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Linkages of Rochester Inc. has sponsored the sister-city relationship between Rochester and Velikiy Novgorod, Russia, since 1990, seeking to increase understanding of Russian people, politics and culture with a focus on people-to-people relationships. Linkages is a member of the International Sister Cities of Rochester, the city's umbrella organization for relationships with its 12 sister cities.
Velikiy Novgorod, between Moscow and St. Petersburg in northwest Russia, dates to 859. The city and surrounding region are about as populous as Rochester and its metro area. And like Rochester, Novgorod has a reputation as a cultural and educational center and is recognized as a socially and economically progressive region.
Linkages sponsors programs here to promote an understanding of Russia. It also has developed partnerships with the people of Novgorod, including one to encourage connections between businesses in the sister cities. Others focus on social and education issues that have arisen since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
Education: For more than 20 years, Linkages has sponsored an exchange in which a Russian teacher of English comes to Rochester every other year. Every summer Linkages also sends American teachers of English as a second language to Novgorod to conduct a two-week seminar for teachers of English in Novgorod schools.
Child welfare: Since 1998, Linkages has supported Novgorod's city administration and non-governmental organizations in developing a foster family system and prevention and intervention programs for children and families in crisis.
Substance abuse prevention: Linkages has sponsored activities to share expertise and drug and alcohol prevention strategies with professionals in Novgorod, focusing particularly on the growing problem of substance abuse among youths.
Elder care: Linkages has facilitated professional exchanges and shared ideas for keeping older residents healthy and independent in the community.
Women's issues: At the request of the Novgorod city administration, a Linkages partnership sponsored dialogue between women of the two cities on issues of common interest: economic empowerment, civic and political leadership, domestic violence and changing roles in the family.
Linkages, an all-volunteer organization, is led by its board president, Paul Caccamise. Its mailing address is 392 Barry Road, Rochester, N.Y. 14617, and its website is www.linkagesrochester.org.
Financial record Year ending Dec. 31, 2011
Contributions $6,840 100
Total revenue $6,840 100
Education partnership $4,304 50
Elder care partnership 2,215 26
Public events 553 6
Other 1,592 18
Total expenses $8,664 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses ($1,824)
Board of Directors
Paul Caccamise, president; vice president for program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc.
Debra Fromm Faria, vice president; visiting associate professor and director of field education, Department of Social Work, SUNY College at Brockport
Tanya Schueler-Choukairi, vice president; instructor and activities coordinator, English Language Center, Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Young, treasurer; president, J.H. Young Co.
Nicholas Coulter, secretary; coordinator, Rapid Engagement Demonstration Program, Monroe County Office of Mental Health
Rev. Garth Brokaw; retired president and CEO, Fairport Baptist Homes Caring Ministries
Sara Catalano; social worker, Rochester General Hospital
William Fulton; retired executive director, Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council Inc.
Joseph Gersitz; retired director of foreign languages, Brighton Central School District
Alexander Glebov; student, University of Rochester
Barbara LeSavoy; director of women and gender studies, SUNY College at Brockport
Anya Lester; project manager, Xerox Corp.
Elizaveta Steffen; teacher of English for speakers of other languages, Monroe High School, Rochester City School District
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