With Valentines Day coming up tomorrow, we’re asking you make a special exception to the one-and-only Valentines rule. We’re asking that instead of setting your sights on just one person, you make hundreds of kids feel loved. We’re talking about Beacon, and saving Beacons 109 and 141, and, by saving those Beacon, saving the after-school programs, kid-led recycling programs, dance classes, family-building activities, homework help and safe social lives of countless kids in the New York City area.
To help, please sign and share this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-save-goodwill-beacon-program-at-is-141-in-astoria
You can also help by contacting the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYDC) to encourage continued funding and support for Beacon 109 and 141. You can call them at 1.800.246.4646 or 212.227.4005, write them at DYCD Main Office, 156 William Street 6th Floor, New York, NY 10038 or email them through their website here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildycd.html
Here’s a deeper look at what you’ll be saving if you help us save Beacon 109 and 141:
Beacon 141 is located in Astoria, Queens, 11105 and as many of us know, this community needs free quality after school care. We annually serve over 2,000 community residents through academic, and recreational services.
Beacon 109 has been in existence since 2009 in the 29th school district, and Goodwill has operated the program since early 2011. We served over 1200 youths and over 400 adults in the Queens Village area, a very diverse area with great need for an after school program such as ours. Our services providing ESL and naturalization information are also critical to this community.
Please help us keep these programs operating in the communities that need them most. Thank you for your support, Goodwill fans!