Residents who live in the most distressed communities often do not have access to the local news and information that is useful in making informed decisions that can improve the health of their families and their neighborhoods. That much-needed information could include employment and educational opportunities, municipal and social services and, in the face of the pandemic, updates about the Coronavirus, details about the efficacy and importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, upcoming vaccination events and available transportation services to those clinics. With this funding, the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium is awarding grant funding to four community-based organizations, joining their cohort of 14 grantees already funded, that are providing residents with access to information about available services and resources. The Consortium is also providing training and support to its grantees and resident leaders, in part, by matching each grantee with one of its six member universities: The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University and Rutgers University. In addition, the Consortium is convening three public forums focused on communities’ critical information needs. Through this work that builds on the foundation laid by public media in the U.S., New Jerseyans will gain new avenues to connect with existing resources, voice their concerns and advocate for their communities.
Chair of the Board of Directors