Suffolk Community Council, Inc.

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About the Suffolk Community Council

As an umbrella agency for human service agencies, the Council takes a leadership role in organizing, training and coordinating groups and individuals through:

ADVOCACY on behalf of all Suffolk County residents to respond to identified and projected needs. This advocacy includes education, training and public awareness programs as well as advocating for our member agencies to insure adequate funding to contract agencies.

PLANNING of sound policies that lead to effective and cost-efficient human services.  Surveys and research are conducted on issues that impact the non-profit community.  Regular forums are held on new program initiatives involving issues of health, education and other services.

COORDINATION - We have our finger on the pulse of the County.  We identify needed services, provide access to existing services and promote the sharing of information.  We aid callers with problems and offer them appropriate referrals for help.


Our Mission

Suffolk Community Council is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all residents of Suffolk County, fostering self-determination and empowerment.

Highlights From the 75-year History of the Suffolk Community Council, Inc.

The Council's 2009 Annual Report is now online; please click the link below to view in PDF format 2009 Annual Report...

Our Methods

The Council was founded in 1933 and is instrumental in uniting individuals and organizations to solve problems and address the concerns of children, youth, adults and seniors, people with disabilities and people at-risk.

The Council brings together individuals, agencies, schools, businesses and government to:


form collaborations to inform each other of needs;


identify solutions and gaps in services; and


make recommendations for the improvement of services and community conditions for the people of Suffolk County.

The Suffolk Community Council helps all residents

Our Funders



Bank of America

Citibank, N.A.

The Grainger Foundation

Hagedorn Foundation

Hudson City Savings Charitable Foundation

Long Island Community Foundation

Long Island Fund for Women and Girls

National Grid

New York Community Bank Foundation

NYS Assemblyman Marc S. Alessi

NYS Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington

NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright

NYS Senator Brian X. Foley

Suffolk County Department of Handicapped Services             

Suffolk County Department of Health, Mental Health Division

Suffolk Federal Credit Union

United Way of Long Island


Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington presents a Member Item check to Judy Pannullo   Executive Director of the Suffolk Community Council and Michael McClain, Board President for the Council's Universal Design project in July 2009.

Marian Conway, Senior Program Officer of Roslyn Savings Foundation presents a check to         Judy Pannullo, Executive Director of the Suffolk Community Council on September 13, 2007.

Executive Committee


Michael McClain


Joan Avolese-March

Vice President

Lisa Di Santo Grossman

2nd Vice President

Erica Edwards-O'Neal


John Barrie


Robert Detor


Ellen Labita




Board of Directors


Karen Boorshtein

Jo Anne Mitidieri Sanders

Bridget DePasquale

Paule Pachter

Michelle Di Benedetto

Len Rothberg

Anita Fleishman

Rhonda Shepardson

Elizabeth Geary

Judith Van Dyke

Nicholas LaMorte

Janet Walerstein

Rhoda Miller









Janet Allen, Program Director - Clearinghouse and Mediation Programs

Donna DeRiggi, Executive Assistant and Bookkeeper

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