Mission and History
The Carter Burden Center for the Aging (CBCA) is dedicated to promoting the well-being of New Yorkers, aged sixty and over, through a full spectrum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs. The organizational mission is to promote the safety and dignity of seniors, many of whom are moderate to low income, by addressing issues of health, hunger, education, protection, community and culture. CBCA uplifts the lives of 5,000 seniors and their families every year, providing a critically important safety net as well as enriching the lives of those we serve.
The organization began with a single social worker in the office of then city councilman, Carter Burden, who represented the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Though this neighborhood of almost a quarter million residents has the highest concentration of wealth in the borough, many elderly residents are poor, in declining health, isolated and in need of assistance. Over the next 43 years, CBCA has grown in size and scope so that today it is comprised of 13 programs in 7 locations across the borough of Manhattan with significant expansion into East Harlem in the last 24 months.
Today, CBCA employs over 68 full-time staff members, is governed by a 24-member board of directors; its two senior programs each have their own advisory councils made up of program participants.
While the well-being and health of NYC seniors has been a central concern of CBCA throughout its history, our expansion into East Harlem has intensified this aspect of our work due to the shortage of health services available for the nearly 20,000 seniors in the community and the high number of serious health risks these participants face.
A number of foundations, corporations and governmental agencies have partnered with CBCA in our mission. Among these are:
- New York Community Trust
- Ford Foundation
- Macquarie Group Foundation
- Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
- van Ameringen Foundation
- Florence V. Burden Foundation
- Starr International Foundation
- Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation
- Isaac H. Tuttle Fund
- Vidda Foundation
- Goldman Sachs
- NYC Department for the Aging
- NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
- NYC Council
- New York Health and Hospitals Corporation
- New York State Department of Health