City Councilman Rory Lancman presented the Hillcrest Jewish Center (HJC) with $20,000 to benefit the center’s young campers and senior citizens.
The funds will be split evenly between the Simon & Roslyn Gold Senior Center at HJC and the center’s youth programing.
The senior center will provide nutritious lunches, age-appropriate exercise and programming for with the $10,000 it received, and an additional $10,000 will support the transportation of young campers and their supervisors to recreational, cultural, and entertainment sites.
During his visit to the center on Wednesday, Lancman highlighted a $1.27 million City Council initiative to support healthy aging programming.
According to Lancman, these programs provide seniors with the nutritious food and physical activities.
Lancman said the City Council is committed to expanding funding for these programs to support the growing senior population. There are currently over 1 million people 65 and over living in New York City, and that number that is expected to increase 40.7 percent by 2040.
“Hillcrest Jewish Center provides high-quality programming that helps seniors to age with their health and in their homes,” he said.
Gold Senior Center Assistant Director Gloria Davidson said the funding will allow the center to continue and improve its offerings to reach more people and help area residents.
“Our programs help seniors and the Queens community,” Davidson said. “They provide socialization, meeting new friends and nutritious meals which enhances their quality of life.”