomes of a two-year-long initiative called Dollars and Sense, which includes four semesters of financial education workshops for Seekonk women.  
From the blog:

Not (yet) a subscriber to our blog, Urban Update? Here's what you've been missing: 

  • The just-released, street-by-street data from the 1940 Census holds a trove of information that will interest policy wonks and homeowners alike. Check out this post to get connected to the data, learn who used to to live in your neighborhood, and contemplate the many ways in which our economy has changed over the past 72 years.
  • Tongue firmly in cheek, guest blogger Jen Gonet suggests that to make more money, New Bedford women with graduate degrees should move to Fall River. This data-rich post explores the gap between between men and women when it comes to earnings, highlighting a noteworthy point that in South Coast cities, an average woman needs a Bachelor's degree to earn more than an average man without even a high school diploma.   
Upcoming Events

What: Nonprofit Fundraising Law, a workshop sponsored by Fall River City Councilor David Dennis and presented by UMass Law's Linnea Michel. RSVP by calling 508.673.2939 or emailing dendenllc@comcast.net.
When: Monday 5/7 at 6:30p  
Where: Boys & Girls Club of Fall River, 803 Bedford St.
Cost: Free

What: "Hands on Communications: Tools & Strategies for Sharing Your Story" Presented by Kath Connolly, the Director of Partnerships at The Learning Community, a high poverty high performing public charter school in Central Falls, RI.  Register here.

When: Friday 5/11 from 9:00-12:00p  

Where: The Rhode Island Foundation
Cost: $25

What: "The Art of the Schmooze" Presented by Robbie Samuels, forming and cultivating relationships is at the heart of any successful fundraising campaign, volunteer drive, committee effort or community building activity. This training will give you the confidence to pursue your personal goals. RSVP here.

When: Monday 5/14 from 6:00-8:30p   

Where: Third Sector New England's NonProfit Center Floor 1, Community Room 89 South Street, Boston, Mass.

Cost: $10-20 suggested cash donation at the door  


Want your upcoming event listed? Email us!

In this issue:
From the blog
Grant opportunities
Job opportunities

 About the Urban Initiative:


The Urban Initiative at UMass Dartmouth is a division of the Center for Policy Analysis that was established in 2007 to address challenges and opportunities in the region's smaller industrial cities, with a particular emphasis on nearby communities like Fall River and New Bedford.  


In addition to conducting applied research, evaluating programs and policies, facilitating collaborations, and providing technical assistance to cities and organizations therein, the Urban Initiative serves as a knowledge base for urban policy issues and their applications in the region. 

Help wanted:Guest bloggers


Since its launch last September, the Urban Initiative's blog has informed over 800 unique visitors from 30 states (plus DC) and 23 different countries.  


Keeping our content fresh, engaging, and relevant is a lot of work, which is why we're reaching out to the community for guest contributions. A typical post is anywhere from 3-5 paragraphs, and we encourage posts that apply a broad urban policy issue to something with which our readers--most of whom hail from the South Coast--can identify. So if you're itching to write or have a great idea that you'd like to explore, shoot us an email


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Grant & technical assistance opportunities

The Sovereign Bank Foundation  

Deadline: June 8, 2012


The foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for individuals served by organizations located in the communities served by the bank. Foundation resources are allocated to requests benefiting low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. The Community Development Grants focuses on four major funding priorities: 1) Community Investment and Economic Development, 2) Youth and Education. 3) Health and Human Service, 4) Arts and Culture. More details here.   


Blue Cross Blue Shield-MA Foundation Grants   

Deadline (intent to apply): June 10, 2012    


BCBSMA has two grant opportunities available: 1) Strengthening the Voice for Access provides two years of core operating support to Massachusetts organizations whose mission and activities focus significantly on promoting the health care interests of Massachusetts residents through strategic advocacy. More information here. 2) Connecting Consumers with Care provides two-year grants to Massachusetts community-based organizations, community health centers and select hospital-based programs.  The goal is to help consumers enroll in and maintain access to coverage, collaborate with advocacy organizations to address system-level barriers, and educate and equip consumers to utilize the health care system more effectively and appropriately.   


Jane's Trust

Deadline: July 15 (for September consideration)


Jane's Trust will make grants to qualifying organizations in the greater Boston area that focus exclusively on health and welfare. These objectives may include: Efforts to directly improve the health and welfare of vulnerable and under served populations; efforts to alleviate human suffering and provide for basic human needs; projects and organizations that promote individual and community wellness, disease prevention and equal care for all; efforts to understand links between human and animal health and welfare. Learn more here.  


Know of any other upcoming opportunities we should share? Email us!
Job opportunities

MA Promise Fellows       

Where: New Bedford, MA  


There are two unique opportunities to serve as a Promise Fellow in New Bedford. 1) 3rd Eye Youth Empowerment seeks a Youth Leadership Fellow to lead a group of city youth in the planning and execution of the organization's 14th annual 3rd Eye Open, a cultural festival celebrating the arts and hip hop.  Learn more here. 2) The City of New Bedford Parks and Recreation is seeking a fellow to coordinate its new program, Let's Move Beyond the Bell. This afterschool program will take place at the city's newest community center, and its goals include improving educational attainment and health.  Get details here.  


The City of New Bedford   

Where: New Bedford, MA 


The City of New Bedford is currently searching to fill various positions with a focus on policy, management, environment, and community development. These openings include: City Planner, Community Development Coordinator, Director of Environment Stewardship, and Executive Director of the Harbor Development Commission. To learn more about any of these positions click here.   


Part-time Administrative Assistant, The Garfield Foundation  

Where: New Bedford, MA


The New Bedford-based Garfield Foundation is seeking a part-time administrative assistant. Responsibilities include managing and tracking grants, drafting communications and correspondence, coordinating travel, and general office management. Learn more here. 


Part-time Development Manager, YWCA of Southeastern MA

Where: New Bedford, MA


This part-time (18 hrs/week) position involves overseeing fundraising from individual and corporate donors as well as grant research and writing. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree and at least three years of development experience.  Click here for the full job description.  



Make sure to check out our blog, which has many more job opportunities than those featured here. And let us know if you have an opportunity to share!