Updates

On the Passing of Paul Volcker

Yesterday, a generation’s torch was extinguished. Paul Volcker is being remembered as courageous in the face of awesome pressures. He was a smart, badass, fair-minded financier. Those attributes ring true, but I remember him as a powerful friend who cared a lot about fairness and who felt an unusual, sober connection to those who lacked …

2019 Year End Appeal

Dear Friend, Years before the term “sustainable development” was coined, we created Isles to foster it where it was needed most.  How?  By providing tools, ideas and organizing help to community-based groups (or “islands”) that wanted to develop their economy and restore their environment.    We started by helping neighborhoods build affordable homes, grow organic …

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friend,   Last Saturday, Isles’ Legacy Celebration brought over 300 people to our new Social Profit Center for a big party.  Folks from all walks of my life turned out.  That diverse room reminded all of us of what it takes to impact the world – not just a village, but multiple villages across old …

September 2019 Update

For 5 years, I’ve been half-time at Isles, and half-time faculty, teaching Social Entrepreneurship, and sharing Isles’ lessons with Princeton students – next generation leaders. In my absence, COO John Hart provided essential leadership. We maintained audacious goals, and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved.   So after 38 years, I’ve decided to step down …

2019 Camp Carrot Highlights

This month, Isles hosted 17 students at Camp Carrot—a 3-week camp where kids explored the outdoors, cooked healthy meals, went on field trips and discovered more about the environment and gardening through fun and educational activities.  Students learned about the importance of nutrition and exercise as they grew fresh produce, created tasty meals and practiced …

A Birthday of Service

Carol Haag has been a volunteer, donor, and advocate for many local organizations over the years. For her 80th birthday, she asked her friends to give a day of service and join her in volunteering at these organizations.  On July 11, Carol and a group of friends volunteered with Isles to work at the Tucker …

Green Infrastructure

Though Isles’ environmental work has always extended far beyond the garden fence, we are excited to be part of a three-year green infrastructure project with partners Rutgers Water Resources and New Jersey Future utilizing funding from the federal Clean Water Act. We are working with community and municipal partners to install demonstration projects that reduce …

Isles: Explained

Can we describe Isles’ work in 100 seconds? We’ve created a simple illustrated video of our work to foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable community. Follow the story of Betty to learn more about the services Isles offers and how it impacts the community, and let us know what you think!

2019 Camp Carrot

Join us for a summer of discovery at gardens and parks in the city! Explore the outdoors Learn to grow your own food Prepare tasty, healthy meals Play games and get active Learn through STEAM activities Healthy lunch and snack included. Contact us for more details! Who: Trenton students ages 9-12When: August 5th-9th, 12th- 16th, …

Message from Isles Leadership

Dear Isles Family and Friends,   It is with profound sorrow that we share the news that Amor Adeva, Isles’ Grants Accountant, passed away on Thursday, 4/11 after experiencing a medical emergency in our offices.   Our Isles family is shocked and saddened by this unexpected and tragic event. Amor was a kind and gentle presence …