The mission of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) is to serve the poor and vulnerable people on Long Island by convening, representing, and supporting the organizations that serve them; and through illuminating the issues that critically impact them; organizing community and regional responses to their needs; advocacy; research; policy analysis and providing services, information and education. Since 1947, HWCLI has served as the umbrella for health and human service agencies serving Long Island’s families. As a regional human service provider, convener and leader with a 200 organization network, HWCLI responds to Long Island’s needs through direct services and advocacy.
On Long Island, the nature of poverty and the needs of our communities are growing and changing, driven by the region’s evolving economy and demographics. Addressing the social challenges faced by Long Island’s most vulnerable is only possible through innovative strategies and the forging of strong partnerships across all sectors: government, business, and nonprofits. Collaboration with its network of 200 agencies and partners has been the highest priority for HWCLI as it worked on sector-wide coordination, client services, and advocacy to effect change in its areas of focus: disaster recovery; economic stability; health care access; and nutritional security. HWCLI serves those most at risk of experiencing poverty: seniors, recent immigrants, people of color, veterans, people with disabilities and female-headed households with small children. In addition to advocacy and sector-wide coordination, HWCLI provides direct services to nearly 50,000 at-risk and vulnerable Long Islanders.
HWCLI serves Long Islanders by:
Educating and enrolling families in food stamps and providing access to free and reduced cost school meals and summer meal programs. HWCLI connects Long Island’s families with resources to purchase fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods which might sometimes be more costly.
Providing access to healthcare for children and adults by enrolling in the New York State Health Insurance Marketplace. Research has shown that families struggling to make ends meet often forgo cost-prohibitive health insurance and preventative care increasing the risk for sickness and trips to the emergency room.
Convening and leading Long Island’s disaster planning and preparedness efforts.
Connecting seniors, the uninsured, and others in need of advocacy navigate the complex healthcare system through the Community Health Advocate Program. From Medicare options to finding a provider to responding to medical bills and insurance errors, HWCLI provides access to regular sources of affordable and appropriate care.
Providing outreach and education on the Earned Income Tax Credit and free tax preparation through VITA sites. The struggling working class and families living in poverty are more likely to be taken advantage of by unscrupulous financial services. HWCLI educates and provides outreach for free services that allow families to increase their economic stability.
Gratitude is at the center of HWCLI’s core operating values. It is our greatest honor to serve our clients with the highest level of customer service, respect and kindness. We proudly partner with communities, agencies, government entities, and businesses to find new solutions to Long Island’s existing and emerging needs. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Long Island’s future as a more equitable region for all.
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Established in 1947, the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) is a regional, nonprofit umbrella organization for health and human service providers. We are dedicated to improving the lives of Long Island’s most vulnerable residents by responding to their needs through the promotion and development of public policies and direct services.
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