Beginning Tuesday, February 7th and continuing on every Tuesday, volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will be on hand at the Carter Burden/Roosevelt Island Senior Center to help seniors prepare their taxes for free:
Tuesdays – 9:00am to 1:00pm
Carter Burden/Roosevelt Island Senior Center
546 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
Roosevelt Island Daily – 1/28/2017: Carter Burden Outreach Director Hallie Shapiro and independent senior advocate Louella Streitz, best known for her work with DASH, jointly made the announcement.
“We do taxes that are in scope,” explains Streitz. That means for low to middle income seniors over 65. But, she adds, “Anyone can walk in to ask questions, and we do not turn away people no matter the age if they are in scope.”
To find out if you’re “in scope,” stop by and ask a counselor.
“We are AARP certified volunteers,” Streitz advises.
“There are flyers at the senior center giving additional details.
Tax help is available on a first come first serve basis, and you must bring a government issued photo ID, such as a drivers license or IDNYC card, and an original Social Security card.
Caution: a lot of scammers, especially targeting seniors, are out to con you out of your money. The IRS will never call you on the telephone or send you an email. Hang up on calls immediately and never respond to emails involving your taxes. If either happens, contact RIOC’s Public Safety Department at 550 Main Street immediately or call (212) 832-4545. They are available 24 hours a day.
On Monday, November 7, 2016, The Carter Burden Center for the Aging hosted its 45th Anniversary Gala, “Celebrating Volunteerism”, at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan where we presented two significant awards to two very deserving Honorees who continue to donate their time, support and talent to the seniors in our community.
Peter Sachse, Macy’s Chief Growth Officer, accepted the 2016 Business Leadership Award on behalf of Macy’s and Andy Sieg, Head of Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, received the 2016 Humanitarian Award. Congratulations to you both!
A big thank you to our Honorees, Board members, staff, volunteers, participants and supporters who made the evening such a wonderful success!
Photo Credit: Hechler Photographers
Carter Burden Center volunteers and participants
Andy Sieg, Head of Global Wealth & Retirement Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2016 Humanitarian Honoree speaking at the Carter Burden Center for the Aging’s 45th Anniversary Gala: Celebrating Volunteerism
Andy Sieg, Head of Global Wealth & Retirement Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2016 Humanitarian Honoree accepting his award from Jeffrey A. Weber, Board Chairman, Carter Burden Center for the Aging
Peter Sachse, Chief Growth Officer, Macy’s, 2016 Business Leadership Honoree speaking at the Carter Burden Center for the Aging’s 45th Anniversary Gala: Celebrating Volunteerism
Peter Sachse, Chief Growth Officer, Macy’s, 2016 Business Leadership Honoree accepting his award from Jeffrey A. Weber, Board Chairman, Carter Burden Center for the Aging and Susan L. Burden, Board Member, Carter Burden Center for the Aging
Susan L. Burden, Board Member, Carter Burden Center for the Aging; Donna M. Corrado, Commissioner,
NYC Department for the Aging; Caryn Resnick, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging
Peter Sachse, Chief Growth Officer, Macy’s, 2016 Business Leadership Honoree and his wife Jini Sachse; Susan L. Burden, Board Member, Carter Burden Center for the Aging; Terry J. Lundgren, CEO, Macy’s Inc.
Donna M. Corrado, Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging; William J. Dionne, Executive Director, Carter Burden Center for the Aging
Peter Sachse, Chief Growth Officer, Macy’s, 2016 Business Leadership Honoree; Jeffrey A. Weber, Board Chairman, Carter Burden Center for the Aging; Susan L. Burden, Board Member, Carter Burden Center for the Aging; William J. Dionne, Executive Director, Carter Burden Center for the Aging; Andy Sieg, Head of Global Wealth & Retirement Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2016 Humanitarian Honoree
October 31st, 2016 – The Roosevelt Island Senior Center, a program of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging, threw a spook-tacular celebration for its seniors on Halloween. About 50 seniors attended and enjoyed sweet treats and a costume contest with prizes. A wonderful time was had by both staff and participants!
Participants enjoying the festivities!
Participants with goodie bags hand-painted by an art workshop at the center
Roosevelt Island Staff with the “Best Costume” winners!
Star Volunteer Judy Berdy and Program Director Lisa Fernandez
October 13th, 2016: Red carpet, glitter, elegance…the Carter Burden Luncheon Club & Senior Program hosted its annual fashion show on Thursday, October 13th. Seniors, volunteers, and staff walked the runway with beautiful outfits including pieces generously donated by Macy’s. Thank you to Macy’s volunteers who helped us with the preparation of the show and to Janet our volunteer make-up artist. A wonderful time was had by all!
Roosevelt Island Seniors Center Halloween & Fall Decorations Courtesy of Carter Burden Center for the Aging Macy’s Volunteers
October 20, 2016- Roosevelt Islander
On Friday, October 14th, over 20 dynamic Macy’s employees volunteered at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center, a program of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging. With their help, the Roosevelt Island Senior Center has been decorated with a Halloween and Fall theme. The volunteers also designed creative cards to be delivered with meals to homebound seniors who live on Roosevelt Island and in the Upper East Side.
Patricia Mays, Director of Development for the Carter Burden Center for the Aging adds:
“The Carter Burden Center has enjoyed a robust philanthropic partnership with Macy’s for over ten years. Not only has Macy’s generously contributed financially to the Carter Burden Center mission, it’s volunteers have tirelessly donated thousands of hours in various center activities and initiatives.
Thanks to corporate donors like Macy’s, the Carter Burden Center’s volunteers are able to offer a range of services, such as health workshops that promote wellness to body, mind and spirit, case management and supportive counseling to seniors through the Elder Mistreatment & Abuse Prevention Program, and keeping seniors active through arts programs that engage their creativity and help them learn new skills.
In addition to the Carter Burden Center’s committed staff, last year 3,500 volunteers gave over 31,000 hours of their time so that these programs could thrive. These volunteers help reach many more seniors in a personal way by assisting with grocery deliveries to seniors who are homebound, providing health education and monitoring vital signs, and teaching English as a second language.
On Monday, November 7, 2016, The Carter Burden Center for the Aging will hold its 45th anniversary gala, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in NYC, with a “Celebrating Volunteerism,” theme honoring Macy’s with the 2016 Business Leadership Award, with Peter Sachse, Macy’s Chief Growth Officer, accepting the award on behalf of Macy’s.”
October 12, 2016 – Brooklyn Daily Eagle
By: James Harney
City officials are working very hard to make sure New Yorkers — whether they’ve just arrived or have been here a long time — don’t suffer any kind of identity crisis.
On Tuesday, city, state and federal officials gathered on quiet, oft-overlooked Roosevelt Island to announce the opening of a temporary new location to enroll for IDNYC identification cards.
The pop-up site will run from Oct. 11 to Oct. 17, Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., inside the Roosevelt Island Senior Center at 546 Main St. on the island.
The de Blasio administration launched IDNYC in January 2015 to offer every city resident — particularly undocumented immigrants, as well as the elderly, the homeless and those formerly incarcerated — an official form of photo identification where others might not be available to them.
October 11, 2016: Roosevelt Island Daily
by: David Stone
“What I love about this ID Card is it shows that what is good for older people is good for everyone,” said Bill Dionne, Executive Director of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging.
Carter Burden, which oversees the Roosevelt Island Senior Center at 546 Main Street, is hosting the week long pop-up. It runs daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and until noon on Monday, October 17th. While Dionne and others spoke, Office of Immigration Affairs staffers could be seen at their computers in an adjoining room, already working with early applicants.
Deputy Commissioner Kavita Pawria-Sanchez reported, “As of today, enrollment has grown to 900,000 cardholders, already one out of every ten New Yorkers.”
Records show that 66.7% of seniors, the age group taking greatest advantage of the program, use it for cultural events.
September 24, 2016 – The Main Street WIRE: Carter Burden Center Settles in at 546 Main Street After Taking Over Community’s Programs for Seniors
by Dana Agmon
After a rocky beginning that included instructor resignations and a protest by several Island seniors, Lisa Fernandez, director of the Island’s Carter Burden senior center, is on a campaign to win over the Island’s seniors. Judging from the center’s growing membership, she may be succeeding.
The Carter Burden Center for the Aging (CB) took over the sponsorship of the Roosevelt Island Senior Center from its former sponsor, the Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA), on July 1, 2016, at the behest of the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA). RISA continues as a separate volunteer-operated organization for seniors.
“The Department for the Aging wanted us to come and do what we’ve done in all of our other centers, which is to diversify the program,” says William Dionne, executive director of the group’s seven New York centers and 13 programs.
He and Fernandez say they do not know why a change in sponsorship was made and they don’t want to know. What they are excited about is the future.
Dionne’s only regret is how it happened. “If we would have had our wish, the process would have been very different, [but] it’s what the situation required.”
Carter Burden gets its budget from DFTA, which regularly evaluates performance based on strict matrixes and program evaluations. RISA had been paying two popular instructors well over the $30 per hour that CB budgets for instructors. CB had to let them go, angering many seniors. But Dionne says they looked at the budget they were given by DFTA and felt that using the lion’s share to pay two instructors would violate their agreement to provide a certain number of classes.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – Roosevelt Island Daily: Who Was Carter Burden and Why It Matters to Roosevelt Islanders
By David Stone
If you live on Roosevelt Island and especially if you are over sixty, you might expect the question to be “What?” not “Who?” But getting to know Carter Burden, the man for whom our Center for the Aging neighbor takes its name, will surprise you in very positive ways.
Carter Burden: What’s In a Name?
It was my mistake.
In the midst of the considerable commotion accompanying Carter Burden Center for the Aging’s sudden arrival on Roosevelt Island, early last summer, I assumed that “Carter Burden” was just another of those names chiseled into the cornerstone to honor a benefactor.
Like Bird S. Coler or whoever it was that the now demolished Goldwater Hospital was named after.
Coler was a Brooklyn politician and Sigismund Shulz Goldwater was a City Health Commissioner for whom the Welfare Hospital for Chronic Disease was renamed in 1942 when he died. The reality is, outside their families and history geeks, no one would remember either if long term facilities on Roosevelt Island hadn’t carried their names into succeeding generations.
Carter Burden is a different matter.
April 7, 2016 – Harlem News: East Harlem Seniors Graduate from Computer Technology Access and Training Course at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program.
“On March 23, 2016, a group of seniors graduated from the Carter Burden/Covello Senior Program computer technology classes. Hundreds of East Harlem seniors had access to computer technology and instruction at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Center’s state-of-the-art, fully accessible computer lab.” Read the full article here.
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) Graduates