Over the seven decades that HWCLI and its members have responded to the needs of the most vulnerable, perhaps the most important lesson HWCLI has learned and built the organization's strategic approach on is that no single organization can solve a community's problems alone. Each organization brings the stories and issues of its clients to the HWCLI’s membership to provide a complete picture of the needs to be addressed.
Addressing the social challenges faced by Long Island's most vulnerable is only possible through innovative strategies, the destruction of silos and the forging of strong partnerships between organizations and individuals across all of society's sectors: government, business, nonprofit and private individuals. HWCLI strives to lead by example, building bridges between agencies, clients and government to ensure that the most vulnerable receive the most comprehensive, effective, efficient and respectful services possible.
HWCLI engages its members in discussions in innovative approaches, the latest research and new opportunities. Recent topics at membership meetings- many of which have led to advocacy, new coalitions and initiatives include:
- NY State Health Insurance Marketplace
- Pay for Success
- Community Schools
- Wyandanch Rising
- Suffolk County Community Needs Assessment
- Long Island Regional Economic Development Council
- Unaccompanied Children