Updates

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, 19th …

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 …

Double Dutch Tournament to be Rescheduled

The Double Dutch tournament will be held at a later date and setting.  Please check back here for future updates. Below is additional information about the tournament: Free event Eligible Age Groups: 7-12, 13-18, 19 and over. Three participants per team.  Participants will be judged on technical ability, creativity, and presentation. Jump ropes will be provided …

March Update

Dear Friends, More and more, we talk – and worry – about social inequality, climate change, authoritarian rule – and can we make meaningful change? Yes, in many ways, the bad ‘system is rigged.’ But can we rig a good system, too?  Yes, but it requires more than talk and worry – it requires action. …

Free Lead Testing

If your house or apartment was built before 1978, you may have lead paint in your home. Lead-based paint, even if hidden under layers of newer lead-free paint, can break down because of age, poor maintenance, or household repairs. Lead can also be found in your water from old plumbing pipes, soil, and even in children’s jewelry, …

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays! Long ago, someone said, “Do something with your life that’s beautiful and will last.” That sentiment stuck with me, and I suspect you can relate to it too. Is there anything more beautiful and lasting than helping others? Especially when “helping” means empowering families and communities – even tough ones – to be …

Happy Thanksgiving

  Dear Friend, The Dalai Lama once said, “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” That is both metaphor and real for us at Isles. Through community and school gardens, over 1,000 culturally diverse families and students grow tens of thousands of pounds of fresh food – and deep …

Trenton Then & Now

  Ever walk down a street in Trenton and wonder what it looked like a century ago? Then and Now is an ongoing photo-history project that retakes a photograph from the same perspective as the original. It focuses on Downtown Trenton’s historic businesses and often overlooked beautiful architecture – especially those that can only be …

Isles' Paper Published in Federal Reserve

Why do we pay so much attention to child lead poisoning? For starters, thousands (up to half) the kids in Trenton and older suburbs can be affected by it. Research is increasingly clear – even at low levels, lead impacts IQ, behavior, and other health factors. With all the talk of and investment in education …