Long Island Volunteer Center Holds Book & School Supplies Drive to Help Local Schools Hit by Super Storm Sandy
Hempstead, N.Y. – January 7, 2013, The Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC) is hosting a week-long Book and School Supply Drive at the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (LIVOAD) Volunteer Recovery Center located at 175 Central Avenue South in Bethpage. Donations will be accepted from Saturday, January 19 to Friday, January 25 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. The Drive commemorates MLK Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Donations of new books and basic school supplies are needed by local school districts on the South Shore of Long Island impacted by Super Storm Sandy. In addition to the drop off location, The Long Beach School District has created a Wish List of needed items on Amazon.com. A tax deductible donation can be sent directly to the Long Beach School District through this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/search.html/ref=cm_gift_wl_teaser?type=wishlist&field-lastname=&field-firstname=&_po_type=wishlist&field-name=lbny&x=0&y=0
“As Dr. King asked Americans to bridge our differences and come together in unity, LIVC is asking our fellow Long Islanders to help replenish items destroyed by Super Storm Sandy so that our schools can continue to provide quality education for our children,” said Diana O’Neill, Executive Director of LIVC. “Following Sandy, Long Islanders face a unique opportunity to unite in volunteer service and do what we do best – lend a hand, help our neighbors and become a stronger, better community as a result.”
Additional information is available at www.longislandvolunteercenter.org or by calling (516) 564-5482.
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.
About Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (LIVOAD)
The LIVOAD is a coalition of non-profit, government, and for-profit organizations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties committed to working together in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Members of the LIVOAD support each other through their collaborative planning efforts to identify potential needs of disaster victims and develop coordinated and efficient delivery of needed resources and services. Each VOAD member organization maintains its own autonomy while coordinating closely with others in four key areas:
- Planning for the needs of various populations post disaster
- Training agencies to facilitate effective relief work in all phases of disasters
- Convening member agencies in a coordinated response during disasters
- Partnering with government emergency response and recovery agencies and programs.