Campaigning for paid sick days for low-income families -- Community Service Society of New York

The Foundation's Roadmaps to Health Community grants initiative was designed to identify, support, and disseminate models of cross-sector coalitions working to improve health by taking action to address the social and economic determinants of health, such as education, employment, income, community safety, and family and social support.Community Service Society of New York (CSS), in partnership with Make the Road New York (MRNY), seeks to lay the groundwork for a campaign to enact a city ordinance that mandates employers to provide a minimum number of sick days to employees, a policy enacted in several other U.S. cities. Focusing on four Bronx and Brooklyn areas, CSS and MRNY will conduct educational outreach and build support among small businesses, faith-based organizations, and low-wage workers. They will do this through grassroots events, Town Halls, story collection, media coverage, and encouraging partners and allies to take on this issue as a priority. No RWJF dollars will be used for lobbying. CSS will ensure it has sufficient funds to support any related lobbying activities. Deliverables include: community issue forums, Borough President Town Halls, a faith leader event, 12-20 stories, 6-10 media hits, revised training curricula incorporating paid sick days, 8-12 educational sessions, and an updated "Unheard Third" survey and survey findings, data and story-book.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 11/15/2012

Time frame: 11/1/2012 - 10/31/2014

Grant Number: 70518


Community Service Society of New York

105 East 22nd Street
New York, 10010-5413


Nancy Rankin
Project Director


Javier Valdes
Project Director