Join us for a Community Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) invites you to: 

Community Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Rescheduled)

Celebrating community-led COVID-19 revitalization efforts in partnership with NYC’s Taskforce for Racial Inclusion and Equity, the NYC Civic Engagement Commission, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Safe Zone.


Thursday, July 7th | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

MS 217: 85-05 144th Street Briarwood, NY 11435

Please RSVP to attend, below.

This event will be outdoors and masks are highly recommended.


This event will include community speakers, a food distribution, resource tabling, and a gardening workshop. Speakers include: 

Rawaa Nancy Albilal, Arab-American Family Support Center
Harold Miller, Racial Justice Commission
Dr. Sarah Sayeed, NYC Civic Engagement Commission
Sheleeza Deen, SafeZone Youth Founder
& more!

Why a Community Garden?

Selected by the local Briarwood, Queens community through a participatory budgeting process, PS 117 and MS 217's gardens will address food insecurity, a dominant concern within a neighborhood disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This garden revitalization effort concludes a year-long project in partnership with NYC’s Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity (TRIE), focused on holistically addressing COVID-19’s impact in immigrant neighborhoods and communities of color through a suite of culturally and linguistically competent resources and support. Currently, we are supporting community partners in Briarwood with COVID-19 PPE distribution and vaccine coordination, mental health programming, civic engagement and community organizing, food distribution, and ongoing gardening revitalization.