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 Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC)
  • Queens Power (Metro IAF)
  • United Neighborhood Houses (UNH)

Coalitions

  • Afterschool Alliance
  • Beacons Unite!
  • Campaign for Children
  • Campaign for Summer Jobs
  • College Access Consortium of New York
  • Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC (CEANYC)
  • CUNY Network for College Success
  • Employment and Training Coalition
  • Graduate NYC
  • LiveOn NY (formerly Council of Senior Centers and Services)
  • National Council on Aging
  • Neighborhood Family Services
  • Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of NYS
  • NYC Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL)
  • NYC Farmers’ Market Alliance
  • NYC Nonprofit Resiliency Committee
  • NYC YouthBuild Collaborative
  • NYS Adult Day Services Association
  • NYS Coalition on Aging
  • NYS LGBT Health and Human Services Network
  • NYS Network For Youth Success
  • NYS YouthBuild Coalition
  • Queens Borough President’s Immigrant Task Force
  • Queens Complete Count Committee
  • Queens Interagency Council on Aging (QICA)

 

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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