BronxWorks is grateful for the outpouring of support for our first ever BronxWorks Day celebration. Long-term partners, stakeholders, and friends gathered for the three-part event that included the long-awaited ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center (CMCC) Pool, a tour of select BronxWorks offices and locations, and an evening cocktail reception in the CMCC gymnasium. Special thanks to our guests, New York State Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez, who spoke about the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) that helped fund part of the pool renovations, and NYS Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, who also helped secure funding for the recent pool renovations. Thanks as well to Deputy Bronx Borough President Janet A. Peguero and New York City Council Member Althea Stevens for helping us commemorate the re-opening of this wonderful and important community resource. Finally, thanks to all of our guests who came out to experience the many facets of BronxWorks for a day and helped make it such an illuminating event.
BronxWorks Day kicked off in the morning with the ribbon cutting of the CMCC Pool. Popular for its aquatics programming, and as one of the few community swimming resources for the surrounding neighborhoods, the CMCC Pool was closed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsure of how long the pandemic would require the pool’s closure, BronxWorks took the opportunity to complete renovations thanks to funding secured through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and NYS Assembly Member Latoya Joyner. We were joined by NYS Secretary of State Rodriguez; NYS Assembly Member Joyner; Deputy Bronx Borough President Janet A Peguero; NYC Council Member Althea Stevens; and Bronx Regional Representative, Fidel Malena from Governor Kathy Hocul’s office who helped us cut the ribbon.
Following the ribbon cutting, two buses picked up our guests for a tour of selected BronxWorks sites, including our Morris and East Concourse Older Adult Centers, Park Haven Supportive Housing and Workforce Development offices, Jackson Avenue Family Residence, Westchester Avenue Safe Haven, and Bronx Point. Our guests met with program leadership and staff, participated in activities, and experienced a glimpse of some of the services BronxWorks provides every single day. Tours of BronxWorks programs are always important opportunities to show our partners and stakeholders the community impact that results from their support.
BronxWorks Day culminated with a cocktail reception in the gymnasium at the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center. Supporters mingled with BronxWorks board members and staff, helping us closeout the busy day with much needed food, refreshments, and heartfelt discussion. As big and complex as BronxWorks is, we always make sure to come together at every opportunity, to celebrate our work, each other, staff, friends, and supporters, and to connect over our mutual goals to support the communities of the Bronx.
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