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John DeSantis

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  • published Programs 2018-01-20 15:17:11 -0500
  • published Accomplishments in About us 2017-11-07 08:41:16 -0500


    Believe in Syracuse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote positive perceptions and improve the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse Area. Below are just a few of our community accomplishments. We convert local pride into local progress. Join us in making Syracuse an even better place to call home!


    Events - Timeline


    - October - Feminine Hygiene Drive Benefiting Hope Print, Samaritan Center, CanTeen of Central New York and Vera House

    - August - Greater Syracuse Arts & Culture Festival Rosamond Gifford Zoo

    - July - Distributed 1,000 books at Summer Learning Day with the CNY Literacy Coalition

    - June & July 5 - Summer Youth Literacy Book Drive (K-5) - collected over 2,500 books

    - January - Believe in Syracuse's 4th Birthday @ The MOST - 1,200 attendees, 80 vendors, celebrated the Arts and our Believe in Syracuse Award bestowed upon a deserving community member, Carrier Lazarus, for her unbridled commitment to the Syracuse community


    - December - Come Home to Syracuse - in partnership with 40 Below and a dozen hiring employers!

    - October - ORANGE, Red & Yellow Creekwalk Stroll & Social - Cafe Kubal Creekwalk Commons

    - September Community Organizing Training - South Side Innovation Center

    - August Syracuse Neighborhood Olympics - Cummings Field Eastwood

    - July Believe in Syracuse Progress Gala - SOLD OUT Historic Hotel Syracuse

    - June Reading is Fun Block Party Homer Wheaton Park

    - January Believe in Syracuse's 3rd Birthday Party Landmark Theatre - 600 Attendees, 30 vendors


    - September - Believe in Syracuse's Office Grand Opening South Side Innovation Center

    - July - Believe In Syracuse Presents: Clean Lake Party in the Park Willow Bay @ Onondaga Lake Park

    - July - Syracuse Rising: Downtown Syracuse Maxwells

    - May - Syracuse Latin School Courtyard Cleanup The Syracuse Latin School

    - March - Light up Syracuse Downtown Syracuse

    - February - Believe in Syracuse Committee Launch Event! Soule Branch Library

    - January - Believe in Syracuse's 2nd Birthday Party! SKY Armory


    November - Helped disadvantaged Syracuse Kids Get New Books - The Oncenter

    November - Syracuse Rising: Westside - The Pale and Bucket Pub

    September - Syracuse Rising: Westcott Street - Beer Belly Deli & Pub

    July - Believe in Syracuse Northside Neighborhood Night - Change of Pace

    June - Syracuse Rising: What's Next? - Black Olive

    May - Strathmore & South Side Neighborhood Night - Swallows Tavern

    April - Day of Action: Clean up 'Cuse - Samaritan Center

    February - Eastwood Neighborhood Night: Believe in Syracuse - Chadwicks

    January - Believe in Syracuse's First Birthday Party - Small Plates, Armory Square


    - November - Serving Breakfast to the Homeless and Hungry at the Samaritan Center

    - July - Believe in Syracuse Networking Social at Beer Belly Deli - helped keep their business from going under

    - July - Believe in Syracuse Volunteers feeding the homeless and hungry at The Samaritan Center

    - July - Park Clean-Up and post clean up trip to the Irish Festival on Tipp Hill! Pass Arboretum

    - June - Our First General Interest Meeting - Soule Branch Library

    - May - Believe in Syracuse's Kick-Off Social! Al's Wine & Whiskey Lounge - 60+ attended our first event!

    - January - Believe in Syracuse was founded. We started our Social Media promotion of Greater Syracuse.

    Excited about Believe in Syracuse's accomplishments? Get involved! 


    Since our founding in January 2013:

    • Helped hundreds of our fellow Syracusans through various drives such as summer reading books, school supplies, warm weather wear, feminine hygiene products, making lunches for our homeless & hungry population, etc.
    • Partnered with various sponsors (BlueRock Energy, AP Professionals, etc.) who are helping us in our mission
    • Gained much media attention - local tv and newspaper, even garnered some great attention from the New York Times 
    • Having fun along the way! Largest Event to Date: 4th Birthday Party @ The MOST, with over 1200 attendees


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  • published Social Media Sponsorship in Partner 2017-06-27 14:20:06 -0400
  • published Sponsor Payment in Sponsor 2017-06-27 14:05:27 -0400
  • Be the change! Join us at our General Interest Meeting.

    What: Spring 2017 Believe in Syracuse General Interest Meeting
    Who: Believe in Syracuse Board Members, Committee Chairs, Community Members, Vendors, Sponsors, Volunteers and YOU!!
    When: Wednesday, May 24th
    Where: South Side Innovation Center, 2610 S Salina St, Next to Dunk & Bright

    Believe in Syracuse has big plans to make an impact in the community!
    Our Board, Staff and committees want YOU to join us on May 24th to learn more, connect with some positive people and work together with us to promote our community.
    We are planning a Public Art Campaign & Mural, installing a little free library on the Near Northside, helping promote summer literacy for city kids and planning the Greater Syracuse Arts & Culture Fest which will spotlight the incredible diversity and culturally unique food Syracuse has to offer. Come learn more, interact with us, meet like-minded people and work with us to make Syracuse a more positive place. 
    Click here and then RSVP!