7th Annual Long Island Volunteer Fair to Celebrate National Volunteer Week – Friday, April 17, 2015

7th Annual Long Island Volunteer Fair to celebrate National Volunteer Week

Friday, April 17, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm
at Farmingdale State College in Roosevelt Hall

Final_2015_CelebrateService_Logofeatures talks on Emergency Preparedness and Stormwater Pollution
and offers community service projects to engage attendees

Hempstead, NY – March 20, 2015 – In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the photo7th annual Long Island Volunteer Fair will be held at Farmingdale State College from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Friday, April 17, 2015.  Over 65 nonprofit agencies will be staffing exhibits in Roosevelt Hall to recruit students, faculty, and community members for a wide array of volunteer activities including opportunities to work with animals, youth or seniors, to help at museums, soup kitchens, or shelters, to join an emergency preparedness group, become an advocate for special needs, or protect the environment.  Organized by Farmingdale State College and the Long Island Volunteer Center, the fair provides a one-stop venue for attendees to connect to community needs, grow professional skill sets, and pursue personal goals by giving back.

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, a program of Points of Light (POL), was established in 1974 and seeks to inspire, recognize and encourage people to find image001imaginative ways to engage in their communities. From the POL website:  “It’s about  demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.”

In addition, two presentations on emergency preparedness will be featured in The Little Theatre at Roosevelt Hall (adjacent to the exhibit arena)At 11:00 am,
New York State (made possible through www.prepare.ny.gov) is offering a training course for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respondfarmingdale accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. The training will be facilitated by two members of the National Guard and cover information about how individuals can be prepared and help their community during an emergency.  At 1:00 pm, learn what Suffolk County is doing to reduce stormwater pollution from County highways, parks, buildings and other properties.  Substances like oil, fertilizer, bacteria, and pesticides get picked up by stormwater and are carried to local bays, lakes and other waterbodies. These substances degrade water quality, which results in beach and shell-fishing closures. Individuals will learn what can be done to reduce stormwater pollution from their home and property as well. This educational and entertaining presentation will be given by a Cornell Cooperative Extension stormwater educator and is funded by the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.

Two service projects sponsored by the Long Island Volunteer Center will also be LIVC LOGOconducted as part of the fair.  Emergency preparedness kits will be assembled to be donated to vulnerable populations in the Long Island community. The kits contain items such as rain ponchos, whistles, water bottles, and Ziploc bags and serve as a reminder to both the volunteers that assemble them and the recipients about the importance of being prepared for an emergency.  School supplies will also be sorted into decorated shoe boxes with personalized letters to students that will be shipped to Aseema, a non-governmental organization, whose mission is to empower and educate the children residing on the streets or in slums and in inhumane conditions in Mumbai.  This project is part of a semester-long initiative dedicated to “Educating the Girl-Child” that has engaged international service clubs at local schools and universities.

There is no charge to attend the fair, listen to the presentations, or to participate in the service projects.  Easiest access to Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College is off Melville Road.

LIVC Volunteer Fair CarlyleFor more information, contact the Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482
or
email  at volunteer_fair@longislandvolunteercenter.org,
or
visit www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.

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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Long Island Volunteer Center Announces 2015 Prom Boutique Collection Dates & Sites

Long Island Volunteer Center Announces 2015 Prom Boutique Gown Collection Dates and Sites

Celebrating Its 21st Anniversary, the Prom Boutique Provides Dresses for Thousands of Long Island High School Students

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Hempstead, NY – March 17, 2015 – The Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC), 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 21st Annual Prom Boutique.

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The following is a list of collection sites that will be accepting donations. All Collections take place Sunday, April 12th 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: T W Th F: 10-4, Sat. 12-4)

Bellmore Jewish Center
2550 Centre Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710

Clear Skin Salon
537 Hempstead Turnpike
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Saturday, April 11 from 12 to 2

Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop
1395 Old Northern Boulevard
Roslyn, NY 11576
During regular store hours: M-F 10 to 5; Sat. 10 to 6 thru Friday, April 10

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Lucky Finds Boutique, Ltd
7 North Park Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Week of April 6th: Mon. thru Sat. 10-6; Sunday April 12 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Nancy Sinoway Creative Tailoring and Alterations Studio
334A Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050
During regular store hours: Tues. thru Fri. 9:30 to 5:00, Saturday 10:00 to 1:00

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. Anthony’s High School Cafeteria Villanova Alumni Association
275 Wolf Hill Road
South Huntington, NY 11747

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, 11756

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 2014 from 71 different schools and nonprofit youth organizations across Long Island. This event is made possible with generous donations from Bellmore Lions Club, Friends of Lana and Weight Watchers and The Shana Kay Memorial Foundation – Shana passed away in 2005 at the age of 19. Her foundation funds community projects to keep her memory alive.

For more information on Prom Boutique, please contact: prom@longislandvolunteercenter.org

or the Long Island Volunteer Center at:

(516) 564-5482  or www.longislandvolunteercenter.org

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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LIVC & Briarcliffe College Assemble & Donate Emergency Preparedness Kits for MLK, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
a National Day of Service 

February 12, 2015
Hempstead, NY – In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day students and faculty atLIVC LOGO Briarcliffe College in Bethpage and volunteers and staff members from the Long Island Volunteer Center came together to host a day of service on their campus. Using an assembly line system, students put together 100 emergency preparedness kits that were donated to Madonna Heights, an organization that helps vulnerable women and families, and the Interfaith Nutrition Network, an organization that has one of the largest soup kitchens on Long Island and provides many other social services to at-risk members of the community.

LIVC Briarcliffe MLK Day 2015

The kits contained items such as dust masks, whistles, water bottles, plastic garbage bags, LED flash lights, rain ponchos, pamphlets, wet ones, and first aid kits which were all placed in draw string bags. These items will all be useful to the families they are given to in case of an emergency such as the blizzard that just hit the East Coast and as a reminder of the importance of being ready for any kind of disaster.

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The enthusiasm for the project from the students was inspiring, and they were able to take a minute before the event began to reflect on the importance of volunteerism and giving back to the community around a National Day of Service such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will hopefully be the first of many collaborations between the Long Island Volunteer Center and Briarcliffe College to incorporate volunteerism into the daily lives of students.

For more information contact the Long Island Volunteer Center 516-564-5482 or
http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org

Briarcliffe College: 516-918-3600 or http://www.briarcliffe.edu/

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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.

About Briarcliffe College
Briarcliffe College is a career-focused institution of higher learning built on the principle that anyone with the desire to go far in life can do so through industry-current, market-relevant education. Since 1966, we have been providing our diverse student population with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to pursue success in an increasingly competitive job market. We work closely with the businesses in our community to ensure we are providing students with marketable skills in today’s most exciting fields.

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Long Island Residents Amanda Glazer & Elizabeth Muehlemann Selected for Inaugural AmeriCorps Program

LIVC LOGOHempstead, NY  In order to increase emergency preparedness in communities all over the country, the Community Emergency Preparedness Corps (CEPC), an AmeriCorps program implemented by Points of Light, was developed to create disaster resilient communities by increasing preparedness of individuals and families through volunteer engagement. Those involved in the CEPC program work to:

  1. Improve preparedness of individuals and families through local collaborative volunteer projects, service events, and trainings resulting in personal preparedness plans;
  2. Expand local preparedness networks and community capacity to respond to disasters by strengthening partnership networks while building a corps of trained volunteer leaders with specific focus on managing unaffiliated volunteers in emergency situations; and
  3. Support long term recovery and sustainability by increasing organizational capacity to help individuals and families prepare and, in the case of disaster, more easily respond and recover from current events.

During 2014 Amanda Glazer (of Westbury) worked as a Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and increased the capacity of Long Islanders to respond to disasters, especially taking into consideration the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Some of

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Amanda Glazer second from right at Eisenhower Park

her work included partnering with local animal shelters and advocacy groups to teach Long Islanders how to better protect the four legged members of their families; planning service projects in conjunction with local colleges, community groups, other nonprofits; an emergency kit building event at Eisenhower Park to support the AllState Foundation and Points of Light with their Good & Ready Campaign; organizing trainings focused on enabling individuals with physical and developmental disabilities to be prepared in case of an emergency; designing and distributing preparedness materials across Long Island; and regularly updating the LIVC’s social media platforms with timely and pertinent disaster preparedness information.

From October 2014 until August 2015 Elisabeth Muehlemann (of Centerport) will be acting as the Corps member. Thus far her work has included developing and administering preparedness presentations for businesses, block captain training, and activities including

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Elizabeth Muehlemann @ Stony Brook University

Disaster BINGO and an emergency preparedness scavenger hunt. Her work has also included making connections with community organizations and town governments across Long Island to find ways to support their work as they continue to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy and increase emergency preparedness in all capacities as well as regularly updating the Long Island Volunteer Center’s social media platforms with timely  and pertinent disaster preparedness information.

In the year 2014 the AmeriCorps Community Emergency Preparedness Corps members trained 116 volunteer leaders, engaged 350 volunteers, and reached 7,177 people across Long Island with emergency preparedness training and information. Thanks to the support of the Long Island Volunteer Center and the hard work of the AmeriCorps CEPC members, more communities across Long Island know what to do if they are ever faced with an emergency or disaster.

For more information about emergency preparedness information and training contact elisabethmuehlemann@longislandvolunteercenter.org.

Both of the CEPC members work have been supported by the Long Island Volunteer Center which is an all-volunteer agency founded in 1992 that works to support, promote and advocate for volunteer service on Long Island. They have been a designated a New York State Regional Volunteer Center since September 2011, and an active contributor to disaster recovery efforts across Long Island since Superstorm Sandy struck the east coast of the U.S. in October 2012. They are also committed to maintaining a directory of local volunteer opportunities and community resources, organizing events and service projects in conjunction with national days of service, hosting our annual Prom Boutique Gown Giveaway, and holding donation drives to benefit fellow nonprofit organizations. According to Long Island Volunteer Center Executive Director, Diana O’Neill, “We are so fortunate to have been selected as a host site for this inaugural AmeriCorps program particularly given our recent experiences from the impact of extreme weather conditions.  Being prepared is about being empowered.  The professional efforts of both Ms. Glazer and Ms. Muehlemann have made a real difference in the lives of Long Islanders, helping build resilient communities in the process.”

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For more information please visit http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org

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Blizzard Warning for Long Island & Vicinity: How to Keep Safe

 

Be Prepared!

Blizzard LIEBeing prepared for an emergency is the best way to ensure that you and your loved ones will be safe in case of dangerous weather conditions. Due to the blizzard that is currently affecting Long Island, the Long Island Volunteer Center urges everyone to stay off the roads and shelter in place until the storm has ended and the roads are clear. Also be sure to check on all of your neighbors especially the elderly and those with disabilities to ensure they have enough supplies to shelter in place.

Below are some helpful tips to keep you safe during the storm:

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Make a family communication plan.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Keep dry.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts; keep an  emergency kit in your car that includes food and water.
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

For more information on what to do before, during, and after a winter storm please visit: http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather and http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/pdf/extreme-cold-guide.pdf

Important supplies when sheltering in place:

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If there is a power outage:

Tips for the Storm:

Power Outage Tips

From Newsday:

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/gov-andrew-m-cuomo-urges-long-islanders-to-avoid-evening-commute-1.9846258

Governor Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency due to the blizzard and has warned New Yorkers that he is considering shutting down the LIRR at 11 pm and the MTA will be limiting subway service after 6 pm. There is also a tractor trailer travel ban on the LIE and I-87 beginning at 4 pm. All residents of Long Island are being strongly urged to stay off the roads beginning tonight and extending through all day tomorrow. This is when the wind and snow will be at it’s most dangerous. If you need any assistance Nassau and Suffolk County have both set up help hotlines:

Nassau Hotline: 1-800-315-5153 (activated at 6 pm)

For more information from Nassau County:

https://www.facebook.com/NassauOEM

Suffolk Hotline: (631) 854-9517

For more information from Suffolk County

http://scoem.suffolkcountyny.gov/

Important information from the Red Cross about winter storms:

redcross-logoWinter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Know the Difference:

Winter Storm Outlook – Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.

Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

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Warming Centers Open in Nassau & Suffolk Counties; What to do when Temperatures Plummet

Cold WeatherDue to the freezing cold temperatures Nassau and Suffolk County have opened up warming locations for residents equipped with DVD’s, hot beverages, television, and games. Here is a list of some of the warming shelters that have been opened for the cold weather. For more information visit the Nassau and Suffolk County websites.

Suffolk County Locations:

Rose Caracappa Senior Center, 739 Route 25A, Mt. Sinai
Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, 39 Montauk Highway, Blue Point
Mastic Recreation Center, 15 Herkimer Street, Mastic
St. Michaels Recreation Center, 100 Wilson Avenue, Gordon Heights
New Village Recreation Center, 20 Wireless Road, Centereach

If you are homeless in Suffolk County and in need of shelter you can call their shelter hotline at 631-854-9517 Monday- Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. After 4:30 pm call 631-854-9100.

Nassau County Locations:

Salvation Army Freeport, 66 Church St, 9:30-4:30
Town of Oyster Bay, Hicksville Community Center, 28 W. Carl St. Hicksville
Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center at Bethpage, 1001 Stewart Ave, Bethpage
Glen Cove Senior Center, 130 Glen St, Glen Cove 9:00-5:00
Long Beach Public Library, 111 W. Park Ave, Long Beach, 11:00-9:00

Nassau County has recently begun to implement their Winter Homeless Hotline, WARMBED. If you are homeless in Nassau County and in need of shelter call 866-927-6233.

Hempstead warming centers will be open at the following locations from
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:

* Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 N. Grand Ave., Baldwin;

* Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore;

* Cedarhurst Seniors in the Park, 200 Cedarhurst Ave., Cedarhurst (open until 4:30 p.m.);

* East Meadow Senior Center, 1485 Front St., East Meadow;

* Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Rd., Elmont;

* Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square;

* Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Rd., Valley Stream;

* Levittown Senior Center, 555 Newbridge Rd., Levittown;

* Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Rd., Merrick;

* Oceanside Senior Center, 2900 Rockaway Ave., Oceanside;

* Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Tpke., Roosevelt;

* Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Dr., Westbury;

* Uniondale/Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale;

* Uniondale/Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale;

* Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Rd., Wantagh.

In addition, the Hempstead Senior Center, 260 Clinton St., Hempstead, will be open on Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

January 7, 2015

PSE&G Responds to Cold Weather Challenges
(NEWARK, NJ – Jan. 7, 2015) – With frigid weather gripping the region, Public Service
Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is monitoring its gas system and taking steps to
ensure it can meet the demands of customers. These steps include maintaining and
adjusting pressure at various points in our system.

The utility also has extra personnel on hand to respond as quickly as possible and
handle emergency requests. Both PSE&G’s appliance service business and call centers
are prepared to respond to an influx of customer “no heat” calls as temperatures remain
extremely low during the next few days.

“Since Tuesday, we have received about 2,500 ‘no heat’ calls from customers,” said
Mike Schmid, director-appliance service. “We have all available technicians on hand to
respond to these service requests as quickly as possible. Customers also should be
aware that although their heating systems may be working properly, the frigid
temperatures are making it difficult to maintain the same thermostat setting.”

PSE&G offers the following tips to stay warm and safe during this current cold snap:

Seal up openings around and under doors and windows
Close and latch your windows
Lower thermostats serving unused rooms
Close dampers in unused fireplaces
Move furniture and drapes away from heating registers, radiators, and
baseboard element covers
Remove or cover window air conditioners to reduce drafts. Install insulated or
lined drapes on your windows
Open your curtains and blinds that face the sun on sunny days to warm your
home, and close them at night to keep the warm air inside
Keep your garage door closed, if the garage is attached to the house
Check for sufficient water levels in the sight glass for steam heating systems
to ensure maximum efficiency
Clean or replace the furnace filter on hot air heating systems

FOR SAFETY’S SAKE
Be cautious when using space heaters. Read and follow the manufacturer’s
instructions and heed warning labels. Be sure all members of the household
understand how to operate space heaters safely.

Don’t try to use a gas oven or range to heat a room – the appliance will
deplete oxygen from the air, causing asphyxiation or deadly carbon monoxide
poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) — an invisible, odorless, tasteless and nonirritating
gas — is the leading cause of accidental poisoning in the United
States. Natural gas, oil, propane, coal or wood all produce CO.
The first line of defense against CO poisoning is to make sure all your fuelburning
appliances operate and are maintained properly. These appliances
include gas and oil furnaces, water heaters, gas ranges, space heaters, and
gas clothes dryers. Improperly vented fireplaces and charcoal grills can also
give off CO.

Invest in carbon monoxide detectors as back-up protection, not as a substitute
for proper use and maintenance of the fuel-burning appliances. CO alarms
can provide an early warning to consumers before CO builds up to a
dangerous level. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission
recommends placing a carbon monoxide alarm in every area of the house. If
just one alarm is installed, it should be placed near the sleeping rooms of the
house. If you already have one, remember to check the batteries regularly.
Be safe around natural gas. If you smell a weak gas odor, check the pilot
lights and burner valves on your gas appliances. Open doors and windows to
let in fresh air. Call PSE&G immediately. If the odor is strong, get out of the
building immediately and call PSE&G from a nearby phone. Do not use the
phone in the building or any electrical equipment, including electric switches
and thermostats, because they can make sparks and cause a fire. Do not use
matches, or light a gas appliance. If you are outdoors and smell gas, call
PSE&G immediately at 1-800-490-0045.

KEEP YOUR GAS METER AND APPLIANCE VENTS CLEAR OF SNOW AND ICE
You can help keep your natural gas supply flowing by keeping your meter free of snow
and ice. If you are a natural gas customer whose gas meter is on the outside of your
home or business, please take the following precautions:
Clear snowdrifts away from the meter and piping.
Do not pile snow on top of the gas meter or around its connecting piping when
you are shoveling your premises.
Brush snow from the meter and piping before a thick layer of ice builds up.
Clear snow from dryer vents to prevent fumes from backing up into your
house.

 

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In Honor of Giving Tuesday, LIVC Welcomes Supporters of Our 20th Anniversary

In honor of Giving Tuesday,
Long Island Volunteer Center welcomes
supporters of our 20th Anniversary

Giving Tuesday Web-Banner5You have almost made it through the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but are you still trying to find a way to channel the spirit of giving inspired by the holiday season? That is where the idea of Giving Tuesday was born, in celebration of the great American tradition of giving back. It is a very simple way to enable people to come together and contribute something more.  This year, in honor of our 20th Anniversary, the Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC) has joined Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back on Tuesday, December 2.  You can learn more about Giving Tuesday, by visiting givingtuesday.org.  We hope everyone decides to celebrate this holiday with us and support the Long Island Volunteer Center’s 20th Anniversary.

Here are ways to help advance the reach and impact of volunteerism across Long Island through the Long Island Volunteer Center:

–  $200 supports large-scale community service projects for National Days of Service including September 11, Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, and National Volunteer Week.

–  $150 underwrites logistics and trains/equips a disaster volunteer who is helping most at-risk and vulnerable Long Islanders.  All referrals are made through the Long Island Long Term Recovery Group, LIVC Call Center, or affiliated disaster groups assisting South Shore communities.

–  $100 outfits a young woman for her prom or other graduation celebration event who would otherwise miss this lifetime memory-marker because her family could not absorb this expense.  All high school girls are confidentially referred by guidance counselors, social workers, or at-risk youth program coordinators.

–  $75 connects individuals and groups across the region to address serious societal issues through our virtual volunteer reception center and printed volunteer opportunity listings made available at all Long Island libraries reference desks.

–  $50 trains volunteer administrators at nonprofit agencies so that the process to manage volunteers is organized well to maximize productivity and impact.

–  $25 supports logistics for community outreach events for LIVC volunteers to expand reach of volunteer programming as well as to share resources for emergency preparedness.

To contribute please access:  http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org/Donate

Once you participate, tell everyone about it by using #GivingTuesday through Twitter and Facebook.  Thank you for your continued support of all things volunteer.

As a kick-off to our 20th Anniversary, over 200 members of academia, business, government, media, and nonprofit industries attended the Long Island Volunteer Center’s fundraiser at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on October 23rd.  The event included an array of raffle baskets and successful live and silent auctions.  Entertainment was provided by the Long Island Banjo Society and a guest volunteer pianist.  Event sponsors included Farrell Fritz, Newsday Charities, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  It was a true celebration of LIVC’s 20 years of volunteerism and community service and recognized the accomplishments of those who selflessly volunteer their time and talents to improve the quality of life on Long Island by honoring the following for their outstanding humanitarian contributions:

Michael & Mary Ellen Cirrito of White, Cirrito & Nally, LLP, received the Joan A. Imhof Founder’s Award in recognition of their gracious generosity and unwavering support for LIVC and other local charities.  Joan’s daughter Meg Imhof Callinan presented the award and shared remembrances of her mother’s dedication to volunteerism and community engagement.

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Mary Ellen & Michael Cirrito

Stephen Santa Barbara, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Supply Chain for MAC, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox, was awarded the Legacy Leadership Award for his exceptional collaboration and encouragement as a longstanding LIVC board member and active contributor to community projects.  Newsday editor, Tracy Brown, presented the award and talked about the importance of corporate social responsibility and the success of the monthly Newsday feature “Volunteer Nation” that covers myriad volunteer stories across the region.

Steve Santa Barbara

Stephen Santa Barbara

Major League Baseball Players Trust was presented with the Community Partner Award for its generous financial support toward LIVC’s Superstorm Sandy relief efforts and the restoration of the nature boardwalk and marshland at the Nike Center Alternative High School in Lido Beach.  Points of Light Disaster Director Colleen Clay from the national office in Washington D.C. , presented the award and recognized the Long Island community for its continued support of essential disaster recovery.

Major League Baseball Players Trust

As the only resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives in Nassau and Suffolk counties, LIVC is instrumental in connecting local nonprofits with individuals and businesses interested in giving back to the community and making a difference on Long Island. In addition to managing several signature projects, including the Prom Boutique, LIVC mobilized Long Island’s volunteer response teams following Superstorm Sandy and is still active in the recovery efforts.  More than 149,000 Long Islanders are registered as volunteers with LIVC or one of its partner agencies, according to survey tracking over the last three years under the New York State Volunteer Generation Campaign.

About Long Island Volunteer Center
The Long Island Volunteer Center is the resource center for volunteerism and community LIVC LOGOservice initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Established through the Points of Light Foundation in 1992 and approved as a 501(c) 3 in 1994, LIVC operates year round and most of 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, LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island.

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Grab a Friend and Volunteer this Holiday Season!

holiday-volunteer-finalThe holidays are just around the corner. For the majority of us, the season is a time when we gather together with loved ones to enjoy delicious meals, good company and to celebrate. Unfortunately for many though, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time. Volunteering is a wonderful way that you can make difference in your community and help those in need. Local organizations often welcome the “holiday spirit” as an opportunity to have more helping hands and serve those in need. Long-time LIVC volunteer staff member, Patricia Sands, creates our seasonal volunteer opportunity lists, ensuring your volunteer search will be easy and hopefully, successful.

No matter where you live on Long Island, there is sure to be a volunteer opportunity to fit your holiday volunteering desires. Click on the link below, and begin making a difference today!

2014 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

 

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Thanksgiving Safety

11/21/2014 2:48:52 PM EST

Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief from FEMA and the Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services

Season’s Gr-Eatings!

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home fires involving cooking equipment. By making safety part of the Thanksgiving dinner menu, you can avoid preventable cooking fires. Here are some steps to follow when preparing your holiday feast:
• Test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working;
• Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove; and
• Keep an eye on what you are cooking.
In recent years, deep-frying turkeys has become a popular cooking method. While fried turkey may be a tasty addition to your meal, cooking with deep-fat turkey fryers can be a recipe for disaster! They have a high risk of tipping over, overheating or spilling hot oil – which can lead to fires, burns and other injuries.
For a safer alternative to deep-frying your bird, the National Fire Protection Association encourages the use of an outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil.

thanksgiving-safetyThanksgiving Safety
http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/ThanksgivingSafety.pdf

Cooking fire safety outreach materials:
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html

Turkey Fryers: The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.
http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking/safety-with-cooking-equipment/turkey-fryers

DeepFryingTurkey_H-300x214Turkey Fryer Safety:
http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/TurkeyFryerSafety.pdf

It’s a Clean Sweep
When the temperatures fall, many people use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances to heat their homes. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fires in the U.S. Fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners account for 87 percent of these tragedies and are often due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. The U.S. Fire Administration encourages these steps and more to keep your home fires burning safely:
• Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned yearly by a certified chimney specialist;
• Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out;
• Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire; and
• Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating sources.
Home fires occur more often in the winter months than any other time of the year. Learn how to properly build and maintain a fire to heat your home with this video series hosted by the National Fire Academy Deputy Superintendent.

gI_134421_fireplace_safetyThe series includes an overview on inspecting your fireplace, appropriate materials to burn, and how to control the fire to prevent unwanted accidents.
http://www.monkeysee.com/play/16544-how-to-properly-extinguish-a-fire

Heating fire safety outreach materials
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/heating.html

Creosote
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creosote?show=0&t=1415970544

Winter Fires
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa-249f.pdf

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College students still needed for Sandy rebuild

From Baptist Press:

http://www.bpnews.net/43378/college-students-still-needed-for-sandy-rebuild

College students still needed for Sandy rebuild

Southern Baptis Sandy Relief 2014CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (BP) — As the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, Southern Baptists continue to bring help, healing and hope to hundreds of people in New York and New Jersey affected by the Oct. 29, 2012 storm.

“For so many people, life has gone on but there are pockets of individuals who still have great needs,” Mickey Caison, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) recovery coordinator and director for Sandy Rebuild, said. The initiative is a partnership that includes the North American Mission Board and North Carolina Baptist Men working in cooperation with the Baptist Convention of New York, Metro New York Baptist Association, New Jersey Net and local churches throughout North America to repair and help restore communities, not only physically but also spiritually, Caison said.

Nearly two years later after 11,278 volunteers have given an estimated value of $14 million in volunteer hours to assist 3,160 homeowners, needs continue to be met, Caison said. While things may appear back to normal on the outside, he noted, many residents are living in damaged homes in need of repair.

One of the brightest spots for the entire rebuild effort has been the Christmas and spring break participation of college students. Caison says he is hopeful more students will return to the work as winter breaks begin later this year.

“What resonates with the community is that we are still here,” Bill Johnson, Sandy Rebuild project coordinator, said. “They ask us, ‘Why are you still here?'”

Johnson said recently within one week, 20 additional residents have requested help. Most are elderly, widows or widowers living alone in deteriorated homes. They did not seek help early on through various programs and fell through the cracks, he said.

Johnson and his wife Donna have served with SBDR since the day after Sandy struck. The storm surge dumped up to eight feet of water in some areas, which damaged thousands of homes along the New York and New Jersey coasts. The couple are members of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in Cannonsburg, Ky. Johnson said volunteers are needed for construction and general home repair, from hanging sheetrock to painting and cleaning. Team leaders and cooks are also in demand.

Recently, the American Red Cross and the New York Institute of Technology helped make resources available for the work to continue through August 2015. Community leaders upon learning that SBDR was planning to leave at year’s end requested the team to stay longer, said Fritz Wilson, executive director for Disaster Relief at NAMB.

“It’s an affirmation [of] the effectiveness of the SBDR organization in doing this kind of work,” Wilson said. “Southern Baptists approach disaster relief service as a marathon not a sprint.”

Wilson credits the volunteers with not only their level of skill but with “the heart and passion they bring to helping families get back into their homes.”

As community members have gotten to know volunteers, Caison said, they have become more receptive to help. “One of the comments I keep hearing over and over here is, ‘Your volunteers are so loving and kind.'”

Caison said college students’ willingness to give of their time while on annual breaks has been a big part of the project’s success. Over two Christmas and two spring breaks, 1,200 collegiate volunteers have served, living in a tent city on Staten Island. The students who came from 30 states and who served with 105 teams from 93 campuses or churches logged 70,417 volunteer hours. The students also witnessed 26 professions of faith.

SBDR plans for the return of college students in December and again in the spring.

“We are seeing God at work here,” Caison said. We are looking forward to the coming year and how He is going to use the SBDR ministry to touch the lives and hearts of many people.”

Southern Baptist volunteers, 11,278 strong, have served 1.9 million meals, completed 3,164 jobs, shared the Gospel 851 times and witnessed 141 professions of faith since Superstorm Sandy made landfall. To date, volunteers have served from 31 states and two provinces.

To volunteer or learn more about Sandy Rebuild visit namb.net/Sandy. To view a related video, visit http://www.namb.net/namb1cb2col.aspx?id=12884907534.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Actions to Strengthen Coastal Resiliency Against Future Storms on Long Island

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Governor Cuomo Announces Actions to Strengthen Coastal Resiliency Against Future Storms on Long Island

$383 Million for Suffolk County Sewer Projects to Reduce Harmful Nitrogen Pollution, Which Damages Natural Coastal Defenses against Severe Storms and Flooding
State to Advance $97 Million to Nassau County to Help Expedite Upgrades to Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant
State Establishing Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University [1] 

Albany, NY (October 28, 2014)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a series of actions to bolster coastal resiliency against future storms on Long Island by improving local water quality and reducing harmful nitrogen pollution. Superstorm Sandy significantly impacted Long Island’s wastewater treatment facilities and highlighted how vulnerable the region’s bays and salt marshes are to excessive nitrogen pollution. To help address these recovery needs, Governor Cuomo announced the State has identified $383 million in funding for proposed sewer projects in Suffolk County and that the State will advance $97 million to Nassau County for upgrades to the Bay Park sewage treatment plant.

To help further ensure that the best available science and best practices exist to support resiliency and water quality improvement efforts, Governor Cuomo also announced the establishment of the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University – initially tasked with developing and commercializing the next generation of nitrogen removal technology for on-site septic systems and cesspools.

“Superstorm Sandy showed us how important coastal resiliency is to helping Long Island communities withstand the impact of extreme weather. Today we’re acting on that lesson and strengthening our natural defenses against future storms,” Governor Cuomo said. “I want to thank the many stakeholders who contributed to making these ideas a reality – including County Executive Bellone, County Executive Mangano and Supervisor Throne-Holst – because they are helping to build a safer, stronger and more resilient Long Island.”

All of these initiatives will help to continue strengthening Long Island’s wastewater treatment systems and reduce nitrogen pollution, which will help protect and improve coastal resiliency. Nitrogen pollution damages coastal marshlands that are a critical line of defense against severe storms and flooding.

$383 Million for Suffolk County Projects

Governor Cuomo today identified up to $383 million for four proposed resiliency and water quality projects to extend sewers in Suffolk County in four areas, which County Executive Bellone advanced. Subject to federal approval, the State has identified up to $300 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding and $83 million to be financed through low-interest loans from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund administered by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The extension of sewers to these areas is an important step to help Suffolk County recover from Superstorm Sandy and will dramatically jump start a comprehensive effort to reduce nitrogen pollution that adversely affects coastal wetlands that protect communities from damaging storms and are critical to the region’s economic and environmental health. The proposed projects include:

1. Forge River Watershed centered around Mastic: An estimated $196 million project would address storm impacts and reduce extensive nitrogen pollution to the Forge River and Great South Bay. The proposed project would connect parcels in the area to a new sewer collection system that will flow to a new wastewater treatment plant (that would include nitrogen treatment) located on municipal property near the Brookhaven Town Airport.
2. Carlls River Watershed centered around North Babylon and West Babylon: An estimated $136 million project would address storm impacts and reduce nitrogen and pathogen pollution in the Carlls River and Great South Bay. The proposed project would connect parcels to the Bergen Point sewer system within the Southwest Sewer District.
3. Connequot River Watershed centered around Great River: An estimated $33 million would be used to address nitrogen pollution and pathogens in Connetquot River, Nicoll Bay and Great South Bay. The proposed project would connect parcels to the Bergen Point sewer system.
4. Patchogue River Watershed centered around Patchogue: An estimated $18 million would be used to address nitrogen and pathogen pollution in Patchogue River and Great South Bay. The proposed project would connect parcels to the Patchogue sewer system within the Patchogue Sewer District.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “Suffolk County saw firsthand how devastating extreme weather can be in Superstorm Sandy. With that in mind, we are continuing to build back from that damage and make our infrastructure more resilient for the future, and I am very pleased that we are kicking off a series of actions that will bolster coastal resiliency against future storms. By strengthening our wastewater treatment facilities and reducing harmful nitrogen pollution, we can improve water quality on Long Island and ultimately create safer communities for our residents. I appreciate the Governor’s constant support as we continue to rebuild, and I am very excited to get these projects up and running.”

$97 Million Advance to Nassau County for Bay Park Upgrades

The State will advance $97 million to Nassau County to help expedite upgrades at the Bay Park sewage treatment plant. The state funding is an advance on the $830 million in federal funds Governor Cuomo helped secure to repair elements of the Bay Park plant’s treatment and collection system, and to achieve an engineered resiliency against a 500-year storm. The Governor is continuing to press his request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for public assistance funds to create an outfall well out into the Atlantic Ocean and to install a mid-stage nitrogen treatment system to improve water quality in the back-bay, and protect extensive marsh islands in that area that serve as natural flood protection barriers for southern Nassau County.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said, “In addition to devastating homes and businesses across Nassau County, Superstorm Sandy caused tremendous damage to some of our most vital infrastructure – which as we learned, can make a bad situation even worse very quickly. The Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant is the perfect example of that. The facility was inundated with nine feet of sea water during Sandy, causing power failure and environmental damage. Today, we are taking another crucial step forward to not only repair the damage that was done, but make the Bay Park plant stronger and more resilient than ever before. I am thankful for the Governor’s support on this issue – making state funding available now.”

New York State Center for Clean Water Technology

Currently, technology does not exist to effectively remove nitrogen from septic system and cesspool effluent in an effective and cost-efficient manner. These are the major sources of nitrogen that is polluting Suffolk County’s waterways and destroying protective wetland habitat that is vital to improving storm resiliency. Stony Brook University’s New York State Center for Clean Water Technology will research, develop and commercialize the next generation of technology to remove nitrogen from septic system and cesspool effluent. The Center will establish New York State as a global leader in this industry as this technology could help communities on Long Island, across the nation and around the world address this issue.

Governor Cuomo, Suffolk County and Stony Brook University have agreed to designate $2 million from this year’s budget as initial seed money to establish the Center as part of a larger long-term initiative. Stony Brook University will dispatch the appropriate human capital resources including research faculty and graduate students, and designate laboratory facilities to anchor the work to research projects needed to move the initiative forward.

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said, “Healthy natural wetland habitats are crucial barriers against the coastal erosion and infrastructure devastation of major storms – keeping them healthy is essential. Reducing harmful nitrogen pollution is one of the best ways to do that, and by establishing the Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University, we can develop better technology to remove this pollution more effectively and efficiently. I’m proud that Stony Brook will be a leader in this field, and I want to thank Governor Cuomo for supporting this vision, which will help our community and many others for years down the road.”

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., President, Stony Brook University, said, “Stony Brook University is committed to this extremely important initiative that, through research and technology transfer, will help identify and establish new resources to improve water quality on Long Island for the near- and long-term. We thank Governor Cuomo for this financial and environmental commitment, and for entrusting this important piece of the puzzle to Stony Brook University. Thanks to that commitment, I’m confident that our students and faculty will make significant contributions to this initiative.”

Long Island Water Quality Report

The State today also released a report that identifies immediate and long-term steps to address excess nitrogen pollution that causes the degradation or collapse of coastal wetlands that provide natural storm defenses and numerous water quality problems. Governor Cuomo directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to work with state agencies, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Stony Brook University, and a host of civic, environmental and business leaders to develop the report.

As part of that initiative, state leaders, along with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone hosted three public meetings in Nassau and Suffolk counties in May to discuss Long Island wastewater management and clean water infrastructure. These sessions included presentations by 40 scientists; federal, state and local officials; community, business and environmental organizations; and also provided an opportunity for the public to share their experience, ideas and concerns. The report is the culmination of independent research and strategies presented at these meetings. A copy of the report is available here. [2]

Senator Charles E. Schumer said, “This is exactly the type of smart investment that we intended for Long Island through the Sandy relief bill, and I’m pleased that federal CDBG and other funding will help fortify Long Island’s sewer and water treatment systems, as well as build up the coastline to protect against future storms. I will continue to fight for federal dollars to ensure that both Nassau and Suffolk County communities, and their infrastructure, are stronger and more resilient if, God forbid, the next Sandy makes landfall on the region.”

Congressman Peter King said, “The combination of federal and state and resources will not only strengthen Long Island’s resiliency to events like Superstorm Sandy but improve water quality and encourage innovation.”

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy said, “Two years ago, Superstorm Sandy showed all of us how much work New York had to do to improve our wastewater treatment infrastructure to protect against future storm damage. I applaud Governor Cuomo for pulling together funding that will upgrade wastewater treatment plants in the New York City area and will also improve coastal resiliency by reducing nitrogen pollution. Protecting our valuable bays and salt marshes from excessive nitrogen pollution will help limit damage when Long Island and New York face storms like Sandy.”

Congressman Steve Israel said, “Ensuring superior water quality on Long Island is important to our communities. As we prepare for future storms and bolster our resiliency, I am pleased that all levels of government are working together to improv, e and strengthen our infrastructure.”

Congressman Tim Bishop said, “Meeting the critical water infrastructure needs of local communities is an important issue and one that will benefit the residents of Suffolk, the local economy, and protect public health and environment. Communities that cannot upgrade and expand water infrastructure will find it harder to attract new business, build homes, and grow. Ensuring the resiliency of these infrastructure improvements is equally important during natural disasters, and I’m glad this is a component that has been included. I’m proud to have worked with local and state officials at various stages of both these initiatives. Improving water quality in the Forge River Watershed will benefit residents and businesses in the Mastic area and expanding access to sewers in Patchogue with help continue the incredible growth we’ve seen there. As a principal author of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, I’m proud to have led the effort to reauthorize the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for the first time since its creation in the 1980s and provide additional tools to help states and municipalities take on important clean water infrastructure project. These important provisions of WRRDA will have a significant and positive impact in Suffolk County.”

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said, “Long Island’s unique geography greatly contributes to the quality of life for residents but also presents environmental challenges. Governor Cuomo directed DEC to work with local officials, experts and the public to develop an aggressive action agenda to improve Long Island’s coastal resiliency and protect groundwater and surface waters. We appreciate the science-based guidance we received from individuals and organizations during our meetings, which helped us develop numerous specific recommendations to help protect residents, farms and businesses from major storms and flooding, sea level rise and the impacts of nitrogen pollution.”

Jamie Rubin, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, said, “As we continue to work toward a stronger, more resilient State, we must seek out innovative solutions that protect our most critically important resources. These proposed projects are located in one of the counties most heavily impacted by Superstorm Sandy. We must not only restore and rebuild wastewater facilities that were impacted but also preserve and safeguard drinking water for residents of Long Island, while demonstrating numerous environmental and economic benefits. An important component of our recovery from Sandy is not only rebuilding the areas but utilizing the skills of our people. The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University can assist us with that recovery and leave behind a legacy that can benefit other regions. Through the Center for Clean Water Technology and our emphasis on community planning processes we will come back better than ever before.”

EFC President and CEO Matthew Driscoll said, “Engineers and finance experts from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. have been working with officials in Nassau and Suffolk counties to utilize the financial resources provided by New York’s State Revolving Loan fund. Earlier this year, EFC approved $12.7 million in low-cost financing to reduce nitrogen discharges from Riverhead wastewater treatment facility and we look forward to making additional financing available for additional infrastructure projects on Long Island.”

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Fall is the Perfect Time to Volunteer!

Bay Club SunsetHempstead, NY – September 27, 2014 – 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, was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties in 2011.

Volunteer Logo Image“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 2014 Volunteer Opportunities list is now available for download on the website.  Click on the Autumn 2014 Volunteer Opportunities link:

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

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 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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Governor Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Mangano and Billy Joel Join Volunteers for Parks and Coastal Cleanup on Long Island

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Governor Cuomo and Nassau County Executive Mangano Join Volunteers for Parks and Coastal Cleanup on Long Island

21st Annual Oyster Bay Harbor Fall Cleanup Day Takes Place alongside Expanded Volunteer Effort Involving Town, County and State Locations throughout Region

http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/09202014-coastal-cleanup-long-island

Albany, NY (September 20, 2014)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano today participated in a region-wide volunteer cleanup to support parks and coastal areas on Long Island. Corresponding with the 21st Annual Oyster Bay Harbor Fall Cleanup Day, which the Governor, County Executive and Billy Joel took part in, volunteers from across the region helped beautify 17 outdoor town, county and state locations as part of an expanded community service effort.

Cuomo Billy Joel Oyster Bay Cleanup“We truly are borrowers of this earth, and it is our responsibility to protect and improve it for the next generation,” Governor Cuomo said. “The people that came out today to help clean up places like Oyster Bay and Glen Cove and the region’s State Parks represent the spirit of New York. I thank them for coming together – and encourage all New Yorkers to join in and volunteer at their local park so we can leave this state better than we found it.”

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said, “From protecting our bays and beaches, to marine life and waterways, these environmental cleanup efforts along our shorelines are critical for our way of life in Nassau County. I thank Governor Cuomo, our residents and local organizations that annually commit themselves to leaving our community better than they found it.”

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Billy Joel Plant Oyster Seed

The annual Oyster Bay Harbor Cleanup is organized by the Town of Oyster Bay, the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association and Friends of the Bay. During the cleanup, volunteers join town employees and local residents to pick up trash and debris along the shoreline as well as out in the bay in order to preserve the harbor ecology.

The harbor in Oyster Bay is an integral part of Long Island’s vibrant fishing economy. There are nearly 3,000 underwater shellfish lands in the area, and approximately 2,000 of those are open for harvesting and direct marketing of shellfish throughout the year.

Congressman Steve Israel said, “It was a true honor to be part of a community effort to ensure that we are preserving the natural beauty that we enjoy on Long Island. I thank the Governor and everyone else who came out and demonstrated how important it is for us to ensure our natural treasures remain clean.”

Senator Carl L. Marcellino said, “Oyster Bay Harbor is one of our community’s greatest treasures, and the cleanup effort taking place today is a great way to protect the harbor for future generations. I want to thank all of the volunteers who donated their time and effort to better our community – their service is an inspiration to us all.”

Assemblyman Michael Montesano said, “Cleaning up places like the Oyster Bay Harbor is a great way to give back to the community and support our local ecosystems. I’m proud to be joining in this effort and I thank all of the volunteers who came out to make this a success.”

Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine said, “New York’s parks are a magnificent resource and the annual community clean up is a perfect way to help preserve their beauty. I thank Governor Cuomo and County Executive Mangano for ensuring that ‎Oyster Bay will be enjoyed by New Yorkers and visitors alike for years to come.”

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto said, “Cleaning up the harbor is an annual tradition that brings out the true community spirit of our local residents – and I am very appreciative of the support we receive from all of our volunteers. Governor Cuomo is absolutely right that we all have a responsibility to preserve and protect our natural environment, and events like today are an important step in that direction. It means a cleaner setting for everyone to enjoy, and I look forward to seeing Oyster Bay Harbor Cleanup continue growing as an annual tradition.”

Commissioner Harvey said, “I’m truly grateful for the strong show of support for Long Island’s beautiful shoreline from so many volunteers today. I particularly want to thank Governor Cuomo for leading by example. Both on the ground, getting his hands dirty at events like the Coastal Cleanup and I Love My Park Day, and at the State Capitol, providing the support to keep all of our parks open and launching an unprecedented revitalization effort, the Governor has just been a tremendous ally of public parks and open space.”

Friends of the Bay Executive Director Paul D’Orsay said, “Protecting the harbor around Oyster Bay is a team effort, and today’s cleanup shows that we have some of the most dedicated and selfless volunteers around. I am thrilled to have such a great turnout for our 21st annual cleanup, and I want to thank everyone who made today’s event successful. This kind of volunteerism is what keeps Oyster Bay the vibrant community it has grown to be, and I look forward to another great year.”

In addition to Oyster Bay, volunteers came together at a number of outdoor locations on Long Island as part of today’s effort. The full list of parks and coastal areas that hosted volunteers as part of today’s initiative is as follows:

  • Oyster Bay Harbor
  • Nickerson Beach
  • Glen Cove
  • Belmont Lake State Park
  • Camp Hero State Park
  • Caumsett State Park
  • Heckscher State Park
  • Hempstead Lake State Park
  • Hither Hills State Park
  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Orient Beach State Park
  • Montauk Point State Park
  • Napeague State Park
  • Nissequogoue State Park
  • Robert Moses State Park
  • Sunken Meadow State Park
  • Wildwood State Park

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Red Cross Provides Tips for College-Bound Students

 redcross-logoRed Cross Provides Tips for College-Bound Students

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“Learn what to do in an emergency by taking a CPR/First Aid/AED class before heading to school.”

Posted September 03, 2014 , New York , New York

Students heading off to college—perhaps for the first time this year—may be inexperienced at driving long distances or driving alone. When preparing college-aged children for a long drive to school, make sure they take the following precautions.

Driving Tips:

·  Before packing the car, do a simple safety check. Check lights, turn signals, tire pressure and fluid levels.

·  Make sure you pack carefully so there is nothing blocking your view through the rear window.

·  Prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle and keep there at all times. Include a first aid m16140975_prepare_new_york_kit_514kit as well as items like a blanket, flares, a flashlight, batteries and jumper cables.

·  Leave early and give yourself enough time to travel at a comfortable pace.

·  If you find yourself getting tired, pull over to a gas station to walk around and refresh yourself.

·  Never talk on your cell phone while driving. If you must use the phone, pull over to a safe, well-lit parking lot. Place your call there or at least use a hands-free earpiece. NEVER text and drive.

·  When driving in inclement weather reduce your speed. Don’t make sudden moves if the roads are wet. Applying the brakes slowly and steadily will help you keep better control of your vehicle.

·  Remember to always wear your seat belt and require any passengers to do the same.

The beginning of the school year also means that many students will be moving into new dorms or off-campus apartments. Use the following tips to make moving and returning to school a seamlessly safe process.

Moving Tips:

·  If you are hiring a moving company, first research the company to ensure that they are reputable.

·  Keep an emergency kit on hand during your move. Also buy a kit to keep in your home.

·  When moving you will have to make multiple trips to and from your car or moving vehicle. Lock all vehicles that are unattended.

·  Inspect your new home for carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. Be sure to test each alarm to ensure that they work properly.

·  Stock your dorm room with a basic first aid kit, basic emergency preparedness kit, and an extra dose of any needed medications. (Think epi-pens, inhalers, etc.)

·  Learn your surroundings, as in how to safely exit the building in the event of a fire and Exitwhere to go inside the building should severe weather strike. Remember that stairs – and not elevators – should be used during emergencies.

·  Figure out where the AED(s) and fire extinguisher(s) for your floor/building are kept.

·  Get acquainted with your new roommates and exchange numbers with them. Also let them know who your emergency contacts are.

·  Share your class schedule with your family and friends so that they can locate you in case of an emergency.

·  Consider getting a spare key. Immediately report all lost keys to your landlord or resident advisor.

·  New students should familiarize themselves with the campus. Learn where emergency stations are located and save all emergency contact numbers.

Learn what to do in an emergency by taking a CPR/First Aid/AED class before heading to school or as soon as possible after arriving on campus. Participate in every fire and severe CPR AEDweather drill as though it’s the real thing. Share your schedule with your roommate, close friends, and/or family members so they could track you down if necessary, and determine how you would contact these people if an emergency separated you from your phone and computer.

The American Red Cross is – as always – dedicated to preparing students for a safe and healthy school year. Check out the resources listed below, and visit your college or university’s website for additional campus-specific health and safety information.

For more information about preparing for emergencies or for facts and tips about safety, visit www.redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:

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

 

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Memories of Hurricane Sandy and Recent Floods Bring Long Islanders Out to Prepare

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Aug. 28

Memories of Hurricane Sandy and Recent Floods Bring Long Islanders Out to Prepare

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Read about how folks on Long Island, N.Y., are preparing for disaster. To help your family take action, visit Good & Ready, where you’ll learn how to create a disaster plan, build a preparedness kit and more.

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Hear what Colleen Popp learned about disaster preparedness after Hurricane Sandy severely damaged East Rockaway, N.Y., home. (Click photo.)

For her 50th birthday in 2012, Colleen Popp and her best friend headed to New Orleans to celebrate. She remembers being shocked by the lasting effects of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“Everything was either new construction, still in disrepair or just desolate,” she said. “I just remember us looking at each other and thinking, could you imagine?”

Six weeks later – while sitting in the living room of her East Rockaway, N.Y., home watching Hurricane Sandy blow into town, water rushed in – sending her, her husband and two grown kids scurrying to the second story of their home.

It only took a few hours for the storm to destroy the first floor.

The Popps thought they were prepared – they had moved their cars to higher ground, had flashlights, candles, food and water on hand, and moved most of their electronics up to their second floor.

long_island.jpgLidia Fajardo of Franklin Square, N.Y., and Elizabeth Gosioco of Bayside, N.Y., show off their disaster kits.

“I thought we were just going to get it on the floor, I didn’t think to empty out the cabinets or counters,” she said.

According to Jan Epstein, senior manager of the Allstate Foundation, the Popps are not alone. “Only 15 percent of Americans are prepared for a disaster, which means that 85 percent are not,” Epstein said.

The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light hope to change that. This summer, they launched a 14-city disaster preparedness tour to help people take action. Last Saturday, the tour came to Long Island at Eisenhower Park, taking place before a free KC and the Sunshine Band concert.

“We want to give people the tools they need to take care of themselves and their families,” Epstein said.

Hundreds of Long Islanders lined up to create more than 750 free disaster preparedness kits. The kits include flashlights that don’t need batteries, dust masks, ponchos, first-aid kits and whistles. Volunteers from Allstate and the Long Island Volunteer Center, part of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network, provided tips and advice as they gave out the items.

long_island_allstate_agent.jpgAllstate agent Christina Shaw, second from left, hands out supplies for disaster preparedness kits.

The event was just what friends Elizabeth Gosioco, Lidia Fajardo and Marilyn Jara – who are admittedly part of the unprepared 85 percent – needed.

With the recent storms hitting Long Island – Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and even the recent heavy rains that flooded many parts of the island just two weeks ago – they know that complacency is not an option.

“It happens so unexpectedly,” Gosioco said, shaking her head. She said she worries about what she would lose if her neighborhood flooded, her basement filled with 30 years of memories.

Now, the friends say they’ll take preparations more seriously. “This is a good start,” said Jara, pointing to their newly prepared disaster kits.

Diana O’Neill, executive director of the Long Island Volunteer Center, said she hopes that the event helps people realize that being prepared can offer some semblance of control at a time when many feel powerless.

“It’s up to us to be responsible for our preparedness, our response and the recovery,” she said.

Mary Halcott of Hicksville, N.Y., said that after Sandy, she faced extra challenges in caring for her elderly mother. “I came because I wanted to see if there was anything new to learn,” she said, adding she now knows how much water she should have on hand – one gallon per person for at least three days.

While the kits provide many items needed during a storm, Allstate agent Christina Shaw said it is only a start.

“Every family needs to really sit and think about their own personal needs – including medicine, how much water they may need – and really make it their own,” she said.

Shaw knows firsthand how devastating a disaster can be. She was six months pregnant with her daughter when five feet of water barreled into her home in Long Beach during Sandy. Her Allstate office was also without power, so she set up shop behind a Starbucks to help her customers file claims.

“Even if you weren’t directly affected or hit, almost everyone knew someone who was,” Shaw said. “We need to be prepared – especially because right now we are in the height of hurricane season.”

As for Colleen Popp and her family, it took them a year to renovate their home. Their neighborhood is still struggling to recover. Walking the quiet streets, many houses are still under construction, some have been leveled and others are still vacant.

“We were lucky. We didn’t lose our cars, we didn’t lose our jobs,” Popp said. “These are just things. And we are all fine.”

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Governor Cuomo Directs Flood Damage Assessment in LI Areas Impacted by Heavy Rain and Flash Floods

Governor Cuomo Directs Flood Damage Assessment in Long Island Areas Impacted by Heavy Rain and Flash Floods

Governor extends deployment of DFS Mobile Command Center to provide insurance assistance in Brookhaven on Friday and Babylon on Saturday and Sunday
Governor establishes Disaster Assistance Service Center and outlines resources and advice for impacted families and businesses dealing with their insurance companies
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Andrew M. Cuomo - Governor

Andrew M. Cuomo – Governor

Albany, NY (August 14, 2014)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to coordinate with local officials on flood damage assessments in Long Island following this week’s heavy rains and flash flooding. He additionally extended the hours and expanded the locations that the Department of Financial Services’ Mobile Command Center will be available to provide insurance help to residents affected by the flooding.

“Long Islanders have had more than their fair share of extreme weather, but this week’s rainfall was literally without precedent,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re committed to doing everything we can to help in Long Island’s recovery and to ensure that those affected by the flooding that followed this record-breaking rainfall receive the help they need.”

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More than a foot of rain soaked Long Island on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (Photo credit: Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press)

Under Governor Cuomo’s direction, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) is coordinating with local officials to determine the extent of the damages in the hardest hit areas. Following the assessment, officials will determine what needs residents have and the programs that may be available to meet those needs.

In addition, New York State will be sponsoring a multi-agency Disaster Assistance Service Center at the Islip Town Complex, 401 Main Street, with various organizations and agencies including: American Red Cross; Office of Mental Health; Department of Health; Local Social Services; Office of Children and Family Services; Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; and Department of Financial Services. This center is a “one-stop shop” that provides information and resources for disaster survivors.

The Center will be open beginning Friday, August 15 from noon to 7 p.m. The Center will also be open this weekend 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and next Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The hours and days of operation are subject to change.

DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said, “The amount of rain that has been dumped on Long Island is incredible. Many of these communities have just begun to achieve a sense of normalcy after the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy. Our recovery staff will be coordinating on damage assessments with County officials and we have contacted FEMA to update them on the situation in Long Island.”

Governor Cuomo has also announced the deployment of the Mobile Command Center (MCC) to additional sites on Long Island to continue providing insurance assistance to those affected by recent flooding. Today, the MCC had serviced more than 300 people, and will continue to be on-site until 8 p.m.

Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, said, “There are a number steps homeowners and business owners can take to help expedite the insurance claims process. DFS will continue to work to help make sure people receive the relief to which they are entitled from their insurers.”

Department of Financial Services representatives will be available in the MCC at the following locations:

Friday, August 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Brookhaven Township: Brookhaven Town Hall South Parking Lot, One Independence Hill, Farmingville

Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Babylon Township: Babylon Town Hall Parking Lot, 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst

People in need of assistance who are unable to visit the Mobile Command Center can call the Department’s Disaster Hotline at 1-800-339-1759 for help with insurance-related issues. The DFS is extending the operating hours for the hotline this week, today and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Most flooding issues on State highways have been cleared and all roads are open. The closure of the two right lanes on Ocean Parkway at the Town of Oyster Bay Beach will continue as crews work to repair damage caused when floodwaters undermined the road. Additionally, the right northbound lane of the Meadowbrook State Parkway at False Channel remains closed as crews work to repair road damage there.

Resources for Impacted Families and Businesses for Dealing with Insurers

Governor Cuomo also outlined resources and advice for impacted families and businesses dealing with their insurance companies. These include steps to help ensure that their claims are processed promptly, as well as information on how to file a complaint if they cannot resolve a dispute with their insurer.

File Claims Promptly – Homeowners who experienced property losses are urged to file insurance claims with their insurers promptly and as soon as possible after losses occur. It is important to provide policy numbers if possible and all information relevant to the loss. To best document losses, homeowners should take photos or videos showing the extent of the losses before cleaning up damage.

Make Only Necessary Repairs – Homeowners should protect their property from further damage after a loss, but should make only necessary repairs to prevent further damage to property, like covering broken windows. Permanent repairs should not be made until after insurers have inspected losses.

Keep Records of Dealings with Insurance Representatives – Homeowners should cooperate fully with their insurer and keep a diary of all conversations with insurance representatives, including the representatives’ names, as well as the times and dates of all calls or visits. They should also follow up in writing with the representatives to document their understanding of any conversations they’ve had with the representatives.

Inventory Belongings – Provide your insurer with a detailed room-by-room inventory of damaged personal items and property. Include any receipts, credit card or other documents showing the items’ values.

Flood Damage – Homeowners are also reminded that flood damage to homes and structures is generally only covered by flood insurance, which is a Federal program administered by FEMA. Homeowners who have flood insurance and have flood damage should make claims through that insurance. Additionally, homeowners should also read their policies carefully to make sure they understand what damage is covered and under what circumstances. For additional information on flood insurance, please visit the Flood Insurance Resource Center on the DFS website at http://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/flood_info.htm [2].

Keep Your Receipts If You Relocate During Repairs. If you need to temporarily relocate while your home is being repaired, make sure to keep receipts and other records of your expenses during that time.

Information on Homeowners Insurance: Additional information can be found at the Homeowners Resource Center on the Department of Financial Services’ website at http://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/fileacomplaint.htm [3].

Source URL: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08142014-DFS-LI-floods
Links:
[1] http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08142014-DFS-LI-floods
[2] http://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/flood_info.htm
[3] http://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/fileacomplaint.htm

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Long Island Volunteer Center & Nassau County Firefighters Museum Sponsors 4th Annual Blood Drive to Recognize September 11th as a National Day of Service & Remembrance

Long Island Volunteer Center & Nassau County Firefighters Museum Sponsors 4th Annual Blood Drive to Recognize September 11th as a National Day of Service & Remembrance

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Hempstead, N.Y. – August 4, 2014, The Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC) and the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center are hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, September 8th from 2:00pm to 8:00pm at the Museum in Garden City.   LIVC is asking Long Islanders to donate blood to pay tribute to 9/11 victims and heroes. Registration is strongly recommended.  The Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center is located along Museum Row on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City.  This event is also sponsored by New Yorkers Volunteer, a program of the New York State Office of National & Community Service as part of the statewide Volunteer Generation Campaign.

The three past blood drives resulted in the collection of 130 pints of blood.  LIVC is hoping to reach a total of 200 pints after this blood drive.   All participants who donate blood will assemble and take home their own emergency preparedness kit as a thank you for their generosity.  Participants will also be supporting National Disaster Preparedness month, which aims to bring awareness to the community, family and friends the importance of being prepared in times of disaster.

“There is no better way to remember those lost on 9/11 than by taking action to help others survive. Now in its fourth year, LIVC’s life-saving blood drive continues to grow bigger Blood drive logo cuteach 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 11th anniversary and participate in the country’s National Day of Service & Remembrance.”

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.  A sixteen-year old may donate blood with parental consent. Over the age of 76 requires a doctor’s note.

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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To schedule an appointment to donate blood, please register at:

http://tinyurl.com/LIvolunteercenterblooddrive

Directions:

By Car:
Meadowbrook Parkway to exit M4, follow signs to Museum Row which will put you on Charles Lindbergh Blvd, stay on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. to the second traffic light and turn right into the parking lot

By Bus:
The N16, N45, and N51 buses stop several blocks from the Museum at Nassau Community College

By Train:
Taxis available from the following LIRR stations: Garden City, Mineola, and Westbury

If using GPS:
DO NOT use the mailing address, as this will take you to the back of the building.  Use 399 Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale, NY.  Prior to reaching 399 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., you will see the Museum on your right hand side.

For additional information, please contact us at:

BloodDrive@longislandvolunteercenter.org  or  516-478-5018

For medical eligibility, please contact:

Long Island Blood Services at 1-800-688-0900

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SOS: Supply Our Students Back to School Drive – LI Coalition for the Homeless

 

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2014 “SOS: Supply Our Students”

Back to School Drive

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 3,000 children in need on Long Island.   Greta Guarton, executive director of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless stated:  “the need for assistance is growing each year.  We are grateful to members of the community who come together to help our less fortunate neighbors.  These school supplies will help thousands of children go back to school with the tools they need to succeed.”

This is the ninth year that LICH has conducted its “SOS: Supply Our Students” Back to School Drive.  The first distribution will take place on August 26 with a Summer Festival Back to School Supplies Logofor children in shelters organized by Backpack Pirates.  “This event gives the children a day to learn and grow – a day to play on the beach, have a picnic,” said Ken Mangan, LICH Board member and organizer of the Backpack Pirates event.  “Many of them have never been to the beach or had new clothes or supplies for school.  Thanks to our partners in the community, Backpack Pirates and LICH, these kids will start the school year more prepared and more confident than they have before,” said Charles Russo, Chair of LICH and co-organizer of the Summer Festival.  “We are also tremendously grateful to the members of the Suffolk County Legislature, Astoria Bank, Touro Law Center and Long Island Board of Realtors, who have been supporters of our Back Pack Pirates event from its inception, and who will be collecting supplies for Suffolk’s children in need.  We are also grateful to various libraries throughout our region, who have agreed to collect school supplies for our drive, and act as drop-off sites.”

The second half of the distribution will take place at the end of August.  The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking additional partners to help provide much-needed school supplies to children in need.  Donations of new school supplies and backpacks will be accepted at the LICH offices,  the offices of Russo, Karl, Widmaier and Cordano (400 Townline Road, Hauppauge) and several offices of members of the Suffolk County Legislature until the week of August 10.  For information on other drop-off locations, please visit http://www.addressthehomeless.org.  For information on how to become a drop-off location, or participate in our drive, visit our web site or contact LICH at 516-742-7770.

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS
The following locations are accepting school supplies on our behalf through August 10th. .

Nassau County
BALDWIN: SAIL
BELLMORE: Bellmore Memorial Library
FRANKLIN SQUARE: Child Care Council of Nassau
FREEPORT: Freeport Recreation Center
FREEPORT: Freeport Village Hall
GARDEN CITY: Long Island Coalition for the Homeless
HICKSVILLE: Central Nassau Guidance
NEW HYDE PARK: Hillside Library
OCEANSIDE: Oceanside Library
OLD BETHPAGE: FREE
PLAINVIEW: Eagle Rock Management
PLAINVIEW: Rosicki, Rosicki, & Associates
ROCKVILLE CENTRE: Lakeview Library
UNIONDALE: Hofstra Office of Student Leadership (260 Student Center)

Suffolk County
BRENTWOOD: TSLI/HHB
CENTEREACH: Middle Country Public Library
CENTERPORT: Office of William Spencer
CENTRAL ISLIP: Touro Law Center (PAC Center)
COMMACK: Commack Library
GREENLAWN: Harborfields Library
HAUPPAUGE: Hauppauge Library
HAUPPAUGE: Keller Williams Realty
HAUPPAUGE: Russo, Karl, Widmaier, & Cordano
HOLBROOK: Office of William J. Lindsay
HUNTINGTON: Office of Steve Stern
HUNTINGTON STATION: Office of Lou D’Amaro
MELVILLE: Continental Home Loans
MELVILLE: LLoyd Staffing
MELVILLE: Zodiac Title Services
RIVERHEAD: Riverhead Free Library
SAYVILLE: Sayville Library
SMITHTOWN: Office of Robert Trotta
WEST ISLIP: West Islip Library (Sponsored by Office of Thomas Barraga)

Please use this link for further information and to link to the participating locations via Google Maps:

http://www.addressthehomeless.org/supply-our-students-drive.html

School Supply List
Three-ring binders (various sizes) and dividers
Folders with pockets
Looseleaf paper
Spiral Notebooks (1,2,3,5 subjects)
Book Covers
#2 Pencils with Erasers
Hi-liters
Colored Pencils
Fine line markers
Marble composition books
3 x 5 index cards
Pens
Glue Sticks
Elmer’s Glue
Scissors and safety scissors
Crayons
Protractors
Rulers (12 in with cm and inches)
Pencil sharpeners
Back packs and lunch boxes
Other Items Needed
New packages of socks and underwear, ages K-12
New shoes (school appropriate/sneakers)
New clothing (school appropriate)

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Be Prepared; Arthur Upgraded to Category 2 Hurricane

Submitted by Amanda Glazer

Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Long Island Volunteer Center
July 3, 2014

No SwimmingIt’s official: as Arthur, the first named storm of 2014, churns off  the eastern coast of North Carolina and continues moving north, the Atlantic hurricane season has begun.

Arthur was upgraded to a Category 2 Hurricane (sustained winds of 96-110 mph) early this morning and is forecast to move past the North Carolina Outer Banks tonight. Hurricane Watches and Warnings, along with Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings, remain in effect from southeast Virginia to South Carolina. In addition to coastal flooding, dangerous rip currents will impact much of the East Coast through this weekend due to Hurricane Arthur.

A high surf advisory was issued for all south-facing shorelines, including those on Long Island, from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.  NWS said waves could reach heights of up to 10 feet throughout the advisory period.  A high alert of rip currents at all South Shore beaches was also issued for Thursday and all of Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These currents “will be life-threatening to anyone who enters the surf,” said NOAA.  Parts of the south shore and eastern Long Island, have a potential for coastal flooding at times of high tide within 12 hours of the center of Arthur passing by, even though the center of circulation is expected to stay offshore.  North and South Carolina are expected to be hit the hardest, but by no means does this mean that those of us in Northeast shouldn’t be concerned, especially if Arthur is passing by as a Category 2 hurricane on Friday, meaning now is the time to prepare.

Not sure how to get started?  Well the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) has posted a link on the FLASH website with useful tips as to how you can protect yourself, your family, and your home today:

http://www.newbernsj.com/sj-express/tips-to-prepare-for-arthur-1.340148

Please be safe and heed any “No Swimming” warnings at our Long Island beaches; rip currents are incredibly dangerous and not to be underestimated!

If you find yourself caught in a rip current, the United States Lifesaving Association says to follow a number of steps to escape:

  • Yell for help immediately.
  • Don’t swim against the rip current – it will just tire you out.
  • Escape the rip current by swimming parallel to the beach until you are free.
  • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water.
  • When out of the current, swim toward the shore at an angle away from the rip current.

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.

 

 

 

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Rock and Wrap It Up! Reducing the Planet’s Poverty Footprint with The Whole Earth Calculator

Press Release

Reducing the Planet’s Poverty Footprint While Reducing Society’s Carbon Footprint

Rock and Wrap It Up! met with the White House Council of Environmental Quality Deputy Associate Director Franz Hochstrasser at Jackson Place, next to the White House.

Cedarhurst, NY; June 28, 2014 – President Obama’s directive last year to reduce green house house gas emissions can now have a mobile app which converts pounds of food into total meals and greenhouse gas emission reduction statistics. The mobile app, named The Whole Earth Calculator, was launched in February 2014 with the NFL to calculate food recovery efforts and environmental impact for Superbowl 48, held in Met Life Stadium. Further discussion revolved around the new curricula written to support the app for high and middle schools. Lawrence H.S. Dr. Stephen Sullivan helped write the curricula, The Whole Earth Calculator Lesson Plans, is being introduced nationally this summer. It is the next generation teaching tool to sensitize the needs to increase food donations to the poor and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The app calculates and sends results in tweets and Facebook posts to social media.

RWU Board members   Professor Jim Spellos, Atalie Ebersole, CEQ Deputy Associate Director Franz Hochstrasser, CEO Syd Mandelbaum and VP of Operations Diane Mandelbaum. Executive Office of the President at Jackson Place.

RWU Board members Professor Jim Spellos, Atalie Ebersole, CEQ Deputy Associate Director Franz Hochstrasser, CEO Syd Mandelbaum and VP of Operations Diane Mandelbaum. Executive Office of the President at Jackson Place.

Rock and Wrap it Up! Whole Earth Calculator Application

Rock and Wrap it Up! (RWU) was the first anti-poverty think tank to tie together food recovery and greenhouse gas emission reduction. Our mantra, reducing the poverty footprint by reducing the carbon footprint remains our goal.

Currently our partners/sectors in asset and food recovery include music, sports, tv/film production, hospitals, hotels and schools. They are supplied with statistics including pounds recovered with meal equivalents and greenhouse gas emission reduction through embedded spreadsheets. Food that is prepared but not served or sold is recovered and given to the indigent across the US and Canada. The data which is supplied by Rock and Wrap It Up! is currently put on websites and reported to management.

The RWU Whole Earth Calculator is a mobile phone/tablet application which converts pounds of food donated to the poor into total meals and CO2 reduction statistics. The Whole Earth Calculator is not a downloadable tool but a non-native, web-based app.
The statistical data can be reported in English or metric units. The application supports social media handshakes. i.e., tweets on Twitter and posts on Facebook. More importantly, data collected is captured virtually and recorded on RWU donor spreadsheets for statistical analysis and marketing purposes. RWU has partnered with the United States Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency, participating in their Food Waste Challenge Programs. The RWU Whole Earth Calculator application will further increase the inclusion in the Food Waste Challenge of food donor participants across the country.

The Rock and Wrap It Up! School Program will be expanded by the utilization of the application. Both science and economic curricula is being developed to accompany these applications for use in the school community. Students will be sensitized to keeping food waste out of land fill and new tactics to feed the poor. The application will increase food recovery and promote further positive environmental outcomes.

Contact: 
Syd Mandelbaum, MA, MBA
CEO and Founder
Rock and Wrap It Up!
1-877-691-FOOD
www.rockandwrapitup.org

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About Rock and Wrap It Up!

Rock and Wrap It Up! is an anti-poverty think tank. Using greening tactics, we recover food and other assets to agencies fighting poverty, increasing their operating budgets. This allows the agencies to hire more services such as tutors, social workers, job placement counselors and mental health counselors to attack the root cause of poverty. Our work supports over 43,000 agencies in North America. We work in Music, Sports, Schools, Hotels, Entertainment and do Public Advocacy in the House and Senate. Our partnerships include 150 music bands, 60 Professional Sports Franchises including the entire National Hockey league, Colleges like Columbia, UCLA, Univ. of Florida, Hotel chains including Marriott, Grand Hyatt, Sheraton, Film and television producers NBC/Universal and HBO. We wrote and helped pass the Federal Food Donation Act which encourages all federal buildings to feed the poor and not put food into land fill. We reduce the planet’s poverty footprint by reducing society’s carbon footprint. Rock and Wrap It Up! is a 501 C 3 charity.

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Have a Summer to Remember…VOLUNTEER!

Long Island Volunteer Center Releases Summer 2014

Volunteer Opportunities List

Summer to Remember Volunteer

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NY Mets players Chris Young, Zack Wheeler, and Eric Young at Nike Alternative High School in Lido Beach helping plant vegetables at sustainable garden.

The Summer 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:

Summer 2014 Volunteer Opportunities

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

Sandy Volunteers

Volunteers restoring Superstorm Sandy damaged home along Long Island’s South Shore.

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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Community Development Corporation of Long Island Recognizes Successful Revitalization

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Christine Pagliari
cpagliari@cdcli.org  (631) 471-1215 ext. 162

CENTEREACH, NY -Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI), a chartered member of NeighborWorks® America, will host two events as part of the NeighborWorks® Week Celebration from June7-14, 2014.

For nearly a year, CDCLI has been coordinating a rebuilding initiative, sponsored jointly by NeighborWorks® America and the Long Island Community Foundation, to assist residents of the Shinnecock Nation to rehabilitate homes affected by Superstorm Sandy. There will be a day of service in support of this effort held on site tomorrow, June 7, 2014. Additionally, CDCLI has invited community members from throughout Long Island to participate in a hands-on training session that will give them the tools necessary to respond to future disasters, to be held on June 13, 2014. “CDCLI is proud to implement innovative and impactful programs throughout the year. NeighborWorks® Week gives us the opportunity to highlight and celebrate our many community partnerships,” said Marianne Garvin, President and Chief Executive Officer of CDCLI.

Since the days after Superstorm Sandy, CDCLI has been helping individuals, families, and communities as they face the challenges presented by the storm.  CDCLI immediately took action to help those in need and its response grew from there.  As active members of the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LI-VOAD) and its Long Term Recovery Group, CDCLI quickly identified services to provide consistent with its mission.  The philanthropic community agreed; over a dozen funding partners came forward, enabling CDCLI to develop a formal Sandy response.

Through these donations, CDCLI established a Sandy Housing Recovery Program (SHRP).  Together, the SHRP team conducts outreach and on-site resource assistance in affected communities and works with individuals on a long term basis as they navigate the stages of rebuilding their homes. CDCLI works in partnership with other service providers to ensure seamless delivery of services and to prevent duplication of benefits. Consistent with its mission, CDCLI’s focus is traditionally on underserved populations in the most seriously damaged communities, such as the Shinnecock Nation, a recently federally-recognized Nation on the South Shore of Long Island.

On June 7, 2014, Anna Marie Woodroof, an AmeriCorps VISTA serving at CDCLI, will coordinate an AmeriCorps VISTA day of service to help maintain and reconstruct outdoor space around the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum.

This day of service will highlight the importance of volunteer service in underserved communities, as well as to continue and strengthen CDCLI’s relationship with the Shinnecock Nation. The day of service will also help CDCLI build its capacity to provide services to those in need, recruit other AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, and continue its work on the Shinnecock Nation. Diana O’Neill, Executive Director of Long Island Volunteer Services, reflects on the partnerships, stating, “Because neighborhoods are distinctive places that help add definition to one’s livelihood, building community is a noble goal especially through the transformative power of volunteerism and desire to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.  Partnering with CDCLI and the Shinnecock Nation Housing Department on this rebuild campaign will bring lasting solutions to storm damaged homes and will bring hope and promise to those so devastated by destruction.”

CDCLI is also coordinating a second project in celebration of NeighborWorks® Week: an Organizing Neighborhoods for Emergency Response training, to be held at the LI-VOAD Disaster Recovery Center at NYIT in Central Islip on June 13, 2014. Hurricane season has begun and many Long Island residents remain vulnerable to storm damage, some still recovering from the extensive damage done by Superstorm Sandy in late 2012. This training is designed to expand the involvement of community based organizations in disaster response. Through lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities, attendees will learn how to engage in community level training and management of volunteers in the aftermath of disasters. The training was coordinated by Gillian Kaye, a member of the NeighborWorks® AmericaTraining Team, to empower communities and better prepare them for future disasters.

“NeighborWorks® Week is the story of people working together to make communities stronger and safer. This week, CDCLI is joining more than 200 other NeighborWorks® organizations across the country to mobilize tens of thousands of residents, business people, and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness,” said Deborah Boatright, Vice President, Northeast Region, NeighborWorks® America. “CDCLI’s steadfast dedication to helping Long Islanders to recover from Superstorm Sandy, especially their work with the Shinnecock Nation, exemplifies NeighborWorks®’ 365-day mission at its best—creating opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities.”

About NeighborWorks® Week
During NeighborWorks® Week, CDCLI and other NeighborWorks® organizations across the country will mobilize tens of thousands of businesspeople, residents, and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness. They will rehab and repair homes, paint and landscape properties, conduct neighborhood tours, recognize successful partnerships, and host a number of events that educate, train, and inform.

CDCLI is part of the NeighborWorks® network, an affiliation of more than 235 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In 2013, the NeighborWorks network generated more than $5.8 billion in total direct investment and helped 300,000 individuals and families with affordable housing and counseling.

The NeighborWorks® network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks® America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities.

About Community Development Corporation of Long Island
Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) invests its resources, talents, and knowledge in the people of Long Island, helping them to achieve their dreams of an affordable home in a vibrant community. Since its inception 45 years ago, CDCLI has assisted more than 149,000 Long Islanders, and invested $1 billion into the communities in which they live. For more information, please visit http://www.cdcli.org. Like CDCLI on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cdcoflongisland and follow it on Twitter @cdclongisland.

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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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“Decorator Madness” Fabric Mill Storyboard Competition to Benefit a LI Family Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

“DECORATOR MADNESS”

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Plainview, New York – May 9, 2014, The Fabric Mill, with support from the Long Island Volunteer Center, announces “Decorator Madness,” a storyboard competition for interior designers and those with a flair and passion for decorating. The Fabric Mill is giving back to the community by helping a family that was impacted by Superstorm Sandy and bringing a room in their home back to life in style!

Allison Bassen, owner of the Fabric Mill, explained, “We still see customers almost two years later trying to rebuild and decided to help knowing the importance of ‘there’s no place like home’. Organizing this event has been incredibly refreshing with the generosity of our sponsors and is a wonderful opportunity for a decorator to donate their time and to gain recognition for their talents.” When people asked the creator of “Decorator Madness”, Carly Bassen, what she was doing during Superstorm Sandy, Carly asked herself, “What can I do to help?” Carly created this design competition to benefit a family that had been devastated by the storm as a way to give back.

549394_521606447889940_561236157_nOn Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 7 pm to 10 pm at The Fabric Mill, 219 South Service Road, Plainview, NY, contestants will be given a theme and one hour to create their storyboard masterpiece utilizing the beautiful fabrics in the Fabric Mill store. Each contestant will then give a short presentation to a panel of professional judges. The winner of the contest will work with the family to create an oasis for the family to enjoy. This Fabric Mill contest is a shining example of volunteers bringing their talent, skills and resources to help those who continue to feel the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

If you are interested in participating in “Decorator Madness,” please register by sending an e-mail to: allibassen@yahoo.com with your contact information or by calling (516) 465-6400. Contestants MUST register in advance to participate in the “Decorator Madness” contest.  There are 100 spots available to contestants so be sure to register now!  Registration will close once all spots have been filled or until May 14, 2014, whichever occurs first.

Safavieh, Hunter Douglas, Elements Distinctive Lighting, Thomasville Furniture, Sherwin Williams, Peykar Rugs, C & S Granite and Marble, Hallman Furniture and Strokes of Creativity are generously donating to “Decorator Madness”. The storyboard competition winner will also be featured in House Magazine.

64553166Thousands of volunteers have responded in the aftermath of Sandy to help Long Islanders get back on their feet. Everyone has something to offer! The Long Island Volunteer Center continues to recruit skill-based volunteers for the Civilian Emergency Response Corps (CERC), a statewide initiative to respond and to assist in ongoing Sandy recovery efforts and to develop a network of volunteers who will be able to respond in future disasters.

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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.

For press inquiries, please contact Laura Messano at (845) 608-7394 or by e-mail to: lauramessano@longislandvolunteercenter.org

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive This Saturday, May 10, 2014! Remember to Leave Your Non-Perishable Donations at Your Mailbox!

Countdown to NALC Food Drive is On!

NALCFlyer2014WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — About one in six Americans goes hungry or wonders where the next meal will come from. That’s a reality of life in the United States today. But another fact of life in this country is that people and organizations get together to tackle such problems and to help their fellow Americans.

To combat hunger, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 22nd annual food drive on Saturday, May 10. Using the unparalleled postal networks, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Among the many local volunteer groups that will help are the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, National Guard units, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy/Girl Scouts, various student groups, local Rotary Clubs, local and state AARP groups and local United Way volunteers.

Island Harvest Logo A Food Bank for Long IslandTo register as a volunteer with Island Harvest to help sort and pack the food donated on Stamp Out Hunger Day, please use this link:

http://stampouthungerli.volunteerhub.com/SignIn.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fEvents%2fIndex

All food donated on Long Island stays on LI!

The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive never has been more important. The extreme winter weather and other natural disasters many regions experienced not only exacerbate problems in many communities but also turn some who typically give food into recipients of help.

“Many people in this country still go hungry every day,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We are honored to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans. Six days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work, and we’re committed to helping meet those needs.”

Hunger affects about 49 million people around the country, including millions of children and senior citizens. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

Last year, letter carriers collected 74.4 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes, the second-highest amount since the NALC’s food drive began in 1992. That brought the total to nearly 1.3 billion pounds for the food drive.

“The Postal Service’s universal network, reaching 151 million addresses six days a week, makes it possible for us to provide this critically needed assistance,” NALC food drive coordinator Pam Donato said.

food_drive_2014_flat_rgb_redo-250wOn May 10, as they deliver mail, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect the donations that residents leave near their mail boxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters, including many affiliated with Feeding America, which is a national partner in the drive, as are United Way, AARP Drive to End   Hunger, Publix, Campbell Soup Co., the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the AFL CIO, Valpak, Valassis and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage.

People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

The 280,000-member NALC represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.

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“I Love My Park Day” Saturday, May 3, 2014 – Have You Signed Up to Volunteer?

Governor Cuomo Reminds New Yorkers to Volunteer at State Parks on Third Annual “I Love My Park Day”

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded New Yorkers to volunteer at their favorite state park or historic site during the third annual “I Love My Park Day,” taking place this Saturday, May 3, 2014. A record number of volunteers—nearly 3,000—have already registered and the state is expecting almost 6,000 participants. Those who would like to support clean-up and renovation efforts at sites across the state can register at http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/.

“I encourage all New Yorkers to take some time to give back and join the thousands of ilovemyparkdaylogovolunteers that have already signed up to participate in ‘I Love My Parks Day’ this Saturday” said Governor Cuomo. “New York’s park system is one of our state’s most valued assets, and by helping improve these sites, we can all play a part in preserving them for generations to come.”

This year volunteers of all ages will help improve parks and historic sites through hundreds of projects ranging from general park clean-up such as debris and trash pick-up, and invasive plant and species removal to beautification efforts such as planting flowers and trees, weed removal, reseeding, painting, assembly and installation of benches and picnic tables, trail maintenance and much more.

“What better way to enjoy the outdoors this Saturday than spending a day with your family, friends and neighbors and helping to clean-up your favorite park or historic site,” said State Park Commissioner Rose Harvey. “Each year it is inspiring to see the dedication from so many of our visitors as they participate in I Love My Park Day and work together on behalf of their state parks and historic sites.”

“The creation of New York’s remarkable park system was the work of friends, supporters, ILMPD_Gov_Bronstonand many ordinary citizens who believed in the importance of parks. Their efforts have brought the joys of the outdoors to hundreds of millions of New Yorkers. This park legacy is a responsibility handed down from one generation to the next. Through I Love My Park Day, New Yorkers are able to step up and do their part for their parks. Parks help us all stay healthy and active, and by working together we can make them even better.” said Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York.

“I Love My Park Day” By the Numbers:
In 2013:
·         78 participating parks and historic sites
·         4,000 volunteers
·         10,000 volunteer hours contributed

Growing in Year Three: 2014
·         83 participating parks and historic sites
·         Upwards of 6,000 volunteers expected as nearly 3,000 have already pre-registered
·         Estimated 15,000 volunteer hours contributed
·         Continued partnership with NYS Commission on National & Community Service
·         Major new media and corporate sponsors through Parks & Trails, New York  including AT&T; L.L. Bean; GE; America’s Best Value Inn; the Business Council of NYS; and LongIsland.com

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.

Long Island
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Belmont Lake State Park
Bethpage State Park
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Captree State Park (Registration Full)
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 (Registration Full)
Sunken Meadow State Park (Alfred E. Smith)
Valley Stream State Park
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site

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Over One Billion People Take Part in Earth Day, the World’s Largest Secular Observance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 22, 2014

Over One Billion People Take Part in Earth Day,
the World’s Largest Secular Observance

2014 Focuses on Green Cities

imagesWASHINGTON – Today is Earth Day, and over one billion people in 192 countries are taking action to protect the environment.  From Sydney to San Jose, New Delhi to New York, Rome to Cairo, Beijing to Beirut, Amazonia to Honolulu, Washington, D.C. to Moscow, people everywhere are organizing demonstrations and rallies, demanding climate action, cleaning up their communities, meeting with their elected officials, planting trees, and teaching their children about protecting our planet in honor of Earth Day.

“Earth Day is the most powerful force the environmental movement has ever known,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “Millions of people will be permanently recruited into the environmental movement, joining the more than a billion people who already use this day to focus on the urgent need to stabilize global greenhouse gas emissions, fight climate change, live more eco-friendly lives and protect their children’s futures.”

This year Earth Day Network is focusing on Green Cities. On Earth Day and throughout the year, cities are working with their communities to catalyze a transition to a more sustainable future through efficiency upgrades, investment in renewable energy, and regulation reform.  As part of the campaign, Earth Day Network is working directly with cities across the US—from Jackson, Mississippi to Santa Fe, New Mexico—to implement sustainable programs and policies at the local level.

“For the first time in history, most people on Earth live in urban areas. Many of these cities are desperately trying to transform themselves into models of efficiency and sustainability, and some are preparing to face the perils of climate change. We’re working with these cities, local governments, citizens, and other stakeholders to convert these cities into “green cities.” That means redesigning their transportation infrastructure, modernizing their energy systems, and rethinking the way they build,” said Franklin Russell, Director of Earth Day at Earth Day Network.

Across the world, millions of schoolchildren and their teachers from around the world will take part in education, civic, and outdoor programs that will teach them about the importance of clean air and water, how to begin a lifelong practice to civic participation, and experience the wonders of nature.

In almost every country on earth, citizens will be making demands on their governments to enforce their laws and take action to solve the climate crises and begin a lifetime of staying involved.  That is the legacy of Earth Day, the largest and most active citizen engagement campaign on earth.

Use this link for volunteer opportunities with Long Island organizations involved in protecting our local environment:  http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=015A0000001yFpz

To learn more about Earth Day 2014 and how you can get involved, visit: http://www.earthday.org/greencities/.

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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

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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:

LMessano Civilian Response

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 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

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  • · 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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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
pdesrochers@tourolaw.edu

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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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Zurich NA and SUNY Old Westbury want LIers to Be Prepared for any Emergency!

After hearing a presentation on emergency preparedness for businesses, Zurich NA hosted a month-long emergency preparedness kit drive to increase the understanding of what isZurich EP needed to create a disaster kit and to provide these resources to vulnerable populations. During the drive they collected Ziploc bags, first aid items, batteries, flashlights, water bottles, whistles, garbage bags, sanitizing wipes, and dust masks, all of which were placed into the Ziploc bags. Once the items were collected, employees at Zurich coordinated their own kit-building event and were able to come together to assemble 25 kits and donate their surplus items for future events hosted by the Long Island Volunteer Center.

Zurich EP1Zurich’s kits were donated in conjunction with 50 kits that were built at a Martin Luther Zurich EP2King Jr. Day of Service event with students from SUNY Old Westbury. Twenty-five students and five faculty members came out to learn about emergency preparedness and volunteerism by building emergency kits that included whistles, plastic garbage bags, Ziploc bags, water bottles, wet ones, first aid kits, rain ponchos, LED flashlights, and dust masks. Feedback from the students indicated that they enjoyed being able to give back to their community and to serve with their friends. They also learned a few new things about how to prepare for an emergency. After the event, the 75 kits were donated to Eager to Serve, a non-profit organization based in Freeport that serves to enhance the health and welfare of children and their families. The kits will be used to help families in their Long-Term Housing program, many of whom were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Zurich EP3The Long Island Volunteer Center is excited about the ongoing partnerships that have been made with Zurich NA and SUNY Old Westbury, and we admire their willingness to assist some of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations.

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.

About Zurich:
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With more than 55,000 employees, it provides a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in more than 170 countries.

In North America, Zurich is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors through the individual member companies of Zurich in North America, including Zurich American Insurance Company. Life insurance and disability coverage issued in the United States in all states except New York is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic life insurance company. In New York, life insurance and disability coverage is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company of New York, a New York domestic life insurance company. For more information about the products and services it offers and people Zurich employs around the world go to http://www.zurichna.com. 2012 marked Zurich’s 100 year anniversary of insuring America and the success of its customers, shareholders and employees.
http://www.zurichna.com/zna/home/welcome.htm

About SUNY Old Westbury:
SUNY College at Old Westbury is a dynamic and diverse public liberal arts college that fosters academic excellence through close interaction among students, faculty and staff. Old Westbury weaves the values of integrity, community engagement, and global citizenship into the fabric of its academic programs and campus life. In an environment that cultivates critical thinking, empathy, creativity and intercultural understanding, we endeavor to stimulate a passion for learning and a commitment to building a more just and sustainable world. The College is a community of students, teachers, staff, and alumni bound together in mutual support, respect, and dedication to the Mission.
http://www.oldwestbury.edu/

About Eager to Serve:
Eager To Serve, Inc. is a not-for-profit charity youth organization established in 1990 to promote, foster and advance the health, welfare and well being of children and their families. We do this by providing educational, recreational, cultural and residential services.
http://eagertoserve.org/EagerToServe.org/welcome.html

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