Resolution J1376-2013

Honoring Carver Community Center, Inc. upon the occasion of celebrating its 75th Anniversary



  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Carver Community Center, Inc. upon the
occasion of celebrating its 75th Anniversary

WHEREAS, The State of New York takes great pride in recognizing  signif-
icant  milestones  in  the distinguished histories of its esteemed enti-
ties; and
  WHEREAS, Carver Community Center, Inc., in Schenectady, will celebrate
its 75th Anniversary at the Terrace at the Waters Edge  Light  House  on
May 3, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Center  was  formed  in  1938, as the George Washington
Carver Welfare League; and
  WHEREAS, According to its mission statement, Carver  Community  Center
responds  to the varied service needs of individuals and families living
in the City and County of Schenectady,  and  continues  to  develop  new
initiatives to meet the ever-changing needs of the community; and
  WHEREAS,  League  member  Mrs.  Lee  Toland encouraged the Schenectady
Public School System to sponsor certain  activities  that  later  became
part of the Center's program; and
  WHEREAS,  The  League  incorporated  under  the  name Carver Community
Center of Schenectady, Inc. in 1951; and
  WHEREAS, The Center moved to its current location at 700 Craig  Street
in 1970; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1982,  Carver Community Health Center was formed; it was
later renamed Schenectady Family Health Center and is now known as Home-
town Health; and
  WHEREAS, A Foster Care Prevention Unit was added to the Family Support
Service program in 1990; and
  WHEREAS, In 1993, Carver was appointed lead agency in the planning and
development of the Neighborhood-Based Alliance in the City of Schenecta-
dy; and
  WHEREAS, This project developed a Strategic Neighborhood  Action  Plan
through  the  coordinated efforts of public and private agencies, organ-
izations, churches, and residents of the Hamilton Hill and Vale communi-
ties; the plan created community-level decision-making bodies to  assess
needs, develop plans, and guide community revitalization efforts; and
  WHEREAS,  Carver  began  a  tutorial  services  program  for long-term
suspended students of the Schenectady City School District in 1999; and
  WHEREAS,  An outreach program was added in 2000  to  assist  the  most
needy members of the community; and
  WHEREAS, In 2001, the Youth Services Program was expanded to include a
Gang Prevention initiative; and
  WHEREAS, Guido Iovinella was appointed Executive Director in 2009; and
  WHEREAS,  In  November  of  that  year,  the Early Childhood Education
Program reopened with the help of donations from the Wright,  Carleelan,
and Troy Foundations; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2010, Carver entered a partnership with Northeast Parent
and Child Center which created a Resource Center  at  the  Craig  Street
site to provide counseling and support to adolescents; and
  WHEREAS,  Carver  Community  Center, Inc. has a long and distinguished
history of providing valuable services to the community; now, therefore,
be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Carver Community Center, Inc. upon the occasion of celebrating its
75th  Anniversary,  and  to  compliment  the  Center  and  its affiliate
programs on its valuable  contribution  to  the  community;  and  be  it

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Guido Iovinella, Executive Director of the Carver Community
Center, Inc.


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