CIP Teams Up with New Community Partner, Hartley House

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The Community Improvement Project (CIP) is kicking off its fourth volunteer year! In 2015-2016, this NYJL signature committee will be teaming with a brand-new community partner, Hartley House. Hartley House is a settlement house located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with a deep 120-year history of serving youth and adult learners, recent immigrants, and art students of all ages.

While rich with history, the four turn-of-the-century interconnected townhouses known as Hartley House are in much need of refurbishment and updating to continue effectively serving their community clients. As such, the NYJL is providing the nonprofit organization with a $50,000 grant and a dedicated team of volunteers (the CIP committee) to refresh a portion of the facility.

The NYJL CIP committee volunteers will spend the next nine months teaming with a designer, contractor, and Hartley House staff to renovate three rooms at the facility that are used daily by Hartley House educators and clients to make them more functional and conducive to learning and creating.

According to Hartley House Executive Director Nicole L. Cicogna, “We are so honored to have been chosen by the NYJL for this incredible support. This project will enable Hartley House to finally be able to embark on a complete makeover of the space, giving us the opportunity to serve all of our neighbors in a warm, welcoming, and learning-conducive environment for years to come.”

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*Image courtesy of Hartley House.

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