Just two days before Lunar New Year, 70 Mulberry Street suffered a five-alarm fire on January 23, 2020. It has been a very painful loss for us and an even greater loss for the Chinatown community as a whole. Every organization we shared the historic building with has been a pillar in the community for decades. We are seeking your support as we rebuild and to help us continue our youth services and programs that ran out of 70 Mulberry Street.
United East Athletics Association (UEAA) was founded in 1976 as a simple soccer club and we moved into the historic building a few years later. UEAA served as an athletic institution for Chinese immigrants. Through the next two decades, UEAA transformed from a soccer club to a full-fledged, 100% volunteer run non-profit providing youth, athletic and cultural programs that has grown to the following:
- Badminton - Formed in 1999 among a handful of very enthusiastic badminton players. Since then it has provided young and old members with an outlet to release their stress, get in shape, have fun, and meet new people.
- Basketball - Originated in 1996, the basketball program has grown from playing. at the hoops of Columbus Park to running organized practice, drills, and competing in community tournaments. We now also run a Youth Basketball program to raise the next generation of ballers.
- Chinese Chess – A traditional Chinese hobby that spans generations, our team is comprised of both youth and senior players.
- Dragon Boat team – Competing since 2000 and has grown from a recreational team to a competitive crew rising up the ranks in the NYC dragon boat community. We aim to promote the culture and sport of dragon boat racing across all ages and ethnic backgrounds.
- Ethics Education for Children - A weekly class with a focus on ethics and current affairs. The goal is to help students with their decision making.
- Fun Fun Saturday – Our summer camp with 300+ students, 150+ volunteers annually.
- Junior Lion Dance – Our first year! Training the next generation of Lion Dancers, learning the basic footwork and music of Lion Dance.
- Junior Soccer – Yearlong soccer camp with over 40+ kids weekly of all levels.
- Ping Pong - A great form of exercise for our youth and senior members, Ping Pong runs tournaments and weekly practices to stay in shape.
- Seed to STEM - An introductory youth class focusing on Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math use cases at an early age.
- Yoga - Our weekly class for all ages is committed to the development of physical and mental health of our students through Yoga.
- Young Women’s Leadership Program - A program dedicated to empowering youth and women in the Asian American community through leadership skills, professional and community development.
70 Mulberry Street served as the foundation that has allowed UEAA to blossom into the volunteer-based, youth focused, community service organization it is today. It was the main meeting place for board members to meet, planning committees to work towards the future, and classes.
Ultimately, the loss of this invaluable space and equipment that supported all of UEAA’s programs has hindered our ability to continue to serve the community. But we have no plans to stop our current programs or our classes. This is where we need your help to rebuild. Although we are currently grateful to have temporary space generously provided by our friends within the community, we are asking for your support to help us keep our programs going.
Goal: $100,000 will help us get back on our feet and sustain our activities for the rest of the year. The funding will help us purchase new equipment to replace all that was lost from the fire. The equipment we lost ranges from lion dance heads and drums, laptops and electronics, to all our teaching supplies.
Stretch Goal: $150,000 - $250,000 will not only help us get through the rest of this year and replace all of our lost equipment, but will also help us sustain all our programs for 1-3 years. Funding for our largest program, Fun Fun Saturday, will benefit the most during this transition.
With that said, the outpouring of support from United East’s friends and family and the Chinatown community has been immense. We want to thank all those who have volunteered in and contributed to our recovery efforts and to those who have helped us in any way, shape or form.
If you would like to volunteer in the recovery efforts, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
United East Athletics Association
These are the other organizations affected by the fire at 70 Mulberry Street. Please contact them directly to see how you can help.
Chen Dance Center
Chinatown Manpower Project
Chinatown Senior Center
Museum Of Chinese In America (MOCA)