2016-07-20 / Features

Queens Council Members Give Back In A Big Way


QCH Board Member Sal Favia stands with Council Member Karen Koslowitz at QCH's 2016 Spring Event. Koslowitz was the night's honoree for her tireless efforts in making Queens a better place to live for all residents. QCH Board Member Sal Favia stands with Council Member Karen Koslowitz at QCH's 2016 Spring Event. Koslowitz was the night's honoree for her tireless efforts in making Queens a better place to live for all residents. For a non-profit organization, support from its local community is vital. It affirms that the services given are indeed important and are helping the community thrive.

Queens Community House, a multi-service settlement house serving more than 20,000 children, youth, adults and older adults every year, has received immense support from the New York City Council and its members, especially Karen Koslowitz, Rory Lancman and Daniel Dromm. The three Councilmembers have given a combined $143,000 in budget discretionary funds to the borough-wide non-profit.

Established as a community center in Forest Hills in 1975, QCH has expanded into a broad network of programs operating out of 25 sites in 11 different neighborhoods in Queens – and the New York City Council has noticed.


Councilman Daniel Dromm, who presides over Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, provided $27,000, specifically for QCH’s LGBT programs, including its Generation Q youth program and Queens Center for Gay Seniors, the only center for LGBT older adults in the borough. The center also received $300,000 in support from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark- Viverito. Councilman Daniel Dromm, who presides over Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, provided $27,000, specifically for QCH’s LGBT programs, including its Generation Q youth program and Queens Center for Gay Seniors, the only center for LGBT older adults in the borough. The center also received $300,000 in support from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark- Viverito. “We offer Queens residents a much-needed support system at every stage of life, helping them to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to become active participants in their larger community,” Executive Director Ben Thomases said. “This money will go a long way in helping us change the lives of our neighbors for the better.”

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz represents the neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill. Moreover, as Chair of the Queens Delegation, Koslowitz was determined to fund non-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the entire borough, including QCH.

“I was delighted to provide $56,500 to Queens Community House, which will go towards programs for both our senior citizens and our youth,” declared Koslowitz. “Each year, Queens Community House helps thousands of Queens residents, from our youth to our elders, with programs designed to educate, engage and improve quality of life. This funding will go towards the enhancement of senior programming, which includes educational and recreational activities such as art, exercise, dance, nutrition and computer classes. This support also provides activities such as health screenings and healthy aging programs. Additionally, I was pleased to provide funding for Queens Community House’s outstanding Evening Teen Center.”

The Teen Center provides recreational activities, college counseling and access to employment opportunities to more than 300 young adults in the community.

Councilman Rory Lancman, who oversees Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills and Jamaica, arranged for $59,000 to be given to the Pomonok Senior Center and Pomonok After School Program, both run out of the Pomonok Community Center.

“The funding I allocated will help Queens Community House serve thousands of Queens residents through educational and recreational activities,” Lancman said. “By working with Queens Community House, we are able to keep after school programs open later, and support summer camps to help working parents. Queens Community House serves so many of my constituents, and I am happy to support them.”

The Pomonok Community Center is also home to an inter-generational Food Access/Healthy Eating initiative that is bringing fresh produce and healthy cooking skills to the local community.

Councilman Daniel Dromm, who presides over Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, provided $27,000, specifically for QCH’s LGBT programs, including its Generation Q youth program and Queens Center for Gay Seniors, the only center for LGBT older adults in the borough. The center also received $300,000 in support from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Collectively, Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Members Koslowitz, Lancman, Dromm, and Jimmy Van Bramer secured more than $627,000 of additional funding for youth, community, and senior programs at Queens Community House.

Thomases stated, “We couldn’t be more thankful for the generosity of our local officials. Knowing they want to help our programs succeed makes our work even more effective and valued throughout Queens.”

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