Thursday, November 8, 2012

Volunteering post Sandy

I’ve Got Your Back
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      There is a slushy coating of snow in early November--causing further harm to Hurricane Sandy victims. Many of us are still expecting a clown puppet to spring out of a toy box and squeak “April Fools!” but then we realize that we are quite distant from April and that this is far from a hoax. This is our reality: N.Y. has once again tiptoed over autumn (all too quickly) and sashayed into weather on steroids.

       Yet, in spite of it all, people haven’t thrown in the proverbial towel and sloped into a corner. In fact, during these troublesome moments, many have been tapping into their inherent wellspring of love and empathy to continue to provide aid for those who have been severely impacted by the Hurricane. Those who volunteer after a day of work in shelters, soup kitchens, clothing drives, and auctions (to raise money for the victims of Sandy) own my deep admiration. One never quite knows how his or her kindness can cause a heartbeat of inspiration or a flicker of faith in a fellow human being.  

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      To those who are interested in volunteering or financially assisting “Operation Restoration post-Sandy” please glance at the following list below. There are MANY organizations to assist--these are simply the ones I have come across so far.
1) Masbia needs help in preparing, packaging, and serving hot meals. This is a superb spot to volunteer. In the evening, there are many young individuals who form an assembly line of dinner packaging (while debating the outcome of the election and socializing). There are 3 locations to visit:
Flatbush: 1372 Coney Island and Avenue J   Boro Park: 4114 14th Avenue
2) Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College is organizing various volunteer opportunities. Contact for further information and details.
3) The UJA Federation is exceedingly well-known for its generosity and myriad of volunteer opportunities:
4) People need a place for Shabbat…now more than ever! Consider checking out to host families and individuals.
5) The Fabologist a.k.a. Adi Heyman (founder of the popular Frum Fashion website) will be co-hosting an event in Brooklyn to raise money for those hit by the storm on Thursday, November 8. Those who attend the event should bring a wrapped gift worth 10-15 dollars to be auctioned off. The auction will be held at 1047 East 32nd (between J and K).
6) Speaking of fabulous fashionistas, Sharon Langert (of Fashion-Isha) will be co-hosting a similar event in Lakewood, N.J. on November 12 at 8 p.m
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