For Immediate Release
Contact: Christine Pagliari
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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.
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.