Commentary: Human services workers deserve pay raise
Times Union - "While the average New Yorker earns $67,500 annually, the average human services worker in New York earns only $27,800. Many workers in the sector are forced to rely on the same public assistance…
HSC’s goal is to better the lives of all New Yorkers so they can reach their full human potential. We do this by strengthening New York’s nonprofit human services industry, an economic engine in which the City and State collectively invest $5.8 billion in funding annually. HSC supports these nonprofit agencies, their workers, and their clients by being their champion.
What We Do
HSC understands the sector’s needs and works to raise awareness of the contributions made and difficulties faced by our organizations and the clients we serve. We work with the sector, government partners, academia, and other allies to achieve systemic change that improves the quality of life for New Yorkers by strengthening the advocacy and service capacity of the sector.
How We Do It
HSC builds and maintains relationships with elected and appointed State and City officials to educate and increase the understanding of government leaders about the struggles nonprofits face. We create and convene coalitions and campaigns to ensure the voice of human services is heard. By engaging stakeholders and unlikely allies, HSC increases the power of human services nonprofits.
HSC places the highest value on the capacity of human services organizations to treat all people who require services, as well as all staff who provide services, with dignity and respect and to appreciate the inherent worth of each individual.
HSC recognizes that racism exists in society. Beyond individual prejudice, racism is both historic and structural in nature. HSC has an educational role to play, with its members as well as with the human services community in general, starting with educating its own Board and staff.