Month: November 2015


East End Community Services Fair Dec. 2nd


The Long Island Immigrant Students Education Table is hosting a Community Services Fair for the East End. The Fair will include information on school enrollment, mental health and family counseling, and other community-based supports including English Language courses. Attorneys will be present to conduct initial screenings and intake for immigration and family court proceedings.

There will also be a Parent Town Hall meeting from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM for parents new to the East End to meet one another, discuss issues common to the East End community, and establish a network of support with local agencies and educators.

What:   East End Community Services Fair

When:  Wednesday, December 2nd, 4-8 PM

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork

977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike

Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Please share the flyer, available in English or Spanish, with your colleagues and clients


Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program – Additional Information


An update on the DASNY Request for Applications for the Non-Profit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program:

  1. On November 20, the RFA was amended to clarify the eligibility requirements for organizations relating to DSRIP, HEAL NY, and CRFP funding (see section 2.11 on page 7 of the RFA). To view the updated RFA, please click here.
  2. An application training webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 24 at 10:30am. Registration is not required for this webinar. This link can be used to access the webinar at the start time.

For more information, and to access real-time updates, visit the NYS Grants Gateway opportunity profile here and search for “Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program”.

Applications are due by December 23, 2015 at 4pm EST.


Home Energy Assistance Program Now Open


The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) opened for the 2015-2016 heating season on November 16, 2015. HEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households with the cost of heating their homes during the winter months.

Eligible households can receive a one time benefit of up to $625 this winter depending on income, household size and composition and home heating type.

An additional Emergency Benefit may also be available for households that are in danger of running out of fuel or having their utility service shut off. Applications for the Emergency Benefit will be accepted starting January 4, 2016.

Applications for HEAP can be submitted online through My Benefits or by filling out the paper application and mailing it to the HEAP certifier in your county.

More information about the HEAP program can be found here.




Honoring and Thanking our Veterans


Every year on November 11, we recognize and honor America’s veterans for their service and love of country.

Long Islanders in particular have many neighbors to thank: Both Suffolk and Nassau counties are among the top counties in the country with the highest number of Veterans. Based on data released by the VA in 2013, Suffolk County is home to over 79,000 veterans, making it the county with the greatest number of veterans in all of New York State (Nassau has the 4th most veterans).

With such a high concentration of veterans in our region, it’s important to ensure the needs of this population are met. Veterans are not immune to economic, physical health, and mental health hardships, and statistics and trends in national –level data highlight this fact:

Recognizing the importance of serving those who served us, the nonprofit sector across the Island has worked to build Veteran support programs and that includes several of our member organizations. The Association for Mental Health and Wellness offers a plethora of programs for vets, including housing services, case management, education, and a Crisis Respite mental health program, and United Way of Long Island runs the Mission United program, focusing on employment services, education, financial wellbeing, housing, and family support.

So today, we send a huge and heartfelt thank you to all our veterans for their service, to their families for the sacrifices they make and also to our member organizations and partners, who work tirelessly to support and advocate for our veterans who have given so much.