Volunteers Needed for 41st UN Inter-Agency Games @ Hofstra University from Tuesday, April 22 through Sunday, April 27, 2014

Be a Volunteer at the 41st United Nations
Inter-Agency Games!

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Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to be a part of the excitement at the 41st United Nations Inter-Agency Games which will be held for the first time on Long Island at Hofstra University in Hempstead!

Volunteers are needed to support the operations of the inter-agency games in the areas of: Airport Operations, Registration, Transportation, Field of Play, Athletes / Officials, Scoring / Results, Sports Info Desk, Event Logistics, Media Services, Excursions, Venue Operations, Ceremonies, Hospitality, Security, Volunteer Services, Catering Services, IT Services, Delegation Services, Spectator Services.  Several shifts are available depending on the assignment.  You must be 18 years of age or older to volunteer at this event.

Please register as a volunteer with the Long Island Volunteer Center using this link:

https://longislandvc.secure.force.com/HOC__Volunteer_Registration_Page

Then express your interest in volunteering at the games using the link below and an IAG volunteer leader / coordinator will contact you to confirm participation and provide directions for this opportunity:

http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CA000000YxVIfMAN

In 1968 the “Commission des Sports de l’Association du Personnel de l’UNESCO” organized an omnisports meeting in Paris against a team from UN Geneva. In 1971, UN Geneva organized the first multi-institutional sports competition in Champéry, Switzerland. Ten organizations of the UN System with offices in Europe participated.

The Games included the following disciplines: chess, football, table tennis, tennis and men’s volleyball. Thus the United Nations Inter-Agency Games were initiated and the principle of alternating the venue and the responsibility for the organization of the Games among the UN organizations in Geneva, Rome, Vienna and Paris were adopted. General Rules for the Games were adopted and a Control Commission established to assure their adherence. Over the years, the Games have developed from 5 disciplines and some 350 participants to 13 disciplines and more than 1000 participants.

At the outset the purpose of the Games was modestly defined as ” to enable the staff members of the Agencies and organizations of the United Nations family to know each other through sports meetings and thereby to improve mutual understanding and working relations ” (Article 1 of the General Rules).

At the 2012 Olympic Games, the Secretary-General of the United Nations conveyed the message to the world that sports can be used for humanitarian, development and peace building initiatives. For the past 40 years, the staff of the United Nations has emphasized that same message by organizing the United Nations Inter-Agency Games (UNIAG). Through the universal language of sport, individual staff members from all agencies and organizations of the United Nations system unite once a year to reaffirm their commitment to the dignity and worth of every human person.

For the first time in its history, the 41st United Nations Inter-Agency Games will mark a historic moment as the first Games hosted by the staff of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The United Nations accepts this challenge with great pride and welcomes the opportunity to highlight the role of the United Nations in building respect, fellowship and health through sport.

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Capes for Kids @ CCE Suffolk Farm, Yaphank – Great Youth Community Service Event!

Capes for Kids
Community Service Project

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10:00am — 3:00pm

Help us make Super Hero Capes for kids in pediatric wards. Capes made on this date will go to Stony Brook University Hospital. No sew and sew versions available. We will be decorating the capes with fun designs.

What to Bring: scrap fabric, scissors, fabric paint and anything else you might want to decorate with.

We can also make capes for any new stuffed animals we get donated to match the kid cape.

We will provide the cape fabric, sewing machines and other supplies.

If you plan to stay all day, bring a lunch. We will provide snacks!

To sign up: Vicki Fleming, vjf4@cornell.edu or call 631-852-4602

Located at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, 350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY  11980

Click Here for Directions.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Third Annual “I Love My Park Day” Saturday, May 3, 2014

Governor Cuomo Announces Third Annual
I Love My Park Day

ilovemypark_headerMay 3, 2014 Volunteer Day a Great Opportunity to Help New York State Parks and Historic Sites

Albany, NY (March 20, 2014)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that online registration is now available for the third annual “I Love My Park Day” to be held on May 3, 2014 at state parks and historic sites across the state as part of the governor’s sustained commitment to stewardship of our magnificent state lands and parks and to increase recreational and tourism opportunities throughout New York. Last year over 4,000 volunteers from across the state participated in the successful “I Love My Park Day” event. Event details and online registration for this year’s event can be found at www.nysparks.com.

“If you spend time enjoying New York’s beautiful state parks and historic sites throughout the year, I hope you’ll take time on May 3 to give back,” said Governor Cuomo. “Our state parks are some of our most treasured resources, and it is our responsibility as citizens to preserve and care for them so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Sponsored jointly by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, “I Love My Park Day” is a statewide event to improve and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire ilovemyparkdaylogopark system and its needs. Nearly 80 parks and historic sites will participate. Volunteers will celebrate New York’s park system by cleaning up storm damage and other debris on park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects. The New York State Commission on Volunteer and Community Service is joining the effort again this year to help recruit volunteers, promote the initiative and provide support to projects across the state.

“Governor Cuomo continues to demonstrate his commitment to the infrastructure of parks and sites throughout the state, allowing us to make significant capital improvements to ILMPD_Gov_Bronstonenhance the experience for all of our visitors. This year, with another $90 million commitment of New York Works funds, we look forward to continuing to transform and revitalize our park system for the 21st century,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “I’d like to thank Parks & Trails New York for organizing I Love My Park Day, and invite volunteers of all ages to join us again on I Love My Park Day for this special opportunity for a strong show of support for New York’s wonderful park system. The support of the public and dedicated partners will make our parks and sites the very best they can be.”

“Governor Cuomo’s historic investment in state parks has helped New York’s state parks and historic sites make significant improvements, but to help them sparkle like the gems they are, we’re enlisting the support of friends, volunteers and partners,” said Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin. “We hope New Yorkers who use and love their parks will take advantage of this opportunity to do their part by pitching in at this year’s ‘I Love My Park Day.’
Registration for I Love My Park Day can be completed by visiting http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/index.shtml.

1477434_10151921969155938_943589006_nThe New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by more than 60 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

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Long Island
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Belmont Lake State Park
Bethpage State Park
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Captree State Park
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Heckscher State Park
Hempstead Lake State Park
Jones Beach State Park
Montauk Point State Park
Nissequogue River State Park
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Robert Moses State Park
Sunken Meadow State Park (Alfred E. Smith)
Valley Stream State Park
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site

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Long Island Volunteer Center Announces 2014 Prom Boutique Gown Collection Dates and Sites

Long Island Volunteer Center Announces 2014 Prom Boutique Gown Collection Dates and Sites

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Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary, the Prom Boutique Provides Dresses for Thousands of Long Island High School Students

Hempstead, NY – March 17, 2014 – The Long Island Volunteer Center, working in conjunction with Nassau Community College Marketing & Fashion students, will be collecting new and gently-used prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and accessories (including dressy shoes, evening bags and costume jewelry) for the 20th Annual Prom Boutique.

The following is a list of collection sites that will be accepting donations. All Collections will take place Sunday, April 6th from 12 pm to 2 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Americana Manhasset Concierge
2060 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY 11030

AT Stewart Exchange
109 11th Street, Garden City, NY 11530
During regular store hours (Tue.-Fri: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat.: noon to 4 p.m.)

Bellmore Jewish Center
2550 Centre Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710

Clear Skin Salon
537 Hempstead Turnpike., West Hempstead, NY 11552
(Saturday, April 5 from Noon to 2 p.m.)

Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop
1395 Old Northern Boulevard., Roslyn, NY 11576
During regular store hours (Mon.-Fri: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, April 4)

Lucky Finds Boutique, Ltd
7 North Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
(Sunday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church Community Room
53 Prospect Road., Centerport, NY 11721

Somerset Gardens Senior Living
150 Sunnyside Boulevard, Plainview, NY 11803

St. John’s Episcopal Church
1670 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
309 Patchogue Road, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

Westy Self-Storage
2400 Marcus Avenue, Lake Success, NY 11020

YES Community Counseling Center
152 Center Lane, Levittown, NY 11756

Donations will be accepted through Sunday, April 6.

All dresses and accessories will be distributed free of charge to girls of families across Long Island who cannot easily absorb the expense of a new gown for their prom, awards ceremony, or graduation. High school guidance counselors, at-risk youth agencies, group homes, and church outreaches make the program available to their constituents. Over 1,800 girls benefited in 2013 from 53 different schools and nonprofit youth organizations across Long Island.

The Prom Boutique is made possible in part by a grant from JP Morgan Chase Employee Volunteerism & Giving Program.

For more information on Prom Boutique, please contact the Long Island Volunteer Center at:
prom@longislandvolunteercenter.org
(516) 564-5482
www.longislandvolunteercenter.org

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About the Long Island Volunteer Center:
The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge. The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.

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Become a Member of NYS’s Civilian Emergency Response Corps, Part of Governor Cuomo’s Disaster Initiative!

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More than a year after Superstorm Sandy devastated communities in New York City, Long Sandy Citizens CorpsIsland, and the Mid-Hudson Region, New Yorkers are still struggling to rebuild and recover from the disaster. While much of the visible damage has been repaired, individuals and families are still rebuilding and in need of volunteers to assist with plumbing, wiring, and designing more resilient structures. Survivors also need assistance with complicated tax documents and other paperwork.

Are you ready to RESPOND?

New York State needs:

• Tradespeople             • Attorneys             • Engineers

• Social workers           • Accountants        • Translators

• Plumbers                    • Electricians         • Certain Students

• Insurance Experts    • Truck Drivers     • Medical Professionals

and other skilled professionals who want to help their communities recover from Sandy and prepare for future disasters.  The Civilian Emergency Response Corps is Governor Sandy Citizens Corps 2Cuomo’s statewide collaborative disaster response and preparedness initiative, which aims to recruit “highly-skilled” volunteers to assist in ongoing Sandy recovery efforts and to develop a network of volunteers who will be able to respond in future disasters. As part of this initiative, the Long Island Volunteer Center is joining two other Regional Volunteer Centers and two New York State Office for New Americans Opportunity Centers in New York City, Long Island, and the Mid-Hudson Region to recruit and engage professionals, tradesmen, social workers, certain students and apprentices, and other individuals who have specialized skills that could help a community recover from a disaster to volunteer for projects in the communities affected by Sandy.

To learn more about volunteer projects in your community, please contact:

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To join our statewide database as a skilled volunteer, please visit:

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About Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC)

The Long Island Volunteer Center is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge.  The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders.  LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.  In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.  A member agency of the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, LIVC has taken the lead on volunteer engagement and coordination in support of Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery efforts.  For further information, please access http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org or contact 516-564-5482.

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Spring Forward into Volunteering…LIVC 2014 Spring Volunteer Opportunities List Released

Long Island Volunteer Center Releases Spring 2014

Volunteer Opportunities List

IMG_0780The Spring 2014 list of over 130 volunteer opportunities compiled by the Long Island Volunteer Center has been released advertising the volunteer needs of agencies across Long Island.  It is organized into community needs–Economy, Education, Environment and Health and is further broken down into voluntary categories from animals to social services, hunger/homelessness to mentoring, nature to cultural arts.  Contact information for volunteer coordinators is included as well as the location of the agency needing volunteers.  The list allows the interested volunteers to consider the breadth of needs across Long Island as well as the areas of interest that could be pursued while considering convenience to home, school or work.

You may access the list by clicking on this link:

Spring 2014 Volunteer Opportunities

Or you can call 516-564-5482 to receive a copy of the list via mail or fax.

The Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network and one of ten regional volunteer centers designated by the New York State Commission on National and Community Service, connects agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.

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NY Rising Housing Recovery Program Announces 6,388 Homeowners Have Been Issued Checks for Over $280 Million for Home Rebuilding

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“We’re not just going to build what was, we’re going to build to a level that never was before” – Governor Cuomo

For Immediate Release

NY Rising Housing Recovery Program Announces 6,388 Homeowners Have Been Issued Checks for Over $280 Million for Home Rebuilding

An additional $293 million in offers to purchase destroyed homes.
Application period closes April 11, one year after program opened.

The NY Rising Housing Recovery Program has distributed more than $280 million in payments to 6,388 homeowners for damages that resulted from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, or Tropical Storm Lee.  Every eligible homeowner who applied by January 20 has been issued a check for home reconstruction.  Over 4,650 Nassau residents have been issued rebuilding payments totaling over $201 million and over 1,350 Suffolk residents have been issued over $65 million in rebuilding payments.  Additionally through its buyout and acquisition program, the State has made offers totaling over $293 million to purchase the homes of 709 homeowners.

The program began accepting applications in April 2013.  The deadline to complete applications for NY Rising Housing Recovery assistance in counties outside NYC is April 11.  (For point of reference, New Jersey closed its applications on September 30, 2013 and the City of New York, which operates an independent housing assistance program, closed to new applicants October 31, 2013.)

These deadlines do not affect homeowners already in the program, in process of receiving their award, or those seeking clarification of their award.

The community buyout program in which neighborhoods can opt in to have the state buy out their entire neighborhood will also close April 11.

The funds were made available through State’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

Homeowners interested in applying may do so by calling 1-855-697-7263 or visiting http://www.stormrecovery.ny.gov

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Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training Program this Saturday, February 22, 2014

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo invites you to participate in a

Citizen Preparedness Training Program

The program is open to all who wish to attend!nys-prepare

Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.

Registration begins at 9:00 A.M.

All participants must register in advance at:  www.prepare.ny.gov

Bethpage High School
10 Cherry Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714

Through the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, approximately 100,000 New Yorkers will be provided with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Training sessions will be led by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. Proper preparation in the home will be emphasized. Trainers will supply information on what organizations can provide additional support; how to register for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system; and how to be aware of notifications from such sources as the Emergency Broadcast System.

A key component of this training effort is the distribution of Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Kits that contain key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Every training participant (one per family) will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Starter Kit, which includes:

• Plastic drop cloth

• Light stick

• (2) D Batteries

• First Aid Kit

• Face mask

• Safety goggles

• AM/FM pocket radio w/batteries

• (6) packs of drinking water

• (6) food bars

• Regular flashlight

• Emergency blanket

• Duct tape

• Work gloves

• Water bottle

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EITC Awareness Day: Are You Eligible for EITC? Get It, and Get It Right with Volunteer Help

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR EITC?

GET IT, AND GET IT RIGHT WITH VOLUNTEER HELP

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Hempstead, NY January 31, 2014

Working families may get a larger tax refund this year because of the Earned Income Tax Credit, but to get it, you must claim it. Today, January 31, marks the 8th National EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about EITC and free tax preparation sites.

Volunteers – trained by the Internal Revenue Service – are available to help you claim the EITC and other tax benefits for which you are eligible. They will prepare your tax return for free.

If you worked last year and your Earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) was,

  • $46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $14,340 ($19,680 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children

you should check out your eligibility for EITC. You also can get free help preparing your tax return. Nationwide, millions of people miss out on EITC because they do not claim it on their tax return or they do not have a filing requirement.

On average, EITC adds $2,300 to working families’ refunds. It can mean an additional $487 for people without children up to $6,044 for those with three or more qualifying children. Last year in New York, more than 1.7 million workers received $3.9 billion in EITC refunds averaging $2,255.

EITC is also complex. It varies by income, family size and failing status. To be eligible, you must have earned income or certain disability income. This means you must have income from wages, self-employment or farming. You do not have to be married or to have children to qualify. A trained volunteer can help you determine if you meet these and other EITC rules.

Workers should come prepared to a volunteer site with the following:

  • A valid driver’s license or other photo id card
  • Social security cards, a Social Security number (SSN) verification letter or the Individual Taxpayer Identifying Number (ITIN) for all persons listed on the return
  • Birth dates for all persons listed on return
  • All income statements: Forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security, unemployment, and other statements, such as pensions, stocks, interest and any documents showing taxes withheld
  • All records of expenses, such as tuition, mortgage interest, or real estate taxes
  • Copies of last year’s state and federal tax returns, if available
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers to direct deposit any refund
  • Dependent child care information: name and address of who you paid and either the caretaker’s SSN or other tax identification number
  • Both spouses to sign forms to e-file (electronically file) a joint tax return

Community volunteers will help you get EITC and the maximum refund you’re due. This is money you can save or use to pay off bills, buy that car to get to work or make a down payment on a home. Let us help make your life a little easier.

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About Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

EITC, the Earned Income Tax Credit, sometimes called EIC or Earned Income Credit is a refundable tax credit. Meaning, EITC can reduce the federal tax to zero and any unused credit is refunded. But, workers must file a tax return to get the credit even if their income is below the filing requirement. To qualify, workers must have taxable income from working for someone or from running a business or farm.

About Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC)

The Long Island Volunteer Center is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge.  The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders.  LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.  In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.  A member agency of the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, LIVC has taken the lead on volunteer engagement and coordination in support of Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery efforts.  For further information, please access http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org or contact 516-564-5482.

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NYS Citizen Preparedness Training – Farmingdale State College; 2/1/14 from 12-2 pm

New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps

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All participants must register in advance at:aware_prepare_185x88
http://www.nyprepare.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare/

With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters. Governor Cuomo has launched the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps so residents have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Citizen Preparedness training will begin in February and will be held at armories and other locations, such as the State Fair. Trainings will be led by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control. All training sessions will be coordinated with local county emergency management personnel.

The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. Proper preparation in the home will be emphasized with encouragement to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, along with fire extinguishers, are all available and in proper working order. Trainers will supply information on what organizations can provide additional support; how to register for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system; and how to be aware of notifications from such sources as the Emergency ALERT System (EAS). Participants will also be encouraged to get more involved in existing community-based emergency activities that may be organized through local schools, businesses or community-based organizations.

A key component of this training is the distribution of New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps Response Kits that contain key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. As an individual, a family member, and member of their community, it is essential that citizens take a few basic steps to be prepared; their quality of life and their loved ones may depend on it. Often during an emergency, electricity, heat, air conditioning or telephone service may not work. Citizens should be prepared to make it on their own for at least 7-10 days, maybe longer.

As part of the training, participants will receive information about the other supplies and personal information that they should add to their Personal Response Kit.

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MLK Day of Service Volunteer Events scheduled on Long Island January 18 – 27

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MLK Jr. Day of Service

MLK Day of Service Volunteer Events scheduled on

Long Island January 18 – 27

Press Release:  January 21, 2014

The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, and creates solutions to social problems, moving society closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.  The Long Island Volunteer Center announces several events happening across the region that celebrate this vision spotlighting volunteers who are serving their fellow Long Islanders in need.

These events are taking place throughout the week to launch a year-long program dedicated to the importance of community service and the need for “highly-skilled” volunteers.  Volunteering is necessary…from building a disaster preparedness kit to rebuilding a home.  NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the creation of a state-wide collaborative disaster response and preparedness initiative which aims to recruit “highly-skilled” volunteers to assist in on-going Sandy recovery efforts and to develop a network of volunteers who will be able to respond in future disasters.  Superstorm Sandy illustrated the importance of volunteering on Long Island.   Volunteering has become an essential part of the rebuilding of lives of individuals and families that were affected most by the storm.

In addition, the State University of New York (SUNY) school system on Long Island has partnered with the New York State Office of National and Community Service and the Long Island Volunteer Center to lead the effort to honor Dr King.

On Saturday, January 18, Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College sponsored a kick-off event at Stony Brook.  200 volunteers (representing students, faculty, and community members) assembled 250 disaster preparedness kits for vulnerable populations served by EOC Suffolk and the Wyandanch Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center.   In addition, nonprofit organizations including All Hands Volunteers, American Red Cross, Nechama, Pet Safe Coalition, Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Suffolk, and UMCOR staffed exhibits to provide attendees with additional opportunities to serve their community.  Keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Post (author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping and Why Good things Happen to Good People), presented statistics on the impact of volunteering and how individuals can give back in meaningful, purposeful ways.  http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/happenings/oncampus/honoring-dr-kings-legacy-stony-brook-and-suffolk-county-community-college-hold-day-of-service-at-stony-brook/?=marquee4

Two additional kit building events will be held at SUNY campuses this week:

250 student volunteers will assemble disaster preparedness kits and earn a cupcake at Nassau Community College.  The disaster preparedness kits will be donated to the LI Center for Independent Living, Helen Keller Foundation and the Long Beach Senior Magnolia Center.  Representatives from these nonprofits will be on hand to thank the volunteers.  Dr. Kenneth Saunders, Acting President. Nassau Community College will be the keynote speaker.

300 student volunteers will assemble disaster preparedness kits at SUNY Old Westbury.  The kits will be donated to The Inn and EOC Nassau.  There will be a keynote speaker, Scott Reich, college council member and author of Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation, who will be speaking about a lifetime of service.  Students will be asked to pledge to volunteer once a month and identify a “buddy” to assist each other in reaching that goal.  The kits will be delivered by volunteers to the organizations where they will have site tours to learn more about the nonprofits.

Farmingdale State College:   The College announced that the Architecture and Construction Management Department will continue to work with fire departments, veteran’s facilities, senior centers, community centers and parks to rebuild and recover from the damage that Superstorm Sandy left behind.  Over 40 highly skilled volunteers consisting of students and faculty have prepared existing condition plans, energy audits, sections, elevations and other details using AUTOCAD.  They have worked on projects in West Sayville, East Farmingdale, Islip, North Lindenhurst, North Amityville, Wyandanch, North Babylon. Bayport, Bohemia, Sayville,  Smithtown, Patchogue, Medford, and Hauppauge.  Farmingdale State College will be the site for kicking off a volunteer fair to be held during National Volunteer Week in April.

On Monday, January 20th, MLK Day of Service, the following events occurred:

Touro Law Center held a Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the law school’s public service mission.  It was designed for members of the public, in addition to disaster relief nonprofits who have clients with outstanding legal needs. Valuable information to Sandy-affected households about disaster resources to help promote the recovery, including ways to pursue ongoing flood insurance claims were provided.  Clinic faculty and attorneys, together with students enrolled in the Disaster Law Clinic met with Sandy-affected households.

Rebuilding Together Long Island built a wheelchair ramp for a Sandy homeowner.

United Methodist Committee on Relief volunteers worked on a rebuild in Long Beach.

Friends of Freeport volunteers painted a veteran’s home in Baldwin.

Coming up across the region:

Friends of Long Island are working on 5 rebuild projects in affected Sandy communities.

National Grid: Approximately 20 highly skilled-based volunteers from National Grid will be working with disaster relief organizations, New York Says Thank You and Nechama, to assist with subflooring for a family in Suffolk County.  Date: Friday, January 24th.

Poughkeepsie Basketball Team:  Our Lady of Lourdes High School Basketball team in Poughkeepsie, New York will be playing Manhasset High School on Saturday, January 25th on the Sunday the 26th they will be working with a disaster relief organization to help with rebuild recovery efforts at a home in Nassau County.  Date: Sunday, January 26th.

Nassau Bar Association:  The Nassau Bar Association will be having free legal consultation clinics for Superstorm Sandy Recovery and Mortgage Foreclosures.  Date/Time:  Monday, January 27th from 3:00-6:00 pm.

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About MLK Day of Service

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only Federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” It is a part of the President’s national call-to-service initiative, and invites Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community” (http://mlkday.gov/about/serveonkingday.php).

About Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC)

The Long Island Volunteer Center is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge.  The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders.  LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.  In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.  A member agency of the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, LIVC has taken the lead on volunteer engagement and coordination in support of Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery efforts.  For further information, please access www.longislandvolunteercenter.org or contact 516-564-5482.

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Governor Cuomo Provides Important Winter Safety Tips for Preventing Hypothermia, Frostbite etc.

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Governor Cuomo provides important winter safety tips for preventing hypothermia, frostbite etc.

Issued By: NYS – Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

Issued On: 01/03/14 2:44 PM

Affected Jurisdictions: New York

Category / Publication: Press Release – General

What is hypothermia?

When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced.  The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature.

Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.

Hypothermia occurs most commonly at very cold environmental temperatures, but can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

Who is most at risk for hypothermia?

Victims of hypothermia are most often:

  • Elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating
  • Babies sleeping in cold bedrooms
  • Children left unattended
  • Adults under the influence of alcohol
  • Disabled individuals
  • People who remain outdoors for long periods – the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.

What are the warning signs for hypothermia?

Adults:

  • Shivering/exhaustion
  • Confusion/fumbling hands
  • Memory loss/slurred speech
  • Drowsiness

Infants:

  • Bright red, cold skin
  • Very low energy

What should I do if I see someone with warning signs of hypothermia?

If you notice signs of hypothermia, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95°F (35°C), the situation is an emergency—get medical attention immediately.

If medical care is not available, begin warming the person, as follows:

  • Get the victim into a warm room or shelter.
  • If the victim has on any wet clothing, remove it.
  • Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin—using an electric blanket, if available. Or use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets.
  • Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature, but do NOT give alcoholic beverages. Do not try to give beverages to an unconscious person.
  • After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck.
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible.

A person with severe hypothermia may be unconscious and may not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing. In this case, handle the victim gently, and get emergency assistance immediately.

Even if the victim appears dead, CPR should be provided. CPR should continue while the victim is being warmed, until the victim responds or medical aid becomes available. In some cases, hypothermia victims who appear to be dead can be successfully resuscitated.

What is frostbite?

Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes.  Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation.

What are the warning signs of frostbite?

At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

  • A white or grayish-yellow skin area
  • Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
  • Numbness

Note: A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.

What should I do if I see someone with warning signs of frostbite?

If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia, as described previously. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance.

If (1) there is frostbite but no sign of hypothermia and (2) immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:

  • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes—this increases the damage.
  • Immerse the affected area in warm—not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
  • Or, warm the affected area using body heat. For example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers.
  • Do not rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage.
  • Don’t use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming.
  • Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.

Protect yourself when it is extremely cold

  • The World Health Organization recommends keeping indoor temperatures between 64 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit for healthy people. The minimum temperature should be kept above 68 degrees Fahrenheit to protect the very young, the elderly, or people with health problems.
  • Watch out for signs of hypothermia. Early signs of hypothermia in adults include shivering, confusion, memory loss, drowsiness, exhaustion and slurred speech. Infants who are suffering from hypothermia may appear to have very low energy and bright red, cold skin.
  • When outside, take extra precautions to reduce the risk of hypothermia and frostbite. Dress appropriately; ensure the outer layer of clothing is tightly woven to guard against loss of body heat. When outdoors, don’t ignore the warnings signs. Shivering is an important first sign that the body is losing heat and a signal to quickly return indoors.
  • For those with cardiac problems or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s orders about shoveling or performing any strenuous exercise outside. Healthy adults should always dress appropriately and work slowly when doing heavy outdoor chores.

Stay safe while heating your home

Take precautions to avoid exposure to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a potentially deadly gas. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless and non-irritating. It is produced by burning fuels such as wood, oil, natural gas, kerosene, coal and gasoline.
  • Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu but do not include a fever. At lower levels of exposure, a person may experience a headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Exposure to very high levels of carbon monoxide can result in loss of consciousness and even death.
  • For more information see: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/carbon_monoxide/
  • If you use a fireplace, wood stove, or portable kerosene heater to stay warm, be sure there is adequate ventilation to the outside. Without enough fresh air, carbon monoxide fumes can build up in your home. Never use a natural gas or propane stove/oven to heat your home. If you are using a kerosene heater, use 1-K grade kerosene only. Never substitute with fuel oil, diesel, gasoline or yellow (regular) kerosene.
  • Open a window to provide ventilation when a portable kerosene heater is in use to reduce carbon monoxide fumes inside the home. If you plan to cook on a barbeque grill or camp stove, remember these also produce carbon monoxide and are for outdoor use only.
  • Wood stoves, space heaters, electric heaters, kerosene heaters and pellet stoves can be dangerous unless proper safety precautions are followed. Learn more at http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/indoors/heaters.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch and be aware of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water. To keep water pipes from freezing in the home let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing, open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to un-insulated pipes under a sink or appliance near an outer wall. Keep the heat on and set no lower than 55 degrees.

Generator Safety

  • Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never run a generator in your home or indoor spaces, such as garages, basements, porches, crawlspaces or sheds, or in partly enclosed spaces such as carports or breezeways. Generators should only be operated outside, far away from (25 feet or more if possible) and downwind of buildings. Carbon monoxide in the generator’s fumes can build up and cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which can lead to death.
  • Do not exceed the rated capacity of your generator. Overloading your generator can damage it and any appliances connected to it. Fire may result.
  • Fuel spilled on a hot generator can cause an explosion. If your generator has a detachable fuel tank, remove it before refilling. If this is not possible, shut off the generator and let it cool before refilling.

Fire Safety

  • When adding fuel to a space heater, or wood to a wood stove or fireplace, wear non-flammable gloves. Never add fuel to a space heater when it is hot. The fuel can ignite, burning you and your home.
  • Keep the heater away from objects that can burn, such as furniture, rugs or curtains.
  • If you have a fire extinguisher, keep it nearby.
  • Be careful with candles–never leave them burning if you leave the room.
  • Keep children away from space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves to avoid accidental burns.

Check on your family or neighbors and find out how they’re doing. Make sure they know what to do–and what not to do–to protect their health.

More information and precautions about cold weather can be found at:

http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/cold/cold_weather_tips.htm

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Looking for Something Rewarding to Do This Winter or Over the Holidays? Volunteer!

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Winter can make even the heartiest of us feel like hibernating with the bears!  Take a minute to check out our Events List Winter 2013-2014 for volunteering opportunities in your area!  Have a favorite interest or skill?  Volunteering allows you to share the gift of you with your neighbors on Long Island and to help you wave good-bye to those winter blues…

Events List Winter 2013-2014

or use this link:

http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=015A00000020yXq

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Become a Volunteer to Prepare Tax Returns in Your Community for 2014

Become a Volunteer to Prepare Tax Returns in Your Community for 2014

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Looking for a way to help in your community?

The IRS is currently looking for volunteers to provide free tax help for the upcoming filing season. Working in either the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or Tax Counseling for the Elderly program can be rewarding while serving a vital role in your local community.

The VITA and TCE programs generally offer free tax help to people with low-to-moderate income who need help preparing their own tax returns. This includes people with disabilities, senior citizens and many sites are able to assist those for whom English is a second language.

Last year, nearly 92,000 volunteers at thousands of sites nationwide helped more than 3.3 million taxpayers.

Volunteering can be exciting, educational and enjoyable. Here are a few good reasons to consider signing up to help

  • · No previous experience required20100130_NYCare-Aviva Tax Prep_010
  • · IRS provides free online tax law training
  • · Flexible volunteer hours
  • · Various volunteer duty options
  • · Time commitment is minimal

To become a volunteer go to:

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/IRS-Tax-Volunteers, then complete and submit Form 14310 VITA/TCE Volunteer Sign Up, making sure to include all of your contact information along with the city and state where you want to volunteer. A local IRS representative will direct you to the nearest organizations offering free tax help.

Become a volunteer and see what a difference it can make in your life and the lives of others!

YouTube Video - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Recruitment – Find out how you can help families with low to moderate income file their tax returns.

On Twitter? Send thisTweet to your customers:

#IRS Seeking #Volunteers to Help Low-Income Families with Free Income #Tax Return Preparation #VITA #taxes http://go.usa.gov/jxKP

On IRS.gov

Free tax return preparation for you by volunteers Six Good Reasons Why You Should Become a Tax Volunteer

TUMBLR - IRS in search of volunteer – share information on becoming a tax volunteer.

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Governor Cuomo Urges New Yorkers to Donate Coats in Response to NY Cares Donation Shortage!

Governor Cuomo Urges New Yorkers to Donate Coats in Response to NY Cares Donation Shortage

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Albany, NY (December 13, 2013)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to donate coats in response to the NY Cares donation shortage. NY Cares has received 97,000 requests for coats but has only gotten 8,500 donations to date. Their goal is 100,000.

“New Yorkers in need who cannot afford warm coats need our help as temperatures continue to drop this winter,” said Governor Cuomo. “NY Cares reported a major shortage in available coats so I am urging New Yorkers to give any and all warm coats that might keep a child warm this season. We have a rich tradition of charity in this state, and I know we will do everything we can to make sure that no one in goes cold this season.”

At the Governor’s direction, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will set up additional drop-off locations at their facilities.

Additional drop-off locations are as follows:

NYCT Headquarters 2 Broadway, NY, NY 10004
MTA Headquarters 347 Madison Avenue, NY, NY10017
NYCT Building 130 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Mezzanine Level at the Entrance to the World Trade Center PATH Station Corner of West Broadway and Vesey Street, NY, 10006
North Wing Concourse of the Port Authority Bus Terminal 625 8th Avenue, NY, NY 10018

The Office of General Services (OGS) has set up drop-off locations across the state for businesses and individuals to bring the toys, coats and school supplies, which will be distributed to families in underserved communities throughout the state.

The drop-off locations are as follows:

Alfred E. Smith Building 80 South Swan Street, Albany NY
New York State Capitol Washington Avenue, Albany NY
Empire State Plaza Main Concourse Empire State Plaza, Albany NY
Harriman Campus Building 8 Harriman Campus, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany 12226
Harriman Campus Building 12 Harriman Campus, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany 12226
Senator Hughes State Office Building 333 E. Washington Street, Syracuse NY 13202
Dulles State Office Building 317 Washington Street, Watertown NY 13601
Perry B. Duryea State Office Building 250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building 163 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027
Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building 55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn NY 11217
328 State Street 328 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305
NYS Lottery Office One Broadway Center, Schenectady NY 12305
NYS Dept of Transportation 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205
NYS Environmental Conservation 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233
Eleanor Roosevelt State Office Building 4 Burnett Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Binghamton State Office Building 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building 65 Court Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

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Source URL: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12132013-ny-cares-coat-donation
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[1] http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12132013-ny-cares-coat-donation

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LI Jobs with Justice & NYCOSH Need Your Help in Completing Sandy Recovery Survey!

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Dear Friend,

Nearly a year ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated Long Island. Ninety percent of us lost power, and many of us lost our homes. More than a year later, many are still waiting for financial assistance from New York State and are still repairing their homes from storm-related damages. This is unacceptable.

As we continue to assess damages and advocate for improvements in preparation for future disasters, Long Island Jobs with Justice and the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) have partnered on an important survey. This survey will help assess 1) health issues of Long Islanders impacted by Superstorm Sandy, 2) damage to homes, and 3) access to recovery funds.

Please help us by spreading around this survey  to your friends and colleagues. Your support is critical to the success of this project. To access the survey, click here or use this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dY-kXlWs413KuY0xafLY8hvYDkn0NZLBc_5C0MUm2ng/viewform

For print-outs of the survey, contact me at 631-524-3922 or by emailing charlene.obernauer@gmail.com

Thank you,

Charlene Obernauer, LI JWJ and David Pratt, NYCOSH

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Governor Cuomo Delivers Thanksgiving Donations

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Governor Cuomo Delivers Thanksgiving Donations

Albany, NY (November 27, 2013)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today visited food pantries and community centers in Westchester County, the Bronx, and Long Island to help deliver Thanksgiving donations to New Yorkers in need. The Governor made deliveries with members of the New York National Guard to the Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers, Part of the Solution (POTS) in the Bronx, the Kennedy Memorial Park Community Room in Hempstead, and Long Island Cares, Inc. in Hauppauge.

Click here for photos of the Governor’s visits today.

Governor Cuomo and daughter Cara in Hauppauge

Governor Cuomo and daughter Cara in Hauppauge

“Thanksgiving is about gathering with family and friends and celebrating the spirit of giving with others, especially those less fortunate,” Governor Cuomo said. “Today, I was pleased to be able to lend a hand at several community centers and food pantries with my daughter Cara to deliver Thanksgiving meals to New Yorkers in need. As we continue to enjoy this holiday season, I encourage New Yorkers who can to do their part by donating or volunteering at a local food bank or soup kitchen. Together we can make the holidays a little brighter for our neighbors.”

Yesterday, the Governor also expressed what he is thankful for.

He said, “First and foremost, I am thankful that my three girls will be with me, two of them are up in college now so I miss them and don’t get to see them. They will be with me, and they are doing very well. That’s probably top of the list. That’s tough now, there are a lot of ways to get into trouble, and I see too many young people getting into and I am blessed with my three girls. I still have my parents with me and that’s a special blessing. I am thankful for that. And I am doing a job that I truly love, and I am so thankful for the people of this state for giving me the chance to do public service.”

Click here for the audio. The comments were made as part of an interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter.

The Thanksgiving donations today were provided by a partnership with Walmart, PepsiCo and FreshDirect. The meals were provided by Walmart; PepsiCo donated 2,800 beverages, including juice and other drinks, and FreshDirect provided 3,000 boxes to help with the transport and delivery of goods.

Governor in Hempstead

Governor in Hempstead

Governor Cuomo continues to encourage New Yorkers and businesses to help meet the increased need for emergency food this holiday season by donating or volunteering at their local food pantry or church. New Yorkers can visit the following websites or call one of the eight regional food banks for more information about making a donation in their community if they cannot find a location nearby:

Food Bank of Western New York (located in Buffalo), http://www.foodbankwny.org [4], 716-852-1305
Foodlink (located in Rochester), foodlinkny.org, 585-328-3380
Food Bank of the Southern Tier (located in Elmira), http://www.foodbankst.org [5], 607-796-6061
Food Bank of Central New York (located in Syracuse), http://www.foodbankcny.org [6], 315-437-1899
LRegional Food Bank of Northeastern New York (located in Latham with a satellite facility, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, at Cornwall-on-Hudson), regionalfoodbank.net, 518-786-3691
Food Bank For Westchester (located in Elmsford), http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org [7], 914-923-1100
Food Bank For New York City, http://www.foodbanknyc.org [8], 212-566-7855
Long Island Cares, Inc./The Harry Chapin Food Bank (located in Hauppauge), http://www.licares.org [9], 631-582-3663

Items in highest demand by emergency food providers include:

canned meat (chicken, turkey, tuna fish, canned chili with beans) – lower sodium versions preferred;
peanut butter and lower sodium canned beans (particularly kidney and pinto, due to the high protein content);
canned vegetables (corn, peas, carrots, green beans, white and sweet potatoes) – lower sodium versions preferred;
canned fruit (peaches, apricots, oranges) packed in fruit juice;
shelf stable 1% or fat free fluid milk (UHT box pack);
canned pasta meals containing 7 or more grams of protein per serving (i.e. spaghetti-meatballs) – lower sodium versions preferred;
cereal containing 3 or more grams of fiber per serving;
pasta – whole wheat and whole grain varieties appreciated; and
rice and instant brown rice

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Contact Information:
Governor’s Press Office
NYC Press Office: 212.681.4640
Albany Press Office: 518.474.8418
press.office@exec.ny.gov

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Volunteer Opportunities for Military Veterans

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Current thinking indicates that service to the community and individuals in need provides the veteran (and the elderly!) …. benefits.  Time magazine, July 2013

Veterans and Volunteering

Are you a veteran or a military family member looking for volunteer opportunities on Long Island?  The Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, is a local resource that links individuals and groups to volunteer needs of over 230 Long Island-based nonprofit organizations.   There are many different opportunities ranging from disaster response and recovery, parks and beach clean ups, building homes for those in need, nursing homes recreational programs, painting schools, mentoring youth, serving at soup kitchens or food pantries, looking after animals at shelters, helping with special events, supporting cultural arts, or even administrative/clerical work.

About the Long Island Volunteer Center

The Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC) is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round, and its services are provided free of charge.  The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders.  LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.  In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.   A member agency of the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LIVOAD), LIVC has also been actively supporting Superstorm Sandy disaster recovery.  For more information, contact the Long   Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482 or visit www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.  LIVC also has Facebook, blog and Twitter accounts and publishes a seasonal list of volunteer opportunities disseminated to each Long Island library.

Additional information and resources

While there is something for everyone, veterans’ unique skills are extremely desirable to nonprofit organizations particularly leadership capabilities, team building, willingness to do heavy lifting, strong work ethic, and desire to serve.  Plus, recent research has shown that offering veteran volunteer opportunities helps veterans too.  According to Time magazine, “After serving our country overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, veterans want to keep serving.  In fact, 92% of veterans aspire to serve their community after returning home, according to a landmark survey.  The reason?  It is a very difficult process for veterans to come back home after they leave, and having work helps smooth their transition process back to having a normal life with their friends and families.  What veterans are not looking for is praise.  They simply feel a need to keep serving our country and help their fellow families and communities.  And it is our job to create more volunteer opportunities for veterans so that we can essentially give back to them, by helping them maintain an ordinary life.”

Many programs such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps are working with veterans to help them find opportunities to help their families as well as communities around them.  Other organizations such as Point of Light Foundation and HandsOn Network create opportunities dedicated to educating as well as building and strengthening skills of volunteers.  They encourage individuals to build better communities to help to improve the environment, economy, education and emergency preparedness.  The Mission Continues and Team Rubicon are veteran specific and advertise many ways to engage in service opportunities.

Time magazine feature articles on veterans and volunteering:

http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1936943,00.html

http://nation.time.com/2013/06/20/can-service-save-us/

Tool kits to create service projects for Veterans & Military Families from Serve.gov

Toolkit: Connecting Veterans to Community Services

http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page/toolkits/veterans/index

Toolkit: How to Help Military Families (AARP)

http://createthegood.org/toolkit/help-military-families

Points of Light Foundation & HandsOn Network Veterans Volunteering Resources

http://www.pointsoflight.org/programs/military-initiatives/veteran-leader-corps

http://www.handsonnetwork.org/resources/download/5287

Resources for Military Families and Veterans from Serve.gov

http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page/vets-resources

http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page/serving-veterans-and-military-families

Here is a list of resources for the military community as well as for those who would like to contribute their time and resources to support military families and veterans.

Military and Government Support

U.S. Department of Defense Community Relations

http://www.ourmilitary.mil/

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Community Relations fosters public awareness and understanding of Department of Defense (DoD) missions, personnel, programs, and requirements.

Military OneSource

http://www.militaryonesource.mil/

Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families.

National Resource Directory

https://www.nrd.gov/

The NRD is a website for connecting wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families with those who support them.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

http://www.va.gov/

This federal agency exists to provide and connect veterans to the benefits and services they’ve earned by serving their country.

National Guard Bureau – Joint Services Support

https://www.jointservicessupport.org/Default.aspx

In addition to ensuring the sustainability of the National Guard community, the JSS network leads seven programs designed to enrich the lives of service men and women and reward their service.

Citizen Support

U.S. Department of Defense Community Relations – Military Families:  A list of organizations focused supporting military families.

http://www.ourmilitary.mil/militaryfamilies

U.S. Department of Defense Community Relations – Military Spouses: A list of organizations dedicated to supporting military spouses.

http://www.ourmilitary.mil/military-spouse-support

U.S. Department of Defense Community Relations – Helping Troops Help Others

http://www.ourmilitary.mil/helping-troops-help-others

A list of links to nonprofit organizations that engage veterans in service to other veterans and military families.

Military Family and Veterans Non-Profits

Blue Star Families – http://www.bluestarfam.org/ – Blue Star Families works hand in hand to share the pride of service, promote healthier families, aid in our military readiness, and contribute to our country’s strength.

The Mission Continues – http://missioncontinues.org/ – An organization dedicated to building an American where every returning veteran can serve as a citizen leader and where together the fallen are honored by living their values through service.

The American Legion   –  http://www.legion.org  –  The nation’s largest veteran’s service organization, the American Legion is committed to local programming that strengthens its commitment and ties to local communities.

Veterans of Foreign Wars  –  http://www.vfw.org  –  The VFW aims to serve our veterans by fostering camaraderie among U.S. veterans of overseas conflicts and advocating on their behalf.

National Military Family Association  –  http://www.militaryfamily.org  –  Founded in 1969, the National Military Family Association fights for benefits and programs that strengthen and protect uniformed services families and reflects the Nation’s respect for their Service.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America  –  http://www.iava.org  –  Founded in 2004, this organization works to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

USO  – http://www.uso.org  –  For the past 70 years, the USO has provided Americans a way to express their gratitude to active-duty servicemen and women, veterans, and the military community. The USO has a presence around the globe, with more than 150 centers in 27 countries.

Additional Nonprofit Organizations serving veterans and military families

Team Rubicon  –  http://teamrubiconusa.org/  –  Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

Operation Military Kids  –  http://www.operationmilitarykids.org/public/statePOCHome.aspx?state=New%20York  –  Our mission is to support National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty Service Members’ children living in our own backyards in NYS by increasing community awareness of issues faced before, during and after deployment through education; and by creating a network of services and resources available locally for affected military kids.

4H Support for Operation Military Kids  –  http://nys4h.cce.cornell.edu/get%20involved/Pages/4-HMilitary.aspx  –  Since 1995, 4-H National Headquarters has worked in partnership with U.S. Army Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS), Air Force Family Member Programs (FMP) and, beginning in 2007, Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) to extend 4-H to U.S. Military Families worldwide. With support of 4-H professionals, military staff and volunteers provide quality developmental programs for children in safe and nurturing environments so that military men and women can pursue their critical, high risk assignments.   4-H clubs provide “a slice of home” for military youth worldwide through quality educational experiences using research-based curricula for youth ages 5 -19. Military youth can become involved in 4-H and continue their 4-H work wherever they move when their parents are transferred or deployed.

http://ccesuffolk.org/operation-military-kids/  –  As we are celebrating our 75th year, 4-Hers in Suffolk County wanted to kick off a year-long community service project. Operation Military Kids (OMK) is that project. OMK started in 2005 and is the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort to support children and youth impacted by deployment. OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being. In 2009, over 150,000 youth participated in 49 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Operation Military Kids go to www.operationmilitarykids.org. Throughout the year, 4-Hers and volunteers throughout the county will be sewing backpacks and stuffing them with fun stuff (dolls, stuffed animals, games, etc), communication tools (stamps, stationary, journals, scrapbooks, disposable cameras) and a letters from kids.

Additional Volunteer Portals

http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org/

http://www.newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov/

https://211longisland.communityos.org/zf/profile/search

http://www.idealist.org/

http://www.volunteermatch.org/

http://www.911day.org/

Retired Senior Volunteer Program Nassau County http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org553122.jsp

http://www.rsvpsuffolk.org/

http://www.unitedwayli.org/volunteer

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Long Island Volunteer Center Receives New York State Grant to Strengthen Region’s Ability to be Ready for Disasters

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Long Island Volunteer Center
58 Hilton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550
           (516) 564-5482
http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org
           disastervolunteer@longislandvolunteercenter.org

For Immediate Release
November 7, 2013

Local Organization Receives New York State Grant to Strengthen
Region’s Ability to be Ready for Disasters

The Long Island Volunteer Center will use the $50,000 funding
to bring in a disaster recovery expert and to recruit skilled volunteers from the community

As part of a state-wide initiative under the direction of Governor Cuomo, the New York State Commission on National & Community Service has provided each of the ten Regional Volunteer Centers  (RVCs) across the State with $50,000 in funding to increase their capacity to engage volunteers to help prepare New York’s communities for potential disasters of the type experienced with Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Superstorm Sandy. The RVCs were created by the Commission three years ago and have successfully recruited and placed over one million volunteers during that time. The Long Island Volunteer Center is the RVC for the Nassau and Suffolk counties.

“We appreciate the Governor’s and the Commission’s support in helping our communities prepare for future weather-related and other potential crises that we might face. In the past, we’ve always pulled together to overcome adversity,” says Diana O’Neill, executive director of the Long Island Volunteer Center. The Long Island Volunteer Center organized many community events related to disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Some include corporate volunteers creating a sustainable community garden at a Senior Center in Long Beach, volunteers planting dune grass to strengthen the dunes in Long Beach and assisting members of the community to prepare disaster preparedness kits helping to raise awareness of being prepared. The Long Island Volunteer Center also recruited and referred volunteers to disaster recovery volunteer groups performing essential work in the storm affected communities.

The funds will be used to hire a Regional Disaster Voluntary Agency Liaison with experience in disaster services and volunteer management. Each Regional Disaster VAL will be housed within a Regional Volunteer Center and build relationships among Federal and State government, and voluntary, faith-based, and community entities on a regional level.

“The Long Island Volunteer Center immediately responded to the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy by mobilizing and placing volunteers to assist Long Islanders. This support will help us to continue our efforts to serve Nassau and Suffolk counties for the long-term recovery as well as be even better prepared for possible future natural disasters,” says Simone Solz Leo, Regional Disaster Voluntary Agency Liaison. Simone Solz Leo is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has many years of experience in volunteer management in Long Island leading September 11 and MLK, Jr. National Days of Service. Additionally, she has greatly contributed to the volunteer efforts immediately following Superstorm Sandy organizing drives for flooded communities, coordinating community projects, actively participating in long term recovery group efforts, and presenting on managing spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers.

The Regional Disaster VALS will recruit and train a corps of skilled disaster volunteers across the State. These skills include, but are not limited to, trades such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters or volunteer management. Members of the community who feel they have appropriate skills to help in disaster relief may apply by going to the website of Long Island Volunteer Center at http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.

The VALS will also engage military veterans in disaster service opportunities including preparedness, response, and recovery. Regional Disaster VALS will meet with the State Division of Veterans Affairs, local veterans’ organizations, and State military representatives to identify best practices to engage veterans who could serve as Disaster Volunteers or State Disaster Volunteer Leaders. “We are particularly inspired by the opportunity to have our veterans be part of this effort,” said Mark Walter, Executive Director of the New York State Commission on National & Community Service. “This initiative will capitalize on the organizational and management expertise of veterans, as well as include them as problem solvers in their communities.”

The LIVC is the resource center of volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge. The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service was established in 1994 by an Executive Order of the Governor, and administers programs funded by the National Community Service Trust Act of 1993, including AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps Education Awards programs. The Commission members are diverse and bi-partisan and are appointed by the Governor.

The State Commission on National & Community Service works collaboratively with the Corporation for National & Community Service and New York State Education Department to administer 240 national service programs that engage more than 80,000 volunteers annually in the State of New York. The State Commission and its partners leverage the impact of AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Senior Corps programs to address the needs identified in the State’s service and civic engagement agenda in the core areas of education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, disaster services, veterans and military families, and economic opportunity. In addition, the State Commission leads the efforts of a statewide network of ten regional volunteer centers that partner with community-based organizations to deliver training and resources that build volunteer management capacity in order to more effectively meet state and local needs.

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2013 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities Now Available!

Season's Greetings

Take a look through the Holiday Volunteer Opportunities list now posted on LIVC’s website. Ask a friend to join you in helping Long Island agencies provide food & gifts to Long Islanders in need this season!

2013 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

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One Year Later: Long Islanders Still Suffering from Sandy

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One Year Later: Long Islanders Still Suffering from Sandy.

One Year Later: Long Islanders Still Suffering from Sandy

Rashed Mian and Christopher Twarowski

One Year Later: Dozens of struggling homeowners rallied at Babylon Town Hall Saturday, Sept. 28. Many held signs and donned shirts that declared, "Homeless With A Mortgage."

One Year Later: Dozens of struggling homeowners rallied at Babylon Town Hall Saturday, Sept. 28. Many held signs and donned shirts that declared, “Homeless With A Mortgage.”

A scrum of small business owners huddled with local officials along Freeport’s Nautical Mile one recent Thursday to triumphantly declare that the resilient village had finally risen from the ashes—literally—after Superstorm Sandy had devastated the waterfront community.

Standing alongside these local shop owners was Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, there to tout the village’s resurrection after Sandy’s record storm surge sent saltwater cascading through the streets, wreaking havoc on the dozens of shops abutting the canal.

That was a year ago this month.

“The message here today is that the Nautical Mile is open for business,” he beamed, a few feet away from where a hurricane-ignited blaze ripped through several businesses on Oct. 29, 2012—the day the superstorm hit.

The county executive—who had walked these and many other battered streets in the days and weeks following Sandy—delivered another message: a hopeful plea for people to return to the Nautical Mile to celebrate its rebirth.

“Many of these businesses got open late in the season and they need your support here,” he continued. “Come on down for dinner, the weather is still nice, the restaurants are beautiful and we all have to do our part.”

As the one-year anniversary of Sandy approaches, Long Islanders across both Nassau and Suffolk counties will look back on the hurricane’s impact on the region and how homeowners and business owners bounced back.

But those effects are still being felt, say local officials and advocacy groups—many of whom continue to have weekly recovery meetings despite all the work that has already been done. They point to the carcinogenic mold continuing to spread menacingly through walls; homes still gutted down to their skeletons because insurance money has yet to arrive; displaced families living in trailers or hotels or small apartments while also paying mortgages; the steady rise in food-pantry visits; more-and-more people seeking treatment for mental health issues related to the storm; and stalled infrastructure projects yet to be completed.

The reality is that thousands who never thought twice about treating their families to a seafood dinner along the Nautical Mile can no longer afford to. Some have depleted their life’s savings and live with the constant fear that things will continue to get worse.

And those on the frontlines with storm-ravaged residents are worried that Long Islanders less-affected by Sandy have already put the devastating storm behind them.

“So many people on Long Island think Sandy was a year ago, it doesn’t matter anymore,” says Richard Schneider, a Red Cross volunteer and Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient from Merrick. “The fact is that there still are so many that need so much help.”

LIVING WITH SANDY

Pattie and Victor Calcano had just finished up Tropical Storm Irene-related repairs on their Berger Avenue home in Amityville when Sandy barreled into LI.

The storm swallowed their home and forced the Calcanos to level the entire house and replace it with a two-bedroom trailer that they’ve been living in with their three children ever since.

“It’s just basically holy hell,” Pattie says with a tired laugh.

The loss of their home has been made harder by the ongoing battle with their insurance company. The Calcanos have also been forced to shell out a $30,000 rental fee for the trailer while also paying for a mortgage on a house that technically doesn’t even exist. Thus, their savings account has dried up.

After what they had gone through with Irene, Pattie was sure they’d be able to do all their repairs by June. But the miniscule amount of insurance money they received compared to what they could get didn’t even start trickling in until then, forcing them to postpone repairs.
“People say, ‘How are you doing?’ says Victor. “You’re tired of saying ‘horrible.’”

Their story is all too common in a post-Sandy Long Island.

Debbie Lemaire and her family picked up a Christmas tree last December and plopped it inside their small hotel room they had been living in since Sandy poured 46 inches of saltwater mixed with a toxic blend of oil and sewage into their Lindenhurst home.

The entire house was gutted, forcing them to seek shelter elsewhere. The Lemaires are now living in Wantagh, where they pay $2,700 a month on top of the existing mortgage on their South 8th Street home.

“Even people in the same neighborhoods don’t see [that Sandy still exists],” she says softly. “Support your neighbor and help us cut through this red tape. We paid the insurance premiums for 30 years. God bless the people who didn’t have insurance, they got their money, they made the repairs, they’re back.”

WHERE’S THE MONEY?

Three months after Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast Congress finally approved a $60 billion aid package to help pay for the storm. Yet nearly one-year later, much of that money has yet to make it into the hands of homeowners and local municipalities who need the cash the most, say local officials and residents.

“No funding has come to us yet,” blasts Mastic Beach Village Mayor Bill Biondi. “We’re still waiting for the governor to release the money that’s supposed to be coming to us.”

Mastic Beach, which still has around 75 homes deemed uninhabitable and 12 that have been lifted, was one of the hardest-hit areas in Suffolk County, thanks to a breach in Westhampton Beach and two more breaches on Fire Island, which acts as a barrier for coastal communities to its north.

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LONG HAUL: Bill Johnson (top), of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, has been volunteering on LI since the day Sandy hit. Southern Baptist and other groups worked out of a cavernous warehouse (bottom) but were forced to relocate. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)

Federal aid will handle the $700 million cost of a half-century-old Fire Island to Montauk Point storm mitigation project plan that is supposed to strengthen 83 miles of shoreline and would calm fears in communities such as Mastic Beach that a storm surge would torpedo through unabated like it did during Sandy. The hurricane has overcome the plan’s biggest hurdle—funding—but rebuilding barrier island dunes is not slated to start until January, with raising thousands of South Shore homes on stilts to come later.

Biondi says he walks into his office every day hoping to find a letter or a voicemail telling him money is on its way.

“I never thought here in the United States people would still be waiting, a year later,” he adds.

But the state insists projects are in the works.

In September, 21 communities from South Valley Stream to Mastic Beach began meetings under the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, which puts the onus on these towns and villages to come up with their own unique plans to strengthen their communities. Their plans have to be submitted by April 2014 in order to receive a slice of the $750 million Gov. Andrew Cuomo has allocated for the projects.

Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer says the town received federal aid for emergency work done during and after Sandy, but acknowledges that homeowners will have to hold on a little longer until New York Rising is completed.

“[We] still have a number of people who are not home who don’t have a clear answer as to how they’re going to get home,” he says. “That’s my biggest concern. We need these programs to move quicker.”

According to state data, $266,148,756 in public assistance funding from the federal aid package has been dispersed to LI, though mostly for emergency work following the storm. Nassau County says residents have received $323,768,556 for individual assistance.

“Nassau County continues to recover and rebuild from the damaging impact of Hurricane Sandy,” Mangano said in a statement to the Press. “We continue to fight to get residents the Federal dollars they need to rebuild their lives.”

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was not made available for comment. The county also didn’t respond to a list of questions for this story.

Several residents still struggling to get back on their feet put the blame on the federal government. They say local officials are handcuffed and can only do so much.

“It’s still not done and it’s a year,” Lindenhurst-native Joan Ensulo says of repairs to her home because the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declined her application for funding. “And I’m not half as bad as half of all these people with children who are not in their homes and homes who had to be lifted.”

Bayville is the only North Shore village among the 21 communities under New York Rising. Its mayor, Doug Watson, is doing what he can to help residents in the meantime, but he understands why residents are upset.

“We are forging ahead at the speed of government,” he says, with a hint of sarcasm.

CATASTROPHIC FAILURE

Local government hasn’t been taken off the hook entirely.

In Nassau, residents living near the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant have derided lawmakers for delaying most of the $722 million in borrowing requested by Mangano—$262 million of that has been approved—after the Sandy storm surge led to a catastrophic failure at the plant, spewing sewage into streets, waterways and homes.

A man who lives near the plant blasted the 19-member legislature at a recent meeting, accusing them of playing politics with residents’ lives, and admitting to “foolishly” believing lawmakers would come to a deal that would fix the plant and finally put an end to what he called “Sunday smell”—an obnoxious odor which disappeared last summer but returned after Sandy.

“For God’s sake, fix my problem,” he said, adding, “Sooner or later your going to kill this community, [and] you’re going to have a lynch mob on your hands.”

Republicans have a 10-9 majority in the county legislature, but need a supermajority of 13 votes to approve borrowing. Democrats have argued for more oversight before approving hundreds of millions of dollars that would add to the county’s mounting debt load. FEMA is expected to pick up the tab but only after the county already borrows the money for the repairs.

“After investing $70 million in upgrades to the plants, Hurricane Sandy created further damage,” Mangano said in a statement. “The time is now for Democrat legislators to lay politics aside and partner with me in creating a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly facility that protects both our residents and local waterways.”

Bay Park isn’t the only major facility that suffered critical damage during the storm.

Long Beach Medical Center is the last remaining major hospitality yet to reopen since Sandy. The entire basement—basically the center of the hospital’s operating system—suffered major flooding and the hospital has yet to recover.

“There wasn’t anything you needed to run a hospital that probably wasn’t included in the basement,” says LBMC spokeswoman Sharon Player.

Thousands living on the barrier island have signed a petition pleading with the state to step in to get the hospital back and running, fearful of what could happen without an emergency facility on the island.

But it appears the 162-bed hospital—down from 200 at its peak—was in dire straights economically even before the storm, making the medical center a good candidate to merge with another facility on the South Shore, possibly South Nassau Community Hospital.

“The medical center had been losing money, we are a hospital that serves a lot of Medicare and Medicaid patients,” Player says. “We don’t look at it as a bad eye to be serving people who are struggling.”

Player declined to go into detail regarding a potential merger, citing a non-disclosure agreement. LBMC lost $2 million in 2011, she notes. Figures for 2012 aren’t available because Sandy struck before the end of the year.

Still, the LBMC has done what it can to continue providing treatment to residents, specifically in mental health because many suffered deep, emotional scars that came to the forefront in the months after the storm. Others also joined in the effort to aid Long Islanders battling inner demons.

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STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Dozens of charities worked together after Hurricane Sandy to assist in recovery efforts. They held weekly meetings in this room inside a former former Sleepy’s warehouse to help those still struggling. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)

Inner Struggle

“The ongoing cost and the increased debt that’s coming for folks that were already struggling is really a story that’s not getting covered,” says Gwen O’Shea, CEO and president of Health & Welfare Council of Long Island, and who has also been leading efforts at the Long Island Volunteer Center, which just recently moved out of a cavernous warehouse in Bethpage that the furniture company Sleepy’s provided to her and dozens of other charities, for free. Mental health, she adds, is “falling under the radar…And we have serious concerns when the anniversary does hit, what are the implications going to be for people from a physical and mental health perspective?”

“Can you imagine having three kids, working a full-time job, taking care of your elderly parent and trying to keep it all together for 10 months, 11 months?” she adds.

Mental health experts point to the stress of rebuilding and the financial struggle that befell many Sandy survivors as evidence why mental health treatment is critical in preventing people from falling into a black hole that they’ll never climb out of.

But some people may be too proud—especially former breadwinners, who never experienced a problem this devastating—to ask for help.

“People don’t expect tragedy to happen,” says Robyn Berger, division director of Huntington-based Family Service League. “And when it does, it’s very hard to move forward without someone to help you through it, particularly if you’re somebody whose never needed help in the past.”

Children, too, have also developed mental scars that require treatment, says Colleen Merlo, associate director of the Mental Health Association. Some are even showing signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, she says, adding that the slightest rainstorm can awaken horrific memories from last year.

“Children’s mental health was severely impacted,” by the storm, notes Merlo, adding that she expects her phones to be flooded with more calls from concerned parents.

The ongoing mental health crisis would be far more severe if it wasn’t for nonprofit organizations and other mental health treatment facilities that have gone door-to-door to check up on patients or lend a helping hand. A number of other groups, such as the Red Cross, The Health & Welfare Council, United Way of Long Island, and even charities from thousands of miles away have contributed in any way they can.

“I think so many peoples lives…are back to normal, and unless you go—if you’re out on Long Beach, you could still see destruction,” says Bill Johnson, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief North American Mission Board project coordinator and volunteer, who came all the way from Kentucky to help and has been here ever since. “But in so many of these areas, like in Island Park, or in Freeport, if you go down by the water, you’ll see a roll-off there that people are still putting stuff in, but outwardly, it doesn’t look that bad. But when you start looking inside, there’s still so many people that’s not back together.”

FIGHT ON

A camera is slung over Lance Walker’s neck as he makes his way through a crowd of people outside Babylon Town Hall on Sept. 28. He cuts through, holding signs declaring “Stop FEMA Now!” and asking, “Where is our money?”

Walker, one of the subjects of the Press’ Sandy coverage last year, was smiling as he walked—a hopeful glow radiating around him.

Last time we spoke, Walker was standing outside his Lindenhurst home, which just had been ravaged by Sandy’s storm surge. His eyes welled with tears as he grabbed a hold of his children, wondering if he’d ever be able to watch home videos of his kids growing up. It turned out he wouldn’t, the saltwater took care of that.

But things are improving. Walker is back in his home after living in two apartments since the storm, and his home is 80-percent recovered, he says proudly.

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Lance Walker, a father and husband from Lindenhurst, was reduced to tears last year when we talked to him outside his home. A year later, he’s more hopeful that things will get better. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)

“It’s been a long road but we’ve come a long way,” Walker says.

As he continues to rebuild his Shore Road home, Walker admits that he’s in a better place than immediately after the storm. He has more hope because of the support of total strangers when he was at his worst.

“After the storm you realize how good people were,” he says. “I walked around for a couple of days without any shoes on, and somebody heard about it, and I had six pairs of brand new shoes…I’m actually more hopeful now.”

The year of torture that thousands on Long Island lived through has many people feeling less optimistic about the future. Things won’t get better until insurance companies unload more money and federal aid dollars start trickling down. Much of Long Island is still a broken puzzle board, with pieces strewn about. But there is hope.

Walker, who has been to hell and back, is moving forward with newfound resilience that has him more hopeful than ever.

“[Sandy] does still exist,” he says. “It’s a long process but we’re all learning from it. We’re meeting new friends. We’re finding out that there are people who really care and besides all the bureaucracy, we’ll get through it.”

“Don’t walk away,” he adds, “don’t give up, just hang in there, it’s worth it. It’s worth it.”

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Touro Law Center: Impending Insurance Deadlines for Superstorm Sandy Victims

Touro Law Center Helps Inform Superstorm Sandy Victims of Impending Insurance Deadlines

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Law School Disaster Relief Clinic Creates Insurance Checklist for Homeowners

September 25, 2013
Touro Law Center, home of the Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Clinic, is warning Sandy victims of impending deadlines for insurance claims. On the heels of these deadlines, Touro Law Center faculty and students are taking new steps to continue helping storm victims navigate the confusing legal bureaucracy.

Touro Law is announcing the creation of a new Insurance Checklist and accompanying cover letter to help homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy meet requirements for two upcoming insurance deadlines:

- The “proof of loss” requirement
- The statute of the limitations to file suit

We advise submitting all proof of loss forms with all of their supporting documentation so that homeowners can confirm that everything is received by the insurer by October 26, 2013, and earlier whenever possible.

The Disaster Relief Clinic strongly advises all Sandy victims who are owed flood insurance money to meet this “proof of loss” deadline – even if for example:

· A claim, “supplement,” or other paperwork is currently pending with the insurer.
· They have been told that they will receive more insurance money by anyone.
· They have signed a “proof of loss” form from an insurance adjuster (which is likely incomplete and does not state the full amount of insurance money owed).
· They have worked with a contractor, building consultant, engineer, public adjuster, or any other expert.

The checklist provides simple, easy-to-digest information for homeowners about these critical flood insurance deadlines, critical deadlines in homeowner (non-flood) insurance policies, as well as other vital information and tips based on our experience helping storm victims for nearly a year. This is the second such checklist released by the law school.

“As residents across Long Island struggle to rebuild, red tape has prevented many homeowners from getting the insurance money that they expected and paid for,” said Patricia Salkin, Dean of Touro Law Center. “Even worse, some are caught unaware of application due dates. We’re proud to leverage our significant resources and expertise to educate residents and help them get the aid they so desperately need.”

Touro Law Center stands as a leader in disaster relief efforts. The school’s multi-faceted and long-term response to Superstorm Sandy has helped those in need while offering practical training for students.

Following the storm, Touro launched the Touro Law Center Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team (HEART) hotline, which provides pro-bono legal assistance to Hurricane Sandy victims, added a Disaster Law course to its curriculum, and opened a Disaster Relief Law Clinic where students volunteer their services under close faculty supervision with clients. The clinic and hotline have received over 1400 calls, hosted volunteers from across the country, and created a series of programs designed to help affected communities.

Through these efforts, Touro Law is making a lasting, positive impact on the community and the next generation of lawyers.

The checklist and its accompanying cover letter, which has additional vital information, can be found at www.tourolaw.edu/tlcheart and our blog at disasterlaw.wordpress.com under “Public Resources.” We anticipate that there will be more information to come on these issues, given their complexity and the problems that homeowners are facing. Please regularly check these websites for any updates and call our hotline at (631) 761-7198 with questions.

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Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York.  Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 750 and an alumni base of more than 5,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

About the Touro College and University System 

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as  Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/media/.

For more info contact:

Patricia Desrochers
Director of Communications, Touro Law Center
(631) 761-7062
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Had a Relaxing Summer? Looking to Volunteer? The Long Island Volunteer Center is Asking All LIers to Get Involved…2013 Fall Volunteer Opportunities List Now Available!

Hempstead, NY – September 15, 2013 – The Long Island Volunteer Center is asking all Long Islanders to get involved and make a difference in their communities.  The Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, is designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  This designation, which is a part of the NYS Volunteer Generation Campaign, came in response to the 2011 “Volunteering in America” report that ranked New York last in the nation in volunteer participation rates.

“Many Long Islanders don’t realize that there is a tremendous need that exists right in our own neighborhoods.  Local nonprofits accomplish amazing results given their limited resources and manpower, but imagine what we could achieve if every Long Islander committed to even one hour of volunteer work,” said Diana O’Neill, Executive Director of the Long Island Volunteer Center. “One of the easiest ways to get started is to access our website at www.longislandvolunteercenter.org  where your interests, skills and availability for local volunteer opportunities can be registered.”

Interested Long Islanders can register online to learn about upcoming volunteer projects, including ongoing Sandy recovery efforts.  The Autumn 2013 Volunteer Opportunities list is now available for download on the website.  Click on the link at the bottom of this post to access the listing or go to our website:

http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org

The list can be found by scrolling down our Homepage and clicking on “Seasonal Opportunities” listed under “Highlights” on the right-hand side of the page.  As volunteer opportunities are added regularly, registered members will be notified of new projects as they are posted.

About The Long Island Volunteer Center 

Created in 1992 to improve the quality of life for all Long Islanders, the Long Island Volunteer Center is a nonprofit organization that encourages people to engage in service to their communities and mobilizes volunteers and donations to support community service initiatives.

For more information, contact the Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482 or visit www.longislandvolunteercenter.org

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Autumn 2013 Volunteer Opportunities List

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Help Clean Up Our Oyster Bay Harbor on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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This September: You Can Be the Hero during National Preparedness Month!

August 24, 2013

Contact: Simone Solz Leo, 201-912-2701

Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, Announces Participation in September’s National Preparedness Month

This September: You Can Be the Hero!

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Hempstead, NY  – This September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, has committed to participate in National Preparedness to increase preparedness throughout the U.S. The event, now in its ninth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

The Long Island Volunteer Center is participating this year by sponsoring with the Long Island Blood Services, a 3rd annual blood drive at the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum & Education Center in Garden City, NY.  The blood drive is also being promoted as a September 11 National Day of Service.

One of NPM’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. Preparing can start with four important steps:

1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency

2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency

3. Build an emergency supply kit

4. Get involved.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan. Preparedness information and events will be posted to:  http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM 

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit:  http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM or call 1-800-BE-READY,      1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585.

About the Blood Drive

Monday, September 9, 2013 from 2:00 to 8:00pm at Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center which is located along Museum Row on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City, NY.

The two past blood drives resulted in the collection of 107 pints of blood.  According to Long Island Blood Services, one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Patients depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma, which can only come from volunteer blood donors. People of all blood types are encouraged to donate.

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“Now in its third year, LIVC’s life-saving blood drive continues to grow bigger each year thanks to the generosity of our fellow Long Islanders,” said Simone Solz Leo, Blood Drive Chair at the Long Island Volunteer Center. “There is a constant need for blood donations in our region. Becoming a volunteer donor is a significant way to mark the September 11 anniversary as well as participate in National Preparedness Month.”

To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in general good health with no tattoos for the past 12 months. Sixteen year olds may donate blood with parental consent. Over the age of 76 requires a doctor’s note.

To donate blood:

http://tinyurl.com/LIvolunteercenterblooddrive

For additional information, please contact: BloodDrive@longislandvolunteercenter.org

Or call 516-478-5018

For medical eligibility, please contact: Long Island Blood Services 1-800-688-0900

About the Long Island Volunteer Center:

The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge. The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island. For more information, contact the Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482 or visit www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.

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Build a Disaster Kit to Prepare Your Family & Enjoy a Free Concert Featuring Huey Lewis & the News!!

Are You Good & Ready?

Build a Disaster Kit to Prepare Your Family

on August 17, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m.

at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre

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Then attend a free concert sponsored by Nassau County

featuring Huey Lewis and The News at 7 p.m.

The Allstate Foundation, Points of Light Foundation, and the Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, invite Long Island residents to prepare for catastrophe at a kit building event on August 17, 2013, at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre from 5 to 7 p.m.  Following this community service event will be a free concert sponsored by Nassau County featuring Huey Lewis and The News at 7 p.m.

Why is this kit building event important in preparation for a disaster?

Certainly hurricanes, tornadoes and wild fires are disasters, but disasters also include events like extended power blackouts, house fires or floods. Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, with little or no warning, but it is possible to be prepared for them. Research from the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that 85 percent of Americans are not prepared for potential disasters, which inspired The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light to bring Good & Ready, an online and on-the-ground emergency preparedness program, to Long Island to help families and the community prepare for disasters.

At the community service event on August 17 at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, residents will assemble 400 disaster preparedness kits to take home for their families. While supplies last, the kits will include a hand-crank flashlight, water bottle, dust mask, garbage bags and hand sanitizing wipes, among other items.

“This Good & Ready event is about helping people be more prepared for life’s uncertainties,” according to Diana O’Neill, Executive Director, Long Island Volunteer Center. “Everyone on Long Island can take simple steps to get prepared for a disaster, including taking a few minutes to build a kit that could be invaluable in the case of an emergency.”

Additional area residents who come to the event also will receive disaster preparedness bags with helpful information on how to build their own disaster kits at home.

Good & Ready is supported by The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light Foundation, working in partnership with Ready.gov, the American Red Cross and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. The Allstate Foundation’s involvement in the program is part of its new SaferLivesSM program, which provides important safety information to help people be aware of the risks in their lives and protect themselves and their loved ones.

To mark the launch of Good & Ready, The Allstate Foundation offers the following three steps to help your family prepare for a disaster:

Step 1: Build a disaster preparedness kit

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If disaster strikes, you’ll want to have supplies to help you and your family (including your pets) survive for at least three days. Your disaster preparedness kit should contain these basic supplies:

· Water (one gallon per person, per day)
· Ready-to-eat, nonperishable food (for family members and pets)
· Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
· Flashlight
· First-aid kit
· Whistle (to signal for help)
· Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape
· Moist towelettes and plastic garbage bags with ties (for sanitation)
· Wrench or pliers
· Local maps (to locate emergency services and shelters)
· Extra batteries

For a complete list, visit http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.

Step 2: Create a household emergency plan

A household emergency plan should include the following information:

· Emergency contact names and numbers – mobile and landline (As an extra precaution, everyone in your family should program “In Case of Emergency,” or ICE, contacts in their mobile phones so emergency personnel can contact them if needed)
· Family meeting place in your neighborhood and an alternative meeting place in the region
· Personal details for each family member (date of birth, important medical information, recent photos)
· Addresses and phone numbers of the places family members frequent on a regular basis (work, school)
· Contact information for medical providers (doctors, pharmacist, veterinarian)
· Important medical and insurance information, including photocopies of your medical insurance card(s)

For a fill-in-the-blank household emergency plan and cards to download, print and keep close at hand, visit www.Ready.gov/make-a-plan.

Step 3: Help your community get ready for a disaster

The strength of a community comes from each person who lives in it. By raising your hand to help your community prepare for a potential disaster, you can help people respond to and recover from an emergency situation.

Visit www.GoodandReady.org, go to the “Resources” page, and then click “Get Trained” to find a disaster volunteer team near you.

About Good & Ready

Good & Ready is a national collaborative, online and on-the-ground emergency preparedness engagement initiative led by Points of Light, working in partnership with Ready.gov, the American Red Cross and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. The Good & Ready partner organizations share one goal: to help 1.5 million Americans be more prepared for disasters by 2015. By empowering individuals, families and communities to volunteer and become better prepared, Good & Ready aims to create a more disaster-resilient nation. For more information, tools, tips and preparedness event resources, visit www.GoodandReady.org.

About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

About Points of Light Foundation

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through HandsOn Network affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of volunteers where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.

About Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network

The Long Island Volunteer Center is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge.  The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders.  LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.  In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.  For more information, call 516-564-5482, email info@longislandvolunteercenter.org, or access www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.

For more information about Nassau County’s free concerts:

http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/WhereToGo/active/documents/FreeConcertSummer.pdf

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Back-to-School Supply Drives on Long Island – Please Support these Terrific Programs!

Long Island Backpack/School Supplies Donation Programs

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Operation Homefront: Back to School Brigade Program

Collection End Date:  August 6, 2013

Please use link below to Operation Homefront website for information and check out Dollar Tree Stores link below to see where you can donate at your nearest store.

http://www.operationhomefront.net/highlights.aspx?id=23804

http://www.dollartree.com/custserv/custserv.jsp?pageName=OperationHomefront

UJA Federation of New York

Collection End Date:  August 16, 2013

Please visit their website using the link below for information on how to donate and for the ability to register to volunteer to assist in packing the backpacks which begins on August 20.

UJA Federation
Solomon Schechter School of Long Island
6 Cross Street
Williston Park, New York 11596

http://www.ujafedny.org/event/view/supplies-for-success/

Pronto Long Island, Inc.: Backpack Program

Collection End Date: August 22, 2013

Distribution will include college students who are struggling with tuition and supply costs.

Items Especially Needed: Composition Notebooks, loose leaf paper, tab inserts, binders, markers, highlighters, backpacks, pocket folders, glue sticks, crayons, pens, pencils, scissors, rulers and calculators.

Drop off may be done Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pronto Long Island, Inc.
128 Pine Aire Drive
Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-231-8290
 

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless/Every Child’s Dream/Holiday Magic:  Backpack Pirates

Collection End Date:  August 22, 2013

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, through a partnership with Holiday Magic and Every Child’s Dream, will distribute backpacks and school supplies for more than 1,000 children in need on Long Island.  Visit the website using the link below and click on the tab marked “Backpack Pirates” for information on drop-off sites and items needed.

For Questions, contact Dylan Levene at the LI Coalition:  516-742-7770 x.11

http://www.nsch.org/

Family Service League: Backpacks for Back to School

Collection End Date: August 23, 2013

Items Especially Needed: Boxes of Pencils, Crayons, Markers, and Colored Pencils; Marble Composition Books, Packages of Loose Leaf Paper, 1-Subject Notebooks, 3-Subject Notebooks, 1” Three-ring Binders, Backpacks

Note: Items must be NEW and in original packaging.

Our Family Center Drop-Off Locations:

The Olsten Family Center, 790 Park Avenue, Huntington
The Iovino South Shore Family Center, 1444 Fifth Avenue, Bay Shore
The Brookhaven Family Center, 1490 William Floyd Parkway, East Yaphank
The Riverhead Family Center, 208 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead
 

John Thiessen Children’s Foundation: Back to School Program

Collection End Date: August 23, 2013

Please call before dropping off donations

JTCF
1881 Wantagh Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793
516-679-TOYS

http://www.jtcf.org/programs.htm

United Way of Long Island: Stuff-a-Bus Program

Collection End Date: August 23, 2013

UWLI accepts donated school supplies which will be distributed to children in under-served school districts.  Preferred items include backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks, pocket folders, pens, pencils, washable markers, pencil cases, crayons, glue/glue sticks, scissors, rulers and hand wipes.  Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at:

United Way of Long Island
819 Grand Boulevard
Deer Park, 11729
631-940-3731
 

Long Island Food Not Bombs

Collection End Date: Ongoing

For Information and Drop Off  Locations:

http://www.lifnb.com/sharing/materials%23school_supplies

Long Island Cares, Inc.: School Tools Program Operation

Collection End Date: Ongoing

Long Island Cares, Inc.
10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way)
Hauppauge, NY 11788-2039
631-582-FOOD

schooltools@licares.org

http://www.licares.org/LICpages/School_Tools.htm

Family & Children’s Association

Collection End Date: Ongoing

Items Needed: Backpacks, notebooks (marble and spiral), markers, pencils and crayons, binders, looseleaf paper, construction paper, scotch tape, glue sticks, small staplers, book covers, lunch boxes, portfolios, and calculators.

Family & Children’s Association
100 E. Old Country Road Suite 25, 2nd Floor
Mineola, NY 11501
516-746-0350 Ext. 336

http://www.familyandchildrens.org/Back-To-School

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Compiled by the Long Island Volunteer Center as a community service. Send updates/corrections to info@longislandvolunteercenter.org

Updated: August 1, 2013

 

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Volunteer to Help Long Beach’s “Comeback Crew” Build the Magnolia Center Community Garden for Seniors & Children

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America’s Commitment to Volunteerism and Service; President Honors Former President George H.W. Bush and Recipients of 5000th Daily Point of Light

President Barack Obama and former President George H. W. Bush present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award to Outreach Inc. co-founders Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, winners of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award, in the East Room of the White House, July 15, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and former President George H. W. Bush present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award to Outreach Inc. co-founders Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, winners of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award, in the East Room of the White House, July 15, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

America’s Commitment to Volunteerism and Service | The White House.

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Exciting Volunteer Cleanup Opportunity @ Historic Rosemary Open Air Theater at Huntington Seminary This Saturday, 7/20/2013

Stages on the Sound is in the beginning stages of renovating the historic Rosemary Open Air Theatre on the grounds of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Lloyd Harbor.  The theatre was built into a hillside overlooking the water by Roland Conklin for his wife Rosemary starting in 1912.  The estate’s mansion burned down in the 1990′s.

Currently, the space is mostly overgrown.  Fortunately, a number of efforts throughout the decades since the space fell into disrepair have kept the trees from getting too large and the general condition of the stone work and terraces is excellent.

The organization’s goals over the next several years are to:

  1. Clear the space so it is accessible
  2. Use the space this summer for a theatre camp for students
  3. Start professional performances in the space next summer
  4. Continue to restore the space until it echoes its former glory and becomes a permanent and important fixture of the region

To get started, they have scheduled a their second cleanup for this Saturday, July 20. Volunteers are needed to help with this effort.  They will be cutting down some small trees, clearing out brush and working on the stage area.  Tools will not be required, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own tools remembering to mark them with their names.  Volunteers should wear sunscreen, bring work gloves, dress appropriately and bring bug repellant to apply before working. There will be volunteers of all ages there, so it will be a fun activity for families to do together if they are interested.

Stages on the Sound is a 501(c)3 organization, and they carry their own volunteer accident insurance.

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Cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  There will be plenty of parking at the seminary (in the side lot) but a bit of a walk to the theatre.  Volunteers are invited to work for all or part of the day as their schedule allows.  Work will continue until 6 p.m.

Lunch, snacks and drinks for all volunteers will be provided.

Volunteers are asked to RSVP to Will Ditterline, Artistic Director for Stages on the Sound, at:

willditterline@yahoo.com

On the days of the cleanup, Will can be reached at 917-306-6895

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On This 4th of July, Why Do You Serve?

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How Service Can Save Us

Make sure you pick up your copy of Time Magazine‘s #nationalservice edition at newsstands! Be sure to read Managing Editor Rick Stengel‘s editor’s note:

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Check out the online version here:

How Service Can Save Us

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Help Our Wounded Warriors with Trackchairs by Ordering Replica of Picture of US Presidents

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At the 2013 National Conference on Volunteering & Service sponsored by Points of Light and held this past week in Washington, DC, Bill O’Reilly, host of television’s O’Reilly Factor spoke about an auction and sale that he has spearheaded after meeting a pilot who was trying to raise funds to purchase Action Trackchairs for the more than 1,700 veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who lost limbs or were paralyzed as a result of their service.  “When reality sinks in and the injured realize how dependent they are without all functioning limbs, often there are severe psychological consequences.  Many of the soldiers and Marines who lost limbs were self-reliant achievers, who lived life on their own terms.”¹  These Action Trackchairs will enable these vets to reach areas not accessible in an everyday wheelchair.  The chair allows for more freedom and independent movement.  It enables our wounded vets to go hunting, fishing, to the beach and so much more.

You can order a facsimile of one of the signed pictures of the five currently living US presidents by donating $25 to the Independencefund.org.  All donations will go to the purchase of these chairs for our wounded vets.  O’Reilly announced at the conference that the funds from the auction of the eight original signed pictures plus the funds being raised from the purchase of the facsimiles will allow for the purchase of a chair for each of the over 1,700 vets needing these chairs.  To make a $25 donation and to receive your facsimile picture suitable for framing, go to this link and click on the orange and yellow box:

Independence Fund

It is amazing to see what we can accomplish when we work together to become “One America”!

¹The War on Terror: Up Close and Personal by Bill O’Reilly for BillOReilly.com; Thursday, May 2, 2013
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It’s Mile-a-Minute Season! North Shore Land Alliance Needs Volunteers to Pull this Incredibly Invasive Vine!

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Mile-a-Minute Vine

IT’S MILE-A-MINUTE SEASON!

The dreaded mile-a-minute vine is making its mark on Long Island as never before.  Known for its rapid growth (up to six inches in a day, or up to 25 feet in a season!), this invasive pest, if left to its own devices, can take over a field or woodland, outcompeting desirable native vegetation.  We have scheduled a series of events for volunteers to pull mile-a-minute at a preserve in Old Brookville or Upper Brookville this year.

Please join North Shore Land Alliance at one or more of the following events!:

Thursday June 27thth @ 9:30am

Thursday July 11th @ 6:00pm

Saturday July 13th @ 9:30am

Sunday July 28th @9:30am 

Additional times may be arranged for groups.  This is a wonderful opportunity for those looking to fulfill community service requirements!

SUPPLIES AND SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED.

TO REGISTER AND FOR DIRECTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE NORTH SHORE LAND ALLIANCE AT (516) 626-0908 or gsantang@syr.edu  THANK YOU!!

For more information about the Land Alliance please visit http://www.northshorelandalliance.org.

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Governor Cuomo Deploying DFS Mobile Command Center to Locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to Help Sandy Victims

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Governor Cuomo Deploying DFS Mobile Command Center to Locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Trained Staff to Help Sandy Victims with Applications for Federal Housing and Business Recovery Aid

Albany, NY (June 3, 2013)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is deploying representatives of the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to help homeowners and business owners affected by Superstorm Sandy apply for federal recovery aid.

DFS representatives will also be available to assist with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Sandy.

The Department’s representatives will be available to meet with residents inside the agency’s Mobile Command Center, which will be stationed at these locations:

Nassau County

Tuesday, June 4 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
500 Sunrise Highway, Valley Steam

Wednesday, June 5 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
492 Atlantic Avenue, East Rockaway

Thursday, June 6 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Rd, Freeport

Suffolk County

Friday, June 7 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Municipal Lot, Bennett Place & Montauk Highway, Amityville

Saturday, June 8 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
351 Merrick Road, Amityville

To apply for housing or business recovery assistance, visit http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov/

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Resource/Informational Events for City of Long Beach Residents offered by the City of Long Beach and the LI Long-Term Recovery Group

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Long Beach “Save the Bay Day” Saturday, May 18, 2013; 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

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Stamp Out Hunger: Island Harvest Needs Volunteers on 5/13 – 5/15 to Sort & Pack the Many Pounds of Food LI’ers will be Donating to the Letter Carrier’s Drive. Groups are Welcome!

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Volunteer Opportunities Monday, May 13-Wednesday, May 15

The Annual National Association of Letter Carrier’s Food Drive is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, May 11. Please remember to leave a bag of non-perishable food, such as canned vegetables, pasta, cereal, and other items that do not require refrigeration by your mailbox for your letter carrier to collect.

We are still in need of support to weigh, sort, and pack this food at our collection site so it can be transported to local pantries and other feeding programs. The following volunteer opportunities are available next week (Mon-Wed)

SORTING/PACKING- Groups are welcome! Note that, for safety reasons, the minimum age for volunteering is 12. Groups with minors under 18 must bring adequate adult supervision (minimum of 1 adult for every 5 children).

HEAVY LIFTING- You must be comfortable operating a pallet jack and moving between 200 and 1,000 pounds of food. The minimum age for volunteering in this capacity is 18. Training is required and will be conducted on-site on the day of the event.

SHIFTS AVAILABLE

Mon, 5/13 and Tues, 5/14
• 8-11am
• 10:30-1pm (for heavy lifting/moving)
• 12:30-3pm
• 2:30-6pm
• 5:30-9pm
• 8:30-10:30pm

Wednesday 5/15
• 8-11am
• 10:30-1pm
• 12:30-3pm
• 2:30-6pm

To learn more and to register, please visit:  Stamp Out Hunger LI

Joan Flynn
Volunteer & Community Relations Manager
Tel: 516.294.8528 x121; fax 516.747.6843
joan@islandharvest.org

199 Second Street, Mineola, NY 11501
40 Marcus Blvd. Hauppauge NY 11788| www.islandharvest.org

 
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Hicksville Cleanup on Saturday, May 18, 2013! Volunteers Needed!! Help Take Pride in Your Community…

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Greenbelt Trail Work & Erosion Control in Cold Spring Harbor Scheduled for Saturday, May 11! Volunteers Needed.

Saturday, May 11:  Cold Spring Harbor Work Outing

8:00 AM 
Info: Bill, 631-514-9487

A spring day is a great time to lend a hand for some hard but rewarding trail work and erosion control; meet in parking lot of Cold Spring Harbor State Park, on NY 25A next to library; bring water, work gloves, pails, shovels and safety glasses, if you have them; rain cancels.

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Long Island Greenbelt Trail Selected as NEWSDAY’s pick for Best Trails    

1978-2013 Our 35rd Year

The LONG ISLAND GREENBELT TRAIL CONFERENCE is a unique, non-profit grassroots organization that has created more than 200 miles of hiking paths on Long Island, including three National Recreation Trails. We are dedicated to protecting open space and our scenic Greenbelt trails for all to enjoy. We lead over 200 FREE GUIDED HIKES each year; and have donated a total of over 500,000 volunteer hours to Long Island’s parks and trails.

Our MAPS of our trails and woodlands, contributed by naturalist Larry Paul, are acknowledged as the very best and most detailed of any on Long Island. We encourage you to JOIN the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference and help us KEEP LONG ISLAND GREEN! Use this web site to learn more about our organization.

To find the Greenbelt Office in Blydenburgh Park: from Route 25-25A in Smithtown, go south on Brooksite Dr.; at next light (New Mill Rd.), turn right to park entrance at end of road….From Route 347, find Brooksite Dr. between the 347-454 junction and Rt. 111; head north on Brooksite to Cygnet Drive.  Make left and follow to the end.  Go left on New Mill Road to the park. Follow the paved path at the west end of the lot to the Blydenburgh-Weld House.

Contact us at ligreenbelt@verizon.net

Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, Inc
P.O. Box 5636
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone 631 360 0753
Fax 631 980 40

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday, May 11, 2013! Remember to Leave Your Non-Perishable Donations at Your Mailbox this Saturday!

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Countdown to NALC Food Drive is on

Taken from the May 2013 issue of The Postal Record

“All of the hard work, the planning, the meetings, the checklists—all of that is about to pay off,” NALC Presi- dent Fredric Rolando said. “And our customers who desperately need this food will be the true beneficiaries of this massive, nationwide effort.”

The 21st annual drive is Saturday, May 11, and more than 1,400 NALC branches in just about every city, state and territory will have letter carriers, family members and thousands of vol- unteers out and about to help collect, sort and distribute the cans, boxes and jars of non-perishable food items left in bags next to costumers’ mailboxes.

The NALC’s effort is the nation’s largest one-day food-collection drive.

“Since food pantries and other service organizations are pretty much tapped out by the time our drive rolls around,” Rolando said, “this infusion of food comes at just the right time.”

In fact, the second Saturday in May was specifically chosen for the annual event. By that time, pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity are often bare or nearly so by late spring—a sad reflection of the reality that wide- spread hunger in America is a tough problem to solve. Also, school programs that provide free or reduced-cost meals to students typically do not continue operation during summer months.

Last year, the food drive gathered more than 70 million pounds of food, bringing our grand total to 1.2 billion pounds.

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“It’s fun to set goals, to strive for better collection numbers and break records,” Rolando said, “but all any of us ask is that you try your best to collect as much food as you can. Helping our customers feed their hungry families is our real goal.”

Friends pitch in to help

Continuing the tradition begun by his father, Bil, Family Circus cartoonist

Jeff Keane has provided special promo- tional food drive artwork featuring the familiar characters of Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and P.J. helping to carry a sack of food out to the mailbox by the curb.

Also back this year as the drive’s national celebrity spokesperson is musician Nick Cannon, the host of TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” Cannon appears in a special food drive public service announcement made available to TV and radio stations to help promote the food drive. (Cannon’s video, along with a wide variety of other useful information and artwork, can be found on the Food Drive’s web page at nalc.org.)

“The NALC is truly grateful for the help we get each year, to reach so many neighborhoods all on one day,” President Rolando said. The food drive’s national and regional partners this year are the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Valpak, United Way Worldwide, Campbell Soup, the AFL-CIO, the USPS, Feeding America, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage (with loca- tions in 25 states), AARP and its “Drive to End Hunger” campaign, GLS Companies, Source Direct Plastics, the Publix grocery store chain and Valas- sis/Red Plum. PR

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I LOVE MY PARK DAY…Saturday, May 4, 2013 Help Cleanup Our LI Parks Damaged by Sandy!

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I Love My Park Day is an exciting new statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York(PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. The NY State Commission on National and Community Service is joining the effort this year to help recruit volunteers, promote the initiative and engage AmeriCorps members to support to projects across the state.

Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Volunteers will celebrate New York’s park system by cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.

In the wake of Super Storm Sandy, our LI parks and historical sites need your help more than ever!  Check out these Long Island parks that will be participating this year and register to volunteer!

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Long Island Volunteer Center “Volunteer Fair” Today, Wednesday April 24, 2013 from 3-7 p.m. @ Carlyle on the Green @ Bethpage State Park

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Sustainable LI Honors Long Island Volunteer Center for Disaster Response & Recovery Efforts along with other LIVOAD Members at Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference

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Theresa Regnante, United Way LI; Kathy Rosenthal, FEGS; Lori Andrade, Health & Welfare Council LI; Patricia Sands, Long Island Volunteer Center ; Amy Engel, Sustainable LI

From Sustainable LI Newsletter:

Sustainable Long Island held its Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Carlyle on the Green, in Bethpage State Park, highlighted by keynote addresses from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Texas A&M University-Commerce Professor Jonathan Bergman, interactive workshops, and the 3rd Annual “Getting It Done” Awards. “The Road to Recovery” themed event provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss how to rethink, rebuild, and renew our region moving forward after Hurricane Sandy. 

Hurricane Sandy came ashore last October and changed the lives of thousands of residents and businesses throughout Long Island. It brought some of Long Island’s most pressing issues to the forefront and demanded our attention. Many of us today may think of one word when looking back on the Hurricane: tragedy. It was a tragic event with tragic consequences, the likes of which we may never see again. But from that tragedy comes opportunity.

The Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference was filled with opportunity. The opportunity to raise awareness. The opportunity to motivate the masses. The opportunity to stimulate action. The opportunity to come together and spread hope…

…Our final honorees of the day were three organizations that represent the Long Island Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (LIVOAD).

Disaster planning and response has always been important on Long Island, but recent events have made it a top priority. It is clear that more formalized coordination is crucial to the future of our region and that’s where the LIVOAD steps in.

LIVOAD works to foster an organized approach to disaster recovery, identify what services are needed, and develop efficient ways to deliver them.

LIVOAD is made up of regional nonprofit, for-profit and governmental agencies and the following three of them accepted a “Getting It Done” award on their behalf.  

First up was the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI). The HWCLI, in its role as a coordinator of LIVOAD, facilitated communication between countless nonprofit agencies in the days after the devastation; providing assistance to storm victims and emergency management officials from the local, state, and federal governments.

HWCLI convened the LIVOAD’s Long Term Recovery Group, leading the way in providing opportunities for health and human agencies to assist storm-affected families months, and possibly years, into the future. Through their efforts they manage disaster response in key areas, including case work, home cleanup, housing, volunteering, and the special needs of the undocumented population.

Since the storm, HWCLI has not, and will not rest until all vulnerable individuals and families are on the pathway to recovery and self-sufficiency.

Second was the Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC). LIVC was in a unique position to take on a leadership role within the LIVOAD following Superstorm Sandy; focusing on volunteer recruitment, management, training, and deployment.

LIVC facilitated hundreds of thousands of volunteers who contributed to the regional response; helping not only their friends and neighbors, but disadvantaged strangers who needed support the most. When the storm hit, LIVC had a system in place to accept offers from individuals volunteering as well as to capitalize on opportunities from local agencies.

LIVC worked with LIVOAD members in deploying volunteers quickly and effectively and has overseen a significant increase in volunteer registrations since Sandy.

The commitment to serve those who suffered most during the storm is just a small example of how the LIVC is a driving force for community service Island-wide.

The final honoree for the LIVOAD was the United Way of Long Island (UWLI). UWLI used their knowledge, abilities, and partnerships to play a vital role within the LIVOAD’s Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG); serving as Executive Committee member, fundraiser and overall resource before, during, and after Superstorm Sandy.

However their most critical role was raising an initial $1 million for the LI Hurricane Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable, a funding collaborative which brings together donors to create a pool of funding that can be used to meet the unmet needs of thousands of victims whose insurance and FEMA disbursements fell short of covering rebuilding costs in full.

In addition, UWLI coordinated the 211 system, which was created as a single point of entry for families and individuals impacted by the storm to connect to vital services, including emergency food and shelter, assistance with home muck out and clean out, home reconstruction and rebuild, and the STEP project in Suffolk County.

This telephone hotline and online system has received thousands of calls for assistance since October 29 and is just one of the many ways the UWLI offers high impact solutions through efficient, effective, and transparent initiatives.

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Exciting Volunteer Cleanup Opportunity @ Historic Rosemary Open Air Theater at Huntington Seminary on Saturday, 4/27 & Sunday, 4/28/13

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Stages on the Sound is in the beginning stages of renovating the historic Rosemary Open Air Theatre on the grounds of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Lloyd Harbor.  The theatre was built into a hillside overlooking the water by Roland Conklin for his wife Rosemary starting in 1912.  The estate’s mansion burned down in the 1990′s.

Currently, the space is mostly overgrown. Fortunately, a number of efforts throughout the decades since the space fell into disrepair have kept the trees from getting too large and the general condition of the stone work and terraces is excellent.

The organization’s goals over the next several years are to:


  1. Clear the space so it is accessible
  2. Use the space this summer for a theatre camp for students
  3. Start professional performances in the space next summer
  4. Continue to restore the space until it echoes its former glory and becomes a permanent and important fixture of the region

To get started, they have scheduled a cleanup weekend for Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28.  Volunteers will be needed to help both days, with Saturday being the longer of the two days.  Activities will include:  pulling weeds, cutting brush, clearing growth, yanking vines, hauling trees, and generally reclaiming the site from nature.  Tools will not be required, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own tools remembering to mark them with their names.  Volunteers should bring work gloves, dress appropriately and bring bug repellant to apply before working. There will be volunteers of all ages there, so it will be a fun activity for families to do together if they are interested.

Stages on the Sound is a 501(c)3 organization, and they carry their own volunteer accident insurance.

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Cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  There will be plenty of parking at the seminary (in the side lot) but a bit of a walk to the theatre.  They expect to finish around 6 p.m.  Volunteers are invited to work for all or part of the day as their schedule allows.

Lunch, snacks and drinks for all volunteers will be provided.

Volunteers are welcome to join the group for dinner in the seminary on Saturday evening.

Additionally, the group is hoping to host a social to show off some of the history of the space and to talk about their plans for the future.  Local volunteers are welcome to come to the Seminary on Friday night for that social event, if they wish, and then join the group the next morning for the cleanup.  The social will probably be around 8:30 p.m.

If work progresses as planned, a smaller number of volunteers will be needed on Sunday to help with grass seed planting and to spread straw over the seeded areas.  This work will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until it is finished.  It is possible that some cleanup will remain if it is not all accomplished on Saturday.

Volunteers are asked to RSVP to Will Ditterline, Artistic Director for Stages on the Sound, at:

willditterline@yahoo.com

On the days of the cleanup, Will can be reached at 917-306-6895

 

 

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LIVC “Volunteer Fair” Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park

Long Island Volunteer Center to Host 2013 Volunteer Fair During National Volunteer Week

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Volunteers Make All the Difference!

 Unique Opportunity for Long Islanders to Meet Local Nonprofit Agencies                        in Need of Volunteers 

In recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), The Long Island Volunteer Center, in association with the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF), will host the 2013 Long Island Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Volunteer Fair provides an opportunity for Long Islanders interested in community work to explore local nonprofit agencies in need of volunteers. In the wake of superstorm Sandy, local nonprofits are experiencing an increased demand for assistance and are in critical need of volunteers.  More than 60 local nonprofit agencies will attend the Volunteer Fair. A list of agencies can be found on the right-hand side of the homepage under Volunteer Fair details at www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.  Sponsored by Points of Light—National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each subsequent year, with literally thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week across the country.

About Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC)

The Long Island Volunteer Center is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge.  The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders.  LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.  In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.

About Long Island Community Foundation (LICF)

The Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) is the Island’s community foundation, making grants to improve our region and helping donors with their philanthropy since 1978. We identify current and future community needs, strengthen the Island’s nonprofit sector, encourage philanthropy, and, with our generous donors, build a permanent endowment to address these needs. We have made more than $130 million in grants from hundreds of funds established by individuals, families, and businesses. LICF is a division of The  New York Community Trust, one of the country’s oldest and largest community foundations. For more information, visit www.licf.org.

For additional information on the Volunteer Fair, please contact (516) 564-5482 events@longislandvolunteercenter.org.

For press inquiries, please contact Erin Burke at eburke@markettalknow.com at (631) 239-6903.

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Family Volunteer Trash Cleanup Opportunity in Long Beach This Weekend 4/19-21!

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HUGE WEEKEND OF SANDY RELIEF!

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Project 11561 and many sponsors help put together an awesome cleanup effort in the spirit of Earth Day this weekend April 19th – 21st. Asking anyone and everyone to help give a hand, get out and cleanup our town which we all love so much.  There will be five stations located around town where people can come to pick up trash bags and plastic gloves, go out and clean up, and then drop garbage back off.  The stations are Clark Street Park, Pacific Park, Kennedy Plaza, Sherman Brown Park, and Georgia Park.

As a part of the cleanup we will have trash scavenger hunts for children to complete. Trash Hunt lists will be available before Saturday on the Project 111561 Facebook Page:

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The Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut is currently running a rubber duck donation campaign.  They are asking for rubber ducks that they can give out to the students in an effort to put a smile on the faces of these children who have been through so much.  Any child who comes back to one of the stations with a completed scavenger hunt will receive a LB surfer duck that they can sign and that will then be sent to Newtown.  Parents of these kids and others who bring back bags of garbage will receive a coupon for three free raffle tickets at the Swingbellys “Pay It Forward” Event that will be held later that day.

Earth Day:  Cleanup the Canals in                    Long Beach

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Central LI Surfrider has organized a cleanup of the water in the canals for Saturday April 20th as well.  Volunteers should meet at the Heron St. Canal at 9 a.m.  Volunteers can help clean up from land or bring wetsuits/kayaks/surfboards/ and help from the water.  Great job Marvin, Larry, and Kelly putting this together.

SKUDIN SURF WILL BE PROVIDING EXTRA WETSUITS AND SURFBOARDS FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GET IN THE WATER AND GIVE A HAND!

LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS AWESOME WEEKEND THAT SO MANY IN OUR COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER TO HELP BRING LONG BEACH BACK BETTER THAN EVER!

Many thanks,

Cliff Skudin

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Looking for Something to Do on the Weekends? Volunteer!!

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Muttontown Preserve

Do you enjoy the trails here? Have you seen the trail conditions since Hurricane Sandy hit?

The Muttontown Preserve has never been as damaged as it was during Sandy and the following Nor’easter.

Most of the work accomplished so far, has been through the efforts of the Muttontown Horsemen’s Association. We also want to improve the fencing of the riding rings.

There is much work remaining, and it is too extensive for one park user group to handle; we need YOUR HELP!

There are many ways you can assist our efforts and not all of them include manual labor. Find out what YOU CAN DO by calling our hotline

516-922-TAIL

Please join us on Saturday, April 20th for our first 2013 Spring Trail Cleanup      9:30am - 12:30pm

Refreshments and some tools are provided.

Wear protective clothing, sunscreen, and bug spray. Meet in the big parking lot off Route 106.

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Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

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On Tuesday April 9, 2013, the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service united mayors across the country to spotlight the impact of national service and to honor those who serve.

The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that altogether, 832 mayors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico officially recognized the work that AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are doing to make cities better and stronger. Together, these mayors represent nearly 100 million citizens, or nearly one-third of all Americans.  

This initiative was led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Cities of Service, the National League of Cities, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Why a Day of Recognition?

As solution-focused local elected officials, mayors understand the key role citizens play in meeting community needs. A coordinated day of recognition presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in solving pressing problems. Participating in the day will highlight the importance of citizen service, bolster support for nonprofit and national service groups, and help bring more city residents into service.

Use this link for more information about the initiative:  Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

Mayor's Initiative Bayville

Locally, Bayville Mayor Doug Watson could not have been a more appropriate or poignant supporter of the initiative.  He was personal friends of our dear founder Joan Imhof, whose bright spirit remains with us cheering us on as we work with our amazing AmeriCorps friends and the other disaster groups in Super Storm Sandy recovery work. Mayor Watson took a tour of the LIVOAD Volunteer Recovery Center (VRC) with Doug Doxey, our warehouse manager extraordinaire, and convened with representatives from the Red Cross, Project Hope, AmeriCorps St. Louis ERT and the Long Island Volunteer Center.  Mayor Watson talked about how devastated Bayville was in the aftermath of Sandy and of his mitigation plans to protect its residents.  We are very happy to have been invited by the mayor to create a community service event in the future that would include LIVC, Red Cross, Project Hope, AmeriCorps and others.

Mayor's Initiative Massapequa Park

Later in the day, Long Island Volunteer Center member Laura Messano, who has been working across Long Island each day with all the various disaster groups, arranged for representatives of Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna, Jr.’s office to visit the VRC. We provided them with a tour of the facility and spoke about disaster relief experiences and future disaster recovery plans post-Sandy .  The representatives brought a wonderful proclamation that recognizes the hard work being done in disaster relief and recovery through the VRC.

A huge thanks to Mayor Watson and Mayor Altadonna and his office for their wonderful recognition and support of volunteers working on Long Island!

The Long Island Volunteer Center is an affiliate of HandsOn Network and has been designated as one of ten Regional Volunteer Centers by the New York State Commission for National and Community Service to help empower non-profit organizations in their regions to build strong volunteer programs that will help those in need and to enrich the lives of those who volunteer.

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