The Brentwood Public Library recently teamed up with the Suffolk County Police Department to provide Programs for the youth. Community Liason Officer Eiffel Ramirez joined local youth for an afterschool teen gaming session. Inspired by this event, members of Uplift Our Towns chipped in to purchase the library a Playstation 4 console and donate a couple of games.
Betsy Oms, Herbie Medina, Mariah Lopez, Bobby Wimberly, and Marcos Maldonado visit the Brentwood Public Library to present the gift for their teen center.
Helping a Family in Need
We would like to thank everyone who helped us out during this past holiday season as we helped out a family in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were able to provide them with many things that they needed as well as some gifts.
We thank everyone who donated and made it possible to brighten up their holidays.
Santa (Octavio Lomax) helps us deliver gifts to our adopted family.
Brentwood resident Octavio Lomax as Santa with members of Uplift, Herbie Medina, Candy Lopez-Medina, Leanna Reyes, Cynthia Cortes, and Joseph Atanasio.
Uplifters enjoying the 49th Brentwood St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 18th, 2017. Thank you to the Brentwood Parade Committee for including us.
Live in Peace Rally
On Monday April 10th Uplift participated in a peace rally in front of the Central Islip Federal Court Building.
2nd Teens Video Game Tournament
On Saturday September 9th Uplift had its second teen gaming tournament at the Brentwood Public Library. Thank you to all the participants, donors, volunteers, and members who made it a success.
Participants where able to taste several different pizzas from our community and the winner of Best Pizza in Brentwood was Tony's Pizza & Restaurant.
631 Live Show
On Thursday, August 3rd 2017, Two of our members were proud to represent Uplift for the first show of 631 Live, "The Bad, The Good, and The Beautiful." This is a weekly Facebook live show brought too you by our friends The Guardian Angels Brentwood/CI Chapter.
Christmas Smiles Toy Drive
Uplift Our Towns is getting together with several organizations within the community to plan a toy drive for this upcoming Christmas. If you will like to donate a gift or have your organization involved please reach out to us. Additional details to come.
-Brentwood Youth Activities (BYA)
-Hands Across Long Island (HALI)
-The Knowledge Project (TKP)
-Feed The Need South Shore
-Long Island Punisherz Ryderz Motorcycle Club
-Elevations Baton & Dance
Town of Islip Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Congratulations to Uplift’s President Herbie Medina on being selected as an honoree at the Town of Islip Hispanic heritage celebration last night.
Congratulations to Jessica Jones for her persistence and passion in fighting for what many young members of our community want. She has been on a mission to bring a skate park to the Brentwood community with her #Saveourspot campaign.
On Tuesday February 27th,2018, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter announced plans to build a skate park at Roberto Clemente park.
As a community we support her and are proud of her.
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Congratulations to Uplifts own Bobby Wimberly who was honored by Legislator Monica Martinez on February 28th black history month celebration. It was awesome to see so many great leaders in our community get the recognition that they deserve. It is equally as nice to know that many of the leaders honored last night are young and have so much more left to give and achieve. Thank you to Kaliah D. Greene and Rodini Almonacy for all your hard work and dedication in our community. It was heartwarming to see them all get recognized in front of their proud families, specifically their children who look up to them all.
We did a quick clean up along the outside fence of the sump located between Compare Foods and Power Team Realty this past Saturday. Thank you to everyone who was able to help out.
We informed our County Legislator Monica Martinez about the possibility of getting the actual sump which is full of trash cleaned up. True to her word , she promised to forward the complaint to the appropriate department.
Going forward we want to see about getting a garbage can put in that corner.
Next spot will most likely be the wooded area at the corner of Third Ave and Stein Drive. We will definitely need more help for that so if you are interested in helping please reach out to us.
If you know of another area that needs some uplifting please let us know.
Uplift Brentwood Gaming Tournament
On Saturday, March 25th, our organization hosted its first Uplift Brentwood Video Game Championship, in partnership with the Brentwood Public Library. This event engaged over 50 local youth in the Brentwood community in a tournament-style competition. Thank you to all that helped us make our first youth video game tournament a success.
Thank you Edward Groce and PAL for providing transportation to the library for half the participants.
Thank you to Gio Mata and his church Ministerio Internacional Tabernáculo de Avivamiento, Inc. for providing the transportation back home for half the participants.
Thank you to Smiley Ny for providing the excellent music.
Thank you again Elizabeth Calderon and Macaroni Kid Bay Shore-Brentwood-Central Islip for your Snack donation.
Thank you Elton D George and BYA for helping with refreshments.
Thank you to UPPER KUTZ Barbershop for your generous donation.
Thank you to Anthony's Barbershop for your 2 haircut Vouchers donation.
Thank you to The Buzzz Haircutting Barbershop for your 5 haircut vouchers donation.
Thank you to Stony Brook University for the snacks donation and for the tremendous job your crew did setting up and distributing the snacks.
Thank you to The Oak Park PTA for your snack donation and information.
Thank you to Bayshore Shoprite for your snack donation.
Thank you to all our Uplift members for all the planning and work put in.
51st Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade 2017
We gathered to celebrate and march in this years Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade. Thankk you Margarita Espada and the Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja Parade Committee for allowing us to participate. We look forward to doing so again next year.
Family Service League Prom Night
Family Service League and its wonderful staff put together an amazing prom for their kids on June 30th 2017. It was our pleasure to be able to attend and assist this lovely event.
Special thank you to Lisa Kratter for allowing us to help out with this event.
Special thank you to Abraham Medrano for providing the great tunes which the kids seemed to really enjoy.
Special thank you to Veronica Turell for putting together a beautiful photo backdrop which went perfectly with the events theme.
Hispanic Heritage Arts Festival
Uplift's own Herbie Medina and Marcos Maldonado were honored for their hard work and dedication to our community at the Hispanic Heritage Arts Festival in Central Islip this past October 15th, 2017.
Special Thank you goes out to Theatro Yerbabruja, Margarita Espada, and Suffolk County Legislator Monica Martinez who partnered up to bring our community this annual event. Thank you also for the fine work organizing the collection of donations that are being sent to Puerto Rico. So many individuals donated and/or volunteered their time for such an important cause.
3rd Video Game Tournament
On Saturday, March 10th, 2018 Uplift help its 3rd successful youth Video Game Tournament at the Brentwood Public Library. With the help of our Co-host Youth Enrichment Services (YES), we were able to provide a safe, fun and positive event for almost 60 youth of our community.
Thank you again to all our generous sponsors and volunteers.
The knowledge Project
Buyers and Sellers
County Legislator Susan A. Berland
Legislator Monica R. Martinez
The Buzz Barbershop
Stephanie & Josh Spezia
Fragrancia Barber Shop
Hispanic Heritage Award Celebration
Congratulations and thank you to all the hard working individuals recognized tonight by Senator Phil Boyle at his Hispanic Heritage Award Ceremony. Amongst them our own President Herbie Medina and our good friend Wendy Rodriguez.