Queens borough president brings weeklong series of community events to southeast Queens

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards (Courtesy of BP’s office)

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. is bringing programs and services directly to southeast Queens residents through the inaugural iteration of “Borough Hall on Your Block,” beginning Monday, Aug. 22. 

The weeklong initiative will bring a litany of public programs, such as resource and job fairs, youth events, a town hall and much more to communities across southeast Queens. The event directly connects area families with not only the government services they need but the individualized attention they deserve from Richards and his staff. 

Richards first announced the “Borough Hall on Your Block” initiative during his 2022 State of the Borough address in June. 

“My office is determined to build a relationship with everyone who calls this borough home, and that means meeting Queens families right where they are. With Borough Hall on Your Block, we look forward to making sure no one goes unseen or unheard,” Richards said. “I’m proud to begin this innovative initiative in southeast Queens, home to communities that have been historically overlooked, as we work to build a stronger, fairer Queens one week at a time.”

The calendar of public events scheduled for southeast Queens includes:

Monday, Aug. 22

Cleanup of Idlewild Park, 9 a.m. 

Location: Idlewild Park, 149-20 Springfield Lane, Rosedale 

In partnership with the Eastern Queens Alliance 

Senior Services Day: Featuring benefit eligibility screenings, fitness sessions, smoke detector giveaways and more 

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Location: Rochdale Village Senior Center, 169-65 137th Ave. in Rochdale Village

In partnership with the FDNY, NYC Department of Finance, NY Connects and the Queens Public Library 

A press conference announcing $3 million in funding for the expansion of the Rosedale branch of the Queens Public Library 

Time: 11 a.m. 

Location: Rosedale Library, 144-20 243rd St. in Rosedale

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Backpack Giveaway and Youth COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Community Church of Christ, 167-04 108th Ave. in Jamaica 

NYC Agency Resource and Job Recruitment Fair at York College: Connecting residents to city services and job seekers with nearly two dozen employers across a wide variety of industries

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Location: York College, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica

Co-sponsored by State Senator Leroy Comrie and Councilwoman Nantasha Williams

A press conference announcing more than $6 million in funding across NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center

Time: 1 p.m. 

Location: NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, 82-68 164th St. in Jamaica Hills

Immigrant Resource Fair

Time: 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

NYCHA Resource Share, connecting residents with city programs, services and opportunities.

Time: Noon to 3 p.m. 

Location: NYCHA South Jamaica Houses, 107-48 160th St. in South Jamaica

Youth and Young Adult Festival, featuring a sports clinic, live entertainment, children’s games, giveaways, free food and more

Time: Noon to 4 p.m. 

Location: Cabbell Park, corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 121st Ave. in Cambria Heights

Co-sponsored by Council member Williams

Thursday, Aug. 25

A Press conference announcing nearly $750,000 in funding for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, 327 Beach 19th St. in Far Rockaway

Press conference announcing nearly $2.4 million in funding for the Arverne branch of the Queens Public Library

Time: 3 p.m. 

Location: Arverne Library, 312 Beach 54th St. in Arverne

Southeast Queens Regional Town Hall

Time: 6 p.m. 

Location: St. Albans Congregational Church, 172-17 Linden Blvd. in St. Albans

Co-sponsored by Senator Comrie and Council member Williams 

Additional information about specific Borough Hall on Your Block: Southeast Queens events will be announced on the borough president’s social media channels leading up to and during the weeklong initiative.

Members of the public who are interested in attending one or more of the events above are asked to RSVP by visiting queensbp.org/RSVP. Members of the media who wish to attend one or more of the listed events are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 718-286-2640.