Double Your Impact

Dear Friends,

As our community continues to deal with a global health and economic crisis, #GivingTuesday, the groundbreaking global generosity movement, announced they are hosting a day of global giving. #GivingTuesdayNow is an emergency response to the enormous need caused by COVID-19. We are asking you to join us in extending kindness to those who need it most, in a way accessible to you, like calling your neighbors, Zoom-ing with your family, and supporting a local nonprofit. 

NMIC is responding to this pandemic the only way we know how – by continuing to serve clients in the areas they need us most. And, over the last four decades, NMIC has met the changing needs of our community. 

Our staff has continued to provide many of our essential services remotely through our newly developed hotlines in the areas of immigration, housing, unemployment benefits, and benefits assistance. We are servicing students via remote learning and providing support to those experiencing inter-partner violence. 

We are advocating and coordinating efforts for the need to fill the gaps in existing financial relief plans, like for immigrants left out of the federal stimulus support. We are needed in more ways than we can count. And with your support, we can extend our reach

Our generous Board of Directors has responded by pledging to match all donations dollar for dollar (of up to $5,000). That means your donation will have DOUBLE the impact!

Your support will ensure that NMIC has programmatic flexibility to deliver critical services that meet our community’s immediate crisis.

We need your help now more than ever. 

In gratitude always,

Maria Lizardo, LMSW
Executive Director

P.S. We need your help to match every donation. Give now.

Let’s Build Together

Dear Friends,

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we at NMIC have found ourselves having to quickly create new structures to support our clients in these troubling times. Our clients already live well below the poverty line, and now they are facing one of the largest disruption of their lives.


Despite not being able to provide services from our offices, NMIC staff members are addressing immediate crisis. We’re helping clients access unemployment benefits, providing immigration and housing advice, and connecting them to benefits and finance resources to address food and resource insecurity. We’re also providing services to address increased mental health needs. We even launched a hotline for community members living in Upper Manhattan and the Southwest Bronx to address many of the issues we named above. 

It is critical for us, that in this time of chaos, to represent stability, hope, and a path forward for our community members. That’s where you come in.


Our COVID-19 Emergency Fund gives us the flexibility to adapt our approach to our community’s needs. Donations made to the emergency fund will be used to address unexpected needs relating to COVID-19. Most recently it has been in the form of alleviating the heartbreak of losing loved ones by helping with burial expenses. With your support, whatever the need is, we’ll be able to address it. 

We are still here. We are our clients’ link to the resources they need. Hearing a friendly voice during times of social distancing makes a big difference. Undoubtedly, we will experience loss together, but we will build together like we have done so many times before. Trust is the intangible force that bind us together. 

Support us now, we are all counting on each other to make it through. Give to connect. Donate now. 


In Community,

Maria Lizardo, LMSW
Executive Director

Make an online gift today.

COVID Update

Dear Members of the NMIC Community,

NMIC remains committed to our mission and communities while following all guidance given to us from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the New York State Department of Health. We are in communication with City and State agencies as we continue to monitor public health and safety conditions. 

Like you, we are concerned about keeping our community and ourselves safe from the spread of the novel COVID-19 (coronavirus). As of Monday, March 16, 2020, we are taking the precaution of suspending on-site programming and implementing a remote work model of modified service delivery.

I want to reassure you that we have developed safety plans for our staff and created safety nets for our clients experiencing immediate service needs. If the City suspends individual services, we will follow instructions while helping our clients navigate the process. This is unprecedented for us, you, and our community partners. 

We will maintain immediate and open communication with our staff, clients, funders, supporters, and elected officials. 

I want to encourage you all to take good care of your health and well-being, to stay informed of the latest facts, and to seek and give support to others around you and in our community.

For up to date information, please visit our website,, follow us on social media @NMICnyc, email us at, or call us at 212-822-8300. 

Yours in solidarity,

Maria Lizardo, MSW
Executive Director

Event Cancellation

Dear Members of the NMIC Community,

I write today to let you know that the New York Celebrates Women event to be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Harmonie Club has been cancelled out of an abundance of precaution for our community’s wellbeing. New York is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and guidance/updates issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the New York State Department of Health. NMIC is taking preventative measures to ensure the safety of our attendees.

Here at NMIC, we celebrate women and our accomplishments all year. We hope to get the opportunity to celebrate with you at a future event. You will receive a full refund for the value of the ticket purchased.

Many thanks for your understanding and support. If you need immediate assistance, please email Rosanna Montilla-Payano at

Yours in Solidarity,

Maria Lizardo, MSW
Executive Director

What Rihanna, Cardi B, and NMIC all have in common.

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What Rihanna, Cardi B, and NMIC Have in Common

(besides being fabulous)

Hi There,

The New Year is a great time to take stock of our lives, dream of all the possibilities a new year can bring, and make resolutions. Today is the International Day of Education, and we’re sharing today’s education-related success story with the hopes that it will inspire you to donate towards our $1,000 goal. Funds go to helping support the services that help our clients’ dreams, resolutions, and action plans come to fruition. Clients like Joseph Morales. If you’d rather skip the story and just donate, you can do so here,  but—spoiler alert—Rihanna, the royal family of Saudi Arabia, and Cardi B make an appearance, so you should probably keep reading!

Joseph was always interested in the performing arts, so he went to school to study them. When he realized he didn’t like his program, he started looking into other options. In 2017, he saw one of our flyers around his building, where he learned of YAIP (our Young Adult Internship Program, renamed Intern & Earn). His internship with us began with our very own Maria Guzman! His contributions were incredibly helpful both to him and to us as he improved his communication and professional skills while helping better organize our recordkeeping and outreach efforts for emails like these!

When he finished that up, ever the over-achiever, Joseph enrolled in our security program. In May 2019, he finished that program and immediate began work with Heightened Security. From there, he’s posted as a fireguard at Cipriani on Wall Street, and he also does security for special events. He’s worked with Rihanna, 2 Chainz, Cardi B, Pharrell Williams, the royal family of Saudi Arabia, and even the United States Secret Service doing security for the president.

Joseph’s trajectory has been interstellar, but he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. He is currently working on an advanced fireguard certificate, complementing the one he earned in our program. With it, he will be able to use fire control systems in buildings, which will put him in line for a promotion.

While Joseph is still interested in performing arts, he looks forward to advancing his career and seeing where his talents take him.

Now, if you’ll indulge us for a moment, this is where we’ll toot our own horn. We genuinely believe that NMIC is a community staple. It’s evident in the number of folks who have been working for us for  decades. It’s also apparent in the quantity of organizations we partner with, who trust us with their  communities. And it’s clearest to us in the way our vast network of services supports our clients on their paths toward making their dreams come true. As they move through our diverse programing, they gain new skills, address urgent crises, and get the assistance they need.

We’re helping our clients reach their full potential on their way to self-sufficient and prosperous futures. But we need you to be able to accomplish it. We have a goal of raising $1,000 this month. We’d be grateful if you could donate today.

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Yours in Solidarity,

We’re Turning Resolutions into Action Plans

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Hey there,

We’re already three weeks into January, and after a well-deserved holiday break, we’re back to work! In this New Year’s themed newsletter, we’ll tell you about:

  • Our New Year’s resolution: to fundraise more.
  • Our new board chair, Juan A. Arteaga.
  • Our most recent High School Equivalency graduation.

We’re turning New Year’s resolutions into Action Plans

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Last year was a whirlwind and we got so much done! One thing we dropped the ball a bit on was fundraising. We didn’t get as many donations as we wanted. Our supporters help us continue to provide our community with FREE housing, health, and education/career assistance.

Today, we’re putting our resolution to fundraise more into action. This month, we have a goal of just $1,000. A one-time donation, or even better, a monthly one, can have more impact than you know. Not only will your gift today put us on track to smashing our 2020 goals, but it will also help the people we serve.

You  can be the reason 2020 is a great year for one of our clients. You can support them as they finally get their High School Equivalency diplomas, leave abusive relationships, or become U.S. citizens.

If your resolution this year is to do more good, consider becoming a member of our Spark Collective. Just $40 a month can make a massive difference in the lives of our community members. If you can’t commit to that, just $5 to $10 today from ten or twenty of you can help us reach this month’s fundraising goal.

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New Year, New Board Chair 

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Please join us in thanking our former NMIC Board Chair, Sandra Harris, for her five years of service in the role. During her term, Sandra brought to NMIC the same energy and determination that has characterized her career and position as Assistant Vice President of Government & Community Affairs at Columbia University Medical Center. Though Sandra will no longer be our Board Chair, we are so happy she will remain a member of the board.

Sandra, your years of service to our community and organization have been incredible. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Now, join us in welcoming our new NMIC chair, Juan A. Arteaga. Like his predecessor, Juan is known for his commitment to our community. He has served on NMIC’s board since 2018 and brings years of valuable experience to the table. He’s currently a partner at Crowell and Moring LLP and previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration. He also served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division.

¡Bienvenido, Juan! We look forward to growing under your leadership. ¡Manos a la obra!

We also want to take a moment to congratulate the other board members voted onto the Executive Committee, including Cheryl Kallem, Vice-chair; Ethan Miller, Treasurer; and Evelyn De La Rosa, Secretary.

Congratulations to our latest grads

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Join us in wishing good luck to our most recent cohort of High School Equivalency graduates. After completing NMIC’s course, they received their diplomas in a beautiful, intimate ceremony. But their journeys aren’t over yet! Our dedicated Education & Career Services team will continue to offer participants the support they need to succeed. Whether it be employment readiness and placement assistance or college enrollment, we’re here to help our community members achieve all their goals.

For our clients, this achievement is a step towards higher-paying jobs, increased employment opportunities, and for some, access to higher education. We think that’s a pretty fantastic way to kick off 2020.

Many of our students face innumerable challenges in their day-to-day lives, like immigration issues, domestic violence, or homelessness. These diplomas aren’t just about academic success. They’re testaments to how hardworking, determined, and strong our students are. You can help us continue to connect our clients with the services they need for brighter and more self-sufficient futures.

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Yours in Solidarity,

December Notes from NMIC

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Hi there,

The end of the year is only a couple of weeks away and in keeping with that spirit we’ve decided to make this year’s last Notes from NMIC celebratory! We’re highlighting you (our incredible supporters) and members of NMIC staff who have been hard at work to make our community stronger and healthier! Too busy to read right now? Check out the highlights below until you can read the full stories.

•Because of your generous support, we’ve raised $500 in just two weeks, but need to raise $4,500 more by December 31st. Donate now.

•NMIC and staff attorney Matthew Chachere have been hard at work making sure the injustice of lead poisoning doesn’t remain hidden. We’ve been all over the news!

•Our Education & Career Services Department works hard to create a learning environment that’s responsive to our clients’ needs. They provide students with free care packages of frequently requested items.

We have $4,500 left to raise by December 31st.

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Earlier this month, we set a goal of raising $5,000 for our much-needed services. Thanks to your generosity, we’ve made a dent in that number, but we still have a ways to go. This holiday season, your donations mean everything to our clients who turn to us for support with housing crises, domestic violence, access to healthcare, and career support. Together, we help these resilient individuals on their paths towards self-sufficiency. Can you pledge $25 or more today?

Your contributions support families battling eviction this New Year’s, neighbors working towards their high school equivalency diplomas, and more of the critical work NMIC does. Once you make your donation, increase your impact by encouraging your loved ones to make a donation as well.

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NMIC is keeping lead poisoning in the news 

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Far too often, our communities bear the brunt of negligence in silence. Thanks to the tireless work of our very own staff attorney, Matthew Chachere, NMIC has kept lead poisoning in the news these past few weeks. He has been busy authoring papers about lead poisoning and providing testimony about the lack of punishment for those who expose tenants to lead. You can read more about it here, here and here.

Today, children and low-income families, in particular, continue to be subjected to lead poisoning and its damaging health effects with relative impunity. For years, Matthew has advocated for (and achieved!) lead reform to protect our families from lead exposure at home and in our schools. While he focuses on helping families in our community, his legislative advocacy benefits low-income children throughout NYC.

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Dedicated NMIC staff goes above and beyond

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We want to highlight our Education & Career Services Department for going above and beyond in their support of our clients! For our clients, and any student, access to sanitary products can make a real academic difference. So our team puts together these care packages, including items clients often ask for, like hand sanitizer, sanitary napkins, and tampons. It is because of the care and attention our clients receive from our staff that NMIC has become a neighborhood institution.

As if providing free classes and trainings that set community members on their paths towards fulfilling their academic and career goals weren’t enough. Not all superheroes wear capes, some make care packages.

You can support our clients as they strive for better futures for themselves and their families.

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Yours in Solidarity,

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