COMMUNITY MAYORS INC

No one is so tall as when they stoop to help a child with Special Needs.

Brooklyn, NY   |  http://www.communitymayors.org

Mission

By providing a variety of recreational events throughout the year, The Community Mayors creates opportunities for mentally and physically challenged children to experience and enjoy numerous activities designed to accommodate their needs, stimulate their interests and lift their spirits.

Notes from the nonprofit

For over 70 years the Community Mayors, though a 100% volunteer effort have provided recreational opportunities to children with special needs. Before COVID we served over 11,000 children every year and our efforts have continued throughout the current crisis. We have no paid staff and do not use professional fund raisers. Over 92% of every dollar raised goes to programs for children with special needs. No member of the Community Mayors receives any remuneration for their efforts.

Ruling year info

1966

Principal Officer

Ms. Shelley Della Rocca

Co Principal Officer

Vincent Petraro

Main address

9728 Third Avenue Suite 632

Brooklyn, NY 11209 USA

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Formerly known as

Community Mayors of New York State

EIN

11-6077795

NTEE code info

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Operation Santa Claus

"Operation Santa Claus" benefits 4,000 children with Special Needs every year. Held in a hanger at JFK Airport provided by the Port Authority of NY & NJ, the Children get to enjoy a fun filled day of entertainment, receive toys, lunch and watch Macy's Santa Claus (donated for the day) arrive waiving from the window of a Delta Air Lines aircraft (also donated for the day) Santa disembarks the Airplane inside the hanger and and hops onto the Op Santa Train for all to see. A SPECTACULAR EVENT!

As you can imagine these are monumentally complicated events. But the most amazing thing is that they are completely staffed by volunteers. We are funded almost exclusively by donations solicited by our membership and in-kind contributions from sponsors like Delta Air Lines and Macy's. Over 92% of received donations go directly into our events, a percentage almost unheard of in charitable organizations.

Population(s) Served
Children
Adolescents
Preteens
People with disabilities

1,100 children with special needs enjoy a day on the rides with lunch and clowns

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
People with disabilities

Each year approximately 300 special needs children are invited to spend a day at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Intrepid staff, docents and Community Mayors' volunteers guide the children thru the exhibits and allow them to interact to the best of their abilities. Lunch and a souvenir are provided to each child.

Population(s) Served
Children
Preteens
People with disabilities

Every year 0ver 300 physically and mentally challenged children engage in recreational activities with the elite Division 1 athletes of St. John's University on the soccer field and basketball courts. The children gain a sense of accomplishment and the athletes gain insight into children with physical and mental challenges

Population(s) Served

1,100 children with special needs enjoy a day on the rides assisted by volunteers helping on and off the rides as well as the buses. They have lunch and entertained by clowns at Deno's Wonder Wheel in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY ; as well as Luna Park, Coney Island and Adventurers Amusement Park.

Population(s) Served

1,100 children with special needs enjoy a day at the Bronx Zoo assisted by volunteers helping on and off the rides as well as the buses. They have lunch and entertained by clowns

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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Our goals are to enhance the lives of children with disabilities by providing a variety of recreational opportunities designed to accommodate their special needs, stimulate their interests and lift their spirits. For example we offer a Summer Camp Scholarship, which is a vehicle to broaden their horizons and build their independence.

We do this by developing a variety of unique events that provide these special children with recreational opportunities that allow them to have the same enjoyable experiences that most children take for granted. These events are designed to be emotionally and physically stimulating. In order to put together these events we partner with other organizations as well as different venues. The partnership we have with these venues and organizations allows us to provide these activities at reduced rates. The generosity of these partners, as well as our volunteers, mean that the funds we raise go almost exclusively to putting on the events for these special children.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life, from retirees to high schoolers. We have volunteers who work behind the scenes, as well as those who get the opportunity to interact with these special children. Many of our volunteers receive community service credit from their schools for participation.

The Community Mayors organization has almost 100 Mayors and over 1,000 volunteers that help to administer, coordinate and staff our events. In order to continue our mission into the future we need to continually add to our membership (Mayors and Associate Mayors) as well as our list of affiliated volunteers. Volunteers are essential for staffing our events and interacting with the children. Our Members are responsible for fund raising, recruitment and providing management of events. Each Mayor and/or Associate Mayor has an annual fund raising obligation and takes responsibility for chairing or co-chairing an event. Tools we use to keep our organization funded and growing include Email, Meet & Greets, Fundraising Events, Facebook and other social media, Press Releases to Local and National News Outlets.

Since our founding in 1875 the Community Mayors have provided recreational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of children.

Over the last several years we have doubled the number of programs we provide and in doing so we have significantly increased the number of children we have served. One of the ways we accomplished this is by reorganizing our administrative practices and procedures to be more efficient and updating our systems to allow for better tracking of expenses.

One of our biggest accomplishments is that we have done all of this with no paid staff – The Community Mayors is an all-volunteer organization.

Even with all that we do, we have not been able to accomplish significant name recognition or developed the ongoing streams of funding needed to continue and expand our programs and to secure the future of this great legacy!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children with special needs such as physical, mental and/or learning disabilities. The vast majority of the children we serve are referred by the NYC Department of Education District 75. We serve: 41% Hispanic 35 % Black 12% White 10% Asian 3% Other

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    As a result of the current COVID pandemic we have moved from in-person to virtual events, for example we engaged our Operation Santa Claus partners to produce and distribute a special video message that was distributed to the children by NYC DOE District 75. We will be up and running soon.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    No change, we have always been responsive to the needs of the Special Needs community and the children we serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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COMMUNITY MAYORS INC

Board of directors
as of 11/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christine O'Connor

Community Mayors, Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2022

Vincent Petraro, Esq

Mayor of Midtown Manhattan Vincent L. Petraro, PLLC Chair of the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Advocacy Committee.

Frank Tabert

Mayor of JFK Airport Commanding Officer, JFK International Airport, Port Authority of NY and NJ Police (ret.) Currently Deputy Director New York State Office of Homeland Security

Warren S. Jacoby

Mayor of Astoria, Vice President of Sales, Kaplon-Belo Associates, Inc.

Shelley Della Rocca

Chief Mayor, President & CEO Board of Director, Principal Partner Commercial Real Estate Development, Prudential New Jersey Properties

Christine O'Connor

Senior Director of Labor Account Management Emblem Health

Joshua Bienstock, Esq

Director, Resolve It, Inc.

Kenneth D. Honig, CEM

Mayor of LaGuardia Airport, Commanding Officer JFK & LGA International Airport, Port Authority of NY and NJ Police

Victor Cipullo

Mayor of Kingsbridge, Executive Secretary, Retired Vice President DEA-NYPD

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/24/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.