You are reading

Letter to the Editor: Sunnyside Community Services Gives Thanks

Community members Ira and Ellen Greenberg dropping off donations for the pantry (Photo: SCS)

Feb. 1, 2021 By Judy Zangwill, Executive Director, Sunnyside Community Services

It has been almost a year since the pandemic first hit, changing our City in innumerable ways. Through it all, the one thing that has remained constant has been the community’s support.

As the demand for our services increased, Sunnyside Community Services faced budget cuts from the city and state. In spite of this, we added food relief, cash assistance, and virtual offerings to our already comprehensive program list.

When rigid contracts would not allow us to re-allocate funding where it was needed, we turned to the community for help and hundreds of you responded. It is because of your generosity that we were able to help thousands of New Yorkers.

Some of you contributed multiple times during the pandemic, while others sent increased gifts. Best of all, we saw more than 200 first-time year-end donors place their trust in Sunnyside Community Services.

Thank you all. I also want to thank those of you who donated to our food pantry. I love that some of you created mini food drives among your friends and family. Thank you so much.

I have been touched by the many foundations, local organizations and businesses that offered help. They provided funding, donated groceries, meals, bags, coats and PPE. They also strategized with us to address the increased demands we are all facing.

I am also grateful for the elected officials who lent support and secured much-needed PPE and food donations. And I’m appreciative for the local reporters who highlighted the critical issues facing New Yorkers. Thank you for continuing to advocate for our community.

Most of all, I want to thank those of you who participated in our programs and remained with us as we navigated through this challenging time. And a special thanks to those who found a way to pay it forward by contributing or volunteering. That is the best gift of all.

On behalf of the 16,000 lives who are shaped by Sunnyside Community Services, thank you for your support. We hope we can continue to count on you.

Stay safe,

Judy Zangwill

Executive Director, Sunnyside Community Services

Volunteers, staff and board president Amit Kalra and daughter packing bags for seniors (Photo: SCS)

 

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Eastern Queens Greenway project connecting local parks gets $6 million in City Council funding

The Eastern Queens Greenway plan is a step closer to fruition after Council Member Sandra Ung joined Speaker Adrienne Adams in Kissena Park on Oct. 2, where they announced $6 million in funding to complete two sections of the greenway that will create a seamless connection between Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Alley Pond Park.

“We are fortunate in Eastern Queens to have a number of amazing parks, but in many places they are physically close but disconnected from one another,” Ung said. “This funding will create new connections and improve existing ones to create a continuous and safe path from Flushing Meadows to Alley Pond and beyond. These projects will increase access points to our open spaces, which in turn will make them safer for seniors, families, and those with mobility impairments.”