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NMIC’s Statement on the Recent Supreme Court Decision

New York, NY— June 29, 2022— NMIC denounces the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe V. Wade, Maria Lizardo comments:  

The Supreme Court’s recent catastrophic decision has caused the civil rights in our nation to regress. The overturn of Roe v. Wade will undoubtedly disproportionately impact the lives of low-income, Black, and Latina women who access abortion services at the highest rates and who have the highest maternal mortality rates. Access to reproductive health services was already inaccessible to many who were already encountering systemic barriers like financial, educational, and language will now be pushed further out of reach.   

NMIC condemns the overturning of this fundamental human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy. In this moment we are pushed to re-evaluate what true reproductive health access looks like for our communities living in the fringes. Building beyond Roe means centering the voices of our community to march forward. Our mission statement is to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the people in our community on their paths to secure and prosperous futures, and despite this Supreme Court ruling, we will continue fighting for the necessary resources for all women to lead secure and prosperous futures for generations to come. Pa’lante” 

About NMIC 

Established in 1979, our mission is to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the people in our community on their paths to secure and prosperous futures. We provide crisis intervention with legal or social services such as eviction prevention and cash/food relief. We then support clients as they define and achieve their own goals—generally through education, workforce training, and/or community organizing. Our staff of 120 attorneys, advocates, organizers, counselors, educators, etc., serve about 14,000 clients each year with a variety of programs to address Housing, Immigration, Education/Career, Finance/Benefits, Health, and Holistic needs. We primarily serve the immigrant communities of Upper Manhattan and adjacent Bronx neighborhoods.

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NMIC TO RECEIVE $20,000 SPECTRUM DIGITAL EDUCATION GRANT

Organization Will Provide Community Access to Customized Digital Education Curriculum

Spectrum presents $20,000 check to the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. (NMIC) as part of the Spectrum Digital Education Grant program. Pictured (l to r) are NMIC’s Director of Education & Career Services, Sara Chapman, and Instructional Specialist Josue Rojas; Spectrum Communications Mgr., Soo Kim; and NMIC Executive Director, Maria Lizardo.

NEW YORK, NY (February 16, 2022) – Spectrum today announced the Nothern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) has received a $20,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant as part of the company’s  five-year, $7-million commitment to digital education in Spectrum communities across the country.

A two-time Spectrum Digital Education Grant recipient, NMIC will use the funds for its in-house digital education program to develop and implement a focused digital curriculum for its clients. The curriculum will be integrated into its existing education classes and will teach students the benefits of broadband and help them develop a better understanding of Internet research for their everyday lives. The program also enables the program’s students to develop their skills in Microsoft Word and Excel for real-world applications. This new curriculum will enhance NMIC’s current cutting-edge virtual classrooms, which were funded by the $30,000 grant awarded by Spectrum in 2020.

Founded in 1979, NMIC strives to be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of its community by providing a variety of crisis intervention services under one roof and then transitioning clients to programs that help them develop the tools they need for self-sufficiency. One way it helps its members transition from crisis to self-sufficiency is by improving their digital literacy. 

“We applaud NMIC for their broadband education initiatives and for helping us support efforts that promote digital literacy in the Northern Manhattan community,” said Rahman Khan, Vice President of Community Impact for Charter Communications, Inc., which operates the Spectrum brand of broadband connectivity products. “Through this partnership with NMIC, the Spectrum Digital Education program is able to bring essential resources to those in need, and we look forward to working with them on this transformative project.”

Said Maria Lizardo, Executive Director of NMIC, “Digital literacy skills are increasingly important in the workforce, and many members of our community have found themselves either displaced by technology or struggling to adapt. The focused digital curriculum that we will develop and implement  through the 2021 Spectrum Digital Education Grant program will provide our students with technological fluency so that they may stand out in a competitive job market.” 

NMIC is one of four New York City recipients of the 2021 Spectrum Digital Education Grant program. Another second-time recipient, First Corinthian Baptist Church Community Development Corporation, received a grant at the end of 2021, and the remaining two recipients, the Hispanic Federation and YWCA of Brooklyn, will receive grants later this year.

The Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation is one of 49 nonprofit organizations that Spectrum is supporting through its current Spectrum Digital Education Grants. Since launching Spectrum Digital Education Grants in 2017, Spectrum has donated $7 million in cash and in-kind contributions for digital literacy programs reaching nearly 70,000 people in 20 states and Washington, D.C. More information about the Spectrum Digital Education Grants program is available here.

Charter sponsors several philanthropic programs in addition to Spectrum Digital Education Grants, including Spectrum Scholars, a scholarship for under-represented college juniors in financial need; Spectrum Employee Community Grants, which supports Charter employees’ local volunteer activities; and the Spectrum Community Investment Loan Fund, which supports small and minority-owned businesses whose goods and services help meet core needs in financially underserved communities within the company’s footprint. More information about Charter’s philanthropic initiatives is available here.

About Spectrum

Spectrum is a suite of advanced communications services offered by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 32 million customers in 41 states. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.

For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach®delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The company also distributes award-winning news coverage, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Originals. More information about Charter can be found at corporate.charter.com.

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Media Contact:

Soo Kim
soo-jung.kim@charter.com
(212) 379-4275
@CharterNewsroom

NMIC Named as Finalist in Inaugural NYC Imagine Awards

Media Contact

Hillary Needle
Hillary Needle Events Inc.
516-993-4056 | Hillary@hillaryneedleevents.com

Rosanna Montilla-Payano
Director of Development, NMIC
212-822-8328 | rosannamontilla@nmic.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NMIC NAMED AS FINALIST IN
INAUGURAL NYC IMAGINE AWARDS
NYC Imagine Awards Winners to Be Announced on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at The Edison Ballroom

New York, NY –August 31 2021– NMIC was named a Finalist in the Innovation Award category in The Inaugural NYC Imagine Awards. The NYC Imagine Awards was created to offer formal acknowledgement to some of NYC metro’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations.  The success of the Long Island Imagine Awards, now in its 10th year, inspired founder Ken Cerini, CPA, Cerini & Associates LLP, to bring this innovative and inspiring event to NYC to shine a spotlight on the incredible nonprofits in and around the city.  The Inaugural NYC Imagine Awards nonprofit competition will take place on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at The Edison Ballroom, 6-10pm. 

More than 270 entries were submitted for consideration in 5 categories, including Innovation, Leadership Excellence, Rising Star, Social Impact and Arts & Culture. NMIC is one of four finalists in the Innovation Award category.

The Northern Manhattan, Harlem, and South Bronx Community COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling Hotline is a collaboration between NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NMIC to provide a wide array of services for these communities. The hotline was launched to proactively reach residents, many of whom have limited access to technology, and help them easily make appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The hotline is unique because it is tailored specifically to the Latinx community by defaulting to the Spanish language (with an English option). It is staffed by a dozen bilingual community members and provides access to free rides to and from appointments (via a collaboration with Lyft). 

Maria Lizardo, Executive Director at NMIC, explains: “Prior to launching our hotline with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, we repeatedly heard from our residents that scheduling vaccinations was challenging due to both  language and technological barriers in making appointments. We are proud that we were able to collaborate with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to eliminate those barriers and secure more than 15,000 appointments for our residents within two months of implementation. A vaccinated community is a safe community, and NMIC is helping make sure we don’t leave any neighbors behind.”

Finalists were chosen by NYC business and nonprofit professionals during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards’ Distinguished Judging Panel selected the NYC Imagine Awards winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

“Being named a Finalist in NYC Imagine Awards is an important achievement,” said Ken Cerini, Founder of the Long Island and NYC Imagine Awards.  “It means that the Organization has been identified as a leader in the NYC metro area, exhibiting impactful and innovative operations.  Congratulations to all of the Finalists on their achievement.”

Details about NYC Imagine Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at https://nycimagineawards.com/

About NMIC
Established in 1979 to support low-income tenants in Upper Manhattan, our mission is to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of members of our community on their paths to secure and prosperous futures. We provide crisis intervention with legal or social services such as eviction prevention and cash/food relief. We then support clients as they define and achieve their own goals—generally through education, workforce training, and/or community organizing. Our staff of 140 attorneys, advocates, organizers, counselors, educators, etc., serve about 14,000 clients each year with a variety of programs to address Housing, Immigration, Education/Career, Finance/Benefits, Health, and Holistic needs.

About The Imagine Awards
The Imagine Awards was created in 2012 for Long Island by Managing Partner, Ken Cerini of Cerini & Associates, LLP.  Its continued success prompted the expansion into the NYC metro area to honor organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them. The NYC Imagine Awards recognizes outstanding nonprofit performances in the region. Learn more about the NYC Imagine Awards, visit https://nycimagineawards.com/

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