NYC Young Filipino Professionals help Children

NYC Young Filipino Professionals help children NEW YORK – On Sunday, April 19, 2009, members and friends of Collaborative Opportunities for Raising Empowerment, Inc. (CORE) volunteered at A Family Affair, an event organized by Bagong Kulturang Pinoy, New York (BKP-NY) and held at Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY. Families and groups of children participated in face painting, arts and crafts activities and cupcake decorating.

These activities were held outdoors, including a book signing by Sue Anne Morrow, author of Everett the Incredibly Helpful Helper and book readings by librarian Lori Tauches of the New York Public Library's Muhlenberg Branch.

“This is definitely a great way to kick-off National Volunteer Week*. I am glad to see that our members are having as much fun as the children,” commented Venessa Manzano, CORE’s Vice Chair of Membership Services. “Since CORE’s primary goal is empowering young professionals - like today’s volunteers - through collaboration, this is a perfect opportunity to support a group such as BKP-NY.”

BKP-NY is affiliated to the Massachusetts-based non-profit organization Bagong Kulturang Pinoy, Inc. Its shared mission is to develop a reading culture among Filipino children in poverty-stricken areas in the Philippines.


The 2009 opening of the New York chapter was spearheaded through the efforts of founding board members Lorna Mesina-Husain, Frederick Quijano and Michelle Pinzon.

“The event's objective was to collect books as well as raise awareness about community libraries in the Philippines. Younger Filipino immigrants are looking for ways to give back. We are glad that we were able to give them the opportunity to help out on this day,” said Ms. Mesina-Husain. “Considering it was only our second event since incorporating in New York this year, it was an event that exceeded all of our expectations.”

In addition, she commented on the volunteer force provided by CORE. “CORE’s participation allowed us to serve more kids than we could have handled at A Family Affair. It also helped spread our campaign for volunteerism and giving back to the Philippines through our book collection.”

CORE member and volunteer Allan Alday expressed his thoughts about the event. “It was very well organized and fun for both the volunteers and the children. The organizers were always available to answer any questions. I also noted how it was possible to gain the resources (i.e. manpower and volunteers) you need through collaboration and networking with organizations that share your mission.”
Representatives from the local affiliate of ABS/CBN, a major Philippine-based broadcasting corporation, conducted interviews with the BKP-NY team, volunteers and guests.

A special thanks to the following CORE members: Allan Alday, Christopher Arzadon, Yssa Barretto, Carlo Cabanilla, Mark Habana, Venessa Manzano, Roderick Rodriguez, and Nina Talao; and friends of CORE: Lismarys Arjona, Ted Martinez, and Marielle Mendoza for supporting BKP-NY and bringing fun to the children.

For more information about CORE and to learn of their upcoming events, visit: www.core-nyc.org. Membership is free. To be placed on their community list-serve, email: CORE-Mailings-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
Category: Advocacy Posted on  24 Apr 2009

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