Brooklyn Community Services Holds "Community Engagement Summit" on Volunteering and Philanthropy with Brooklyn Nonprofits on December 2

Nov 24, 2015, 10:03 ET from Brooklyn Community Services

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To strengthen and empower Brooklyn residents who live in poverty, Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) will host the groundbreaking Community Engagement Summit with local nonprofits to explore strategies to create positive change through community partnerships, volunteers and philanthropic giving on December 2 at Saint Francis College, 180 Remsen Street in Brooklyn, from 5:00pm8:00pm. It's free and open to the public.

BCS Community Engagement Summit brings together over 20 nonprofits with active programs and services that make a difference in Brooklyn's poor and low-income neighborhoods. The summit features a Community Engagement Hub networking session on volunteering and philanthropy. There's a panel discussion with Monroe France, moderator and Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity and Director, Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, New York University; Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center; Matt Cowan, NYC Program Director, iMentor; Cindy Greenberg, Director, Repair the World, NYC; Dr. Melony Samuels, Executive Director, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger and Eva Vega-Olds, Assistant Director of Civil Rights Division, Anti-Defamation League.

"At BCS, we want to inspire people to get involved with the organizations that are helping our underserved neighborhoods," said Marla Simpson, Executive Director, BCS. "BCS is committed to partnering with Brooklyn's community groups, particularly in the neighborhoods we serve like Coney Island, Brownsville, East New York and Bedford Stuyvesant.  The summit is a pathway for nonprofits to connect with potential funders, corporate partners and community residents who have been seeking a way to get involved and provide vital support."

Community Engagement Hub includes: St. John's Bread and Life, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, Black Women's Blueprint, Mythic Bridge, Nontraditional Employment for Women, ARTs East New York, Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Digital Girl, That Suits You, Neighbors Together, The Diamond Club, Make the Road New York, Citizens Committee for NYC, Power of 2, East New York Farms and Diaspora Community Services. 

BCS Community Engagement Summit's community sponsor is Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. BRIC Arts is a media partner. Register at

Brooklyn Community Services has a mission to empower at-risk children, youth and families, and adults with mental illness or developmental disabilities to overcome obstacles they face as we strive to ensure opportunity for all to learn, grow and contribute to ONE Brooklyn Community. In 2016, BCS celebrates its 150th anniversary.

CONTACT: Fern Gillespie                                                                                               Brooklyn Community Services 

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