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Red Cross, AOL and Friends of Rockaway Team Up in Breezy Point

One example of rebuilding efforts made possible through Red Cross partnerships.

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On May 16, 2014,  nearly two dozen volunteers from AOL travelled to the Rockaway peninsula to work with the American Red Cross and Friends of Rockaway to help rebuild homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The group worked at three homes in Breezy Point pitching in on light construction including sweeping, sanding, painting, plastering and more. This day is just one example of rebuilding efforts made possible through Red Cross partnerships with local organizations. In this case, the Red Cross granted Friends of Rockaway funding to help rebuild Sandy-damaged homes. To learn more about that grant, click here.

“The American Red Cross continues to graciously support Friends of Rockaway's rebuild efforts by engaging volunteers in the Rockaway peninsula to help bring families home,” said Megan Corley, Friends of Rockaway volunteer coordinator. “We thank the AOL volunteers for their hard work, and positive attitudes!"

AOL volunteers were participating in the organization’s “Monster Help Day,” an annual community service program that engages staff in service projects in cities across the world.

“Monster Help Day is an important day for AOL,” said Katie Hopkins, AOL Talent Acquisition. “It's a chance for us to get out into the community and help with causes that are important to us. We're glad we could be a small part of reconstructing the damage that was done.”

“We thank AOL and Friends of Rockaway for their dedication to those still recovering from Sandy,” said Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO of the Greater New York Red Cross. “They are making a huge difference in the lives of families who are continuing to rebuild.”

 About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.