Posts Tagged ‘Lower Manhattan’

MBX Systems Sponsors Donation Drive for Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Monday, December 10th, 2012

By Chelsee Pengal

Parishes and communities within the Archdiocese of New York and beyond continue to show generosity toward their neighbors who are still rebuilding after Sandy. Donations from far and wide have helped with Catholic Charities’ disaster relief efforts, from funding emergency food and water for families and individuals on Staten Island and in Lower Manhattan to providing volunteers with supplies to clean out houses on Staten Island.

MBX Systems, a Libertyville, Illinois-based technology manufacturer, has set up a donation drive to benefit both Catholic Charities Community Services, Staten Island and Gerristen Beach Cares, Brooklyn.

They will be collecting items survivors need the most:

  • Muck-out and safety supplies, including industrial-contractor grade refuse bags, N95 face masks, fire extinguishers and smoke/CO2 detectors with batteries
  • Cleaning supplies like shovels, rakes, brooms, work gloves and disposable gloves
  • Toiletries and pharmaceuticals, including Tylenol and Advil
  • Baby supplies such as diapers, wipes and baby food and formula
  • Clothing, including hats, gloves and socks
  • Miscellaneous items, including can openers, batteries and disposable cameras with flash

In the Libertyville area, donations are being accepted at MBX headquarters Monday to Friday through December 12th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A truck full of the supplies will then deliver the goods to Staten Island and Brooklyn on December 13th.

Whether you are in the New York area or across the country, you can contribute to the Sandy Relief Fund online or text SANDY to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation. For those in the local area, you can also donate your time by volunteering to clean up houses or help with sheet rock and debris removal on Staten Island.


Empire City Casino at Yonkers Contributes $500,000 Toward Catholic Charities Sandy Response

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Over the past five weeks since Hurricane Sandy arrived, Catholic Charities has been leading parishes and communities in their ongoing recovery efforts.

In addition to delivering food and crucial supplies to survivors on Staten Island and in Lower Manhattan, Catholic Charities has also arranged temporary housing for over 100 individuals and families on Staten Island and in Washington Heights. Among other recovery efforts, Catholic Charities worked with FEMA and the New York City government to set up and run disaster relief centers on Staten Island, coordinate hundreds of volunteers and provide multiple services including counseling and housing assistance.

To help with these and other Catholic Charities relief initiatives, Empire City Casino has contributed $500,000 toward the Catholic Charities Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Fund.

“We are grateful for Empire City Casino’s generosity,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities New York. “This donation has enabled Catholic Charities to respond early, but will also help our commitment to assist in meeting long-term needs.”

With the generous donation, Catholic Charities can continue to provide ongoing services to Sandy survivors, rebuilding lives and touching almost every human need promptly, locally, day in and day out, always with compassion and dignity.

“There are no greater deeds than charity and service,” said Timothy J. Rooney, President and CEO of Empire City Casino. “The devastation New Yorkers suffered from this storm is unspeakable and they need our help. Whether you donate $2 or $2,000, it will make a difference. No act of kindness or generosity is ever too small.”

To donate to the Sandy Relief Fund or contribute your time:

 

Or, text SANDY to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation.

Catholic Charities Fans Out to Help New Yorkers in Need

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities staff and volunteers fanned out this weekend across neighborhoods still reeling from the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. They provided information and resources to parishioners at churches in hard-hit neighborhoods in lower Manhattan and Staten Island and offered hands-on support to those still staggering in the hurricane’s aftermath.

Generous donations, large and small, have bolstered our response. Actress Kirstie Alley sent a truckload of goods from the West Coast to the gym at the Staten Island Catholic Charities agency MIV / Mt. Loreto last Friday that are being distributed to impacted families. The following day, Catholic Community Services of Rockland staff and volunteers received much-needed donations of water from Coca-Cola at their Haverstraw emergency food pantry.

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Catholic Charities Mobilizes Response to Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Multi-prong approach pulls together staff and volunteers to serve those hardest hit.

As soon as Hurricane Sandy hit the New York area, Catholic Charities volunteers and case workers took action.  Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities New York, offered the agency’s help at an emergency shelter for hurricane victims at John Jay College and spoke with survivors on Staten Island.  Msgr. Sullivan participated with Governor Andrew Cuomo in distributing emergency food at the New York City Armory on Saturday.

Catholic Charities mobilized staff this past weekend and coordinated with 136 volunteers to reach out to people whose homes were flooded and livelihoods ruined in Staten Island’s Midland Beach.  It  served meals on Sunday for hungry New Yorkers  at Cardinal Spellman Center in Lower Manhattan.  Case managers hand-delivered disaster relief information including safety tips and shelter lists and provided support to individuals, parishes and communities, non Catholics and Catholics alike, throughout Staten Island, Lower Manhattan and Westchester County and communities without electricity.  This included Holy Rosary Parish in the South Beach section of Staten Island, an area particularly hard hit by the hurricane.

The Catholic Charities agencies in conjunction with the entire Archdiocese of New York is working closely with FEMA and other first responders to maximize resources available to those hit hard by the storm. The Mission of the Immaculate Virgin (MIV) Center is open as a disaster relief center effective Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

“Catholic Charities has been in the forefront of helping the disaster victims,” said Executive Director of Catholic Charities Monsignor Kevin Sullivan.  “Our workers, trained in disaster response, are prepared to meet the human needs such disasters cause.”

 

Feeding the Hungry After Sandy: Emergency Food Distribution in NYC

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

On Saturday, November 3rd, Catholic Charities Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan participated with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Chuck Schumer in the loading and distribution of emergency food at a New York City Armory in Manhattan. Catholic Charities staff and volunteers from around the city, in collaboration with other non-profit organizations, handed out emergency food and water to those suffering continuing hardships caused by Hurricane Sandy. Catholic Charities made a concerted effort to visit every home in one of the hardest hit areas of Midland Beach on Staten Island.

As Margaret Purvis, CEO of the Food Bank For New York City, noted, some people still had no water as of yesterday, so this donation was vital.

“We cannot plan a future if we’re hungry today,” she said. “These resources are needed on the ground, and because of today, we’re going to get them out there.”

As the immediate crises of power and flooding are dealt with, Catholic Charities is responding to the ongoing human needs caused by Sandy – particularly on Staten Island and Lower Manhattan. The entire community continues to demonstrate the resilience New Yorkers are famous for, along with the willingness to help neighbors in need.

If you’d like to help New Yorkers affected by the storm, donate to recovery efforts at www.catholiccharitiesny.org/donate or sign up to volunteer at www.catholiccharitiesnyvolunteer.org