Center for Family Life in Sunset Park


Awards and Citations

Every Thanksgiving week, Hazel Village donates 10% of their sales to a community group that helps our neighbors. Because their customers participate so generously during this busy week, they are able to generously share thousands of dollars.


This year, they’ve chosen the Center for Family Life!

From Emma Katz, COO of Hazel Village:   “We met some members of the Hazel Village team through CFL’s adult employment program, and we’re grateful to them for that. We’re also super impressed by CFL’s programming for kids of all ages and abilities. They help families make their neighborhood a better place.

Shop in person at their a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e store:
510 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

or online at
and they’ll donate 10% of all sales
from November 22nd through November 28th, aka Giving Tuesday.

Here’s a sample of their handmade offerings: 

Ada Doll $42

Kangaroo Shirt $48

Reginald Fox $50

Mushroom Rattle $15

About Hazel Village
Deep in a leafy grove, the clever animals of Hazel Village live in their neat little houses, happy and free. They keep their perky ears attuned to the sounds of their forest home, and use their wits to do helpful and kind projects for their neighbors.

Jane Van Cleef started Hazel Village in 2010 with her own two hands. She set out to make the toys she would have wanted as a child: soft and cute, with a rigorous commitment to the spirit of play. You’ll never see us sell a sewn-on doll shoe or a button that doesn’t work, because that would mean admitting the animals aren’t real. So we make real organic cotton woodland creatures and dolls, and real doll clothes that all the Hazel Village friends can share, to inspire hours of immersive, low-tech play. Also real matching clothing for babies and kids, because what could be more cute?

At the Hazel Village workshop and flagship store in Brooklyn, we do our best to follow the good example of the animals. The company and the animals have the same core values: we are resourceful, clever, jolly, diligent, and gentle. We hope that Hazel Village empowers kids to play at their best: to make or imagine everything they need to make their dream worlds real. The animals’ motto: INDUSTRY AND GOOD CHEER, EVERY DAY AND EVERY YEAR!

CFL in the Community

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., the Congregation Beth Elohim Refugee Task Force in partnership with the Community Bookstore staged Undocumented. Unaccompanied. Unwelcome., an immigrant advocacy event, in the Sanctuary Building at the Synagogue at 274 Garfield Place in Park Slope.

Valeria Luiselli, author of Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay In 40 Questions, headlined the event, which begun with Ms. Luiselli reading from her book, followed by a panel discussion of immigration issues and ways we can individually and collectively assist the immigrant community.


After the event, there were opportunities to sign up to volunteer with immigrant aid organizations, including DamayanRiFFirst FriendsCenter for Family Life, and more.



Celebrity Chef Sunny Anderson & NBC’s Give visited CFL and thats when things really started cookin’!
The segment aired Saturday, October 28th during NBC’s The More You Know on channel 4.
Here’s the full episode! 

They really surprised us, we hope you love the reveal as much as we do!  A very big THANK YOU to The New York Women’s Foundation’s generous donation, the Center for Family Life can continue to empower women for generations to come! #GiveNBC


CFL in the News

Worker cooperatives in the US raising labour standards – April 8, 2016 – Al Jazeera

Community Job Training Center Pushes Sunset Park Forward  – April 7, 2016 – Kings County Politics

Center for Family Life Offers Technical Assistance for Organizations to Create Worker Co-ops – April 5, 2016 – Grassroots Economic Organizing

NYC Set to Triple Number of Worker Cooperatives – January 11, 2016 – Next City

More Cities Get Serious About Community Wealth-Building – November 10, 2015 – Forbes

One woman’s journey from Staten Island slavery to being her own boss – November 2, 2015 – Christian Science Monitor

National Program Recognizing Outstanding and Equitable High Schools May 10, 2015 – The Bronx Chronicle

Schools of Opportunity: the inaugural winners – May 7, 2015 – The Washington Post

National Program Recognizing Outstanding and Equitable High Schools Announces its First Accolades May 7, 2015 – National Education Policy Center Newsletter and PRWeb

SUNSET PARK HIGH SCHOOL, BROOKLYN, NY  |  SILVER RECOGNITION May 7, 2015 – Schools of Opportunity Program

Parents in Brooklyn fight for after-school programs April 23, 2015 – News 12 Brooklyn

Free tax help offered at sites across Brooklyn – April 11, 2015 – News 12 Brooklyn

Co-ops Enable Low-Income Women to Work as Owners and Decision Makers – March 30, 2015 – Truthout

Design Within Reach to open first NYC outlet – March 12, 2015 – Crain’s New York Business

City Council Will Decide to Include Co-Ops in Reports for City Contracting – February 26, 2015 – The Working World

Brooklyn Youth Turn to Cooperatives for Economic Opportunity – February 9, 2015 – Fast Co.Exist

More Than 50,000 Sign Up to Enroll in City’s New Municipal Identification Program in First Week – January 16, 2015 – NBC4 New York

6,000 NEW YORKERS ENROLL FOR MUNICIPAL ID IN FIRST WEEK – January 16, 2015 – City & State

NYC ID Card Appointments Backed Up to April in Spots Amid High Demand – January 16, 2015 – DNAinfo

When Philanthropy Builds Community – December 30, 2014 – The New York Times

Chronic Absenteeism, Poverty and How Community Schools Can Help – December 2, 2014 – HuffingtonPost

How worker-owned co-ops lift people out of poverty – October 8, 2014 – Christian Science Monitor

Using Democratic Education to Change the Way Social Services are Delivered – August 27, 2014 – Toolbox for Education and Social Action

A Co-op State of Mind: New York City jumpstarts worker cooperatives – August 18, 2014 – In These Times

How America’s Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty – August 14, 2014 – Yes! Magazine and Truthout

Against the Odds: Four NYC worker-owners talk co-ops, family, and jobs with justice – July 29, 2014 – Grassroots Economic Organizing

How New York City Is Advancing Worker Cooperative– July 24, 2014 – NationSwell

State Announces Advantage After School Awards – July 21, 2014 – New York Nonprofit Press

Brooklyn afterschool programs nab share of $10.9M grant – July 18, 2014 – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Governor Cuomo Announces Major Grant For CAMBA – July 18, 2014 – Ditmas Park Corner

Governor Cuomo Announces $10.9 Million in Grants for After School Programs Statewide – July 18, 2014 –

NYC budget includes $1.2M for worker co-ops – July 14, 2014 – Home Reporter News and Brooklyn Spectator

City Budget Provides $1.2M to Help Low-Income New Yorkers Become Business Owners – July 10, 2014 – New York Nonprofit Press

Featured Grantee Partner: Center for Family Life’s Progressive Business Model – July 9, 2014 – New York Women’s Foundation newsletter

Worker Cooperatives Address Low-Wage Work and the Feminization of Poverty – July 1, 2014 – Community Wealth and Yes! Magazine

The Home Reporter has a story about a new dog walking cooperative launched by SCO’s Center for Family Life in Sunset Park – June 30, 2014 – Brooklyn Buzz(Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce newsletter)

Trusty Amigos Dog Walking Co-op Launches in Sunset Park – June 25, 2014 – Home Reporter News

Leveling the Playing Field for Worker Cooperatives – June 21, 2014 – Truthout

‘Trusty’ New Co-op Debuts; City Council Urged To Back More – June 6, 2014 – Labor Press

With City Contracts, New York Fails to Diversify  – June 5, 2014 – Gotham Gazette

DACA Outreach Provider: SCO Center for Family Life in Sunset Park – May 29, 2014 – New York Immigration Coalition

Empresas ofrecen trabajos en Sunset Park (Companies offering jobs in Sunset Park) – May 29, 2014 – El Diario and La Opinión

Let’s Vote: Do We Water the Plants Too? – April 4, 2014 – Voices of New York

Economic Update: Building Worker Co-ops – April 3, 2014 –

Community Supported Agriculture in Sunset Park – February 7, 2014 – Heritage Radio Network

State Grant Helps Two Sunset Park After-School Sites – February 4, 2014 – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

State Grant Helps 2 Sunset Park After-School Sites – January 30, 2014 – Brooklyn Bureau

Worker Cooperatives for New York City – January 2014 – FPWA Report 

Sunset Park High School Celebrates First Graduation – July 4, 2013 – The Brooklyn Spectator

Immigrant-Run Worker Co-op Program Wins Innovation Award – May 28, 2013 – Voices of NY

NYC Innovative Nonprofit Awards – May 23, 2013 – New York Nonprofit Press

Brooklyn Kids Rally Against Child-Care Budget Cuts – March 29, 2013 – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Sunset Park Soccer Players Kick Off Training Co-Op with Help of Former Pro – February 1, 2013 –

Bronx Group that Serves South Asian Immigrants to Create Worker Co-ops with Aid of City Training Program – January 7, 2013 – Daily News

Fair Pay: Brooklyn Co-ops Provide Opportunities for Immigrant Women – January 2, 2013 – Independent Sources

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