American Red Cross volunteers joined hundreds of other volunteers from a number of NYC-based organizations on April 26, 2014, for National Rebuilding Day coordinated by Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates homes and revitalizes communities to make them safe and healthy.
“When we work together – as people or as organizations – great things can be accomplished,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region. “The Red Cross is proud to partner with Rebuilding Together NYC to help people affected by Sandy on their road to recovery.”
In August 2013, the Red Cross announced a $2.25 million grant to Rebuilding Together to repair and rebuild homes in New York and New Jersey.
Volunteers on Saturday helped repair nine homes in Canarsie, Brooklyn, an area hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Work included painting, sanding, and landscaping, in addition to installing hardware and flooring.
Volunteers from the Red Cross and the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery helped repair the home of June Fyffe and her daughter, Sacha. “These people are very good,” June said. “God bless them. We’re definitely glad for this program.”
“Without Rebuilding Together we wouldn’t be where we are right now,” Sacha said. “I can’t believe my eyes.”
Two of the volunteers were from the Hunter College Red Cross Club. "The excitement and relief that is seen in the eyes of these homeowners when help has arrived is the greatest reward of all,” said Farwa Illyas, president, Hunter College Red Cross Club. “It is the reason why I have returned for my third rebuilding event, and why I will continue to return as much as I possibly can."
This is just one example of the rebuilding efforts enabled through Red Cross partnership with local organizations every day. The Red Cross has awarded more than $79 million in grants to local nonprofits working in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island and other Sandy-affected states, including West Virginia and Delaware.
Grant funding is helping people with home repairs and rebuilding, financial assistance and counseling, and to support the work of community roundtables that will help ensure that unmet recovery needs are addressed over the long term.
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 redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.