Queens Community House

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Location: 108-25 62nd Drive Forest Hills NY 11375 USA

Mission: Queens Community House is committed to the personal growth of the diverse people it serves and to the creation of self-reliant, open, responsible communities. Established in the settlement house tradition, it embodies the core belief that all persons can and want to grow and that all can contribute. Through broad-based, innovative leadership, it offers programs and services which help all people improve their lives and work together to strengthen their communities. Queens Community House is more than a social service provider: it is a welcoming, extended family for both new and long-time residents.

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As a child growing up in Queens, attending middle and high school here and having witnessed the Mets win the World Series in ’86 I have a strong affinity for this great borough. When I began my search last year for a non-profit board to join there were a few important things on my criteria. For one the organization had to be focused first and foremost on serving its community. At QCH their core mission is to serve the people of the community, from the children to the adults and seniors alike, through its rich programs and services. I had the opportunity to tour some of the facilities and see the programs in action. I was so impressed and moved by the impact these programs are having in the community. For example QCH offers free English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) classes at its Jackson Heights location which have afforded many the opportunity to move up the socio-economic ladder. I was also able to visit the Pomonok Senior Center in Flushing and witness how the many activities offered, eg Arts & Crafts, dancing, are enriching the lives of the seniors there. Another important criterion for me was the people of the organization. At QCH it is led by the Executive Director, Irma Rodriguez, who is committed, passionate and exudes energy for this organization. I see this love and passion in the staff and volunteers of QCH. Lastly it is an organization that serves over 20,000 people in the community that I call home in its approximately 20 locations by a committed staff of over 400. I am proud to be a board member of the Queens Community House.

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the many lives the progams have improved.

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raise more funding for the great progams offered here.

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My teen-age son has found a place where he can volunteer and give back. When he was younger, he went to the early childhood center and the summer camps. Now, by volunteering, he has discovered a talent and interest in working with younger children. The Queens Community House is a place where he has been able to learn and grow at all different ages.

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my son's growth as a teenager

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raise lots of money for it

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I moved to the Borough of Queens several years ago and was really struck by Queens Community House (QCH) -- each of the staff takes on so much work and there isn't a lot of ego. Without trumpeting the fact that they serve such a broad diversity of races, ethnic and cultural groups, they maintain an open door to everyone in the community. I also like the way QCH infuses community organizing into every aspect of the work, transforming it from just run of the mill human services to all in the community from the very young to the very old to a very special organization that manages to stay close to the people it serves and true to its mission.

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observing the vibrant after school programs that include breakdancing in the gym at the main headquarters and I think the exposure to a variety of services has given me a renewed sense of hope that there is still much that is going right in human services if we have such a fantastic settlement house in the midst of the most diverse borough of New York City.

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Provide additional resources to hire more staff so that the fantastic senior staff and management team have the opportunity to be even more creative and innovative in their program planning, especially hiring a director of development to really be a partner to senior management and jump start individual donor cultivation and set up a vibrant young professionals group to enhance board cultivation efforts.

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