My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Queens Community House, Forest Hills, NY, USA
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.