He showed the us the way

The late Monsignor Byrne has been to the youth a guiding light. His caring and understanding of their adolescent plight has counted for many growing into adulthood with a sense of hope. The Uniondale Neighborhood center, renamed after him aspires to emulate that spirit.


       We are doing a lot of things. But if we could move into a center, we could have a much more expanded program. A community center is a whole different thing.
Lorraine Danser, UCCYP - LI Newsday 5/19/95

OUR HISTORY

Congresswoman
Hon. Carolyn McCarthy

MILESTONES
Founded

The organization was founded in 1986 to stem the tide of rising gang activities and street loitering among area youth.


1986
1987
Purpose

Uniondale Neighborhood Center incorporated in 1987 with a community mandate to establish and operate a community center where youth activities will be provided.

Acquisition

The organization acquired its first property (a 2-story residence on a ¾ of an acre lot) in April 1990 at 800 Jerusalem Avenue, with an initial NYS Assembly grant facilitated by the then NYS Assembly representative.

1990
Dedication

The building was soon thereafter dedicated and named in honor of Rev. John J. Byrne of the Catholic diocese of St. Martha's in Uniondale at a gala with the assist of Hon. Joseph Margiotta and Angel Mejias, the then president of the organization..

Monsignor John J. Byrne

FUNDRAISING & ACTIVITIES
TESTIMONIALS 
Advocacy

Advocated for expansion funding with congress and federal agencies when necessary.

2003
Major Grant Received



Received a major grant from the NYS Assembly, facilitated by NYS Assemblywoman, Deputy Speaker, Earlene Hooper. The grant was used to purchase the adjoining property, upgrading, and renovation. 

Hon. Joseph Margiotta

Hon. Kevan Abrahams Nassau County Majority/Minority Legislator

Hon. Earlene Hooper Deputy Speaker, NYS Assembly

More Room Achieved




With funds from community fundraising campaign led by Bishop J. Raymond Mackey, Sr. and the efforts of Hon. Kevan Abrahams - Nassau County funding an addition with full basement and a handicapped ramp were made possible. This allowed the UCC to expand with other services, such as the Uniondale-Roosevelt Weed & Seed VITA program.

2004
Programs Begin



The Uniondale Community Council (UCC) and its Youth Program (UCCYP) moves in with their After-School & Summer Camp programs, as well as regular community meetings.


2005

FIRST NONPROFIT AGENCY 

2007

SECOND ACQUISITION 

Music Program Added




JJBCC hails the inception of another agency (EEYCS) to provide music program bolstering the programs offered at the center.

ANOTHER AGENCY JOINS