December 10, 2013
City Councilwoman Margaret Chin and New York University are pleased to announce that they will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Visiting Neighbors offices in Washington Square Village #3 on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3pm. Councilwoman Chin, is scheduled to be on hand to offer a few remarks regarding Visiting Neighbors and to assist in the ribbon-cutting.
“I am thrilled that the Visiting Neighbors has a new home in Greenwich Village,” said Councilwoman Chin. “The service they provide for New Yorkers is invaluable, and directly addresses the needs of the local community. In securing them this excellent new space, we are ensuring that Visiting Neighbors will continue to be a resource for our seniors for years to come.”
“We are delighted to welcome Visiting Neighbors to their new home in Greenwich Village,” said NYU VP Alicia Hurley. “We are grateful for the wisdom and guidance of Councilwoman Chin for facilitating Visiting Neighbors’ move from 14th Street into Washington Square Village, where they will be at the heart of their catchment zone, creating opportunities for expanded access to the seniors living in Lower Manhattan.”
The organization, Visiting Neighbors, which provides free services for seniors in Greenwich Village and the LES since 1972, is moving from cramped temporary office space on 14th Street down to a newly renovated, much larger and better geographically situated space provided by Councilwoman Chin and NYU.
Councilwoman Chin stepped in when VN was struggling with how to continue with their mission; she approached NYU about providing space for VN, advocating for the needs of local seniors and for this organization’s vital role in filling them. This relocation is hoped to provide a new “lease on life” for this vital organization.
"A big hug of thanks to council member, Margaret Chin for her advocacy and tenacity in helping Visiting Neighbors find its new office, and to our friends at NYU for all of their support after we have endured so much financial hardship,” said Dr. Cynthia Maurer, Executive Director, Visiting Neighbors. “We look forward to brighter days ahead, while we continue to provide vital support services to our senior neighbors - a population often neglected and one we care so much about - and we are delighted to be back home in Greenwich Village where it all began 42 years ago."
About New York University
New York University, founded in 1831, is one of the world’s foremost research universities and a member of the selective Association of American Universities. The first Global Network University, it has degree-granting university campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; 11 other global academic sites; and sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university. Through its 18 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, social work, engineering, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.
About Visiting Neighbors
"Neighbors Helping Neighbors" has been the guiding concept behind our organization since our founding in 1972 by eight Greenwich Village community members. Today, our professional staff and more than 400 dedicated volunteers help over 1,000 seniors each year. Our programs and services help seniors maintain their independence, by connecting them to someone who cares.
Our volunteer visitors help seniors alleviate loneliness and isolation, provide emotional security and offer mental stimulation. We escort seniors to medical appointments, assist with errands and shopping, and reach out a helping hand to our community's elderly who may have no family or friends nearby. We pride ourselves on the individual attention we give to every senior and volunteer. Our friendly visiting program has enriched the lives of both seniors and volunteers for more than four decades.
About Margaret Chin
Margaret Chin was elected to the New York City Council in 2010, as the representative for District 1, lower Manhattan. Margaret is Chair of the Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment and is a member of the Committees on Education, Small Business, Civil Rights, Women's Issues, Aging, and Public Housing. Margaret is a proud member of the Progressive Caucus, and the Women's Caucus. Margaret has twice been elected by her colleagues to serve as an executive member of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus.
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