Good news for seniors and kids: Councilman Antonio Reynoso was able to allocate $600K toward Swinging Sixties for fiscal year ending June 30th of this year and $450K for the next year. Small World continues at same funding level thanks to Reynoso’s and NYC Council support.
However, the senior center has a funding gap. Swinging Sixties’ membership has increased by 50%, and activity participation grew by 39%. St. Nicks Alliance and Conselyea Street Block Association sent a request out to local, state, and federal representatives to help them find a way to bridge the new financial gap.
St. Nicks Alliance has a community vision to bring enhanced sites that serve toddlers, school age children, families, and seniors. Saving 211 Ainslie, the address of Swinging Sixties and Small World, will entail repairs and some renovations of the building. Proximate to 211 Ainslie is School Settlement Association. The Capital Campaign initiated by St. Nicks Alliance to replace the aging 114 year old settlement house building creating a campus of the two facilities to of er multigenerational amenities.
The community organizations are grateful for the support 211 Ainslie received in the $5M in NYC capital towards its purchase that was allocated by Councilman Reynoso and Borough President Eric Adams that paved the way to community acquisition of the center.
Additional good news came in the form of new capital commitments to School Settlement. NY Assembly Member Maritza Davila, who promised $500K and Senator Martin Malave Dilan, who promised $300K in New York State funds.