Holds Open House This Sat.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) has launched its membership drive for 2014, an effort to increase the number of Woodhaven’s 39,000 residents who are part of the WRBA and its work.
The drive represents the organization’s first major recruitment effort in several years. It began with a mailing to all current members, asking them to renew their membership and to bring at least one new member aboard.
To enable prospective members to learn about the organization, the WRBA will hold an “open house” this Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the WRBA’s office, located at 84-20 Jamaica Ave. Anyone interested is invited to stop by.
“The block association’s members are its lifeblood. Without members at our town halls, at our events, and at our rallies, our organization would not be able to accomplish all it does,” said WRBA Treasurer Steve Forte, who is spearheading the membership drive. “If you’re not already a member, please join us. And if you are, please convince a neighbor to enroll too.”
To become a member of the WRBA, a person must be a resident within the ZIP code 11421 and be at least 17 years old. The suggested contribution for membership is $15 for the year.
In recent years, the WRBA has worked on behalf of Woodhaven in ways large and small. The organization has engaged in community projects such as park cleanups, graffiti cleanups, and organizing relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
The WRBA’s members have also been on the front lines fighting for local firehouses, the Forest Park Carousel and the Woodhaven library, and combating gerrymandering that divided the neighborhood’s representation.
In addition to stopping by the open house on Saturday or responding to the mailing, those interested in becoming WRBA members can join by visiting the “Members” section of the organization’s website (www.woodhaven-nyc.org), or by enrolling at an upcoming meeting.
The WRBA’s next town hall will be on Saturday, June 21, at 10 a.m., at theAmerican Legion Hall, located at 89-02 91st St.