The Center for the Women of New York recently received a $100,000 grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock, LI, for its planned headquarters at Fort Totten in Bayside.
The presentation was made at the center’s summer June social held in Douglaston Manor. Ann Jawin, chairwoman and founder of the CWNY, said the congregation made the award “to empower and improve women’s lives and opportunity to achieve economic independence and develop their full potential ...”
The women’s group is raising money to renovate a building at the former fort. It needs about $3 million to complete the project and has raised $1.7 million. Also, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) recently allocated $50,000 to the CWNY.
Design plans have been approved and Jawin expects work to be completed in a year on the first floor. Second floor renovations will follow with more funding.
“Right now we are dealing with raccoons, which have taken up residency,” she said. “The architects can’t get in until we get them out and do a preliminary cleaning.”