Communications and Fundraising Internship

MISSION STATEMENT

Hall Neighborhood House exists to provide comprehensive services that educate, enrich, and empower residents of all ages on the East Side of Bridgeport and the surrounding community.

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY

The student intern will be tasked with providing administrative support for Hall’s communications and fundraising work. The intern may be asked to assist with the following tasks:

Communications

  • Generating ongoing social media content for our marketing team including blogs, interviews and campaign specific content
  • Supporting Hall’s plan for promoting Giving Tuesday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other event-based marketing opportunities through content creation, campaign ideas and active participation in marketing planning
  • Creating marketing materials for donor engagement + stewardship
  • Filming or editing videos and photos.

Fundraising

  • Providing administrative support for fundraising campaigns including:
    • Mailing thank you letters
    • Logging donations in the database
    • Event planning support
  • Supporting the team in creating donor communication to activate fundraising and acknowledge support.
  • Identifying, researching and compiling leads for potential funding sources, including researching foundation databases, community leaders, local franchises, and corporate sponsors.
  • Supporting the grant writing team in writing grants by collecting reports from Program Directors and staff
  • Further tasks will be defined by the student and supervisor(s).

HOURS AND TERMS

This is a paid, full-time internship that goes from August 30 – December 17  that has potential to turn into a full-time hire at the beginning of 2022, based on performance and evaluation against specific project completion.

Location

The student internship is based out of Hall’s office at 52 George E Pipkins Way, Bridgeport CT. However, some tasks may require traveling off-site to other locations and some work may be completed remotely.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Experience and Knowledge

  • Understanding and supporting the mission of Hall Neighborhood House.
  • A commitment to social justice and community development.
  • Experience with creating and maintaining spreadsheets, developing communications materials, managing simple projects with minimal supervision, and providing outstanding customer service.
  • Excellent organizational and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, social media platforms, and graphic design computer applications.
  • Experience with video editing software is a plus.
  • Background in marketing or communication is a plus.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to Amy Dominguez, Development Advisor, at development@hnhonline.org by September 4th. Only complete applications will be considered. No phone calls, please. The cover letter should introduce the potential candidate, describe their relevant qualifications and experience.

Hall Neighborhood House is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment policies and procedures ensuring all qualified persons are accorded equal opportunity for employment, promotion, and training. 

What’s Happening at Hall: August 2021

What’s Happening at Hall: August 2021

Hello!

We’re making the most of summer here at Hall Neighborhood House!

Our summer camp students are having so much fun taking field trips, creating art projects, and practicing their leadership skills. In addition, they are learning math, reading, and science to help them prepare for school after an incredibly difficult year of learning in the midst of the pandemic.

We are providing our students with a safe place to enjoy the summer—and essential academic support that will allow them to take on a new school year with confidence.

Now, as we look ahead to the fall, we’re making big plans and are excited to continue serving our community together. Thank you for being part of our story! We couldn’t do it without you.

Bob Dzurenda
Executive Director

Join Project Playground

Children in our community deserve a fun, safe place to play. Unfortunately, our playground is in a state of disrepair—and we need your help to fix it. This summer, we’re asking supporters like you to join Project Playground—a campaign to fix our playground and give kids a great place to play. Your gift will help us start making essential repairs on our play structures and ensure that our community can continue to enjoy our facilities.

Does your child need a physical?

Bridgeport Public Schools require physicals for all new students, and every student entering Kindergarten, grade 6, and grade 10. You can get a physical on-site at Hall Neighborhood House at your convenience!

Schedule a physical by filling out the physical request form and returning it to your student’s teacher. Not part of our programs? No problem! Anyone can make an appointment at Hall Neighborhood House by calling 203-621-3998.

Summer Campers explore Bridgeport!

Our summer campers are taking exciting field trips all around our city and surrounding area! We visited the Beardsley Zoo and saw cool animals like tigers, goats, alligators, and unique reptiles. We also took a trip to Earthplace, a nature discovery and environmental learning center, where we learned about caring for the plants and animals around us.

Our values: Integrity

Our values are very important to us! They help guide us as we look toward the future. In our latest values series blog post we’re talking about integrity, what it means to us, and how we hold ourselves to the highest standards. We demonstrate integrity by speaking honestly, offering quality programs, and committing to transparency. You can read more about what integrity means to us on our website.

Our Summer Camp philosophy

We love sharing Hall Neighborhood House’s story with our community! In an opinion piece published in the CT Post last month, Adiel Dominguez, our Youth Services Director, discussed how our summer camp program gives kids much-needed educational and social support within a traditional summer camp experience. Read our latest Connecticut Post Op-Ed.

Healthy Smiles

This month we were all smiles after a visit from Maryann Lehmann, D.D.S., who distributed over 300 toothbrushes to our students as part of her practice’s TwoTHBRUSHES charitable giving program! After a demonstration of proper tooth brushing technique, Dr. Lehmann sent each student home with toothpaste and a toothbrush. We’re thankful she was able to visit and teach us about dental hygiene!

What’s Happening at Hall: May 2021

What’s Happening at Hall: May 2021

It’s been another busy month here at Hall Neighborhood House!

One of the highlights was hosting Senator Richard Blumenthal for a visit and tour of our facilities. We showed him our best-in-class preschool programs and shared how we work to enhance quality of life for seniors in the community. His visit was even featured on News 12—so make sure to take a look at the segment!

We have also been busy providing hundreds of COVID-19 vaccinations each day through our partnership with Optimus Health, expanding caregiver support programs, and preparing for youth summer camp.

Thank you for being part of the Hall Neighborhood House community!

Dance and yoga for preschoolers

Thanks to support from the Kirby Foundation, we recently began leading weekly yoga and dance classes for our preschoolers. Every week, these young leaders have an opportunity to express themselves through movement—and get a bit of energy out in the middle of the day! We love seeing how excited they are to play and learn together, and we are so grateful to add this special activity to their schedules.

Welcoming spring with a new garden

The Trumbull Rotary graciously provided us with four new raised garden beds and came to Hall Neighborhood House to install them. Raised beds are accessible to those with limited mobility, so we are very excited that our children and seniors will have the opportunity to garden together! The beds are also equipped with an innovative underground watering system.

Thank you to Trumbull Rotary for installing the beds, and thank you to Bartlett Tree Experts for donating mulch for around the gardens!

Cooking classes with BarTaco

Our community partners at BarTaco taught students how to make a variety of nutritious, delicious recipes—including brown rice bowls and tacos. The cooking classes emphasized skills like reading recipes, making meals, and fueling our bodies with healthy foods. Thank you to Chef Luis Nunez, Christopher Messina, and Scott Lawton, BarTaco CEO and Cofounder!

Expanding senior spaces

Our seniors have a passion for play—and nothing brings out their competitiveness like an afternoon of BINGO. We’ve added a senior game room downstairs at Hall Neighborhood House—a place where seniors can play games, do activities, or just enjoy spending time together. We continue to be on the lookout for ways we can add new services and opportunities to benefit our neighbors.

Vaccinating our community

We are proud to be a COVID-19 vaccination center for Bridgeport, and we have been working hard to expand community access to the vaccine. We are now able to administer over 250 vaccines a day on-site, in partnership with Optimus Health! We continue to do our part to help keep our neighbors safe and healthy.
More support for caregivers

We now offer individual and group counseling for caregivers of seniors to help caregivers navigate available resources, guide decisions, and offer support during difficult times. Individual sessions can be scheduled at your convenience, and group sessions meet 2-4 times a year.

More support for caregivers

We now offer individual and group counseling for caregivers of seniors to help caregivers navigate available resources, guide decisions, and offer support during difficult times. Individual sessions can be scheduled at your convenience, and group sessions meet 2-4 times a year.

March News from Hall

March News from Hall

We are in a season of preparation here at Hall Neighborhood House—preparing students for college, preparing children for kindergarten, preparing for new initiatives, and preparing to welcome back seniors in a few short weeks.

With the future in mind, we recently completed several renovation projects, including updating our lobby, building out a new behavioral health room in our community health center, and redesigning our senior center. We are also working on our lower-level game room so that students have even more space to play and learn.

We are so excited for all that is ahead—and can’t wait to share some of our February highlights with you!

Thank you for your support and encouragement of Hall Neighborhood House!

With gratitude,

Bob Dzurenda

Career Academy for high school students

Hall Neighborhood House’s Career Academy teaches area high school students how to build a resume, interview for jobs, develop computer skills, complete college applications, and access financial aid. The program also includes mentoring from current college students and the opportunity to connect with other students pursuing their next steps. Best of all, this helpful course is free for high schoolers—and it’s a great way for young people to prepare for their futures!

A new generator—and a COVID-19 vaccine update

In February, our friends at Mennillo Plumbing and WC McBride Electric helped us install a new generator in our Community Health Center, enabling us to keep COVID-19 vaccines on-site. In addition, our bilingual staff is here to help community members navigate the online portals and sign up for appointments—and every person who receives their first shot at Hall Neighborhood House is automatically registered to receive their second dose.

Celebrating Black History Month

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Our preschoolers and students celebrated Black History Month by creating art and participating in fun, engaging activities in their classrooms. We love seeing teachers and students work together to honor this important month—and we love having their colorful, creative works of art decorating the halls of Hall Neighborhood House!

Together for Bridgeport

Today and tomorrow, students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will be participating in Together for Bridgeport—a brand new collaborative art project led by Hall Neighborhood House staff. This free art program gives students the opportunity to learn new art techniques, develop their creativity, and make something beautiful together. We can’t wait to share the finished product with you!

Re-opening the Senior Center

With more and more of our seniors receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, we are taking steps to re-open our Senior Center! We just finished renovations on the space, and beginning later this month, we will welcome small groups of vaccinated seniors for socially distant activities like bingo and other games. This has been a long, challenging, isolating winter, and we are so excited to be able to gather safely in just a few weeks!

Dental Clinic

We have completed the first phase of construction on our new dental clinic! As Dr. Peter Ferrara of Ferrara Dental shared, “Oral health is essential for our overall wellbeing. To stay as healthy as possible, children and families in Bridgeport should have easy, convenient access to dental care. It’s great that Hall Neighborhood House is working to meet this need.” You can help us take the next steps toward opening this key service by supporting our healthcare expansion campaign!

Stay tuned! Here’s what’s coming soon…

  • Seniors returning to Hall Neighborhood House!
  • Renovations to the lower-level game room
  • Opening our behavioral health center