MCC Community Benefit Fund & 2nd and 3rd Avenue Street Fairs

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit Fund runs two of the oldest and largest street fairs in New York City.

This Year We Would Like to Present:

2nd Avenue Community Benefit Festival

  • 33rd Annual MCC Second Avenue Community Benefit Festival
  • Saturday, May 30, 2015
  • 12:00 – 06:00 PM
  • Third Avenue – 66th to 86th Streets (due to Subway construction)
  • Join the event on Facebook

 3rd Avenue Community Benefit Festival

  • 38th Annual MCC Third Avenue Community Benefit  Festival
  • Sunday, September 13th, 2015
  • 12:00 – 06:00 PM
  • Third Avenue – 66th to 86th Streets
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Reach One Million People by Renting a Booth at the Street Fairs
 
If you wish to reserve a booth or have organizational questions, please contact Clearview Festival Productions at (646)230-0489 or visit their 
website

3 easy steps:  

  • Obtain a Clearview ID – contact Clearview 
  • Fill in registration form
  • Promote your business

 To download the registration forms, please click here:

2010 MCC 3rd Avenue Street FairThe mission of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit Fund (CBF) (501c3 affiliate of MCC) is to support a wide range of nonprofit programs throughout Manhattan, encouraging volunteerism and garnering visibility and financial support for nonprofits seeking to improve the health, welfare, social and cultural lives of all New Yorkers.

 

The CBF encourages volunteerism in New York City, and also runs two of the oldest and largest street fairs in New York City - the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Community Benefit Festivals held in June and September from 66th to 86th Streets. The profits from these large events are deposited directly into the CBF.

We are proud to announce financial support from the CBF in 201 totaling over $190,000 in grants, raffle and in-kind donations to more than 40 nonprofits on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Grant applications are sent out to the district's nonprofit agencies, who then apply for funding from the CBF for programs directly affecting Community Board 8 area, from East 59th Street to East 96th Street (from 5th Avenue to the East River).

2011 MCC 2nd Avenue Street Fair"The purpose of these popular street fairs is to support a wide range of community programs in Community Board District 8,” said Ronald Paltrowitz, interim Chamber chairman. “Each year, event proceeds are used to support a wide range of community-based nonprofit projects in the area.”

To date, the Chamber has given over $3,000,000 back to the community. Every August, nonprofit organizations in the Community Board 8 district are invited to apply for MCC Community Benefit Fund monies. Applications are due in October. Actual grant monies are distributed in December of each year.

In addition, the CBF Raffle Ticket Program helps nonprofit organizations to enhance their projects. Proceeds to the organizations traditionally range from $59,000-$76,000 per year in total. This year, $63,036 in tickets were sold by the organizations to raise money for their programs.

Year 2014 grant recipients include:

      • Asian American Film Lab - Providing a platform, education and access for filmmakers and talent of color to share their stories and to provide family-friendly, diverse, innovative, original entertainment programming.
      • Asphalt Green -Recess Enhancement Program (REP) transforms recess into an active and safe time through games and activities that decrease conflict and increase physical activity, self-esteem, safety, and fun.
      • Bohemain Gymnastics Assoication  -Sokol will provide intructors for Red Cross First Aid/CPR training to further the skills their students.
      • Creative Arts Workshops for Kids -In collaboration with the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center after-school program, CAW will provide an age-approproate, mixed-media class arts education programming for elementary school students.
      •  The Dance Ring- The Dance Ring will provide an outreach program to give children and families the opportunity to enjoy and experience the ballet with more affordable as well as complimentary.
      •  The Doe Fund- The Doe Fund's Community Improvement Project provides a work program for individuals within the Ready, Willing, and Able program, which is a 10-12 month long program that help's individuals overcome barriers to employment.
      • DOROT, INC. - DOROT provides a wide range of social services to an increasing number of frail and homebound East Side seniors.
      • EVICTION INTERVENTION SERVICES: Homelessness Prevention (EIS) - Provides direct homelessness prevention services to households on Manhattan's Mid-Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island.
      • Friends of Ruppert Park- The funds will support Ruppert Park's efforts to address the park's rodent problem, maintaince painting, tree pruning, and dead tree removal.
      • God's Love We Deliver - The requested funds will be used to prepare and deliver meals to low-income clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
      • GRAMERCY BRASS OF NEW YORK, INC. - Gramercy Brass of NY is requesting support in sending music students to attend the Gramercy Brass Band Camp, offering a full week of intense training in brass and persuasion music performance and techniques. 
      •  Harlem RBI, Inc.- RBI's team builders' program will help youths develop academic and social skills needed to successfully transition to middle and high school, make positive life choices, form supportive relationships, and develop self-confidence. Furthermore, the funds will be used to purchase 20-25 tablet computers for a wide range of academic and enrichment services.
      • Health Advocates for Older People, Inc. - The project is the continuation of the Healthy Aging Program. This encourages safety at home, good simple nutrition and engagement in the community for the elderly.
      • Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc. -  JCE will take the New York Jazz Choregraphy Project to the Lenox Hill Neigborhood House as part of the Second Sundays Performance Series, which offers free or low-cost arts performances to the East Side community.
      • LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE INC - The funds will help Lenox Hill's RealArts summer camp, which includes a Primary Arts Camp, an Imagination Arts Camp (for older children), and a Musical Theater Arts Camp.
      • LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE INC.  - RealArts Afterschool offers age-appropriate arts education including theater arts, music, visual arts, dance, and digital animation and photography for children ages five through 13.
      • New York Common Pantry - Project Dignity's goal is to serve as a bridge back to health, well-being and economic self-sufficiancy for the homeless and hungry clients. 
      • New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble - The NYSAE 2014 Spring Concert Series introduces three concerts. The mission of the NYSAE is to provide performance opportunities for amateur musicians and to present low-cost, high-quality symphony concerts.
      • P.S 198 M Parent Teacher Association - The funds will be used to aid the group's Spring Carninval, which is a community event in the schoolyard, and the funds raised will be used towards genral school education, physical education, and reading.
      • SEARCH AND CARE, INC. - Helping vulnerable elders residing in the Manhattan communities of Yorkville, Carnegie Hall, and East Harlem.
      • Service Program for Older People - The SPOP Clinic helps various centers in Community Board 8 with clinic staff working on site the centers to provide comprehensive mental health services, or treatment in the home. 
      • THE FRIENDS OF P.S. 169, ROBERT F. KENNEDY SCHOOL -  The Friends of P.S. 169 will help children attend the summer camp program. The Friends wish to send another 40-50 children to Camp Ramapo next summer. 
      • The New York Center for Children - The Tutoring and Enrichment Program provides one-on-one tutoring to children who receive therapy services at NYCC, as a result of abuse.
      • The Senior Fall Prevention Institute, Inc - The MOVE STRONG program is designed to help improve strength, flexibility, balance and confidence, and to reduce older adults' risk for falls.
      • The Young People's Chorus of New York City - The requested funds will support the two annual self-produced concerts, which will give the choristers the opportunity to perform challenging music written by today's cutting edge composers.
      • TURTLE BAY MUSIC SCHOOL - The requested funds will be used to support the music education partnership programs at P.S. 59 and P.S. 267. These programs will provide high quality music education to a total of 789 students.

 

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