Volunteer today, cry tonight

Today is a day we can spend with our kids volunteering to make other people’s lives better and tonight is the candle light vigil for the Krim family.

The JCC (on Amsterdam and 76th) is positioned as a convenient, familiar, and love-filled  Upper West Side location to take your kids to feel a part of the relief effort for Hurricane Sandy without taking them to see sights that may really be difficult for them (and us) to handle.  Volunteers have been dropping off everything from their homes that they can donate and buying new toiletries, pads, tampons, diapers, wipes, gloves, plastic bags, batteries etc.

Volunteers have then been sorting and bagging those items and others have offered to drive the donations to affected areas.  Please follow these pages on Facebook for updates:

Sandy Volunteer Opportunities

School-Age Programs at The JCC in Manhattan

Dava Schub

Julie Wolpov

Looking to volunteer? Please read below for a list of opportunities at the JCC or other places throughout the city. ~ Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – noon Please help us sort, bag and label donated supplies, then load them into vehicles that will make the deliveries to the distribution site in Staten Island. ~ Sunday, noon – 3:00 p.m. If you have a car (or larger vehicle), with enough gas for a round-trip, we need drivers to deliver donated items to Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Street, Staten Island (located approx. one mile from the St. George Ferry Terminal). Vehicles will be loaded with supplies in front of the JCC at noon and are expected at the Church between 2:30 – 3:00. Some volunteers will be at the Church to help unload, but it is strongly recommended that two people travel together to Staten Island so that there are more people on hand to help unload. ~Monday, Shifts: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Shula Warren and Jesse Bodine of Gale Brewer’s Office have been working with former Community Board Chair Mel Wymore to supply a large truck to transport donated supplies to the distribution site in Staten Island. Please help us sort, bag and label donated supplies to be taken via truck to the distribution site in Staten Island on Tuesday morning. ~Tuesday, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Help us load the truck! A team of volunteers will be needed to bring bagged items from the JCC Lobby out to the truck.

Please note: The JCC in Manhattan is always a drop-off location for nonperishable food items for the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. If you would like to deliver items directly to WSCAH next week, please do so during their business hours (Mon 8am-noon and 1-3pm, Wed, Thur and Fri 8am-noon and 1-3pm). WSCAH is located at 263 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024 (In the basement of the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew).

There will be a Blood Drive at the JCC on Sunday, November 11th from 12:30 – 5:00.

Other Volunteer Opportunities around NYC on Sunday: 9:45 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Twenty volunteers are needed to bring food, water, candles and company to the elderly served by the Marks Jewish Community House (JCH) of Bensonhurst and 15 volunteers to lead activities for children in a nearby shelter. Marks JCH serves 20,000 people in South Brooklyn, primarily Russian-speaking Jews from the Former Soviet Union. JDC is providing a bus for the group. This bus will also be used to transport Marks JCH staff and volunteers who are running short on gas. Meet inManhattan on E. 44th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues by 9:45 am SHARP. Volunteers should be 21 years of age or older, able bodied, prepared to climb stairs if necessary, and MUST bring one bag of non-perishable, ready to eat food (such as crackers, nuts, dried fruit, nothing that needs heating) candles (or flashlight w/batteries) and a large bottle of water. The bus will depart Brooklyn at 5 pm, returning to 44th and 3rd Avenue by 7 pm (weather and traffic permitting.) Pre registration is required. Email gilaw@jdcnyc.org to register From Gale Brewer’s Office ~ Volunteers needed on Sunday: 10-5PM 200 Madison Street, NY NY. Lower East Side Food and Water Distribution 11-5PM East Village Food Distribution and Senior Canvassing from GOLES 169 Ave. B, NY NY Office Phone #212-358-1223 11AM-3PM No need to call; you can just show up for Far Rockaway Food Distribution at Office of Council Member James Sanders’ District Office, 234-26A Merrick Blvd, Laurelton, New York 11422 10am–7pm: The Rockaway Youth Task Force will be doing daily clean-up and recover efforts. Meet at F 321 Beach 57th Street, Queens in the back of the building on Arverne Boulevard. Info: info@rytf.org. 11-6PM Red Hook Food Distribution and Cleanup from 767 Hicks Street (Red Hook Recovers), Brooklyn 10:30AM-5PM Coney Island Food Distribution and Senior Canvassing, 2770 West 5th Room 4C (Warbath Houses), Brooklyn 10am–2pm: Friends of Brower Park, Brooklyn, will do a general clean-up. Meet at the Park House. Feel free to show up. For more info, email friendsofbrowerpark@gmail.com 12 – 3:30 pm 91st Street & Riverside Drive, NY NY . Join Riverside Park Fund staff and volunteers to help with ongoing hurricane cleanup efforts. All are welcome! Attire: Dress comfortably, must wear closed toe shoes. Note that there will not be a location to store valuables. Info: Nya Jackson, Volunteer Program Assistant, at nya@riversideparkfund.org or (347) 287-1114. Two shifts (9am-3pm and 3pm to 9pm): 60 volunteers needed to help Masiba of Flatbush prepare and distribute meals for 600 people. The morning shift is from 9am – 3pm and the afternoon shift is from 3pm from 9pm. Email your desired shift (must choose one) tojjoseph@pubadvocate.nyc.gov Volunteers needed on Monday: Staten Island Meals on Wheels may need drivers with cars (and gas) to assist with deliveries. Please contact Roseanne at 718-419-8602over the weekend if you’re able to assist. 12pm–5pm: Assemblyman Karim Camara will need help sorting donations at his district office and distributing supplies across Brooklyn. Please email 43sandyhelp@gmail.com to volunteer. CITY-WIDE: Blood Donations Needed: Blood supplies were critically affected by the storm, as the same outages that affect our region also affect many donation sites. The New York Blood Center locations are open and operating, and if you can, please consider donating blood. Blood donations can be scheduled by calling 1-800-933-2566 or visiting http://www.nybloodcenter.org/ There will be a Blood Drive at the JCC on Sunday, November 11th from 12:30 – 5:00.

 

 

Here’s a list of what to donate but please read below for more ideas.

IMAGINE WHAT YOU WOULD NEED!

 

 

I hope we can walk by the JCC and see this area fill with bottled water.

 

 

 

Neighbors donated scooters, booster chairs and amazing toys (new and gently used).

I stayed up late going through my closet pulling anything I haven’t worn and know someone else can use! I’ll really never fit in “that” again. Now’s the time to do this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candlelight Vigil to support the Krim family

NOTE: WE ASK THAT YOU BRING YOUR OWN CANDLES OR A FLASHLIGHT TO THE VIGIL. IF YOU HAVE EXTRA CANDLES/FLASHLIGHTS PLEASE BRING THEM ALONG. WE WANT TO BE SURE ALL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THEIR SYMPATHY AND SUPPORT – candles should be non-drip so we do not hurt our parks after the hurricane.

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE CONDITION OF RIVERSIDE PARK AND HIPPO PLAYGROUND, THE CANDLELIGHT VIGIL HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT 8:00 PM. ALL OTHER DETAILS REMAIN THE SAME. SEE BELOW

Last week our Upper West Side community was so saddened by the devastating and tragic news. Our hearts are broken and our thoughts and prayers are with the Krim family, now and always.

Marina has been an integral part of the Hippo Playground family this past year working to enrich our children’s lives through her weekly art classes. We are so grateful for her devotion and dedication our community.

Please join the Hippo Playground Family on Sunday, November 4 at 8:00 pm in Riverside Park for a Candlelight Vigil to support the Krim family (see details below)

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL DETAILS:

WHEN: Sunday, November 4, at 8:00 pm.

WHERE: We will meet at 8:00 pm at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Plaza at 89th and Riverside Drive and walk down the path to Hippo Playground in Riverside Park.

NOTE: WE ASK THAT YOU BRING YOUR OWN CANDLES OR A FLASHLIGHT TO THE VIGIL. IF YOU HAVE EXTRA CANDLES/FLASHLIGHTS PLEASE BRING THEM ALONG. WE WANT TO BE SURE ALL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THEIR SYMPATHY AND SUPPORT

Please pass this information on to family and friends in our community and spread the word. We hope you can join us in what will be our community’s expression of love, sympathy and support for Marina and her family.

If you have any questions please contact me at tarasnowhanson@gmail.com or on my mobile at 202.746.7042.

Tara Hanson (mother of Ella, 2 years old)
Co-Chair
Hippo Playground Project

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About valeriegerstein

A former online media professional, I am home, on the Upper West Side, with my 2 gorgeous girls, Mia and Liza and their wonderful Daddy, Mark.
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