Hey ya'all. Whether Sandy left you high & dry or wet n'wild, we thought it would be nice to start of the year with a bit of community service. I served for a year in North Carolina as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. It was a great experience and extremely rewarding, working side-by-side with complete strangers to better the lives of the fortunate home-owners that Habitat carefully selects for their homes. If you want to make a positive impact, make a difference, and meet some wonderful people, then come join us for a day of service with Habitat and All Hands.
You may be asking why I didn't choose a day on the weekend for our volunteer service. The reason is because there are so many people that want to volunteer on the weekend that they don't have any open times available. However, during the week is a different story. If you are fortunate enough to be employed right now, and work Thursdays, perhaps try asking your boss if you could have the day off. Some businesses offer their employees a full paid day for volunteer service. Maybe you'll get lucky!
If you are interested in coming with us, please give me a call on my cell at (347) 523-3937.
- Michael Kim 'Jamal' Riegelman
Scope of Work: You will be volunteering in a devastated community and helping families begin the long clean-up process. Volunteers may be helping to clear out water-logged possessions before demolition of any damaged drywall, insulation, siding, carpets and so on. You’ll be paired with an experienced team leader who will help ensure a safe and productive day so you don’t need any special skills or previous experience.
LOCATION: 1676 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY. (Please note that this is a staging area. Everyone is to meet at this location at 8:30am. You will then be given instructions and sent to the actual volunteer location) http://goo.gl/maps/i4tYt
DIRECTIONS: (option 1 - $5.50 in quarters or a special MTA card for express buses) You can take the Express Bus X1 (from Manhattan) towards Eltngvle Transit Center via Hylan Blvd/Rich Ave. Get off at Hylan Blvd/Cromwell Ave. This location is also reachable by the S78, X2, X3 & X9 buses. Please check timetables.
(option 2 - $2.25) You can take the Staten Island Ferry from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal - South Ferry Station to Staten Island. Get off at the St. George Ferry Terminal (transfer within the terminal) and take the Staten Island Rapid Transit. Get off at Dongan Hills. Exit near the intersection of North Railroad Avenue towards Garretson Avenue. Turn right onto Cromwell Avenue (Dante Ferrari Way) and then left onto Hylan Blvd. Please check timetables.
(option 3) If you don't want to take the Staten Island Rapid Transit you can take an approximately 20 minute walk. Take the Staten Island Ferry from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal - South Ferry Station. Exit near the intersection of Ferry Terminal Drive & Richmond Terrace. Go south on Bay Street towards Nick Laporte Place, right on Van Duzer Street Ext, left on Van Duzer Street, left on Targee Street, left on Clove Road and then right on Hylan Blvd.
We suggest you check hopstop.com or Google maps to get exact directions and travel times from your specific location. Once you check-in you will be given instructions to your volunteer location. We ask that anyone who is driving offer a ride to others who will be volunteering at the same location. Please let me know if you can offer a ride or need a ride so we can coordinate this prior to your arrival.
TIME: 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Please make every effort to attend and arrive promptly at 8:30am. You will be arriving at a staging area. Please be on time as you will have to travel to a second location. Habitat has a 15 passenger van and can shuttle volunteers to the sites from the staging area.
· Dress in layers, wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty
· All volunteers must submit 2 signed waivers on their volunteer day (Habitat-NYC attached & All Hands which will be provided on site)
· Do not bring any unnecessary valuables
· All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
· Pack a lunch, snacks and something to drink. There is no guarantee you'll be able to find something to eat in this area.
· Project is rain or shine
We will provide you with gloves, masks and tools. This is difficult and dirty work but the rewards are amazing – there’s nothing like the satisfaction of working side by side with other volunteers and local community members and seeing the positive impact you’ve had on a family’s recovery.
Port-a-johns are located on every block for you to use. Often times there are fast food places located close by with-in walking distance or churches serving free meals.
Parking available in the Wendy’s parking lot across the street from All Hands or around the corner on side streets. The shuttle will leave from Wendy’s Parking lot.
*All Hands is a registered 501-C3 disaster response organization which leverages the motivation of volunteers to assist communities in need. Over the last 6 years more than 7000 volunteers have been deployed around the world, providing help to over 30,000 families. They've moved rubble after earthquakes, demolished houses after typhoons, cleaned basements after floods, and much, much more. Habitat – NYC is partnering with All Hands to help tackle the need in this community.
Thank you for your support of Habitat for Humanity – New York City’s mission. Join us as we help the residents of Staten Island take the first steps toward recovery.