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OUR HISTORY



Uniondale Neighborhood Center was founded in 1986 and established as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization to build and operate a community center in Uniondale, New York to serve the Uniondale Union Free School District (UUFSD). The Uniondale Neighborhood Center was born to ensure that every child, youth and adult has opportunities to build relationships and learn from others. Community residents conceived that a community center that provides activities – especially for our youth – would mitigate violent gang activities, loitering, bullying and the like. 

Community residents continue to believe that challenging youth to succeed and excel makes the organization a vital component of the community. Since the organization opened its doors in 1990, many of our children, youth and families have benefitted from its role.  Now, we must take the next step to develop a full-service, innovative facility that meets 21st century intergenerational and multicultural needs: the John J. Byrne Community Center | UNIONDALE.




Critical milestones in pursuit of the organization’s mission include: 
  • Acquiring two contiguous properties, one in 1990 and the other in 2003, totaling 1¼ acres which currently provides space for a youth project, and other community activities.

     

  • Expanding the footprints of both properties, by adding a wing in 2005, and erecting a yurt in 2008, thereby improving indoor activities utilization.
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  • Leasing space to the Uniondale Community Council Youth Project, a summer camp and after-school program; S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc., a youth anti-gang, anti-violence program; and Energetic Enterprise Youth Community Studio, offering music education for young people.
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  • Securing a community benefits agreement (CBA), pledging up to $2 million and a 5-acre stretch of land toward a community center building.
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  • On target to completely eliminating an original mortgage principal of $100,000, a year ahead of schedule.
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  • Gaining attention and recognition as a pillar of the community in the eyes of many of the business, civic, ecumenical, and government agencies within and beyond its community borders.

PAST EVENTS AND MILESTONES


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1986 - 1996
1986 - 1996


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1997 - 2007
1997 - 2007


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2008 - 2018
2008 - 2018


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2019
2019



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