Our History

Long Island has changed dramatically since Health and Welfare Council of Long Island was established in 1947. Over seven decades, Long Island has changed in density, demographics and populations in need with at-risk communities growing and diversifying. In the last decade, the rise in suburban poverty has surpassed the rise in urban poverty.

Throughout its existence, the organization has taken on the issues impacting at-risk and vulnerable Long Islanders of that time:

1950

1955

Mental Health Board: HWC’s Mental Health Committee “seeks to resolve the appointment of a Mental Health Board in Nassau County”.

1960

1969

EOC of Nassau County: A project of HWC, obtains separate incorporation.

1970

1972

Child care when women began increasingly entering the workforce

1980

1984

Hunger on Long Island: With the help of graduate nurses from Adelphi University, Council interviews 200 low income families about hunger and released the second hunger study in the nation.

1990

1991

Child Support Assurance: HWC and Congressman Downey initiate a National Task Force to develop legislation on child support and low-income women.

1998

The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island Board votes to serve its predominantly bi-county members and reflect the actual nature of its mission and activities by changing its name.

1999

Child Health Plus: HWCLI forms the L.I. Child Health PLUS Consortium to ensure Long Island children a healthy start.

2000

2003

HCAP: HWCLI collaborates with North Shore/LIJ to develop a community outreach project assisting Nassau’s most vulnerable residents obtain specialty health care.

2008

Disaster planning to respond to the financial crisis.

2010

2011-2012

Disaster planning to respond to Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.

2014

HWCLI recognized by Bank of America as a recipient of the prestigious Neighborhood Builders award, an annual award that two Long Island agencies receive for their role in the overall Long Island community.

2016

HWCLI and partnering organizations working on the Long Island Immigrant Children Defense Project are honored by NYN Media Cause Awards for their work in assisting thousands of immigrant children on LI.

2020

No matter the decade or the issue, the continuous thread throughout HWCLI’s long history has been the ability of HWCLI to identify new vulnerable populations and their needs, coalesce advocates and, together, coordinate a comprehensive and collaborative response.

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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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Phone: 516-483-1110

Fax: 516-483-4794

E-mail: connect@hwcli.com

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