The devastating aftermath of Sandy is here, but our community has a chance to become stronger as a result. The cleanup has hardly even begun. Here is a list of ways you can lend a helping hand to your friends and neighbors:
Volunteer / Donation Opportunities For Sandy Relief
There’s a whole sludge of events at Greenpoint’s very own Superfund site, Newtown Creek.
State of the Planet, a blog from the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is reporting that the city effort to clean up the polluted waterway is having an unintended effect.
According to a new study the clean up process is releasing sewage bacteria and other particles into the air above the site. The study is one of the first to establish a link between water pollution and air-quality, raising new questions about the health risks posed by dirty water.
Newtown Creek is already a source of combined sewage run-off, and could become even worse due to rising sea levels due from climate change. The New York Times ran an article highlighting the seriousness of the issue this Monday.
Don’t jump off the Pulaski Bridge just yet, Greenpointers. The news at Newtown Creek is not all bad. Here are just a few of the many upcoming community events looking to make the most of revitalizing our waterfront. Continue reading →
Last week I posted about the awesome opportunity to see some of the Williamsburg Waterfront Concerts for free and if you were thinking about doing it, you better get your ass in gear cause there are just a few slots left. – via Burned Green
This Saturday you can volunteer to help get McGolrick Park ready for summer.
East Hanover REI — Hands on New York Day
Event Location: McGolrick Park
Event Fee: Free
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Partner Organization: New York Cares
Group Size: 75
Description: Join REI, New York Cares and 5,000 volunteers to make New York City’s parks and gardens cleaner, greener, and ready for summer on Saturday, April 16. Hands On New York Day is an incredible day of service. Volunteers will rake and clean debris, plant, mulch, paint fences and benches, and more. It’s a great day out, and great way to make the Big Apple shine. REI will host a stewardship project in McGolrick park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
For more info and to register please visit the website here.
Pastor Ann Kansfield and Greenpoint Reformed Church hosts a weekly food pantry and they need our help. Read below and donate your time and food for a healthier and well fed Greenpoint!
I wanted to update you about some things going on at the Food Pantry at the Greenpoint Reformed Church. We’ve seen an increasing number of people coming on Thursdays for emergency food. Last week we served over 350 people. I’m not great at statistics, but I think this represents about a 50% increase since January. As a result, we’ve had to make a few changes. The first is that we’ve added additional hours to the pantry (we’re now open from 1-5pm). We’ve also added a new shift for volunteers, which is on Wednesdays evenings from 6-9pm.
This new shift will allow volunteers to make up the bags of groceries the day before the pantry starts, which will help the pantry run more smoothly when it’s open. There are three things that you can do to help:
1. Please share information about the pantry with anyone you know who might be in need of food. Our doors are open to anyone. People do not have to provide proof of citizenship or need. They just need to come to 136 Milton St. on Thursdays from 1-5pm and they will receive food.
2. Please volunteer or if you can’t, please share information about our new Wednesday evening volunteer shift with people you know who might be interested in helping. More info about volunteering is available here.
3. Please donate. We are able to buy food from the Food Bank of NYC for 10-18 cents a pound. For example, a case of 12 cans of Progresso soup cost $3.06 (almost $.25 per can) and box of Cheerios cost $.27. We can accept donations via PayPal or through Facebook Causes.
If you are aware of surplus food that could be donated to the pantry, please email me or call. We just have to find a way to transport it. Because demand is so high, virtually every piece of food that comes to the is distributed that same week.
Thanks again for all you do to help make Greenpoint and Williamsburg more healthy and well fed. Keep up the good work!
Basically, you pay a sliding scale fee to enter, eat some amazing food prepared by Molly and David, and vote on a number of submitted proposals by artists working in a variety of creative disciplines. At the end of the evening the votes and monies are counted and the artist with the most votes receives the bag of cash. The proposal is to be realized by at the next FEAST event. I attended the first FEAST dinner a few weeks back and had a blast helping out washing dishes and chopping garlic. I chatted and mingled with a few of about eighty guests that attended, ate some amazing soup and veggies and dessert made by Tracy of Sweet Tooth of the Tiger, freaked out in my indecisiveness in getting the vote in, drank some beer, and met some really awesome people. The proposal with the most votes was submitted by Dan Funderburgh who plans to take the $700 plus that was raised to “beautify north Brooklyn with renegade wallpapering.” Watch out for mailboxes and garbage cans clad in ornate decorative patterns.
I was so proud to be involved in such a community-consciousness-raising endeavor and I know this is sprucing your appetite to be involved too. No matter if you’re a cook, an artist, or munching speculator, there is room for everyone to participate.
Submit your proposal ASAP as the deadline is this Saturday March 21st. Submission guidelines can be found here. FEAST is also looking for volunteers to help in all parts of the organization process, more info here.
The next event will be help Saturday April 4th at The Church of Messiah on 129 Russell Street, no rsvp required, no one turned away, make sure to bring all your friends and vote to show your support. I’ll be there with baked goods in tow and probably washing more dishes. More info on attending here.
You can join their facebook group here, listen to the wnyc coverage here, see pictures from the event here, and read my report on my blog here.
Just think of how much better you’ll feel for screwing your friends boyfriend, or for calling out of work cause you were hungover, if you do some real deal volunteer work. Good thing I don’t have a conscience, but some of you may!
GWAPP needs a few volunteers over the next week to help us prepare for the big meeting on Thursday, Jan 17.
Specifically we need people to:
* hand out flyers to subway riders at evening rush hour * put up flyers at various storefronts in the G/W area * man (or wo-man) the sign-in desk at the event * help run the projector during the presentation
If you can help with any of these tasks, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718.383.3072