Tag: Community Based Organizations


HWCLI Announces Selection of New President/CEO


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 10, 2017

CONTACT

Bob Detor
Health & Welfare Council of Long Island
(o) 516-505-4434 (c) 516-448-5233
rdetor@hwcli.com

HWCLI Announces Selection of New President/CEO


Melville NY– Health and Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) today announced the appointment of Rebecca Sanin as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2017.

As President/CEO of HWCLI, Sanin will lead the 70-year old not-for-profit umbrella organization that addresses the interests of at-risk and vulnerable people on Long Island through advocacy, research and policy analysis, direct services, organizing community and regional responses, and support to non-profit agencies.

Sanin joins HWCLI from Suffolk County Government where she has served as Assistant Deputy County Executive since 2012.  Prior to her role in the county, Sanin was the Director of Alliances for Children at the Early Years Institute and the Education Director at Harbor Child Care and has served in a number of roles in the public and nonprofit sector, as well as working as an Adjunct Professor for colleges in our region.

Throughout her career, Sanin has  worked with a wide range of community-based organizations in health and human services, immigration and social justice providing leadership and expertise in advocacy, program development, training, strategic planning, marketing and awareness campaigns, and the development of policies and research.

“I wish Rebecca Sanin continued success as she embarks on her new position as President and CEO of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island,” said County Executive Steve Bellone.  “During Rebecca’s tenure with Suffolk County she has made immeasurable contributions to improving the lives of others in addition to working with a team of professionals focused on enhancing government efficiency.  She will serve as great leader of this organization.  I, along with the residents of Suffolk County, thank her for her service.”

Sanin has been a Co-Chair of the Huntington Station Action Coalition Civic Engagement Committee and an Advisory board member of Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans and a Board member for the Hispanic Counseling Center, a Business Advisory Council member at Molloy College and a Trustee at Evergreen Charter School.  She received a Leadership Award by Long Island Against Domestic Violence in 2016, a Leadership Award by Huntington’s Young Leaders program in 2013, was named Woman of the Year for Civics by the Huntington Times Newspaper in 2010 and received the Leadership Award for Development of  Nonprofit Diversity Programs by the NYS Enterprising and Professional Women’s Association in 2009.

Sanin brings excitement and commitment to her new position: “I am excited about the opportunity to return to the nonprofit sector and expand the work of HWCLI.   I would like to thank the Board for their trust as well as Gwen O’Shea for her decade of service to the most vulnerable families on Long Island. I look forward to working with HWCLI’s board, staff and member organizations to meet the needs of our communities and revitalize and cultivate a sense of public responsibility for policy priorities that directly impact families in our region.” 

HWCLI Chairman Bob Detor says, “The board of directors is thrilled to welcome Rebecca to HWCLI as the President/CEO. She is a talented and experienced professional who brings a personal commitment to advocacy, equity and partnering with communities, organizations and government.  She brings the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to lead HWCLI and the board looks forward to working with Rebecca on responding to the needs of at-risk and vulnerable families and individuals  across Long Island.”

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HWCLI is hiring! Outreach Specialist


The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island is hiring! 

Job Title: Outreach Specialist

HWCLI seeks an energetic, passionate and socially conscious individual to plan and coordinate outreach and advocacy for Long Island’s vulnerable and at-risk, including recently arrived immigrants. The position includes working directly with agency partners and school districts to foster partnerships as well as working directly with community members to educate and empower them. Specifically, the position provides education and application assistance related to health and nutrition supports.

To view the job description as a PDF, click here.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@hwcli.com

 

Responsibilities:

• Partner with key community stakeholders, such as other human service agencies, school districts, pediatricians and other health care providers to create referral systems to connect clients with services

• Plan, coordinate and conduct presentations and workshops targeting school districts and community locations where community members feel safe and have a trusted relationship

• Assist with an active, committed coalition of agencies looking to address needs of recently arrived immigrants

• Assist clients with SNAP (food stamps) information, prescreening and application assistance

• Assist clients with accessing health care information and resources

• Through direct client interaction, inform HWCLI’s advocacy and policy work

 

Key Skill Sets and Requirements:

• Strong commitment to social justice and HWCLI’s mission

• Strong communication and facilitation skills

• High energy, team player

• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

• Strong interpersonal skills

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• The ability to juggle multiple tasks at the same time

• Comfortable working with diverse communities and individuals

• Computer Skills

• Minimum of B.A. or B.S. degree. Significant work experience required

• Vehicle required for travel throughout Long Island

• Must be able to work evenings and weekends

• Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) required

• Attend any regularly scheduled sessions for program information, updates, ongoing training and technical support.

• Maintain expertise in eligibility and program specifications

 

The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island is an equal opportunity employer.

 


Join HWCLI & CBPP for an #EITCAwarenessDay Tweet Chat


The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) is partnering up with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) to bring awareness to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and the Earned Income Tax Credit(EITC) on #EITCAwarenessDay.

EITC is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs out there. According to the CBPP, “The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low- and moderate-income workers has been shown to increase work, reduce poverty, lower welfare receipt, and improve children’s educational attachment.”

VITA sites provide free tax preparation services to families earning less than $54,000, helping them to avoid unnecessary fees and gimmicks.

Last year, 7.1 million New Yorkers received 4.1 billion dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits. That’s an average refund of $2,366 per household. Long Island VITA sites assisted almost 14,000 people in tax preparation and helped 2,500 people receive their EITC and CTC (Child Tax Credit).

A family’s tax refund offers a chance to put some money into savings, to pay off a late bill, or to finally get those repairs done. It puts money that was earned back into their pockets.

VITA and EITC can give families the boost they need during tax season. Help us raise awareness by participating in our Tweet Chat this Friday!

Use the #EITCAwarenessDay to participate.


Free Tax Preparation!


Free Tax Preparation with HWCLI’s Virtual VITA Program!

If you made less than $54,000 in 2016, you may be eligible for free tax preparation assistance through the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island’s Virtual VITA program. The Virtual VITA program utilizes technology to connect the tax payer and tax preparer. Instead of waiting at the intake site for an available tax preparer, the tax preparer is at an off-site location. The intake process takes less than 20 minutes and tax returns are completed in a few days, ensuring clients get access to all tax credits and refunds they may be eligible for.

It’s fast, easy and free!

For more information or for times and locations call 516-505-4424, or comment below.

 


A Message from HWCLI’s Board Chair, Bob Detor


It is with mixed feelings that I write to announce Gwen O’Shea’s departure from the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island.

Fifteen years ago this month, Gwen O’Shea joined the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island. Ten years ago this year, she was selected as its President/CEO.  During her tenure, she expanded and diversified the organization’s revenue infrastructure.  She reshaped the organization’s governance structure, by-laws, and mission to achieve greater efficiency, transparency, and enhanced active community partnerships.

Gwen oversaw the establishment of the Unmet Needs Roundtable after the Economic Downturn in 2007/2008, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.  This effort brought more than $10 million in financial support to Long Island individuals and families struggling with their disaster recovery.

During these responses and other initiatives, her work with community partners and government officials at the local, State and Federal level, ensured the voices and concerns of those most at-risk were heard.

I think anyone who has worked with Gwen has found her to be dedicated to the mission, professional and a tenacious advocate for Long Island’s most vulnerable and at-risk.

Gwen’s leadership has been a great benefit to this organization and, undeniably, she will be deeply missed here.

Gwen’s last day with the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island will be on Friday, March 24th.

We will begin the search for her replacement over the next few weeks. Please click here for a copy of the position profile.

On behalf of HWCLI’s Board of Directors, please join me in thanking Gwen for her caring service and wishing her all the best as she assumes her new position as President/CEO of CDCLI, a long-standing partner of HWCLI and a critical part of the Long Island community.


HWCLI’s #Forthe24 Twitter Chat


On October 13, Newsday published an article titled, “LI’s Shrinking Middle Class”, here is an overview:

According to a recent study, 17.8% or 165,758 Long Island households are making more than $184,657 annually.  This is a 60% increase since 1990.
 
While this seems like wonderful news, the study also states an increase in the number of Long Island households earning less than $46,165 a year from 179,879 (21% of all households)  in 1990 to 227,914 (24.4% of all households) in 2014. 
 
What this article re-enforces, is the message we, as a collective having been saying for years. Long Islanders are struggling! It takes almost 2x that amount to survive.
 
The survival budget standard for a family of 4 is approx.$85,000
 
Almost 25% of all Long Island households are experiencing significant daily challenges in meeting the basic human needs of our families- housing, food, clothing, transportation, and health care.
 
Since  the release of this article brought greater visibility to the issue, we were prompted to create a plan of action. A plan of action that continues to bring visibility to the needs of Long Islanders. A plan of action that must include all of Long Island’s elected officials.
 
Join us in HWCLI’s Twitter Chat on November 4th at 1 PM as we ask ourselves and our elected officials what we can do to support the 24%. 
Simply use the #Forthe24 to join the conversation.

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How to join:

  • Log on to Twitter
  • Make sure you are following @HWCLI
  • Use the #Forthe24 along with your tweet

Making a difference starts with a conversation!