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30+ Organizations. One Cause.

Rock to Rock brings together more than 20 organizations, all doing high-impact work to create a healthier, greener community. When you collect pledges, you decide where these donations go: one of these organizations, or divided evenly among all these great groups?

Audubon CT

Audubon CT, in particular through its Bird Friendly Communities Initiative, engages communities in developing healthier habitats that benefit both birds and people. As a partner of the Urban Wildlife Refuge (a new type of refuge partnership that forges connections between the National Wildlife Refuge System, natural resources conservation, and urban communities), Audubon CT will: turn parks, schoolyards and backyards in New Haven into oases for migrating birds; connect people and nature through community outreach and the Schoolyard Habitat Program (a partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service); restore open spaces and increase habitat connectivity across the city; and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders. Visit its web site.

Citizens Campaign Fund for the Environment

Founded in 1989, Citizens Campaign Fund for the Environment is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental organization providing sound scientific information and research to support prudent governmental policies and environmental practices and promoting environmental justice and environmental education to benefit residents of New York, Connecticut, and the Nation. CCFE has successfully supported the following initiatives:
-Prohibiting the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads
-Prohibiting the use of toxic lawn-care pesticides on K-8th grade school grounds and day care facilities
-Establishing statewide Safe Rx disposal program at retail pharmacies across CT
-Many, many others

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization empowering people to experience breakthroughs exercising their personal and political power. Its chapter is just one of hundreds of chapters across the world working to create the political will for a livable world.

This local CCL chapter is laser-focused on a specific piece of legislation and a proven strategy to gain its passage. It is working for the passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend, the climate change solution economists and climate scientists alike say is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world.  The market-based Carbon Fee and Dividend policy will drastically reduce emissions, create jobs, and support small businesses and families — all without growing government. Visit its website.


CitySeed seeks to provide access to fresh, local food for all New Haven residents.  Its mission is to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture. Toward that end, CitySeed operates a series of year-round Farmers' Markets, a Mobile Market, Kitchen at CitySeed - a licensed commercial kitchen space that aims to build culture and community through education and entrepreneurship, and Sanctuary Kitchen - a culinary program that promotes the cuisines and stories of resettled refugees and immigrants to improve cultural understanding and build community.

Columbus Family Academy

Columbus Family Academy is a neighborhood PK-8 school located in New Haven’s landed-immigrant neighborhood, Fair Haven. Our student body is primarily Hispanic, with a large number of English language learners and lower-income families. Funds raised during Rock to Rock will help us establish a Recycling Club and support the school's recycling efforts. The idea for a Club was generated by 7th and 8th students who noticed that recycling is not always implemented correctly at school.

Columbus House, Inc.

Columbus House’s mission is to “serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing and by fostering their personal growth and independence.” Through the support of the Chamber’s Leadership Greater New Haven Community Service Project, Columbus House adopted a comprehensive list of guidelines that help Columbus House reduce waste, conserve energy, roll out a recycling program and make our kitchen operations more environmentally friendly. Columbus House continues to incorporate energy efficient appliances and lighting where feasible and recently installed solar panels on our new 17 unit supportive housing apartment complex, Valentina Macri, in the Hill section of New Haven. Funds raised through Rock to Rock will be used exclusively for the Greening of Columbus House.

Visit its web site

Common Ground

Common Ground is a environmental charter high school, urban farm, and environmental education center at the base of New Haven's West Rock Ridge State Park. Common Ground's mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice among a diverse commununity of children, adults, and families .Visit its web site.

Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation

The CMHC Foundation -- dedicated to supporting the clients of the Connecticut Mental Health Center -- has made healthy eating, cycling, and gardening key priorities for helping Connecticut residents lead healthy lives. From 2010 to 2015, the CMHC Foundation hosted CitySeed's Hill Farmers' Market, and provided more than $20,000 in subsidies and market coupons for CMHC clients and CMHC partner organizations. They also provided support for the development of a courtyard garden at their center, providing fresh food and volunteer opportunities for members of the CMHC community. More recently, the CMHC Foundation has launched “CMHC Cycles” -- a program that has provided over $2000 worth of bicycles and essential safety equipment to clients, allowing them to travel safely and become more physically active. To learn more about their work, visit their web site.

Conte West Hills

We will use the funds we raise to maintain and improve our new schoolyard habitat that was created last year with several community partners. Funds also will support field work opportunities. Students at our school leave the school building on field work trips for science fair projects, social studies classes, and more. To cover the cost of these trips, we often ask students to pay a fee, and every year, there are students who cannot afford to pay the fee and miss an opportunity for hands-on, experiential learning. We will use the funds we raise to subsidize the cost of these field work expeditions.  Visit its website.

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen 

DESK serves people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity. DESK is committed to ecologically sustainable practices surrounding the procurement and distribution of healthy food, including the use of locally-sourced and organic foods, a robust recycling program, encouragement of reusable bags among our pantry clients, and a new composting program. As one of the largest and highest-volume commercial kitchens in Downtown New Haven, DESK produces a considerable amount of organic waste and will be using contributions through Rock-to-Rock to support our composting program.

Visit its website. 

EcoWorks, Inc.

EcoWorks develops creative garbage solutions. EcoWorks believes that social change accelerates when people are having fun, and saving or making money. It is the only creative reuse center for the arts that accepts donations of industrial scrap that would have been destined for the trash bin and sells them at low cost to teachers, artists and others looking for low cost art supplies. EcoWorks:

- helps businesses reduce and/or divert trash (less to incineration, impact on climate change, etc.)
- provides affordable art supplies to teachers and artists
- provides a place for scrappy creatives to connect and share
- promotes reusing, sharing and collaboration

Visit its website. 

Elm City Cycling

ElmCityCycling is a nonprofit organization of more than 800 advocates whose mission is to make the greater New Haven area friendlier and more accessible to cyclists, pedestrians, and other users of non-motorized transportation. Keep up with the latest news through our yahoo listserv, and through monthly public meetings on the second Monday of every month. Visit its web site.

Farmington Canal Rail-To-Trail Association

The FCRTTA works to increase awareness of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and to increase support for completing it as a continuous 84-mile non-motorized linear greenway for commuting and recreation from New Haven CT to Northampton MA.  About 75% of the trail is complete, however less than half of the New Haven section is done; in concert with our partners in New Haven we are working to do so. Visit its web site.

Food Rescue US

(formerly Community Plates) Food rescue is the practice of collecting edible food that would have otherwise gone to waste from restaurants, grocers and other food establishments and distributing it to local hunger relief agencies. Food rescue is extremely effective because it simultaneously gets food to those who need it, reduces food waste, and minimizes the amount of toxic emissions from food waste in landfills. We need to work together to rescue would-be wasted food and deliver it to our food insecure neighbors. That’s where the Food Rescue US app comes into play. Wherever you are – and however much time you have – the app lets you play a critical role in rescuing and delivering meals. Wherever you are, you’re in the right place to help end hunger. In 2016, our volunteers rescued 323,000 meals in New Haven County.  Visit its web site

Friends of Edgewood Park

Friends of Edgewood Park (FOEP) is a volunteer organization whose goals are to promote and organize activities in the park, support the park rangers' work, and raise awareness and funds for the park. We are affiliated with the Elm City Parks Conservancy, an umbrella group for park groups in New Haven. Visit its web site.

Friends of Beaver Ponds Park

Friends of Beaver Pond Park (FoBPP) is a volunteer organization whose goals are to improve the natural features of the park. We are affiliated with Urban Resources Initiative (URI), a not-for-profit university partnership whose mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, and advance the practice of urban forestry. Visit its web site.

Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN)

IREJN educates and activates the religious community in CT to protect our planet.

The Interreligious Eco-Justice Network calls upon all people of faith and goodwill to reflect upon and deepen themselves in their particular religious traditions in order to participate in practices, life-styles and civic engagement that will foster the mutual enhancement of Earth and all living beings.  IREJN asks that you add your voice to ours and make this statement a call to action in your own faith community as we join together as one towards this common, urgent, vital purpose.

Visit its web site.


Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO)

(Formerly Inner City Outings) By introducing participants to the transformative power of nature, ICO serves a key function within the Sierra Club and supports John Muir's assertion that people who experience wilderness firsthand are much more likely to preserve it for future generations. Visit its web site.

JUNTA for Progressive Action

JUNTA empowers the Latino and low-income community to take control of its economic and social well being, while civically engaging in the community. We offer adult education, children’s programs, economic development, family management, immigrant rights and cultural appreciation. Funds raised through Rock to Rock will help increase the size and scope of its community garden, which is used as a teaching tool for many of the ESL classes offered at JUNTA.  Visit its web site.

The Learning Corridor (Newhallville)

The Learning Corridor is a section of park along the Farmington Canal Trail being transformed through partnerships between Doreen Abubakar, the Friends of Farmington Canal Trail, URI, CT Audubon, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and others. 

Massaro Community Farm

Organized in 2008, Massaro Community Farm, Inc. is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm providing open space, vegetables and flowers, and hands-on education for all ages. MCF donated over 6,000 pounds of organic produce to our four community partners which help provide hunger relief around the region. Massaro hasprovided fresh, local organic to over 150 subscribers to the CSA and in 2012 we established a small but very successful summer camp. Visit its web site.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut protects the lands and waters on which all life depends in our state, as well as around the world. TNC will use funds raised through Rock to Rock to conserve land, free rivers, clean Long Island Sound, support renewable energy and bring the benefits of nature to Connecticut cities, including New HavenVisit its web site.

New Haven Bike Month

New Haven Bike Month is a month-long celebration of biking culture in May in collaboration with the City of New Haven and many dedicated community members. By working closely with New Haven neighbors and neighborhoods on planning 100+ events throughout the month, Bike Month is building towards a vision where every person in every neighborhood feels safe, excited, and empowered to ride their bikes.


New Haven Bioregional Group

New Haven Bioregional Group/Transition Greater New Haven has been connecting New Haveners to Their Life-Place Since 2005. We provide educational movies re: environmental issues with potlucks to get folks talking and knowing each other. We lead walks in the Bioregion with speakers to learn more about our life place. We have a community Garden to learn about growing food and build community relationships. Visit its web site.

New Haven Farms

The mission of New Haven Farms is to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. Our Fresh Produce Prescription Program utilizes regular exposure to – and participation in – urban agriculture, cooking classes, and nutrition education to enhance the health and food security of our members. Visit their web site.

New Haven Land Trust

The New Haven Land Trust engages people people in stewardship and cultivation of the land for a healthier community and environment. We achieve this through land conservation, community gardening and environmental education. In 2017 we joined forces with Schooner to help kids connect to the coastline with summer camps and other coastal educational programs.Visit its web site.

New Haven-Leon Sister City Project

New Haven/Leon SCP supports education and sustainable development in Nicaragua and New Haven. We are working with community leaders in Goyena Nicaragua to create a sustainable, self sufficient community. In New Haven, our WAlkBikeTransit campaign advocates and educates to create a healthier New Haven and reduce climate changing greenhouse gases.Visit its web site.

New Haven Parks Department

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees is responsible for the stewardship of the City of New Haven's entrusted assets for the enhancement of the City, the enjoyment of its citizens and for initiating and conducting recreational programs and activities for all New Haven citizens. Visit its web site.

Albert Schweitzer Institute at QU

Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University will build projects in the community to connect Schweitzer's environmental legacy to the issue of food security, particularly in light of climate change. View its website.


Shoreline Greenway Trail

Shoreline Greenway Trail is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to building a 25-mile continuous path for bicyclists, walkers and hikers of all ages to enjoy the outdoors, along the Connecticut Shoreline from Lighthouse Point in New Haven through East Haven, Branford, and Guilford to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. It is being built section by section as we receive landowner approval, and will be environmentally sensitive, and handicapped accessible where possible,  an asset for everyone to enjoy exercise and fresh air in varied natural surroundings, free from traffic, along our shoreline.  The Trail will be a glorious legacy for future generations. Visit its web site.

Solar Youth

Solar Youth's key program elements include environmental exploration, nonviolent communication, youth-led problem solving and mindfulness. Through our Kids Explore! Kids Do! Kids Teach! program model, youth explore their natural and social environments to understand their local ecosystems, build community connections, find ways to work as a team and find solutions to the problems they encounter through hands on activities and service learning. Visit its web site.

Urban Resources Initiative

The mission of New Haven Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, and advance the practice of urban forestry.Through our Community Greenspace program, URI works with 50 New Haven community groups to replant, restore, and reclaim the urban environment each summer. GreenSkills is URI’s local green jobs program that employs high school students and ex-offenders through the planting of trees for hundreds of New Haven residents each year. Visit its web site.

Westville Community Nursery School

The mission of WCNS is to serve young children by providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum which enhances self-esteem, promotes problem-solving skills, and fosters healthy emotional, social, physical, language and intellectual growth. With funds raised throughRock to Rock, WCNS would like to build a raised bed on the playground made out of reclaimed wood as well as a reclaimed wood storage bench. Visit its web site.