BROOKLYN — Today and tomorrow, the Human Services Council (HSC) will display thousands of valentines at public venues throughout the city — valentines that clients have created to show their human services providers their appreciation for the critical social services that help them, such as after-school programs, day care, senior services, homeless shelters, and food pantries.
The offices of three New York City borough presidents and two state elected officials are among the venues that will display the valentines. Scott Stringer, Manhattan borough president, said: “Senior centers, after-school programs and domestic violence shelters are the often overlooked cornerstone of our city. The Human Services Council’s “Who Cares? I Do” campaign is a terrific platform to remind New Yorkers of the need for these vital resources.”
In Brooklyn, the valentines will be on display at Borough Hall; at the Dodge YMCA, 225 Atlantic Ave., Downtown Brooklyn; and at the Bedford YMCA, 1121 Bedford Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“This outpouring of affection for human services providers hopefully will send a message to our political leadership about how much these services are valued and needed,” said Michael Stoller, executive director of HSC, which is running the “Who Cares? I Do” campaign to mobilize wide support to protect vital human services from government funding cuts.
The Human Services Council is the voice of the human services community in New York. It represents thousands of New York not-for-profit organizations and advocates for the needs of the human services sector as a whole.