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Chhaya Community Development Corporation of Queens at a rally opposing the deal with Amazon to build its second headquarters in Queens, NY. Seen in photo, Executive Director Annetta Seecharan, right, addressing the crowd. (Photo courtesy of Chhaya CDC via News India Times)

South Asian Nonprofit Cheers Withdrawal of Amazon

Business, Queens, Social Services, South Asian February 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Chhaya Community Development Corporation explains to News India Times what they took issue with in the Amazon deal.

Alejandra Silva-Exias is one of the volunteer attorneys who joined Catholic Charities’ state-backed program. (Photo via El Diario)

Online Campaign Recruits Volunteer Lawyers for Immigrants

Immigration, New York, Social Services February 14, 2019 at 11:53 am

Due to the massive backlog of immigration cases in courts, the state, along with Catholic Charities, has launched an online campaign aiming to recruit volunteer lawyers to offer legal services to low-income immigrants, El Diario La Prensa reports.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (center left) and Council member Paul Vallone (center right) with Korean organization leaders including Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York Co-president Christine Colligan, Korean American Association of Greater New York President Minsun Kim and Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York Executive Director Linda Lee in the front center. (Photo courtesy of Vallone's office via QNS)

Johnson Proposes ‘More Specialized High Schools’

East Asian, Government, Queens, Social Services February 5, 2019 at 5:15 pm

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson joined Queens Council member Paul Vallone at a meeting with Korean-American leaders to address community issues such as education and small businesses, report QNS and Queens Chronicle.

Hispanic youths participating in Alcoholics Anonymous reunions in East Harlem. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

For Mexican Immigrants, Alcoholism is Yet Another Hazard

Health, Immigration, Mexican, New York, Social Services February 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm

Experts say the harshness of the immigrant experience contributes to high alcoholism rates in the Mexican community, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Sami Uddin Razi (left), volunteer Younis Elsallaj (middle), & Noor Rabah (right). (Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

Muslim Community Patrol Forms in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Muslim, Social Services January 30, 2019 at 5:10 pm

Bklyner profiles Muslim Community Patrol & Services, a patrol group modeled after the Shomrim and formed amid the current political climate and increasing number of hate crimes.

The new executive director of Korea Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Linda Lee, at the office of KCS Bayside center (Photo courtesy KCS via  Korea Daily)

Services for Korean Seniors, and More, from KCS

East Asian, New York, Seniors, Social Services January 11, 2019 at 5:29 pm

In an interview with Korea Daily, the new director of the Korea Community Services of Metropolitan New York explains how the nonprofit’s role is changing and expanding.

(Photo courtesy Mayday Space/Facebook via BK Reader)

A Space for Resistance at ‘Mayday’

Brooklyn, Social Services December 18, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Mayday Space in Bushwick provides a venue for socially-conscious initiatives that serve marginalized communities, reports BK Reader.

Man Up! Inc. 15th Anniversary celebration (Photo by Lem Peterkin via Amsterdam News)

Marking 15 Years of Man Up! and Remembering Daesean Hill

Brooklyn, Social Services, Youth November 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm

In celebrating 15 years of anti-violence organization Man Up!, East New York residents also honored 8-year-old Daesean Hill whose death inspired the group’s founding, reports Amsterdam News.

Alice Mckay wearing a shirt with a photo of her 21-year-old son Kameron who was fatally shot in Brownsville almost five years ago. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Brooklyn Parents of Shooting Victims Cope Together

Brooklyn, Social Services October 31, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Two group therapy programs in Crown Heights provide mental health support to parents who lost their children to gun violence, reports Amsterdam News.

Andrew Strong (Photo by Johnette Howard via The East Hampton Star)

Human Rights Lawyer Joins LI Latino Nonprofit

Immigration, Latino, Long Island, Social Services October 29, 2018 at 9:07 pm

The East Hampton Star speaks to Andrew Strong, a lawyer formerly involved in UN cases who now works as OLA of Eastern Long Island’s first full-time human rights attorney.

NYC Estimates Impact of ‘Public Charge’ Redefinition

NYC Estimates Impact of ‘Public Charge’ Redefinition

Communities, Immigration, Social Services October 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm

The city of New York released a preliminary analysis of the impact the Trump administration’s proposed expansion of the definition of “public charge” would have on immigrant New Yorkers.

Janet Guzman (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

A Year Later: How Puerto Ricans New to NYC Are Faring

Environment, New York, Puerto Rican, Social Services September 20, 2018 at 6:22 pm

El Diario/La Prensa marks the first anniversary of Hurricane María with a series of stories on how New York responded to the arrival of thousands of Puerto Ricans and the challenges they still face.

Far Rockaway RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), which runs a youth baseball league, is one of the programs at The Child Center. (Photo via The Wave)

Keeping Kids in School in Far Rockaway

Brooklyn, Social Services, Youth September 12, 2018 at 4:11 pm

The Wave writes about a youth center with locations in Far Rockaway that works to keep students from dropping out of school with the help of educational support, after-school programs and adult mentors.

Alma Tovar, OLA’s transportation advocate, with the minivan purchased by the organization to provide rides to medical appointments for people with no other viable options. (Photo provided to RiverheadLOCAL)

On LI, Latino Group Runs Transport Service

Latino, Long Island, Social Services, Transportation September 5, 2018 at 3:38 pm

A minivan service started by OLA of Eastern Long Island has turned into a larger effort to address the scarcity of public transportation options in Suffolk County, reports RiverheadLOCAL.

Sandra Martínez and her son Adrian. (Photo by C. Vivar via The Bronx Free Press)

Puerto Rican Families: Living in Limbo

Bronx, Brooklyn, Puerto Rican, Queens, Social Services July 17, 2018 at 10:02 am

The Bronx Free Press talks with families displaced to NYC by Hurricane María last fall, who are making new living arrangements as FEMA support runs out.

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