Burroughs was built on the foundation that positive change in our community can be brought about by connecting our community’s strongest and most effective assets and resources.
Sometimes the best way of meeting individual needs is not by building new programs or organizations. Rather, by building the capacity of local resources and working with like-minded groups, positive change can be delivered and sustained.
As a “Nonprofit Center”, Burroughs is able to provide quality and affordable space to a number of not-for-profit organizations with social focused missions. By leveraging shared resources, these facility partners are able to increase their operating capacity to better serve our community.
Over 55 individuals working for 6 different local not- for-profit agencies work at Burroughs to deliver their community work. They include:
RYASAP (Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership): addresses issues throughout Connecticut such as human services, education systems policy reform, juvenile justice and leadership development. RYASAP is the umbrella organization for Public Allies and Americorps.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut : provides adult mentors for children and supports the relationships for the life of the match.
The Witness Project® : a breast and cervical cancer education program targeted to African Americans.
CIRI (Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants): is a statewide organization that assists refugees and immigrants to resolve legal, economic, linguistic and social barriers and become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.
Black Rock Community Council : the oldest and largest community membership organization in the area. The Council’s mission is to promote projects that will enhance the quality of life of Black Rock’s residents and businesses, including recreational, educational and business development initiatives.
For almost 20 years our community partnership model has helped identify community assets and leverage the resources, expertise and skills of over 50 community organization.
As a result, we are able to build sustainable relationships and significantly lowered the operating costs to deliver over 2,500 scheduled activities to an estimated 29,500 individuals each year.
A few of our working partnerships include:
- Bridgeport AYSO (American Youth Soccer Association)
- PLTI (Parent Leadership Training Institute)/ Bridgeport Public Schools
- Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP
- Literacy Volunteers of Greater Bridgeport
- The WorkPlace
- The New Haven/Fairfield Counties Ryan White Planning Council
For more information click on the organization’s name above.