Local pols show support for Queens nonprofit
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Jul 19, 2016 | 3996 views | 0 0 comments | 165 165 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman Rory Lancman is one of several local politicians supporting the Queens Community House.
Councilman Rory Lancman is one of several local politicians supporting the Queens Community House.
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Three Queens members of the City Council have given back to a Forest Hills nonprofit in a big way. Council members Karen Koslowitz, Rory Lancman and Daniel Dromm have given a combined $143,000 in budget discretionary funds to the Queens Community House.

Originally a community center in Forest Hills when it opened in 1975, Queens Community House has expanded to 11 neighborhoods and 25 program sites in Queens. Earlier this year, it won a $5,000 grant as part of the Yelp Foundation Gives Local competition.

As chair of the Queens Delegation, Koslowitz said it was important to fund nonprofit organizations that have a significant impact on the entire borough.

Her office provided $56,500 of the $143,000, and said the funds would go towards the enhancement of senior citizen programming, which will include educational and recreational activities like art, exercise, nutrition, dance and computer classes.

The funding will also go towards health screenings and healthy aging programs. For the youth, some contributions will aid Queens Community House’s Evening Teen Center.

Dromm provided $27,000 for Queens Community House’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.

Lancman’s contribution of $59,000 was arranged for Queens Community House's Pomonok Community Center.

While the center has an intergenerational Healthy Eating initiative that is bringing fresh produce and healthy cooking skills to the local community, the funding will support two of the largest-serving programs at the center, the Pomonok Senior Center and Pomonok After School Program.

“By working with Queens Community House, we are able to keep after-school programs open later and support summer camps to help working parents,” Lancman said. "Queens Community House serves so many of my constituents, and I am happy to support them.”

In addition to contributions made by Koslowitz, Dromm and Lancman, Queens Community House has received $300,000 from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, as well as contributions from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, totaling more than a combined $627,000 in support for the nonprofit.

“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,” said QCH executive director Ben Thomases. “This money will go a long way in helping us change the lives of our neighbors for the better.”

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