Local advocacy groups team up for ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ in Islandia


Peter Cottontail paid Islandia a visit over the weekend for some pre-Easter fun.

The Empowerment Collective Long Island (ECLI) and the Victims Information Bureau (VIBES) hosted their first-ever “Easter Eggstravaganza” on April 9 in collaboration with Hofstra University senior students.

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., attendees participated in an Easter egg hunt, crafts, a photo booth, and a wide variety of family-friendly activities.

For over 30 years, the ECLI and VIBES have served the Long Island community as a source of hope for survivors of violence and abuse through counseling, advocacy, community outreach initiatives and other programs.

In 2021, the two organizations merged together to strengthen their effort in providing these services for residents.

“It’s not about Easter. It’s not about a specific holiday. It’s more about giving to the community, bringing the community together, and supporting our families as much as possible,” said Hannah Ungarino, anti-trafficking counselor and advocate. “ECLI-VIBES is more about bringing the community together and making sure that they have the tools that they need to succeed.”

“I really do believe so much in ECLI-VIBES and in what we do, and I love every part of being here,” Ungarino continued. “It means so much to me to have kids and families come here and to not be afraid, and to be involved with their community means so much.”

To keep up with ECLI-VIBES events, visit their website.