Advocacy

Queens Community House (QCH) engages in a variety of advocacy and social justice efforts around issues that directly impact our communities.

The core of QCH’s vision is building the collective power needed to support positive change in our communities. We do this by listening and building relationships with our neighbors, providing access to education and information, and fostering leadership development.

Settlement Houses and Advocacy

QCH was founded in the settlement house tradition, which is deeply rooted in advocacy work.  Starting over 100 years ago, settlement houses continue to be action oriented, and new programs and services are added as neighborhood needs arise. Historical examples include the creation of free kindergarten and worker co-ops. Settlement houses seek solutions for the root causes of inequities, leading to their involvement in broader campaigns for transformative change.

What does advocacy look like?

Throughout its history, QCH has been involved in specific campaigns for community change including work on immigrant’s rights, affordable housing, financial justice, and access to parks and open space. In 2013 we led a coalition to protect Flushing Meadows Corona Park from private development. Read about it here.

Participation in membership organizations and coalitions is an effective way to extend the reach of QCH’s mission- and vision-driven work.

Membership Organizations:

  • Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD)
  • Center Link
  • Human Services Council
  • National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC)
  • New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)
  • NYS YouthBuild Coalition
  • Nonprofit NY
  • Queens Power (Metro IAF)
  • United Neighborhood Houses (UNH)

Coalitions

Queens Community House staff is actively engaged in influencing social policy and procedures at the borough, city, state, and national levels through participation in the following coalitions and campaigns:

  • Afterschool Alliance
  • Association of Neighborhood Housing Developers (ANHD)
  • Callen Lorde Community Advisory Board
  • Campaign for Children
  • Campaign for Summer Jobs
  • Campaign for Tomorrow’s Workforce
  • Centerlink
  • Coalition for Asian American Children & Families
  • Coalition for Community School Excellence
  • College Access Consortium of NY
  • Council of Senior Centers and Services
  • CUNY Network for College Success
  • Empire State Pride Agenda Health and Human Services Network
  • Graduate NYC
  • GSA Network
  • Housing Court Answers
  • Human Services Coalition
  • Learning to Work Executive Directors Advisory Group
  • LGBT Network Queens Consortium
  • LiveOn NY
  • National Council on Aging
  • Neighborhood Family Services Roundtable
  • New York Coalition for Adult Literacy
  • New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • New York State Adult Day Services Association
  • New York State Intergenerational Network
  • NISC
  • NYS Association of College Access Counselors
  • NY State Coalition on Aging
  • NYC Regional Adult Education Network
  • NYS Afterschool Network
  • NYS LGBT Network (as part of NYS DOH HHS LGBT Grant)
  • Project Reach/ NYC Activist Bootcamp and Outright Coalition
  • Queens Borough President’s Immigrant Task Force
  • Queens District Attorney’s Office LGBTQ Advisory Board
  • Queens Interagency Council on Aging
  • Queens Power
  • Queens Tenant Task Force
  • UNH Policy Committee
  • University of Rochester Medical School LGBTQ+ Health Initiative Board

Get Involved!

We would love to have you join us. There are multiple ways of getting involved in QCH’s advocacy work, from sending letters to elected officials to participating in rallies.

Come to one of our Action Group meetings! QCH Action Group meetings are an important part of our advocacy work. Here you will have the chance to engage with participants and other neighbors, learn more about your community and explore ways to better organize and make positive change!

To join our advocacy efforts, please email advocacy@qchnyc.org.

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