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Jamie-Faye Bean Is Making A Positive Impact On The Community

Every once in a while, we see an example of someone whose actions positively affect so many that we urge everyone to take note! Such an instance is our friend Jamie-Faye Bean.

Jaime-Faye is director of Sunnyside Smiles, a Business Improvement District (BID) in Sunnyside NY, and has been instrumental in the economic health of that Community.

“The Variety Boys & Girls Club has been a mainstay for generations of Astoria families and during the pandemic they’ve continued to serve as a lifeline for the neighborhood. When I learned of my nomination for this award, there was no hesitation in knowing where I would want the grant to go—-I am so gratified because Ive seen for myself the great work it will help support.”

Volunteers package items at Queens Together – Boys & Girls Club Pantry

But beyond that, since the Pandemic, she started Queens Together with Jonathan Forgash, and has worked tirelessly to help those negatively affected by the Pandemic throughout Queens. Their food distribution network has been a savior for many who lost their employment and lost access to nutritious food to feed their family.

Sunnyside Small Business Supreme Team Boxing delivers Queens Together first responder meals to Elmhurst

Jaime-Faye was named a recipient of the National Loves Takes Action Award, organized by the New York Life Foundation, a national charity based in NYC.

This award is given to volunteers who have exceeded expectations, helping their community during the Pandemic.

Queens Together pantry

35 volunteers from across the country have received this award which includes a $50,000 grant. Each winner designates a non-profit to receive this grant, and Jamie-Faye donated her grant to the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens (VBGCQ), a community center whose mission focuses on our young people, and their needs as they develop into responsible members of our community.

Queens Together delivers Fresh DIrect pantry boxes to Astoria HousesJaimie-Faye has also been a great supporter of OANA, and has freely shared some of her expertise with us, making us more effective in our mission.

Mr. Khuzami has been a member of Community Board 1 in Astoria, NY for the last 20 years. He sits on the Zoning and parks Committees and is on the Executive Board. Previously, he served as Parks and Culture chair of Community Board 1 for eleven years and also chaired Capital and Expense priority Committee. He is a member of the Queens General Assembly and had been a panelist for grant submissions for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Richard also is an officer of The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) and President of OANA.

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