BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
A Sunnyside community leader repped her neighborhood and received major accolades in Albany last week.
Judy Zangwill, the executive director of Sunnyside Community Services, was honored by State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) at the 17th annual New York State Senate Women of Distinction ceremony.
The Women of Distinction program, which was created as part of the State Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month, offers State Senators an opportunity to recognize women from their districts who have influenced and enriched their communities.
Zangwill has a long history of serving her community, having previously been president of Sunnyside Kiwanis – a volunteer community service organization – as well as having sat on the Community Education Council in Manhattan.
Throughout her career in service, Zangwill has learned the importance of adaptability.
“It’s really important to be flexible, to really try to have your pulse on the needs and the changes [of the community],” she said.
During her time as director of Sunnyside Community Services, Zangwill has adapted the organization to address the shifting demographics of the neighborhood. The organization’s staff speaks a wide variety of languages, has recently acquired funding to offer homecare services in Spanish and partners with cultural groups such as India Home.
Some of the many other services that the organization offers include geriatric mental healthcare, college and professional preparation programs, a senior center, elementary after school programs and case management.
“So many services are offered right here,” Zangwill said, and visitors can “make seamless transitions from service to service depended on what’s needed.”
“Sunnyside Community Services does so much for residents of western Queens and Judy does so much for Sunnyside Community Services,” Gianaris said in a statement released last week. “SCS enriches the lives of Sunnyside residents of all ages and Judy is at the center of it all.”
“It’s always so great to be recognized,” Zangwill said of the award. “I think also it was particularly meaningful because it was the State… I’m so involved in the day-to-day work, and it feels so good when it’s highlighted.”
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.