Community

Howard Beach Civic Forum: HBcivicforum@aol.com
Since early 1995, Howard Beach Civic Forum (HBCF), a non-partisan, not-for-profit, community-based civic group, has been in the forefront of addressing issues that affect the community of Howard Beach. We have successfully fought for a more effective police presence in our community, better schools for our children, more information on city services for Howard Beach residents, including critical services for our seniors, veterans and families. To help us continue our work, we need your ideas, your enthusiasm and your commitment. Our monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month St. Barnabas Church, 159-19 98th Street, at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The CHEER Foundation: www.cheer.org (718) 641-2781
A charity founded by Howard Menkes on October 8, 1993 to produce educational audio and video tapes for donation to hospitalized children around the country. We've donated our work to 5.7 million girls and boys in every hospital with pediatric care, Shriners Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House in the U.S.

Striving To Achieve & Reach Success: www.starsyouthcenter.com (718) 845-6956
Striving To Achieve & Reach Success, Inc. (STARS) is a non-profit grass-roots community youth organization. It consists entirely of caring and dedicated volunteers who endeavor to provide mutually rewarding activities and events for the youth in our neighborhoods. As adults and youth interact with one another, a natural increase in the quality of life occurs in our area. STARS has been created to provide opportunities to enable youth to reach their full potential so that they may ultimately be greater assets to all of us. Encouraging, abilities of our youth certainly brings great rewards to our community.

New York Families for Autistic Children: www.nyfac.org (718) 641-6711
A non-profit children's charity helping families with disabled children.

West Hamilton Beach Fire Department: www.whbfd.org (718) 843-9863
In existence since 1928. Started by Bernard Eck. Provide Emergency Ambulance Service and Fire Service. We have 20 Members who either live in the area or outside. Must be 18 years old to ride Vehicles. Also have a junior 's program for kids 15 and up. We service the areas of Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Rockwood Park and Spring Creek Park. We presently have 2 Ambulances and 2 Fire Trucks. We offer training as a Emergency Medical Technician and also Firefighter training. We are always looking for new members who are willing to help their community. We answered over 350 ambulance calls in the last year and over 250 fire calls last year.

American Red Cross of Greater New York: www.nyredcross.org (212) 875-2457
As the American Red Cross in Greater New York, we feed, shelter and clothe disaster victims; we house and relocate homeless families; we provide care to the elderly; we assist families of military service members; we transport people to and from health-related appointments; and we help ordinary people learn to save lives and prevent disasters with emergency first aid, CPR and other valuable programs.