Forget Angry Birds. Here’s your opportunity to waste time playing interactive games online while doing some good for society. Repair the Rockaways allows you to purchase virtual bricks for building virtual houses. The donations are real and go to Respond and Rebuild, a volunteer group helping with supplies, education and labor.
Via Mother New York.
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Listen to some great Indie rock tunes while helping Queens Sandy survivors. Bands from Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Broad Channel and Rockaway Beach put together a compilation album to benefit those who are still struggling in the hard hit areas. Check it out and/or purchase on CD Baby.
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Call for submissions from artists, designers and architects to put Rockaway back together again. MOMA PS1 started work on the temporary Rockaway dome that will house proposal exhibitions. Dome is set to open to the public in April. Progress, peeps!
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Please check out the IndieGogo campaign raising funds for Sandy victims through Children’s Movement for Creative Education. The one year projects helps the youngins of Far Rockaway, Gerritsen Beach, Coney Island and Red Hook heal through artistic expression.
What do to:
1. Watch video.
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There’s a big Sandy relief walk going down this weekend all around the boroughs and on Long Island and New Jersey. “Walk a Mile in Our Shoes“. Join in! So much info that it was easiest to just copy the press release. Please click on neighborhood links for walk info.
From the press release:
ROCKAWAY BEACH, New York (January 09, 2013) – Coastal communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy will gather this Saturday, 12 January 2013, in a day of action to call upon elected officials and government agency leaders to “walk a mile in our shoes.” The goal of these community walks is to show solidarity and urge immediate passage of a comprehensive Hurricane Sandy relief package by Congress. Once any relief package is passed, Sandy-affected communities call for swift and effective follow-through by Federal, state and local government agencies to deliver desperately needed funds into hard-hit neighborhoods.
“It is a crime that Congress will have failed to act until 78 days after Superstorm Sandy in providing the desperately needed funding to jumpstart this recovery,” says Michael Sciaraffo, co-founder of the “Walk a Mile” community events and founder of The Sandy Claus Foundation. “People are suffering and lives are at stake. Funding for Katrina victims was passed within 10 days after the storm. Why are we any different?”
After Hurricane Sandy slammed into the east coast in October 2012, millions of affected Americans expected swift federal government action would be taken. Yet the 112th Congress came and went without passing a comprehensive relief package.
Originally Governors Cuomo, Christie and Malloy had asked for a combined $83 billion in aid, but only $60 billion was ever proposed as a relief package by Congress. The new 113th Congress passed an initial $9 billion to replenish the FEMA Flood Relief Insurance fund, but then adjourned without further action. Now, the House is reportedly poised to hold a vote for Sandy disaster relief on 15 January 2013 — 78 days after the initial disaster. And the Senate will only get the bill a week later. Meanwhile, the prospects for disaster relief passage is not certain; hurdles and challenges remain. Even if Congress passes the anticipated package of $51 billion in aid, it is far short of the original governors’ combined request, and it could take months, or a year or more to deliver funding on a local level.
Sandy-impacted communities are concerned they are being forgotten. Neighborhoods, towns, and whole counties along the New York and New Jersey coast still bear the scars of shattered homes and shuttered businesses. While much of the disaster’s impact is immediately obvious — with swaths of communities washed away or burned to the ground — other aspects of the disaster are not readily apparent. Gutted and mold-ridden homes conceal their damage on the inside. Emptied savings accounts, bankruptcies and unemployment cannot be seen from a casual street view.
“It is like these neighborhoods are suffering from a kidney punch. There’s a terrible amount of internal hemorrhaging. A relief bill would be life-saving to these communities,” says “Walk a Mile” co-founder Peter Corless. “Much needed Community Development Block Grants could stabilize local economies and save jobs and households. Shorelines are dangerously compromised in the face of future storms. Billions in promised aid could directly lead to smart rebuilding, sand replenishment and flood mitigation projects.”
In the long run, once the day of action passes, “Walk a Mile in Our Shoes” will lead to a program of “Walk a Mile Ambassadors” from each of the Sandy-affected areas. These volunteers have offered to guide future visits by leaders from government, volunteer agencies or businesses who wish to see for themselves the damage that Sandy wrought, and to understand how best to direct aid where it is needed most. Volunteer recruitment will occur at each community walk.
To learn more about the “Walk a Mile in Our Shoes” Sandy Recovery Community Events, see: https://www.facebook.com/SandyWalkAMile. Links for additional information for community-specific events is provided below.
Currently events are planned for eight communities throughout New York and New Jersey. All except Coney Island will be held Saturday 12 January 2013, starting at 9 am. The Coney Island event will be held on Sunday 13 January at 1:30 pm. Event organizers are interested in hearing from other Sandy-affected communities to coordinate similar efforts in the future.
NEW YORK CITY
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With many NYC residents still living in the cold and dark, the damaged businesses are not on our minds as much. But did your realize that we have temporarily lost some solid historic establishments?
The New York Aquarium got flooded in the storm. Everyone is ok, thanks to the staff who stayed on to protect them. The aquarium is closed until further notice while they clean out and get back on track. They are asking for donations to help move things along as the animals do need to get back to normalcy.
The River Cafe sustained multiple millions worth of damage. They will remain closed until further notice.
Fairway in Red Hook put out all of their flooded food for people to take and gutted the building. They promise to be back better than ever.
The original Nathans on Surf Avenue will not reopen soon according to their Facebook page. It doesn’t mean they won’t reopen. They just have lots of work to do. The boardwalk Nathans sustained less damage.
There are so many businesses that have been around for years that will struggle to make it back in all of the boroughs. Actually, if The Bronx got hit at all, I haven’t heard anything about it.
El Greco Diner in Sheepshead Bay
Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club
Cross Bay Diner, Howard Beach
South Street Seaport Museum, NYC
Rockaway Taco and Veggie Island are being used as volunteer staging grounds but they are closed for business.
Apologies to Staten Island and New Jersey for not knowing the areas well enough to report on them.
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Six Restoration “One Stop” Centers now open
NYC Restore helps New Yorkers in the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy get access to important information and services to help them recover. NYC Restoration Centers provide the following types of assistance:
NYC Rapid Repairs*
NYC Restoration Centers are located at these addresses:
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Congregation Beth Elohim Volunteer Opps: With the advent of some great websites like Recovers.org and VolunteerSignup.com organizations and individuals are creating a vast network to coordinate needs and volunteers ( in this particular disaster as well as others).
Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope
is doing some excellent work on the ground; going to Rockaway, organizing donations for the Armory in Park Slope and more.
They have an online volunteer sign up that reaches out already through next weekend:
Food Prep, Field work in Rockaway, Supply Sorting…
Sign up here: http://www.volunteersignup.org/FE3BF
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Another list of volunteer opportunities for this weekend from Bill de Blasio. If you live in a neighborhood that was not hit by the storm, it seems like everything is hunky dory. But it’s not. There are New Yorkers still living without heat and lights. They can’t do laundry, they can’t get food, they can’t get gas to go shopping, even if their cars weren’t destroyed. They rely on volunteers like you!
Join Councilman James Oddo to help clean-up and distribute supplies to residents.
599 Father Capadono Boulevard
Join Rebuild Staten Island for its 3-day “Mega Cleanup”
780 Olympia Boulevard
Help the Red Hook Initiative deliver hot meals to residents.
767 Hicks Street
Friends of Firefighters needs volunteers to help do physical labor at individual homes as well as volunteers to help sort and distribute donations.
Occupy Sandy needs experienced construction workers are needed to help large scale community construction and clean-up projects.
Saturday, November 10, 7:30-10:30am: RSVP here
Occupy Sandy needs volunteers to prepare and serve meals, sort and distribute donations, and conduct outreach.
St Jacobi Lutheran Church, 5406 4th Avenue
The Jewish Association Serving the Aging needs volunteers are needed in Brighton Beach to check on residents and help walk hot meals to elderly residents on high floors. Russian speaking volunteers would be greatly appreciated.
The Brooklyn YWCA needs volunteers are needed to bring meals up and down stairs to homebound residents in Gowanus.
420 Baltic Street
The Brooklyn YWCA needs one car needed to transport food from downtown Brooklyn to Gowanus.
30 Third Avenue
FilmoreCares needs volunteers to sort and deliver supplies, assist with clean-ups, and assess community needs.
2990 Avenue U
Councilman James Sanders needs volunteers are needed to help conduct a massive clean-up of Far Rockaway.
1526 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway
Holy Apostles needs volunteers to help operate its soup kitchen, which serves over 1,200 meals daily.
296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th Street)
Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) needs volunteers to help sort and load donations.
169 171 Avenue B
Congregation Ohab Zedek will take a bus of volunteers from uptown to the Rockaways to help with clean-up.
118 West 95th Street
RSVP for Manhattan events above.
Volunteers are needed to help restore the Manhattan Youth Community Center in lower Manhattan.
120 Warren Street
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Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer,
Food Drive at the Municipal Building benefiting victims of Hurricane Sandy
All items will be donated to the Food Bank For New York City
The items in the highest demand right now are:
- pouches of tuna, salmon or chicken
Public Advocate’s Office:
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Always with their good works ( I know first hand from working there a few years back – DRG) The Coalition Against Hunger is mobilizing.
Right now ( as in today) they need help distributing 20,000 blankets!
New York City Coalition Against Hunger
We are in need of a lot of volunteers at the Shorefront Y today. We are expecting a truck to arrive around 1:30 filled with a donation of 20,000 blankets. Help is needed to unload the truck, as well as distributing the blankets, along with food & water to homebound seniors throughout the neighborhood.
Please share this status with your friends!
Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts!
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