Queens Community House's - Community Builder of the Year Award


Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-site, multi-service settlement house that serves the diverse neighborhoods of Queens. As per their website, "They serve residents of all ages, races, faiths, and ethnicities while supporting the viability of the borough as a whole."

QCH was formed in 1975 (as Forest Hills Community House) to help heal the wounds of a neighborhood conflict. Today they offer a broad network of comprehensive services at 29 sites in 14 different neighborhoods in Queens.

Today I am beyond humbled and honored to announce that the Queens Community has selected me to receive their 2018 "Queens Community Builder" award.

I don’t remember exactly when I became a photographer, or a social media influencer and how or why those things eventually made me into such an effective community builder. I can tell you where I come from though.

I can tell you I’m from the heart of South Ozone Park, the outskirts of Richmond Hill, the first building off the East River in Astoria Houses, to a brief stay on the 41st side of Queensbridge, to historically suburban yet urban Saint Albans, to the border of Ridgewood & Glendale right off Myrtle Ave, to Queens’ largest most diverse town, Queens Village, and currently a resident of Fresh Meadows. I can tell you at every stop, my love for Queens grew, as did my curiosity to our history. I am grateful for the amazing people at Queens Community House for this honor, and grateful for all the amazing and supportive folks of the many neighborhoods of Queens. 

I look forward to celebrating this award with our team as well as the Queens community in Forest Hills on Wednesday May 2nd 2018 for Queens Community House's "2018 Spring Event - Celebrating Local Champions Reception". QCH's Annual Spring Event, is one of the borough’s premiere events of the year honoring an outstanding leader in the community who has distinguished themselves in the worlds of community development and philanthropy. 

This year, they will also be honoring St. Luke's Episcopal Church, located in Forest Hills, NY. 

Click on the link below to celebrate with us:


Remember each purchase helps the Queens Community House provide individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities.

Come by for an after-work, networking cocktail party. Socialize and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and dessert.

TICKETS ARE $100 each.

#QueensLocalChampions #Qnsmade

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Development, Sabrina Flores, at 718-592-5757 ext. 246 or sflores@qchnyc.org.

words and photo by Adolfo Steve Vazquez