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Hire A Worker Today!

Need to hire workers?

At the NICE Worker Center in Jackson Heights, Queens, professional, honest and reliable  workers are available daily for jobs.  Workers have a wide range of skills and abilities in construction, demolition, clean up, painting, repair and maintenance, moving, unloading and general labor. Workers are available for you and your business, whether you need someone on short notice for just one day, or if you’re looking to fill a permanent or temporary position.

Workers at the Center are trained in a variety of workforce skills, including Occupational Health & Safety and Workers’ Rights. At the Worker Center, you the employ workers who you can be sure will get the job done!

Why hire through the Worker Center?

+ There are no fees for employers or workers.
+ The hiring process is easy, convenient and dignified.
+ Workers are honest, reliable and professional.
+ The center is a safe meeting place for day laborers and prospective employers.
+ Most workers are trained in health and safety hazards in the workplace
+ Workers are organized according to their skills and experience to provide the best match to employers.

Visit our Hire A Worker page for more information or FAQs.



New Immigrant Community Empowerment Announces New Executive Director: Manuel Castro!

The Board of Directors of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) is pleased to announce and welcome Manuel Castro as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Most recently, Manuel led federal and state advocacy campaigns for the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), the largest and most diverse statewide immigrant rights group in the country.

10411270_694504864748_1945037733785781322_n“We look forward to working with Manuel. He’ll be an effective leader and passionate advocate for the rights of immigrant workers and without a doubt, he’ll help us take our organization to the next level.” said Board Co-chair Alicia Portada.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the next Executive Director to lead NICE,” said Manuel Castro. “NICE’s mission of ensuring that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power has been a guiding principles for my own work over the years and I’m excited for the opportunity to build on NICE’s 16-year history. NICE is recognized as an important advocate for new immigrant workers and I look forward to growing its work with the NICE community.” 

Manuel worked closely with NICE for many years, as the coordinator of the New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform campaign, a statewide coalition of nearly 200 organizations working to pass immigration reform. The campaign played a major role in successfully advocating for president Obama’s executive actions on immigration. He also worked closely with NICE as the coordinator of the 2012 Immigrants Vote! Campaign, the largest, non-partisan voter registration and Get Out the Vote campaign focused on immigrants in New York State, with over 140,000 voter contacts and over 11,000 new voters registered.

For years, Manuel has been at the forefront of the fight for immigrant rights. Some highlights of his work include:

  • Leading a caravan for the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003
  • Organizing a major demonstration on the historic immigrant days of action in 2006
  • Mobilizing hundreds of students to rally in DC for the federal DREAM Act in 2010
  • Organizing and leading a march of 5,000 New Yorkers over the Brooklyn Bridge on the National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrants in 2013

Manuel’s family came to the United States from Mexico when he was five years old. He grew up in an immigrant neighborhood in New York City, and his experiences, both as a child of immigrants and as an immigrant himself, shaped his interest in organizing and empowering people to engage in advocacy.

Manuel earned a Master’s of Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is widely featured in the press as a spokesperson on immigrant rights issues, including Univision, El Diario la Prensa, WNYC, CNN, and the New York Times.

Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Manuel Castro!

NICE Members and Allies Celebrate A Historic Moment As City Council Invests Half A Million Dollars For Day Laborer Centers In NYC

IMG_8762 (300x208)On August 3, the New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Staten Island Jobs Center, the Workers Justice Project, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agency, along with dozens of day laborers joined Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Chair of the Committee on Finance, and Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Chair on the Committee on Immigration to  celebrate a funding victory of $500,000 dollars for day laborer centers in New York City. Speaking at the Bay Community Center, one of the city’s first and oldest day laborer centers, the Speaker and the Council Member joined community groups to announce this historic victory for day laborers and worker centers in New York City.

For the 2016 fiscal year, half a million dollars was allocated through the Day Laborer Initiative, which will be used for the expansion and development of day laborer centers. Services will include dignified physical space for day laborers to meet, referrals to job or support services, legal services to address issues such as wage theft, as well as workforce training and development.

Read full press release.