Category: Partner Highlight

Board Member Highlight: Wes Alexander

When Wes Anderson connected with Mark Argosh in 2023 on the Governor’s Workforce Council, he shared, “I didn’t know if I had time for [Social Impact Partners] until I realized that it continues to meet my ultimate goal, which is trying to serve the people right around where I work.” Wes was drawn to Social Impact Partners’ vision of systematic change and impact on the marginalized populations across Connecticut, sharing he “had to support this mission, because it’s too valuable.”

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Volunteer Partner Highlight: Tim Roof

Prior to joining Social Impact Partners in 2018, Tim Roof shared he “didn’t really appreciate how underserved a big portion of the state is.” Today, he is proud of how far the organization has come and the opportunity he has had to increase his “understanding of what all these different communities face [across Connecticut].” Tim brings a deep skillset in business management, strategic leadership and human resources management to Social Impact Partners and has been heavily involved in specific HR projects for a variety of our community partners, including SimplifyCT, Riba Aspira and more recently CSCU.

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Sector Update: Early Childhood Education (ECE) June 2024

Stemming from Social Impact Partners’ impactful involvement in supporting the development of the Governor’s five-year Blue Ribbon Plan for early childcare and education, Governor Lamont recently passed two pieces of legislation, HB5002 and SB14, to prioritize ECE and childcare in Connecticut. Social Impact Partners’ Director of Early Childhood Education Karen Lott shared, “Social Impact Partners played a central role in the [Blue Ribbon Plan] being developed and had a lot of influence on what was included in the plan.” Marking a groundbreaking shift in the system, this pivotal step signifies a positive investment in the future of young children, ensuring they have access to high-quality education and care. Our community partner, Child Care for CT, was instrumental in advocating for the elements in this legislation and we are so proud to see their mission in action!

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Sector Update: Workforce Development June 2024

Social Impact Partners continues its focus on Workforce Development to enable individuals from lower-income and marginalized communities to obtain quality jobs and achieve upward economic mobility.  About 40% of Connecticut’s residents, 54% of which are Black and 57% are Hispanic, do not earn living wages. By addressing the dignity of people who want to work and contribute to their own families, communities and Connecticut’s economy, we can break cycles of poverty and reduce income inequality.

Our overarching goal is to build a robust workforce pipeline that caters to the diverse needs of job seekers and employers.  Our three main initiatives are business engagement, career awareness and career pathways. We are engaging the business community to expand skills-based hiring, apprenticeship programs and diverse talent pipelines in healthcare, IT, and manufacturing, three high-demand sectors.

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Board Member Highlight: Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Since coming to Hartford at the age of 9 with her mother and brother from Puerto Rico, Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez has lived her life based on her values, believing in the importance of  community, creating a space for others to have a voice and the “responsibility we all have to serve others.” As the Superintendent and CEO of Hartford Public Schools, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez is grounded in the importance and “systematic need to create conditions and pathways for young people to be seen, feel heard and feel worthy”.

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Volunteer Partner Highlight: Temy Mancusi-Ungaro

“I believe that we have an obligation to give back. We don’t all start with the same advantages, therefore those of us who have them need to give back to create access for others by using the knowledge we have gained by the opportunities we were given,” said Temy.

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Volunteer Partner Highlight: Cheryl Hilton

Cheryl believes deeply in the importance of listening in her Social Impact Partners engagements, knowing the power of true partnership comes from a place of mutual respect and collaboration. “I like to approach projects by saying, ‘You tell me what you want and we’ll figure out how to build it’ ”said Cheryl.

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Volunteer Partner Highlight: Bonnie Foos

“I really enjoy bringing my time and talents to the table for missions that I care deeply about…I love my work with Social Impact Partners and hope it shows,” said Bonnie Foos, “I have a passion for the people I serve.” 

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Volunteer Partner Highlight: James Kemp

“The best advice I can give to any new volunteer partner is to listen. An engagement with an Social Impact Partners nonprofit partner should start with gaining a deep understanding of who the organization is and the language that they use,” shared James Kemp. “If you have the right mindset and attitude, you can make a big difference.”

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Volunteer Partner Highlight: Stacey Goodwin

“With Social Impact Partners, I’ve had the chance to work behind the scenes with nonprofits in a way that enables others to continue to provide vital services throughout our state…it’s been incredibly rewarding,” says Stacey.

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