The greatest number of the state’s elderly, 1.3 million people, is concentrated in New York City. (City Hall News)

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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.
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Conference Agenda 

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!


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