U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand participated in service activities across the state to help New Yorkers in need ahead of the holiday season. In Syracuse, Gillibrand volunteered at the Syracuse Northeast Community Center to assemble Thanksgiving meal kits, bundle diapers for distribution, and assist with food packaging alongside Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, State Senator Rachel May, State Senator John Mannion and Onondaga County Legislator Peggy Chase.
“As New Yorkers celebrate the holidays, we must remember those who have been hit hardest by the health, extreme weather, and economic crises we’ve experienced this year. In the spirit of the holiday season, I hope everyone who is able will make time to serve their neighbors in need.” –Senator Gillibrand.
Since 1978, the Syracuse Northeast Community Center has worked with the local community to provide services for Syracuse’s north and northeast neighborhoods. Before the center formed, these neighborhoods were characterized by high incidence of poverty, crime, unemployment, and poor housing. Today, the community center partners with the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York State, the Syracuse City School District, and private funders to offer a variety of services, including senior, health, youth, and employment services.