Updates

Isles’ Virtual Forum

Save the date for Isles’ Forum, a FREE, week-long virtual series of webinars, workshops, panels and more to explore community development and environmental challenges and solutions.   Pick and choose the topics of interest to you, or sign up for all! Full schedule, speakers, and registration links will be posted at isles.org/forum.

February 2021 Message

Dear Friend,   As a community development and environmental nonprofit, Isles focuses on both self-reliant people and healthy, sustainable places. That’s why we provide youth with education options, offer first time homebuyer workshops, as well as clean up homes to prevent childhood lead poisoning, build gardens, create green spaces, and so much more.   Today, as we …

January 2021 Message

Dear Friend,   A lot of ideas here at Isles start with, “What if we could…?”   One important question for our energy and environmental health services was, “What if we could combine housing health assessments with lead remediation and energy efficiency? How would we do that?”    The “why” is obvious, given the age and condition of …

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Friend,   Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – gathering with family and friends, (over)eating delicious food, and celebrating our common unity together.   Like for so many others, this Thanksgiving is a bit difficult for me. Our big family gathering is cancelled to protect against COVID. And I know I have it …

Isles’ Harvest Celebration 11.14.20

Join us on Saturday, November 14 at 6 pm for Isles’ virtual year-end event, the Harvest Celebration. Broadcast from the Social Profit Center at Mill One via Zoom, the Harvest Celebration will feature highlights of our work throughout the year, and a panel discussion in which new CEO Sean Jackson and Founder Marty Johnson answer …

CEO Sean Jackson Featured on RVN TV

Isles’ new CEO Sean Jackson was a guest on RVN TV’s Rainmakers Roundup, where he spoke about his transition from politics to nonprofit work, why he got involved with Isles, and the latest on the Social Profit Center at Mill One.

A Message From Our New CEO

Dear Friend,   Last week, I started a new era at Isles, becoming our second CEO.    For forty years, Marty Johnson led Isles with a unique vision and personal commitment. He built a dynamic, compassionate organization that created and tested new ways to meet an audacious mission – family self-reliance and healthy, sustainable communities.     Our guiding …

An Important Step to Ending Childhood Lead Poisoning

Today New Jersey took another important step towards eliminating lead poisoning of our children. The Senate Committee on Economic Growth passed S-1147, a bill that will treat toxic lead like toxic radon, requiring inspections for lead paint hazards in both rental units and before a home is sold. With New Jersey families spending increased time …

Isles Names Sean Jackson as Chief Executive Officer

Trenton, NJ – Isles, a nonprofit community development and environmental organization headquartered in Trenton, NJ, is pleased to announce that Sean Jackson has been selected to serve as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1st. Sean will succeed President Marty Johnson, who founded Isles as part of a student-led initiative at Princeton University in …

John Lewis

I will always remember the talk I had with John Lewis eight years ago. Our Congressman, Rush Holt had brought him to Trenton, where he gave a thoughtful civil rights address to about 100 people.  I spoke to him alone after his talk.  I told him, “I have relatives down in your congressional district, but I …