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Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

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This holiday season, CCNY invites you to share with us what you are thankful for and why.  The winner gets to pick where we donate a natural, hormone-/ antibiotic-free locally farmed turkey!  We will be donating a Plainville Farms bird from the Lexington Co-op.  Comment below for a chance to win:

We’re Hiring!

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CCNY is looking for a full-time Evaluation Associate who will report to our Director of Analytics and Evaluation.

This individual will be responsible for evaluating and researching various (physical and behavioral health, social and human services, education, arts) programs, including developing evaluation designs and instrumentation; collecting, coding, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data; conducting interviews, focus groups and systematic observations; and reporting evaluation findings.

Duties include:
● Develop and implement program evaluations for human service programs, including appropriate sampling methodology.
● Follow a utilization-focused evaluation paradigm when working with customers to evaluate the impact of their interventions.
● Design, develop, and implement evaluation instruments (surveys, etc.)
● Design, develop, and implement evaluation plans for clients.
● Perform supplemental analysis such as evaluability analysis, ROI, cost studies.
● Create accurate and meaningful reports of evaluation results for both internal and external stakeholders.
● Develop working relationships and partnerships with community partners and stakeholders.
● Conduct and write Literature Reviews on particular topics.
● Manage and monitor the implementation of data collection for programs.
● Evaluate client data on a macro, mezzo, or micro level for descriptive statistical trends.
● Train clients on evaluation and analytics concepts.
● Able to follow data visualization standards for the department consistently.
● Able to use business intelligence tools (Excel, Tableau, PowerBI) to deliver analytics to customers.
● Develop descriptive statistics based on given datasets.

Required Skills/Qualifications:
● 2-4 years of paid experience with evaluation and/or analytics.
● Graduate Degree in Social Work, Public Health, or related field.
● Experience with Excel and statistical software such as SPSS/PASW, SAS, R, or Minitab
● Knowledge of relational databases.
● Teamwork-focused/collaborative work style.
● Ability to travel to customer sites.
● Experience in presenting evaluation findings to internal and external staff, customers and stakeholders.
● Demonstrated ability to successfully plan large projects with multiple deadlines, deliverables, and detail-oriented tasks.

Successful candidate will achieve:

  • On-time delivery of project deliverables.
  • Accurate and professional project deliverables.
  • Superior customer service and customer satisfaction with all project deliverables.
  • Community presence as evidenced by participation and attendance at specific workgroups and events.

CCNY offers an excellent benefits package, which includes unlimited paid time off.  If interested and qualified, please submit your resume and cover letter to hr@ccnyinc.org.

Inaugural MSNT Link & Learn Event A Success!

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For nearly a decade, the Mobile Safety-Net Team (MSNT) has worked tirelessly to bridge the resource gap and give community stakeholders the tools to fight poverty.  Their ethos is one of collaboration and data-driven action.  Recently, their Hub Task Force brought together members of different Community Coalitions with Resource Hubs to encourage networking and information-sharing.  This “Link & Learn” event was held on October 11th at the Barrel Factory and featured guest speakers, nibbles, libations, and structured activities.

Check out our event photo gallery here.

Notable feedback:
“It was helpful to see how in depth some of these case studies can be.”

“Sharing ideas and resources a tour tables to solve the issues really helped demonstrate the importance of collaboration and knowledge of all the community services available.”

CCNY are proud to host this invaluable John R. Oshei Foundation initiative and invite you to find out more about Mobile Safety-Net Team’s Coalitions and how you can get involved.  For further details, please e-mail info@msntwny.org or call (716) 830-5636.

Get To Know CCNY’s Alana Eaton

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Travel, go to concerts, attend Bills and Sabres games, and play board games and puzzles.

Who is a hero of yours?

My dad… He was very generous, had an incredible network of family and friends, was a great business owner, and made this community a better place.

What’s something quirky about you?

I have a goofy, loveable Boston Terrier named Lucy that sometimes visits us at the office.

What’s in your coffee?

Black… or sometimes with some French vanilla.

Why is CCNY’s mission important to you?

As a community, we are stronger together.  I appreciate that CCNY helps bring together various agencies and organizations for the common goal of improving the lives of children and families in Erie County.  I also believe in the importance of research, evaluation, and the use of evidence-based practices as a way of ensuring that the families we serve get the best possible services.

Doug’s Paid Paid Vacation

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Last year, in order to support wellness within our agency, CCNY launched a new Paid Paid Vacation perk.  On a bi-monthly basis, a random name is drawn from a pool of full-time staff.  Once a name is pulled, that person must take two days off with an added bonus of $300 to use during that time. These days are in addition to their normal paid time off. The staff person must use the money towards something fun, i.e., not pay off existing bills, etc.

Read on to find out more about our one-man IT department, Doug Nichy, and his recent travels.

In August, my son and I went to the Woods At Bear Creek in Franklinville.  We enjoyed a weekend of camping, a concert featuring Metallica covers, BBQ, an ATV Dice race (we didn’t win any prizes though, boo), and fireworks.

It’s a really great campground complete with rustic cabins, RVs, and tent sites.  They have an in-ground outdoor pool overlooking the lake, restaurant/ bar, zip lines, and all kinds of activities.

Ethan always has a great time out, and it gets him off the computer!  The extra cash from the drawing helped buy extra snacks and gifts from the parks.


Afterwards, we stayed at Allegany State Park with Grandma and the dogs.  We had a cabin this time as I’ve been going here since I was a kid.  Swimming in the lake and visiting the Stone Tower and Thunder Rocks each time is required for maximum fun.

Click the image above for optimal panorama-ness.

Co-Creating Well-Being: Free Trainings (and CEUs where applicable) On Trauma And Human-Centered Design

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The Health Foundation For Western & Central New York is offering free workshops specially designed to teach people about trauma and human-centered design as well as how to apply this knowledge.  As part of a multi-year initiative executed across three phases, these will serve as foundational learning and attendance is required for participation in the subsequent phases of the initiative.

Phase One – Building Capacity (2018-2019)

A spectrum of providers who work with children five and under and their families from community-based organizations, early childhood centers, faith communities, and clinics are being invited to participate in FREE learning sessions designed to – provide expert training and skill development.  FREE CEUs will be provided.

In the first phase, we invite interested parties to submit an application to attend:

  1. 1 Day Trauma Workshop: on trauma, toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care, and early childhood development.  (How to define, distinguish, and connect)
  2. 1 Day Human-Centered Design Day Workshop: on What is HCD? What makes it different?  What are the tools?  How might I use it in my organization?

These workshops are designed for you to learn how to mitigate the impact of trauma, support healing and resilience, understand early childhood development and use Human-Centered Design in your program development and delivery.  These workshops will be the foundation of the initiative, and attendance of the Human-Centered Design training is a requirement to be eligible for Phases Two or Three.

 All training costs will be covered and are FREE to participants.  There will be FREE CEU’s for LMSW/LCSW and LMHC for both trainings.  You must submit an application no later than September 30th, 2018 to attend.

For more information about the project, the trainings and how to apply please go to: www.hfwcny.org or directly to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/co-creating-well-being-supporting-families-through-trauma-application-tickets-49868859100 to fill out an application.  If you have any questions, please email  Monica Brown at mbrown@hfwcny.org or call (716) 852-3030 ext. 108.

Children, Families, and Trauma: What we need to know to support healing and resilience.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Location: Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville, NY

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Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Location: Buffalo Marriott Niagara, Amherst, NY

Human-Centered Design

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Location: Buffalo Marriott Niagara, Amherst, NY

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Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Location: Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville, NY