The holidays are over, but now that the swell of volunteers has come and gone, extra hands are always needed. The Church of the Ascension (127 Kent St) is moving their Hunger Program to Saturdays, serving meals for over 80 men and women in need every week. Volunteers (including children of all ages) can chip in from 9am to 1:15pm, with the option for early or late shifts. Don’t be deferred by the Church location; you don’t have to be Catholic, or any religion for that matter, to participate.
Father John Merz (not Misty) explained, “Greenpointers know about the needs of our community. Everyday we run into familiar faces in our neighborhood who don’t have enough to eat. Our team of volunteers work to provide a meal, a warm space and hospitality to these familiar faces.”
So if you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to be a better person or do good deeds or all of the above, this is your chance.
Register for a time slot here. And check out their site for more info about the program.
This Thanksgiving break, before you engorge yourself, help out at the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of activities. The church will partner up with local churches in the area.
Doors will be open on Tuesday, November 20th from 5pm – 7pm to make pantry bags, and on Wednesday November 21st from 10am – 6pm to make pantry bags, then at 6pm a Turkey Dinner will be held. If you would like to sign up please check out the Doodle Event.
For those who would like to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day the Church of Ascension will need volunteers.
Questions? Contact Charles: Charlesjyoo (AT) gmail.com or 718-383-5941
• Training Tips for Rescue Dogs @ Empire of The Dog (415 Grand St) 7:30pm-9:30pm, FREE, Seminar with personal Q&A to help acclimate your rescue dog in his forever home. RSVP: Shana (AT) empireofthedog.com
♥ Greenpointers Comedy Benefit For AdoptNY @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8:30pm, $7, 100% Proceeds + 10% Bar donated, hosted by The Lucas Brothers, drink specials, RSVP
* Show and Tell (And Trade) @ KRRB HQ (99 Richardson St) 7-10pm, hosted by Dan Kennedy of The Moth, in celebration of the author, Benjamin Anastas’ new book “Too Good to Be True,” Anastas will do a reading and trade a signed copy, More info
♦ Bad on It’s Own @ Calico Brooklyn (67 West St #206) 7-9pm, featuring recent works by Amanda Browder & Martin Esteves, RSVP
♦ Patterns, Marks, Repititions @ Beginnings (110 Meserole Ave) Opening Reception 7-10pm, Work by Eric Timothy Carlson, Jungil Hong, Hiro Kurata
* Skip Macy’s : Acme Studio (FREE) Holiday Photo Op @ Acme Studio (63 N 3rd) 10am-3pm. Acme Studio is building a winter wonderland set for kids to interact with and will have a photog on hand to capture the moment and send parents home with hi-res file. More Info
♥ Rockaway Renegades and Magic Marc present: Aprés-Rescue! @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 6-9pm, A disaster volunteer appreciation and unwind party – serving you some relief, “Don’t change. Come dirty.” RSVP
♥ ♫ Bands, Beers & Hugs: Sandy Benefit @ Public Assembly (70 No. 6th St) 1-9pm, 18 BANDS play to raise money for New York Cares Sandy Relief, RSVP
♥ Soup Bowl Fundraiser @ EAT (124 Meserole Ave) 4-6pm, $25, Chose a handmade bowl, enjoy a soup from The Splendid Spoon and a Brooklyn Brewery Beer, All Proceeds Benefit Greenpoint Soup Kitchen, Reserve Your Bowl Now
♥ Mini Pie Social & Hot Toddy Sandy Relief Benefit @ Beginnings (110 Meserole Ave) 5-8pm, Bring mini-pies of the savory or sweet variety to exchange with other Pie-eaters or purchase a mini pie for a small free, all proceeds benefit Brooklyn Community Foundation
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music ♥ SANDY BENEFIT
♦ Art Event
“…Accepting donations during all public hours this weekend (11/10-11/12) to be donated to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Please bring any and all of the foods listed below and put them on the donation pallets by the door as you enter.
Items to be donated include:
Canned (pop top) or boxed soup
Peanut butter and Jelly
Juice or milk boxes
And especially for kids:
Baby supplies/wipes/diapers (size 5 especially)
Snacks for kids
For those interested in volunteering to help clean up the hardest hit areas, we’ll be providing training sessions to ensure that we send down organized and prepared teams. There are safety and health concerns and we want volunteers to be prepared. The sessions — “Operation Muck Out” provided by World Cares Center* — will take place here at our Tasting Room.
Tuesday, November 13,7-8pm will be Team Leaders Training for those who want to get pointers on how to prepare and lead a team to help homeowners clean up, and from 8-9pm we’ll provide basic safety information and other practical information to prepare you to aid in clean up. RSVP: Carla at cvilla (AT) brooklynbrewery.com.
“Helping to assist thousands impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways, Mayor Bloomberg, New York City Economic Development Corporation and Seastreak today announced a partnership to provide temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan while subway service on that route is suspended. Seastreak will operate the ferry service beginning this Monday, November 12.
Ferries will depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive (View Larger Map), where NYCEDC has installed a temporary landing, and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown.
The service will start at 5:45 AM in the Rockaways with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 AM, with regular service resuming during the evening rush.
Current Sandy Relief Volunteer Opportunities: (via Jeffrey Newman)
*** Note: Contact the organization before volunteering/donating ***
Friday, November 9th:
Thru Monday 11/12: Volunteers and donations are needed at Church of the Ascension (122 Java St) in Greenpoint today: 8am-6pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm. In addition to around the clock volunteers at the church, the most urgently needed items are food, water, blankets, flashlights, batteries, toiletries, baby stuff, and cleaning supplies. Please: no clothes.Drivers neededin Greenpoint to deliver to various affected areas. For more volunteer opportunities and up to the minute info, you can follow Sandy Relief – Greenpoint on Twitter at @sandyrelief_GPT, or on Facebook. Contact: Rami Metal: (917) 885-3096.
Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St) is also in need of volunteers to help, especially for anyone with a carwho can come and pick up boxes for delivery. For more information, contact: Ann Kansfield Email: ann (at) greenpointchurch.org.
Silver Tape Crew (80 Marine Way off Ebbits Ave) is in need of volunteers for Staten Island. Every morning volunteers for manual labor. Ask for Pastor Steve Martino of the Movement Church. Tell them you were sent by Frank Recce and want to have silver tape on your arm so you can be dispatched in a crew of 5-10 people to do manual labor. Contact: Frank Reece (646) 283-7240.
Saturday, November 10th through Monday, November 12th:
Volunteers are needed for Queens: Buses will be leaving daily at 10 a.m. from 250 Broadway (between Murray St. and Park Place in lower Manhattan) across from City Hall. These buses will be going to some combination of hard hit areas in Brooklyn and/or Queens. Look for Gray Line New York double-decker buses. RSVP: SandyRelief (at) council.nyc.gov, with your name, email and cell, along with which day you will be coming.
Locations forvolunteering on Saturday in the Rockaways: •Meet at 11am at Councilman Sanders Office (15-26 Central Ave, Far Rockaway) Contact Amelia: (646) 250-5797. • • •Meet 11am at Community Room at Nordack Houses (321 Beach 57th St., Arverne) Contact Zach: (202) 390-8331 • • • Meet at Brooklyn NYCC Office (2-4 Nevins St.) to transport volunteers to Rockaways, Coney Island, Red Hook, etc. Contact: nyccvolunteer (at) gmail.com (347) 410-6919 ext. 285.
Rockaway Renegades are an all volunteer based, direct action group committed to the cleanup and relief effort currently underway in the Rockaways following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy.
During the weekend of November 3 4, Rockaway Renegades organized a large donation site in Greenpoint and two days of relief in Rockaway. They were on the ground there distributing warm clothing, water, batteries, and supplies. They also prepared hot meals to distribute to a community of people who have not had heat or power since the storm.
Their efforts that weekend culminated on Sunday November 4th, when they caravanned down to the Far Rockaways with 2 trucks, 2 SUVs, and 6 cars full of food, volunteers, clothing, and supplies. Witnessing the intense need of the community there- they were inspired to do more.
Their immediate plan is to resume our relief effort on Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 12. They will be caravanning down – this time with at least 3 passenger vans full of volunteers and supplies. They are in the process of organizing additional drivers and volunteers in addition to the vans.
Once there – they will coordinate with leaders in the community to distribute much needed food and supplies while also, for the first time, contributing to the massive clean up effort that is underway there.
The Rockaway community isn’t expected to have heat or power for another 6 – 10 days and the need there is beyond belief.
“We just got a request from Councilman Brad Lander’s office: 400 lunches are needed for medically frail seniors staying in the shelter at the Armory. We need them delivered by 1pm.
Here’s the plan: Show up at the Greenpoint Reformed Church 136 Milton St. at 9am.
If you can, please bring bread, fruit, beverages, etc.
We’ll be working hard on this from 9am to noon. At noon, we’ll pack them in my car and drive them over.
For those of you staying up late, feel free to bake cookies, brownies, etc. and drop them off tomorrow morning.
Pastor Ann is going to attempt to coordinate this, since Ann Carroll needs a break. So please, be patient with her.
If anyone is good at organizing stuff like this, feel free to let her know and she’ll gladly put you in charge. Thanks for all the great work.
Please forward this around as I’m a little worried we might not have enough volunteers since most folks are going back to work and it’s early in the day tomorrow.”
Note: Let us remember that our local Greenpoint Soup Kitchen is not only feeding hungry Greenpointers but is working night and day to prepare food for victims of Hurricane Sandy who are staying in shelters.
If you cannot volunteer tomorrow, consider making a donation directly to Greenpoint Soup Kitchen, to help support these efforts.
• The Brooklyn Kitchen is No Longer accepting donations and no longer needs volunteers.
(If you are a collection or DROPOFF POINT/COLLECTION CENTER The Brooklyn Kitchen may be able to promote your location to volunteers and cars/drivers. Please e-mail hurricanehelp (at) thebrooklynkitchen.com with your location and phone number and we will add you to this site, and try to hook you up with volunteers, cars and trucks.)
*** CLOTHING DONATIONS ARE NOT NEEDED ANYWHERE ***
• MOST NEEDED ITEMS:
- cardboard boxes, tape, batteries, flashlights, baby formula and diapers, cleanup supplies, sanitary supplies/toiletries, garbage bags, blankets, canned/stable food and water.
• Call first to make sure your destination is still accepting donations.
• LOCATIONS ACCEPTING DONATIONS AS OF SUNDAY 11/4: (CALL AHEAD)
Church of the Ascension, 122 Java St., Greenpoint, 917-885-3096
American Legion, 519 Leonard St., Now-11pm Sat., 11a-7p Sun, (718) 383-9822
Greenhouse Holistic yoga studio at 783 Driggs (@ S. 4th) 718-384-9454
Call any of the numbers from the “SUPPLIES TO DONATE” list above. Any/all of them may need cars to transport their collected donations.
Assemblyman Michael Miller’s office needs cars and trucks (with fuel!) to shuttle supplies from their office on out to several distribution points in the Rockaways. You can contact them directly at 718-805-0950.
We cannot stress enough that you ought to have plenty of gas in the tank before considering contributing your car. Even the local trips.
For anyone thinking of driving directly to the Rockaways: Please remember that it’s a mess out there. There is debris in the road; stuff everywhere. Most cell service is out. If you get a flat tire, etc., you’re on your own. Everyone wants to help and your hearts are in the right place. Make sure your mind is in the right place too. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Love you guys! Hope that wasn’t too harsh!
• HAVE A CAR WITH SUPPLIES & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO DELIVER?
If you have a full load of supplies and don’t know where to take them, here are some options. Be sure to CALL FIRST to make sure you have what they need.
Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4, 10am-8pm: Drop off materials at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven, NY 11421. For questions about the donation drive, please call Assemblyman Mike Miller’s office at 718-805-0950. Miller’s office is distributing goods specifically to several locations in the Rockaways.
Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4, 10am-8pm: Drop off at 80-00 Cooper Avenue (the former Borders Bookstore site). For questions about the donation drive, please call Council Member Elizabeth Crowley’s office at 718-366-3900. (via Bill DiBlasio)
The Red Cross is operating a donation point at Resort World Casino (Aqueduct Racetrack), accepting many types of donations. Click through for directions, needs list, hours and contact information. Goods donated to the Red Cross may be used locally in Howard Beach and the Rockaways, or may be sorted and sent to other areas of need in the region. (via NYPD Community Affairs <– link)
Same message as before: For anyone thinking of driving directly to the Rockaways: Please remember that it’s a mess out there. There is debris in the road; stuff everywhere. Most cell service is out. If you get a flat tire, etc., you’re on your own. Everyone wants to help and your hearts are in the right place. Make sure your mind is in the right place too.