Urban Alliance News

  • 2014 Youth Explosion Retreat

    71 Teens Build Faith, Friendships & More at Youth Explosion Retreat

    While many enjoyed cookouts in their backyards on Labor Day weekend, dozens of youth and leaders were given the opportunity to head out far from their neighborhoods to Camp Wightman for a retreat that would impact their lives. +

  • Yoobi School Supplies

    Hartford Kids Get Prepared for School With Help From Local Ministries

    Along with the excitement of a new school year comes the excitement of brand new school supplies. You remember the feeling - freshly sharpened pencils, gleaming new pocket folders, a full set of crayons, and maybe even a special case to keep it all. +

  • Feeding Children Everywhere meal

    One Teen Mobilizes Thousands of Meals for Greater Hartford Residents

    As high school comes to a close for Alexa Carlson, she'll be heading to a different state to start college, but not without leaving a trail of love, encouragement and impact right here in the Greater Hartford community. +

  • THP 2014

    The Hartford Project: A Summer of Sharing God's Love in the City

    If you were in Hartford during the last week of June or the last week of July, you may have spotted groups of teens donning bright green shirts and even brighter smiles. You may have come across an energetic flash mob on your lunch break in downtown Hartf +

  •  Volunteer Amanda Gerosa at Noah After School's Antioch location.  Photo courtesy of Cheryl Maida, Hartford City Mission.

    Love and Learning at Noah After School

    Each week, nearly 40 children enter the doors of Noah After School (NAS), where dedicated volunteers and staff provide a loving, safe, enriching after-school program in Hartford's Northeast neighborhood. Hartford City Mission's Noah After School, which +

  • 2012 Revitalize Community Health Outreach

    Hartford Hospital Funds Revitalize, Helps Make Impact

    May 21, 2014 Article by Urban Alliance staff "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller When many people - with an array of strengths and resources - join together to make an impact, incredible things can happen. The beau(...) +

  • Listening to the Community

    Are Your Listening Skills Helping or Hurting?

    Think about the last time you had an in-person conversation. Were you a good listener? Did you make eye contact, refrain from interrupting and have receptive body language? Did you wait to talk or were you planning your next bit of input while the other p +

  • Holistic Ministry

    UA Network Puts Holistic Outreach Plans to Action

    Holistic outreach. It sounds nice, but what is it? And is it really needed? The simple answer is yes. It is not only crucial to helping heal the brokenness in our communities, but can't be done alone - that means you are a key part of making a difference +

  • Giving Thanks, Helping Neighbors

    Giving Thanks, Helping Neighbors

    When we think of Thanksgiving, many of us picture a day complete with a warm (and delicious) meal, a table full of family or friends and some time to relax and enjoy a day to ponder the many things for which we are thankful. +

  • Youth Explosion

    Stoking the Fire: Events Help Youth Grow in Faith, Build Friendships

    What do you get when you combine an all-night carnival, food, a live concert, skating, bowling, laser tag and swimming. Or how about impactful skits, miming, student-led music, lots of laughter and colorful strobe lights? The answer: events that – no wond +

  • Clothes Closet

    Loving in Action: Churches Partner to Provide Clothing to Anyone in Need

    Eleven years ago, three women at Wintonbury Church in Bloomfield saw a need in the community and took action together, and a big step of faith, to begin what is now called the Clothes Closet, a monthly community outreach ministry that provides free clothi +

  • YC Thrift Store

    UA Helps Volunteers Connect to Serve

    When a group of twelve young adults from Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, lead by Greg Kessler, were looking for a group service opportunity, they reached out to Urban Alliance to help match them with a ministry that needed a few extra hands. Er +

  • My Brother's Keeper

    8 Ways You Can Help UA Network Address Local Food Insecurity

    One of the ways that Urban Alliance network participants are currently addressing food insecurity is through hunger-relief ministries, including food pantries and free community meals. Traditionally described as “public or private non-profit organization +

  • Love Kitchen. From left to right: Dr. Gladys Santiago, Dr. Ramon Davila and Chef Juan Hernandez.

    Serving Up Love: Love Kitchen Provides More Than Just a Free Meal

    Once a month, the delicious smells of a home-cooked meal and dozens of smiling faces fill the community dining room on May Street in Hartford, at Love Kitchen, an outreach ministry of Youth Challenge of Connecticut. Love Kitchen is a hunger-relief minist +

  • Revitalize Volunteer Amanda

    Meet Amanda: Revitalize Volunteer!

    Article written by Urban Alliance staff. Over the course of the summer, Revitalize, a collaborative community initiative of the Urban Alliance network that focuses on effectively and holistically addressing health needs in Hartford, partnered with th(...) +

  • Walk-a-Thon

    Walk-a-Thon Taking Strides to End Substance Abuse

    Youth Challenge of Connecticut, Inc., a participant in the Urban Alliance network and a non-profit residential substance abuse treatment organization, will be hosting their Annual Walk-a-Thon Against Substance Abuse on September 21, 2013, rain or shine. W +

  • THP

    Over 350 Teens Took Part in THP 2013

    This summer, over the course of two weeks, The Hartford Project (THP), and initiative of the Urban Alliance network, was host to 355 youth and 97 youth leaders who came together to build relationships, serve the community and to 'share and experience God' +

  • YMCA

    Urban Alliance Network Reaches Youth Through Several Avenues

    From after-school programs where students can experience one-on-one and small group activities, homework help and lessons to mentoring and tutoring programs, the Urban Alliance network provides a multitude of educational opportunities for youth of all age +

  • 40 Days of Worship Event

    40 Days Initiative: Impacting CT Through Worship, Prayer and Unity

    Seven churches and organizations who are participants in the Urban Alliance network and one Urban Alliance initiative will host several evenings of worship as part of this year's 40 Days of Worship Initiative, an interdenominational statewide initiative t +

  • Ascend Meet and Greet

    Ascend Addresses Achievement Gap Concerns Through Mentoring

    For the last few years, Windsor Police Chief Kevin Searles and other community members have been concerned about the increasing education achievement gap in Windsor public schools. The group began to take into account some of the stressors from the family +