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Jackson Heights Action Group

History and Mission

The  Jackson Heights Action Group is a non-profit organization founded 29 years ago as a vehicle through which neighborhood residents and small business people of Jackson Heights, Corona, and East Elmhurst can work together to assist  individuals in need,  regardless of their origin, creed, sex, color, or nationality and to improve and maintain the quality of life in their neighborhoods. 

The Jackson Height Action Group believes that the best way to help ourselves is by helping others. For many years the Action Group has been doing everything  possible to integrate  new immigrants into the main stream of the American life, by offering  them programs free of charge.

  • IMMIGRATION – The J.H.A.G. provides guidance and referral. It has successfully worked out permanent residence (Green Card) and working permits for immigrants.
  • HEALTH CARE – The J.H.A.G. assist  persons lacking medical  insurance to be treated by health care funded by the federal Government.
  • SPORTS – The J.H..A.G. provides basket ball and soccer programs. Youth from 12 to 21 are always welcome. Mgr Raymond W. Kutner of the Blessed Sacrament Church  has  been a great  supporter  of our programs by facilitating the gym, auditorium, etc. The 115th Precinct  and 115th Precinct  Community Council  have provided the opportunity to use their facilities for events such as the Medal ceremony. Thanks again Mgr. Kutner. 
  • CHARITY – In the land of  plenty there is a lot of poverty and of course starving  people. J.H.A.G. has its own program to assist abandon persons, sick, and unemployed. It also joins with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Blessed Sacrament Church to  improve aid to the poor. 
  • GRAFFITI - The J.H.A.G. has been actively attacking this vandalism for 15 years with clean-ups twice,  sometimes three per week. Roosevelt  Avenue between 82nd Street and Junction Blvd is one of our priorities. Once a year since 1999 the J.H.A.G. has removed graffiti at both sides of the avenue, door to door, every store front . We recruits and selects High  School and College boys and girls to fight the graffiti eyesore. The program rewards them with  stipends for  work done to beautify our community. Thanks to Assemblyman  Ivan Lafayette and John Ferreiras President Merchants Junction Blvd .
  • CIVILIAN OBSERVATION PATROL - The J.H.A.G. has been a leader in providing safety to residents of the community, in particular elderly citizens and children. Our police experience came along with years of voluntary service,  first with the 110th, then since its opening, with the 115th precinct. The group improved its technique and knowledge by attending the Citizens Police Academy. The Action Group's Civilian Patrol has been recognized several times for outstanding service to the  community by City Council Member J. Lisa, Mayor  Dinkins, Commissioner Lee Brown, Mayor R Giuliani and Commissioners W. Bratton, Howard Safir, Yolanda Jimenez, Bernard Kerik, Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner R. Kelly, and District Attorney Richard  Brown . J.H.A.G. has been the Citizens For New York  Drug and Crime Prevention Award Winner since 1998 to 2003. At the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel  in Manhattan black-tie dinner ceremony it  received the Osborn Elliot Community Leadership award.

J.H.A.G. believes in LAW and ORDER . We are here to offer help and assistance to every one BUT if  involved , in a criminal activity WE are not with you regardless.

Board of Directors: Ralph Moreno, President. Gregorio Vazquez, Vice President. Catina Elefther, Secretary. Alicia Chan, Corresponding Secretary. Carlos Giusti, Treasurer. Angelina Di Stefano, Tereza Adames, Rosie Katz, Potula Manos, Carlos Diaz, Members at Large.

The Action Group can reached through P.O. Box 853, Jackson Hts., NY, 11372.

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