Galef Intern Hosts Poverty Awareness Forum as Internship Project

June 13, 2008

Ossining High School senior Omar J Herrera & the Ossining High School Interact Club, a branch of the Ossining Rotary Club have launched the first ever “Poverty Awareness Campaign”, a campaign dedicated to promoting community and civic involvement toward the eradication of poverty. The campaign will educate individuals on the issues of poverty both locally and nationally as they exist today and, inform them of local, county, state and federal safety net organizations available to citizens in times of need.

Starting Thursday June 5th, students launched the campaign at Ossining High School by displaying shocking statistics and posters around the school, making announcements over the loud speaker in between periods, and having an informational booth in the lobby. Many residents feel that “yes” its time to address the disadvantaged in our society and figure out how they can be helped and get equal opportunities. The community forum will take place:

Wednesday, June 18th, 4pm-6pm
Ossining Community Center,
95 Broadway, Ossining

The following speakers will address the community, representing a variety of public sectors:

  • Government: Westchester County Legislator William Burton
  • Economy: Edward Jones Investment Firm Director, Bert Ruiz
  • Education: Ossining Union Free School District, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education & Administrative Services Angela White & Brookside School Principal Felix Flores
  • Ossining Community Action Program: Area Director, Charlie Knight
  • Ossining IFCA: President, Reggie Bush

This forum is an opportunity for the public to take an in depth look at poverty and how it is affecting our community and what can be done. There will be time for questions and answers.

For more information or directions to the Ossining Community Center, located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, contact Omar Herrera at (914) 447-5872 or (914) 941-1111.