Weeklong series of community events begins Monday, August 22

(August 15, 2022 at 10:30am)

QUEENS, NY – Following through on his pledge to bring the programs and services of the Queens Borough President’s Office directly to families where they live, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. today announced that the inaugural iteration of “Borough Hall on Your Block” will begin next Monday, August 22, in Southeast Queens.

The weeklong initiative will bring a litany of public programming, such as resource and job fairs, youth events, a town hall and much more, to communities across Southeast Queens — directly connecting area families with not only the government services they need, but the individualized attention they deserve from Borough President Richards and his staff.

Borough President Richards first announced the Borough Hall on Your Block initiative during his 2022 State of the Borough address on June 3, a critical aspect of the transformative vision for Queens he articulated that morning.

“My office is determined to build a relationship with everyone who calls this borough home, and that means meeting Queens families right where they are. With Borough Hall on Your Block, we look forward to making sure no one goes unseen or unheard,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “I’m proud to begin this innovative initiative in Southeast Queens, home to communities that have been historically overlooked, as we work to build a stronger, fairer Queens one week at a time.”

The calendar of public events scheduled for Borough Hall on Your Block: Southeast Queens, subject to change, includes:

Monday, August 22

  • Cleanup of Idlewild Park.
    • Time: 9am
    • Location: Idlewild Park, 149-20 Springfield Lane in Rosedale.
    • In partnership with the Eastern Queens Alliance
  • Senior Services Day, featuring benefit eligibility screenings, fitness sessions, smoke detector giveaways and more.
    • Time: 10am to 3pm
    • Location: Rochdale Village Senior Center, 169-65 137th Avenue in Rochdale Village.
    • In partnership with the FDNY, the NYC Department of Finance, NY Connects and the Queens Public Library
  • Press conference announcing $3 million in funding for the expansion of the Rosedale branch of the Queens Public Library.
    • Time: 11am
    • Location: Rosedale Library, 144-20 243rd Street in Rosedale.

Tuesday, August 23

  • Backpack Giveaway and Youth COVID-19 Vaccination Drive.
    • Time: 8am to 6pm
    • Location: Community Church of Christ, 167-04 108th Avenue in Jamaica.
  • NYC Agency Resource and Job Recruitment Fair at York College, connecting residents to city services and job seekers with nearly two dozen employers across a wide variety of industries.
    • Time: 10am to 3pm
    • Location: York College, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica.
    • Co-sponsored by State Senator Leroy Comrie and Council Member Nantasha Williams
  • Press conference announcing more than $6 million in funding across NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
    • Time: 1pm
    • Location: NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, 82-68 164th Street in Jamaica Hills.
  • Immigrant Resource Fair.
    • Time: 4pm to 8:30pm
    • Location: Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica.

Wednesday, August 24

  • NYCHA Resource Share, connecting residents with city programs, services and opportunities.
    • Time: 12pm to 3pm
    • Location: NYCHA South Jamaica Houses, 107-48 160th Street in South Jamaica.
  • Youth and Young Adult Festival, featuring a sports clinic, live entertainment, childen’s games, giveaways, free food and more.
    • Time: 12pm to 4pm
    • Location: Cabbell Park, corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 121st Avenue in Cambria Heights
    • Co-sponsored by Council Member Williams

Thursday, August 25

  • Press conference announcing nearly $750,000 in funding for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.
    • Time: 10am
    • Location: St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, 327 Beach 19th Street in Far Rockaway.
  • Press conference announcing nearly $2.4 million in funding for the Arverne branch of the Queens Public Library.
    • Time: 3pm
    • Location: Arverne Library, 312 Beach 54th Street in Arverne
  • Southeast Queens Regional Town Hall.
    • Time: 6pm
    • Location: St. Albans Congregational Church, 172-17 Linden Boulevard in St. Albans.
    • Co-sponsored by Senator Comrie and Council Member Williams

Additional information about specific Borough Hall on Your Block: Southeast Queens events will be announced on the Borough President’s social media channels leading up to and during the week-long initiative.

Members of the public who are interested in attending one or more of the events above are asked to RSVP by visiting www.queensbp.org/RSVP. Members of the media who wish to attend one or more of the listed events are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 718-286-2640.

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