What better way for Bronx Community Solutions (BCS) to connect with many of our major community partners at once than though the Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting? Our last CAB meeting was held last Friday, September 25th and was led by Maria Almonte-Weston and Monica Garcia. Unlike many previous meetings, where we placed our focus on what issues have arisen in each community organization’s district, we concentrated on the goals of CAB and the next steps for Bronx Community Solutions. This meeting's agenda was to expand upon the priorities for action that the CAB agreed upon at our last meeting, in June 2015. Our agenda also included the opportunity for staff to share the recent accomplishments we have achieved as well as include members in formulating goals for the upcoming year. Some of these recent successes include the Community Service department completion of numerous projects to enhance the community such as the beautification/back-to-school event at Bryant Hill Garden in the Hunts Point area and doing beautification work and garden cleanup on River Avenue, the Yankee Stadium area at the request of the 161st BID. Aside from conducting community service and maintaining partnerships that we have had for years, we have also decided to strategically explore new employment and vocational training connections to match the current needs of BCS clients. The BCS staff strives to provide meaningful services to clients along with keeping neighboring organizations involved. These meetings help to not only keep our partners informed, but gives some well-deserved accolades to the hardworking staff who made these events happen. I enjoyed being a part of the meeting and hearing again from our partners what matters most to them in their communities, and what they need from BCS.
- Tiffany Barksdale, Office Manager