By Katrina Weston
The city held its third annual Syracuse Neighborhood Action Conference Saturday, Nov. 7, at Nottingham High School.
“I had a lot on my plate and a lot of things that needed to be done today , but this was where I needed to be,” Syracuse Housing Representative Christal Giles stated. “My heart is in it.”
Giles, along with many other community members, attended the event Saturday.
Sheena Solomon, director of neighborhood initiatives for the Gifford Foundation, organized the event.
According to Solomon, based on the fact that community members approached her about their concerns in the past, and expressed their needs as individuals, parents, and members of the community, she, and other event organizers, decided to put together programs based upon the needs of the community.
“We created a conference, picked out presenters, and created workshops with the help from sponsors,” Solomon stated.
Solomon said the event’s organizers created workshops at the conference in order to specifically meet the needs of the community, and the programs covered everything from helping the homeless, to financial advisement, to learning to navigate the city’s online services.
“It’s a brand new day, and a brand new opportunity,” John Eberle, of the Central New York Community Foundation, stated. “Showing up is half of the battle, and you showed up. You can make all the difference in the world.”