Office for the Aging


Bronx County Honorees

Hattie LucasHattie Lucas has worked extensively in the Co-op City Community organizing volunteer activities and advocating for her community. She received an Award for Community Service from the Dreiser Retirees in 2008 and the JPAC Dorothy Epstein Institute for Senior Action Legacy Award in 2010. Hattie facilitated the Co-op City Intergenerational Outreach Center's Tutoring Program for elementary school students for three years (2008-2011).

She organized and facilitated "Preparing for College" Seminars for middle and high school students and parents in the community. She also involves youth in an Annual Bake Sale to raise funds to purchase holiday gifts for children in a Bronx shelter. She volunteered in 2001 for Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) preparing taxes for seniors. Hattie volunteered for more than 10 years as the Program Director of the Co-op City Grandparent Connection Program which is a program for grandparents and other relatives raising children.

Hattie serves on the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) Advisory Board, Co-op City NORC Advisory Board, Co-op City Intergenerational Outreach Center (CCIOC) Board of Directors, Young Adult Success Program (YASP) Board of Directors, and the Bronx Preparatory Charter School Parents Association Executive Board. She is a member of Co-op City Baptist Church, Dreiser Retirees and Co-op City NAACP. She also serves on the Youth Committee and the Community Affairs Committees in Co-op City.

Hattie was born in South Carolina and relocated to New York State when she was 12 years old. As a child she lived in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Hattie is the proud mother of one son, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She is raising her 16 year old granddaughter, Ashley.

Visit NYSOFA's 2015 Senior Day page for a complete list of awardees.

Maxine LewisFor the past 21 years, Maxine Lewis has organized the "154/153 streets extended family reunion" in Harlem. It is held on the second Saturday of July each year, and the event attracts current and former residents from the neighborhood.

In 1992, Maxine volunteered to organize and produce a memorial tribute for legendary tap dancer Charles "Honi" Coles held at the Apollo Theatre. Maxine's "Apollo Kids" segment was nominated for the NAACP Image Award in the early 1990s. She volunteers every Thanksgiving and Christmas, serving food to the less fortunate at the National Action Network in Harlem. As a member of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, Long Island, Maxine served on the special events, public relations, and children's church committees for approximately 10 years.

Maxine was born and raised in Harlem but has lived in the Bronx for the past 30 years. She began working for Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, the owners of many African-American owned radio stations, in 1982. In 1984 she was appointed to be the talent coordinator for the amateur segment of Showtime at the Apollo. Later, she became the segment producer for both the "Amateur Night" and "Apollo Kids" segments. As the producer of these segments, she traveled across the nation looking for talent to showcase. She helped feature recognizable artists such as Ne-Yo, Jermaine Paul, Lyfe Jennings, Jazmine Sullivan, Lauren Hill, and Canton Jones, among many others. She is currently featured in a brief segment every Monday morning on Street Corner Resources on 90.3 WHCR FM radio, produced at City College. The segment features Maxine's updates about resources and activities available for older adults in the community.

"Volunteering helps me maintain my longevity, resilience, stamina, and tenacity. As Abraham Lincoln said, 'I believe it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.' Volunteering has become my life!"

Visit NYSOFA's 2015 Senior Day page for a complete list of awardees.