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Community Service

We are working to make the world a better place for women, children and families. As such, UP-STAND organizes, hosts, sponsors, participates in, and promotes local and worldwide initiatives to improve accessibility, health, safety, and wellness for pregnant women and families.


In 2016 and 2017, UP-STAND co-sponsored the Teal Pumpkin Project's Connection NYC tables to make Halloween accessible to all families!

Our Founder and CEO, Christine, has also been awarded two 2018 neighborhood grants from the Citizens Committee of New York City to improve accessibility locally on a volunteer basis, The Ramp Project NYC and One Stop Family Pop Up.

She served as a 2017 and 2018 CIDNY Poll Site Accessibility Monitor in the NYC General Elections. Read about her experience and see results.

UP-STAND twice co-hosted the MOMpreneurs' Show & Tell event, an event engaging dozens of local mom-owned and run businesses with the community.


Christine was honored to meet with Girl Scouts working toward obtaining Bronze Awards. Bronze Awards are earned by Girl Scouts who identify community problems and create and execute outstanding solutions.

She is also part of a MELS activism project in Queens, NY.


With a focus on maternal health, Astoria First and UP-STAND hosted a quiet and restorative contemplative service for pregnant women and mothers during the 2017 Advent season.

UP-STAND and Bergen County Doulas collected and donated over 2,100 gently used women's and children's items to the Women's Support Center in 2016.

We have hosted clean up events alongside hundreds of volunteers from the Partnership for Parks, NYC Parks, Friends of Athens Square ParkQueens Clean Up CrewTaiwan Union Christian Church, OANA, and the American Red Cross Club from Francis Lewis High School. In addition to collecting trash, leaves, weeds and brush, our volunteers planted flowerbeds for the spring, creating a healthier, safer space for our residents and families.

Look for additional upcoming UP-STAND community events via our Facebook and Instagram accounts!