Neighborhood Notes

Job Fair
A job fair with city agencies expected to attend will take place on June 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 991 Longwood Ave. For more information, call (718) 931-2620. 

Free STEP Program
Rising seventh and eighth grade students in the Bronx can apply for a free summer long Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) that offers academic preparation, science classes, personal development, lunch and MetroCards. For more information, and to obtain an application, call Deborah Negron Cordero at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at (718) 430-41666.

LGBTQ Needs Assessment
An assessment survey on the needs of the Bronx’s LGBTQ community can be filled out online at Hard copies of the survey are also available throughout the borough’s 12 community boards, with the closest at Community Board 7, 229A E. 204th St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (718) 590-3500.

Free Education Program
Free classes to improve reading, writing, and math are available at the Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd. The classes are open to young adults ages 16 to 24 or currently in an “out of school” or “out of work” program. For more information and to enroll, call (718) 579-4208 or email

Preserving NCBH
Volunteers are needed to join the Bronx Healthcare Coalition, which seeks to ensure North Central Bronx Hospital remains a public hospital. For more information and to join, email

Bird Walks
Free bird walk tours, sponsored by Councilman Andrew Cohen with guides provided by the New York City Audubon Society and Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, are scheduled for every Saturday from now through July 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy. Meet at the VC Nature Center. For more information, contact Joseph McManus at

Housing Assistance
Free housing assistance on topics relating to tenant harassment, denial of repairs/services, evictions, overchargers, and more are available at the office of Assemblyman Victor Pichardo every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2175 Jerome Ave., Suite C. For more information, call (718) 933-6909.

Immigration Services
Free immigration services ranging from naturalization, citizenship, visa renewals, and information on DACA are available by appointment at the office of Councilman Ritchie Torres, 573 E. Fordham Rd. (entrance on Hoffman Street) Mondays and the first and third Wednesday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (718) 842-8100. 

Literacy Initiative
The New York City Department of Education has announced a reading initiative where students from grades kindergarten through second grade can receive 11 different books from 40 different book titles. For more information, contact your child’s school principal.

Tour MMCC Camps
Free transportation will be provided to take a tour of Mosholu Montefiore Community Center’s Mosholu Day Camp at Harriman State Park on June 10. For more information about the camp, or to schedule the visit, call (718) 882-4000 ext. 0 or

Community Garden Program
A free 16-week education, skills-building and community development program through community gardening activities is available only for those who are on probation or recently released from prison. Participants must be committed to completing the program. For more information, call Rachel Schneider of the Hawthorne Valley Farm at (518) 672-4465, ext. 236 or email

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