April 2023 – Notes from NMIC

Strategic partnerships matter because they work—they expand our reach, create greater impact, and drive broader change. From improving outreach efforts to strengthening our wrap-around programming, there are many reasons why we highly value our partnerships at NMIC. This month, we are turning the spotlight on a few of our many partnerships that push our mission forward. Together, we can serve as catalysts for positive change in the lives of the people in our community on their paths to secure and prosperous futures. 

Let’s Celebrate Together

We are getting closer to one of our favorite events of the year, our annual benefit. Unidos: A NMIC Benefit will be held at The Hudson, 348 Dyckman Street, on June 15th from 6:00-8:30 PM. Join us in celebrating the innovative partnerships that make our work possible. We will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and will culminate with an exciting award ceremony. Lastly, we will dance the night away with an official DJ set! Community tickets start at $250.00.  

Click here to get your ticket today!  

In Community

We were excited to join Univision and other service providers at TelevisaUnivision, Inc’s on February 27th to commemorate Dominican Independence. At the community event, held at 809 in Washington Heights, Esperanza Cruz, Program Manager, Education & Career Services, and Jimberlyn Batista, Coordinator for Benefits & Advocacy Services, shared information about our free wrap-around services at NMIC and handed out flyers.  

We are always happy to partner with Univision Communications Inc., who are dedicated to informing, empowering, and entertaining our communities.  

Click here to learn more about the services NMIC offers to our community members.  

Thank You, Valley Bank!

Food prices are rising at the fastest pace in decades, and it has become more expensive to purchase groceries in New York City. For this reason, we are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Valley Bank, who volunteered at our March 31st food pantry.

There is not a single neighborhood in New York City without a family or individual facing food insecurity. Frequently, community members who are struggling financially are forced between essentials like food or medicine. Food pantry services build the community by assisting residents with nutritious food so that they can focus on meeting their other basic needs.  

Last month’s pantry was particularly special because NMIC Co-Coordinator of Wellness Services, Santiago Márquez Ramos, dressed up as an Easter Bunny to hand out candy to children who came with their families to pick up their groceries.  

Would you consider donating today to support NMIC’s food pantry services? Together, we can alleviate the food insecurity in our neighborhoods.  

Prom Clothing Donations 

Prom season is almost here which means that a lot of students will be shopping for gowns, suits, shoes, and accessories. Unfortunately, many students cannot afford these items. That’s why we’re proud to support Dominican Community Center NYC’s 17th Annual Prom Clothing Giveaway! The event invites New York City students who are going to their junior high school or high school prom to choose an outfit free of charge so that they can shine at their spring proms. The event will take place at the Alianza Cultural Center, 530 W 166th St., on April 22nd from 10am-5pm.  

Interested in donating or volunteering? Send an email to dominicancommunitycenter@gmail.com for further information. 

Cafecito con Maria 

In early March, The Association for a Better New York (ABNY) co-lead a trip with Western States Center, Alan van Capelle, and Face to Face to Israel and Palestine to address the connection between white nationalism, antisemitism, racism, and a rising threat to democracy. Often, the lens we apply from an American viewpoint obscure more than it illuminates the complex, long-standing set of actors and disputes in the Middle East. The cohort for this trip included NMIC’s Executive Director Maria Lizardo, LMSW, and other leaders within the public and private sectors of New York City.  

“Although the conflict between Israel and Palestine may not be resolved anytime soon, I was impressed with the folks on the ground who are building community and looking for peaceful ways to co-exist. I remain hopeful that humanity will prevail, and peace with reign over the region,” Maria Lizardo, Executive Director. 

NMIC in the News 

  • Telemundo 47 interviewed NMIC’s Director of Development, Rosanna Montilla-Payano, to discuss an enhanced Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for the members of our community in which they are no longer asking for social security information. Click here to read more.  


  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month 
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month 
  • Financial Literacy Month  
  • Stress Awareness Month  
  • International Black Women’s Month  
  • April 5-April 13, Passover 
  • April 12-April 18, Immigrant Heritage Week  
  • April 23-29, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 
  • April 9, Easter 
  • April 14, Day of Silence 
  • April 22, Earth Day 
  • April 23, Spanish Language Day 
  • April 26, Denim Day  
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