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Empowering Caring People to Turn Ethics Into Action

The Social Service Board is a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization affiliated with the New York Society for Ethical Culture. We leverage our resources to provide direct services to marginalized and underserved people in New York City. We build listening relationships to develop responsive programs that alleviate the symptoms of systemic injustice to promote a more compassionate city.

Participation in the SSB offers hope and assistance to people in need, but also offers immeasurable benefit for those who volunteer and participate.  Ethics is the soul of a secular democracy.  It inspires authentic self esteem, motivates our dynamic social conscience, and demonstrates the love, care, and trust which are the human glue of our society and helps us create a better world.

SSB members have created, financed, staffed and sustained many rewarding and meaningful “core projects” with their dedicated efforts.

Current SSB Projects

Lunch Bag

In the lower level of the Ethical Society, we assemble and deliver monthly to New York City’s Housing Authority Harborview Houses one hundred sandwiches including a drink, fruit cup, chips and cookies. This goes to seniors for a weekend meal.

Food Insecurity

In the lower level of the Ethical Society, we assemblle shelf stable food in 120 bags delivered to two NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) communities – Harborview and Amsterdam Addition. We drop off the bags and they disseminate them to the residents. This is a monthly effort.

Reclaim Our Vote Initiative

A non-partisan post carding campaign with writing events attended by Upper West Side volunteers on the 5th floor of the NY Society for Ethical Culture. These will continue through October for the General Election.

Life Stories

Bilingual volunteer college students will be meeting with residents of the Harborview NYCHA houses to interview them about their lives to create a personal life stories booklet for the individual resident

Clothing for Migrants

We collect donated clothing and deliver this items to a church that disseminates the clothing and other items to those migrants in need.

Conscious Aging Support Group

A pilot project led by SSB Chair, Janet Rose, this group of ten women meet monthly in the Elliott Library on the 5th floor of the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Upcoming SSB Projects

Social Work volunteers/interns, both volunteer and paid, will be supervised by a social worker and will assist residents of Harborview Houses with the necessary paperwork to renew their leases as well as other services they can apply for.

Get Involved with SSB

Welcome to the world of Ethics in action. The SSB is for anyone young or old, who is looking for more meaning in their life and the personal satisfaction of helping make a difference in our community.  If you are interested in volunteering your time you can:

  • Attend a Board meeting as our guest
  • Present a new project idea
  • Participate in a project of your choice as a Friend of the Board
  • Become a member of the Board

For more information, please email SSB Chair Janet Rose at

Board Membership

The Social Service Board provides an array of opportunities for caring people to put Ethics into action.

People who desire to become a Board member are invited to attend a monthly Board meeting and see how its members give their leadership to ongoing projects and create new ones as their need arises.

Friends of The Social Service Board

The SSB also provides the opportunity for people who wish to participate in a project but whose busy lives don’t permit them to be a full-time Board member, but can participate in a desired project as a Friend of the Board.

A Friend of the Board may also support the SSB in two ways: by helping financially or volunteering time to a project of choice.

If you feel the call to put ethics into action to preserve and expand our American Democracy, the Social Service Board is set up to energize, empower, and facilitate the ideas and needs of ethical people.

Contact SSB

United Social Services, Inc.
Social Service Board
2 West 64th Street
New York, NY 10023


Give to SSB

By mail, make a check payable to:

Social Service Board
United Social Services, Inc.
2 West 64th Street
New York, NY 10023

SSB Officers and Members


Janet Rose, Chair
Dr. Leslie Aspis, Vice Chair
Bonnie Bean, Secretary


Pierre Arte
Vincent Brancato
Bob Gangi
Deborah Goldstein
Maria Guzman
Howard Rose
Gunther Tielemans

Ex-Officio Members

Elizabeth Singer
President, Ethical NYC

Joe Fashing
Treasurer, Ethical NYC

Dr. Richard Koral
Leader Liaison, Ethical NYC

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