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The Unity Project, a project of Suffolk Community Council seeks to improve the quality of life in Brentwood through community building, education, and addressing issues related to immigration. We recognize more than ever the need to unify our community. The project began in 2006, when day laborers expressed their desire to organize to prevent further inequalities they were facing such as not being paid for work, and being targets of discrimination and racism. Since then we have developed relationships between law enforcement, community organizations, and the community.

On March 5, 2009, the Unity Project launched our Job English Class, which aims to build literacy skills that can help students at work as well as in their everyday lives. The classes offer a positive community atmosphere where students are encouraged to help each other as well as develop ways they can improve their community. On April 7, 2010, we expanded our program by developing a computer lab at St. Luke’s Church thanks to a generous donation from National Grid. Students are now learning computer skills, and are being introduced to computer programs that can help them continue to learn English. Along with fostering literacy skills, students are also encouraged to become active members and leaders of their community. Some steps students have taken to create a welcoming and tolerant community have been their participation in Earth Day Clean-ups and a Graffiti Removal Day.

Please also visit the Unity Project Facebook page by clicking on the icon below:

Volley for Unity

On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 the Suffolk Community Council’s Unity project and the police “volleyed for unity” at St. Luke’s Church in Brentwood, demonstrating that Brentwood is a tolerant community and the Police are here to serve all.  Police officers, including members of the Suffolk County Police Hispanic Society and the Third Precinct played workers who have been studying English for the past year. In addition to the 23 players the event brought out about 40 spectators to cheer on our team! There was an extraordinary camaraderie between the police and Latinos. And even though the police won the game there was much fun and no hard feelings! Food and drink was served afterwards and all had a good time!  It was agreed that the police and English students want to make this an annual event.

Click the link below to view the video from Newsday for "Volley for Unity"

Suffolk hosts 'Volley for Unity'


Graffiti Day Cleanup

On Saturday, May 1, 2010 members of the Unity Project of the Suffolk Community Council joined with other members of the Brentwood community to participate in a Graffiti Day cleanup to help improve and involve the community.


2nd Annual Earth Day Cleanup

On Saturday, April 24, 2010 over 23 volunteers participated in the 2nd Annual Earth Day Cleanup in the Brentwood area.




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