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Neighborhood Notes: Join Your Community Board

Apply to Local Community Board
Applications for placement into a local community board are available. City residents who qualify must either reside, work or have a professional or other significant interest in the Bronx. Applications are open to anyone as young as 16 years old. Deadline for application submission is Feb. 9, 2018. For more information and to apply, call (718) 590-3913 or visit bronxboropres.nyc.gov/community-boards/.

Summer Camp Applications
Applications for summer camps sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will open Jan. 24, 2018. Applications should be submitted through the online registration program at http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/29.html. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register early. For more information, call (518) 402-8014.

Heating Assistance
Sign up to receive free heating assistance through the New York State Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Eligible households can receive assistance of up to $725. A family of four with a yearly income of $53,482 can still qualify for help. For more information about eligibility, and to sign up, call (212) 331-3126.

Toy Drive
The Office of Councilman Andy King is accepting new toys for its 11th annual “Sharing is Caring” toy drive collection for young Bronx residents. Toys must be new, unwrapped, and appropriate for children ages 18 and under. Donations can be dropped off at 940 E. Gun Hill Rd. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Dec. 21. The holiday event is scheduled for Dec. 24. For more information, call (718) 684-5509. 

Donate Clothes
The Office of Councilman Andy King is accepting warm clothes for the winter season through Jan. 5, 2018. Coats, sweaters or any other warm clothing can be dropped off at 940 E. Gun Hill Rd. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They must be clean and in wearable condition. For more information, call (718) 684-5509 or (718) 684-5511.

Free Personal Financial Counseling
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) offers free one-on-one financial counseling by appointment. To schedule an appointment, and to find a Financial Empowerment Center near you, go to http://bit.ly/2yQd1lR.

Crime Victims Support
Crime Victims Support Services offers victims help in navigating the criminal justice system. Free confidential services include claim assistance, case follow-up, crisis counseling, and victim advocacy. For more information, call (718) 823-4925.

Bronx Photo Club
The Bronx Photographic Society (formerly the New York Botanical/Zoological Photographic Society) meets bimonthly at Fordham University Prep School on the Fordham University Campus, 441 E. Fordham Rd., room 327 or 329 starting at 9:45 a.m. as follows: Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, March 3 and 17, April 14 and 21, and May 5 and 12. For more information, call (718) 543-3115.

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