The overarching goal of advocacy at Sunnyside Community Services is to make sure that underrepresented voices are amplified towards a more equitable and vibrant community. We recognize that advocacy takes many forms, whether it is helping a client access appropriate services, registering new voters, or coming together to solve neighborhood issues.
We are committed to ensuring that underrepresented communities are registered to vote in NYC. Staff members of SCS have been trained to register people to vote. Beyond just registration, we further believe that it is vital that more residents of NYC participate in all elections, which is why we support voter pledge drives in addition to registration efforts.
Often, the most important advocates are those that benefit directly from programs. Clients of SCS programs have participated in press conferences, social media campaigns, flash mobs, and rallies:
- Gathered in support of increased funding for after care programs (Lights On Afterschool)
- Fought for increased funding for adult literacy programs
- Spoke out against unacceptable heating and hot water issues at NYCHA buildings
- Raised awareness of food insecurity, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Participated in the 2017 Women’s March in NYC
- Fought against changes to DACA
- Much more
Staff members for SCS have rallied for fair wages for workers across all levels of the social service workforce. This includes joining a May 2022 rally to advocate for the inclusion of a Cost of Living Adjustment for all human services workers.
Bertha Motta, SCS Home Health Aide of more than 30 years, has been awarded the Civic Advocacy Award in 2022 from United Neighborhood Houses. Ms. Motta has worked on actions related to Fair Pay for Home Care Workers and has been a leader in educating home care workers about Covid-19 vaccination. Learn more about Bertha on NY 1 Noticias.
Rallying for Excluded Workers
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal and state level governments created programming to provide financial relief to individuals who may not have had access to financial benefits during the pandemic. Our team tirelessly advocated for an increased amount of funding for these members of our community who were excluded from pandemic relief.