Queens Community House is a fixture in our community which continually makes an impact on a daily basis. From holding stimulating senior programs, work with after school initiatives, and even Meals On Wheels, Queens Community House is one of the best organizations around.
Queens Community House is a special place that makes an impact. The staff is caring and nurturing and over the years that I have worked with QCH and volunteered with the senior programs I feel the impact .
I joined the Kew Gardens Community Center last year, one month after retirement and was pleasantly surprised at the number of classes offered including exercise and lectures. The atmosphere is very cheerful with friendly people, good lighting, and large windows in the Piano Room and the Lounge. They also have a chorus, which I immediately joined, and am now the chorus director. We have about 20 dedicated singers and a wonderful pianist. We perform at local nursing homes and at the Center for holiday or birthday parties singing the standards, show tunes, music from the 50s/60s, etc. Our rehearsals are on Fridays at 11:00 AM. Its a joy.
For over three years I have served as a volunteer piano accompanist for the Kew Garden Community Chorus. It has been a truly rewarding and joyous experience in every way. Rachel Epstein has given her full participation and support to the chorus. She also expressed her appreciation to the group in substantial ways. The piano we use is the very best and the acoustics in the rehearsal room are ideal. You will see a lot of smiles there.
Queens Community has been a part of my professional journey for the past 6 + years in various capacities. First as a community embassador for the company I work for Starbucks Coffee & subsequently as a dedicated volunteer in support of building leadership skills for the youth. My experience as a board member over these last year has truly marked my life because I feel that I can influence and truly make a difference from a different capacity. Queens Community House is a gem in our community and I am proud to serve!
Board of Directors
QCH offers programs from elementary school age to frail elderly throughout the Borough of Queens. But it is not the number or programs but the quality of the programming that make it so special. Most of the staff have been there for years, often giving up higher paying opportunities elsewhere to remain within this culture of caring and professionalism. As change agents, staff are charged with giving participants and the communities the tools to better themselves. When the communities and participants succeed, as they often do, they rightly get the credit. So QCH remains the best kept secret in Queens.
QCH has been a standout organization in Queens for many years. Being a lifetime resident of Queens I remember working with QCH on various housing advocacy initiatives and frequently seeing their Meal on Wheels Vans and cars.
I am truly blown away by the variety of programs and services that QCH provides and am eager to see where else we can plug in to continue to serve this great borough. As a Board member I take my responsibility very seriously and look forward to expanding the programming and reach of the work we do.
I have been a member of the Kew Gardens Community House since its beginning. My interest was in the center's approach to wellness and exercise. I joined a class which I attended regularly for years. After the untimely death of our last teacher I volunteered to take over the class and was trained by a representative of the Dept. of the Aged. I am now in my ninth year of leading that class. Our current director, Rachel Epstein, was instrumental in organizing some kind of exercise class for every day of the week. She also developed a lecture program, emphasizing health, wellness and nutrition. Most recently I attended a course with her called: A Matter of Balance, Managing Concerns about Falls, Volunteer Leader Model, MaineHealth's Partnership for Healthy Aging, Boston University. We just finished coaching a successful run of the 8 week session course together. Rachel is an inspiring and hard working director of the Kew Gardens Community House Center. It is a pleasure to work with her.
I've been a happy member of the Kew Gardens Community Center for about 10 years. I volunteer by teaching 2 levels of Tai Chi and by giving periodic workshops in Topics in Mathematics ("The Number Jungle"). I also attend Belle's Players, our Drama Group, and our Chorus. These groups perform at local residence facilities & at the Forest Hills Library. I enjoy all these activities immensely as well as the friendships I've developed with my fellow members & Tai Chi & Math students. The atmosphere at the Center is warm and friendly, fostered by the work of our wonderful director, Rachel Epstein, who sees to it that all runs smoothly and joyously. I retired from full time work as a university professor of Math & Phys Ed in 1999 and continued working part-time till last year. The Center has eased my way into continuing an active and useful and enjoyable life of community service. For this I am & will be eternally grateful.
I attended pre-school at the QCH, participated in their after school programs, and through my teen years it continued to be a safe place, a place to hang out or meet friends and be a part of.
Everyone there is helpful, commited and truly a part of the community they serve.
I hope the organization continues to thrive and serve generations of children and families to come.