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It Could Be You: Documentary Makes Poverty Relatable

Thursday, October 16, 2014


On Octber 7, UNH, with the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) and the College of Mount Saint Vincent, sponsored a screening of American Winter and a community forum, titled “Thawing of the American Dream.” Broadcast journalist Hugh Hamilton moderated the panel discussion. 

Panelist Ken Walters, Director of Members Services at United Neighborhood Houses of New York, said that his organization doesn’t approach his the poor as “clients” but as partners in an effort to engage leadership through advocacy, like testifying at city hall. He said that even the most hard-nosed politician would find it difficult not to be moved by face-to-face encounters. 

Read more about the event here. 


Settlement House Day

Friday, April 18, 2014


On Friday, April 11, United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) hosted the first-ever Settlement House Day, an all-day conference for staff from UNH’s 38 member agencies. Over 200 attendees convened at University Settlement’s Houston Street Center for workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities to help develop new skills and connect with the settlement house movement.

The theme of the day was the “Settlement House Advantage”, addressing the innovative ways in which settlement houses help New York City’s residents. The conference offered 15 panels, with topics including: utilizing older adults as valuable resources, models for using arts and culture to build community, how to increase healthy food access, and running a successful capital campaign, and more. Calling upon the strength of the UNH network, all the panelists were settlement house staff, sharing strategies in community engagement and service delivery in all five boroughs. 

A lunchtime session, “How Are We Doing: A Sneak Peek at Research Documenting the Settlement House Advantage”, introduced a unique collaboration between a working group of UNH member Associate Executive Directors and an external researcher, Dr. Mimi Abramovitz from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College to quantify the impact of settlement houses on their surrounding communities. 

Nancy Wackstein, UNH Executive Director, said, “The impetus for all of us at UNH and for all of the volunteer panelists to come together for Settlement House Day  was to do something that would give the staff of settlement houses, who work day in and day out in their communities, a sense that they are appreciated and that the work they do is extremely valuable.”

Special thanks to Aramark for graciously donating food and beverage for this event.



UNH's 5th Annual Advocacy Conference: Maximizing the Unique Opportunity of NYC's 2013 Elections

Saturday, January 26, 2013
UNH thanks all of those who attended our 5th Annual Advocacy Conference: Maximizing the Unique Opportunity of NYC's 2013 Elections on January 18. The conference took place at Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Art Center. Ocynthia Williams, a parent advocate, opened the day by sharing her campaigning experiences, encouraging all in the room to continue their advocacy efforts. The conference wrapped up with informative workshops on defining advocacy and understanding the City and State Budget processes, and small group discussions on priorities in the upcoming Mayoral campaign. Below, view documents and photos from the conference.

UNH's Record-Breaking 2012 Annual Benefit

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gary Pagano from Corporate Honoree Viacom and Honoree David Kubie. 

UNH would like to thank all the wonderful supporters that made the 2012 UNH Annual Benefit a resounding success -  raising $700,000, the highest in the history of the event - to help support settlement houses in need. Special thanks to New Yorkers Who Make a Difference, Honorees David Kubie and Viacom, emcees Carrie Keagan and Jason Dundas from VH1's Big Morning Buzz, and Golden Benefactors including Paul Balser and Paula DelNunzio, Judy and Lew Kramer, Ruth and Side Lapidus, Lois and Arthur Stainman, and Viacom's Jimmy Barge, as well as all those who attended the special event. UNH was pleased to welcome 350 people to Tribeca Three Sixty on a beautiful October NYC night.

Corporate Honoree Viacom made this video highlighting the special partnership that has formed between UNH and Viacom through joint efforts to make a difference in New York City. You can view this video here.   Please visit our Facebook album to view pictures from the event! 
 
Again, we thank you for your partnership as we work to strengthen New York City's neighborhoods at a very challenging time for those struggling to succeed.

 

Wrapping up UNH's 4th Annual Advocacy Conference: Strengthening our Social Safety Net

Friday, December 09, 2011
UNH thanks all of those who attended our 4th Annual Advocacy Conference: Strengthening Our Social Safety Net on December 2nd. The conference took place at Goddard Riverside's beautiful Bernie Wohl Center and was a day filled with engaging conversation about advocacy. Michael Kink, Executive Director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition, delivered powerful opening remarks to set the tone for the day, which wrapped up with informative workshops on defining advocacy and understanding the City and State Budget processes. Below, view documents and photos from the conference.




Keep an eye out for information on the next part of UNH's advocacy mini-series, coming up in the Spring of 2012: Voter Mobilization and Registration!


UNH 2011 Benefit a Success

Friday, November 04, 2011

Honorees from The Clark Foundation: Douglas Bauer, Yancy Garrido, and Bharathi Sethumadhavan

UNH would like to thank all the wonderful supporters who made the UNH Benefit on October 26th a great success, raising $600,000 to help UNH support settlement houses and New Yorkers in need throughout our great city. Special thanks to this year's New Yorkers Who Make a Difference: Alain Kodsi and Rachel Foster and The Clark Foundation, our emcee Michelle Yu (SNY), and our Golden Benefactors including Paul Balser and Paula Del Nunzio, EmblemHealth, Judy and Lew Kramer, Ruth and Sid Lapidus, and
Lois and Arthur Stainman
and all those who supported and attended our special event. We welcomed 400 people to Tribeca Three Sixty on a beautiful NYC night.

Many supporters and friends took part in the UNH video project which was filmed by our wonderful volunteers Hector Cardenas, Vic Sorvino, and Jay Yorke from VIACOM. We look forward to sharing the edited event video with you soon. In the meantime, please view pictures from the benefit. Have photos or stories you want to share? Post them on our Facebook page.

Again, we thank you for your partnership as we work to strengthen New York City's neighborhoods at a very challenging time for those struggling to succeed.

 

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Viacom Partners with UNH for Viacommunity Day 2011

Monday, May 09, 2011
We were thrilled that Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman stopped by to help out at United Neighborhood Houses' 2011 Viacommunity Day. This is the third year UNH has been involved with Viacom's annual corporate service day and it was better than ever.
Viacom Executives Volunteer with UNH

Volunteers served over 400 lunches to seniors at UNH member Hamilton-Madison House City Hall Senior Center.

Honoring Senator Dan Squadron

Thursday, March 17, 2011
UNH held an event last month honoring NY State Senator Dan Squadron for his outstanding support of the settlement house system. This event was attended by many Board Presidents and Board Members as well as Executive Directors of UNH member agencies.

senator squadron, marc dieli and nancy wackstein

Senator Squadron (left) seen here with UNH Board Member Marc Dieli (our host at Ernst & Young) and UNH Executive Director Nancy Wackstein

Junior Board Career Panel, March 2011

Thursday, March 03, 2011

UNH's Junior Board took part in a career panel for young people at UNH Member Henry Street Settlement (HSS) on March 2nd. UNH Board member Nelson Hioe expressed the purpose of the panel best when he said, "Life is a lot harder when you walk alone."

The goal was to connect young people enrolled in HSS programs with successful young adults who might be able to offer advice or constructive assistance along their paths to adulthood. "College is your silver bullet," Ramik Williams told the group as he shared his own experience of being the first person from his family to graduate from college.

 UNH Junior Board Career Panel

The Junior Board will be holding similar career panels for young people at other UNH Member agencies. If you are interested in joining a panel or learning more about the Junior Board, please reach out to Jesel Roosevelt at jroosevelt@unhny.org 

 See photos from the career panel at  www.facebook.com/unhny 

Downtown Express Covers UNH's Night of Recognition for Senator Squadron

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New York State Senator Dan Squadron honored by United Neighborhood HousesLast week NY State Senator Daniel Squadron was recognized by United Neighborhood Houses, a non-profit organization that promotes and advocates for settlement housing communities throughout New York City.

 As the inaugural recipient of the Settlement House Champion Award, Squadron was honored specifically for his role in securing $9 million in state funding for settlement house programs and for his overall dedication to the issue since he arrived on the scene in Albany two years ago.

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