QCH Hosts Lunar New Year Celebrations

About 400 Queens residents gathered last week to celebrate the Lunar New Year at our Rego Park, Pomonok, and Forest Hills Older Adult Centers.

150 neighbors were in attendance for the celebration at the Rego Park Older Adult Center. The festivities included live music, dancing, food, and games.

“Older adults have been missing in-person celebrations since the pandemic, so it was so great to see so many of our members having a great time together,” said Nicole Vaughn-Robinson, QCH Deputy Director of Older Adult Services.

Lunar New Year celebrations continue this Friday, February 3 at 3pm at the QCH Beacon Community Center at PS 149 in Jackson Heights (93-11 34th Avenue). Join us for mural painting, an open mic of performances, candies and oranges, crafting, raffles, and more as we celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with the community.

QCH Partners with Women for Afghan Women to Provide Caregiver Workshops for New Immigrants

From January 10 t0 12, QCH's Queens Childcare Network (QCCN) partnered with Women for Afghan Women (WAW) to provide three "Caregiver Seminars" for newly arrived immigrant parents from Afghanistan. WAW is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and the United States. During the workshops, QCCN staff reviewed milestones for child development, recommended nutrition guidelines, and explained common academic and socio-emotional challenges that parents should be aware of.

"The series was a great success," said Dawn Mastoridis, QCCN Director. "Our team was happy to pass along new information and critical concepts on caregiving for Afghan women." QCCN was issued a letter of appreciation and support from WAW for this unique collaborative effort.

Forest Hills Older Adult Center Reopens Food Pantry and Starts New Acrylic Painting Class

On January 12, 150 Queens residents lined up for meals from the reopened food pantry at the Forest Hills Older Adult Center. This marked the food pantry's first day in operation since summer 2021, when the Center closed for renovations. "Many of our older neighbors have relied on the Center, both for the food pantry and also for the opportunities our activities provide for them to connect with their peers," said Toolarie Iqbal, Director of the Forest Hills Older Adult Center. "We're excited that the Center gets to return to being a space of support, social engagement, and healthy living for seniors in the community."

The food pantry will be open at 108-25 62nd Drive in Forest Hills every Thursday from 8:30am to 10:30am. Government ID is required with name, address, and date of birth.

Now that the Center has reopened for programming, we have in-person activities every week for older adults, such as table tennis, chair yoga, board games, and art classes, including our new acrylic painting class. "With the help of instructor Wendy Donaghy, participants had a great time making beautiful art while socializing with their peers," said Iqbal. To learn more about our programs and services, email Toolarie at tiqbal@qchnyc.org.

Join us Tonight at 7pm for

'Let's Talk with Seniors and Teens about Resilience' on Facebook Live

On January 31 at 7pm, youth from our Neighborhood Intergenerational Chore and Errand (NICE) program will be featured in an online conversation with older adults about the importance of resilience. This is part of the ongoing series: "Let's Talk with Seniors and Teens", an online conversation between older adults and youth in partnership with Queens Community Board 6, Queens Community Board 9, and Commonpoint Queens. Previous webinars focused on the impact of COVID, diversity, and the queer community, racking up thousands of views.

"QCH always looks for opportunities to connect multiple generations in mutually beneficial ways," said Lucy Mansilla, Program Coordinator of QCH's NICE program. "This conversation will allow our youth participants to learn about the resilience of older adults in the community, while also being able to explore how they've been resilient as teens."

We’ll be sharing Commonpoint Queens’s stream on our Facebook page as soon as it goes live. The video will also be available on our Facebook page after the livestream.

Volunteer Opportunity to Help the QCH Pomonok Food Pantry

QCH's Volunteer Services Department continues to offer ways for people to support Queens individuals and families in need.

The food pantry at the Pomonok Community Center is looking for able-bodied volunteers to assist with unloading deliveries and sorting and packing food pantry bags. Additional assistance is needed on pantry day to help with registering participants and line management as it relates to social distancing. Volunteers should be able to lift 25-35 pounds and are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-1pm. 

If you're interested in becoming a compassionate volunteer for this program, email volunteer@qchnyc.org!

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