Red Cross Lends A Hand!
Thank you to ARC…
WCC is extremely thankful for the American Red Cross’s recognition of our recovery efforts in response to Superstorm Sandy. The American Red Cross has awarded a grant to World Cares Center to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan.
With this grant WCC will be able to reach 36,000 unique volunteers and train them to be ready to safely and effectively participate in the recovery effort. Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region, said, “Generous donations to the Red Cross from people across the country will support World Care Center’s initiatives and help people recover from Sandy.”
Volunteer Appreciation Day Soon!
You are Truly the Very Best…
World Cares Center greatly appreciates the volunteers who dedicate their valuable time and energy to our organization’s mission of empowering communities Volunteer Appreciation Day is our opportunity to give back to you all! We would like to recognize you and all the great you have done as a volunteer for World Cares Center. If you have volunteered with us in the past, please visit our website at www.worldcares.org to RSVP.
NYC’s Bravest Takes Top Honors at Sizzling Iron Skillet Cook-Off
5 FDNY firehouse chefs and 5 top NYC restaurant chefs sharpened their knives, dusted off their cutting boards, and dove right into the competition at the 12th annual Iron SkilletR Cook-Off. All those who attended and participated would agree that it was certainly a scorching success! Bronx’s own firefighter, Joe O’Rourke from Engine 63 smoked the rest of the competition with his rendition of braised short ribs with a fig infused red wine reduction over polenta. This recipe was such a hit that Commerce Restaurant’s Chef Carsten Johannsen’s interpretation of it awarded him 2nd place winner. It was, by far, one of the toughest years to judge, with some of the most delectable recipes in recent memory, that we had a tie for 3rd place! Both Joseph Chiodi from Engine 62 in Queens and Sal De Paola of Engine 160 in Staten Island were awarded 3rd place honors for their versions of pineapple lime rice with roasted asparagus and sausage and peppers, respectively.
The announcement of the competition’s winners capped of a spectacular evening, complete with an incredible array of silent auction items, appearances by distinguished celebrity guests and a lineup of extraordinary and well-deserved honorees.
To check out more information, visit the ISCO 2013 page of our website at: http://www.worldcares.org/content/events/ISCO-2013
New Staff Introductions
Welcome Aboard Lindsay, Lisa, & Scott.
We are happy to introduce Scott Horowitz, our New Brooklyn Project Manager - Scott was born and raised in New York and has a strong background in Non-profit Management & Marketing. In past roles he served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and as a Sr. Program Manager for Sports & Arts in Schools foundation. He looks forward to bringing his passion as he addresses the community, partner organizations, Brooklynites, and all alike.
We are excited to announce that Lisa Fenger has joined World Cares Center as the Project Manager for Queens, coordinating volunteers and providing training in the Rockaways and throughout the borough. Lisa has been a disaster relief volunteer for over 10 years and recently received a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from Metropolitan College of New York. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan and previously worked as a corporate librarian, knowledge manager, and taxonomist.
World Cares Center is thrilled to announce that Lindsay Einhorn will be joining our team as the Project Manager in Staten Island. Lindsay recently returned from serving in the United States Peace Corps in Ethiopia where she worked to further the sustainable development of Nefas Mewcha and the Amhara region. Lindsay also has a background in Public Health as a Clinical Case Manager and has a proven track record as a volunteer and community advocate. With her extensive community development, case management, and volunteer experience, we are certain that she is going to be a key asset and another wonderful addition to our team.
We are pleased to announce that we have promoted two amazing individuals to new and exciting positions here at WCC. First, we are happy to announce the promotion of Michelle Bascome as Sandy Recovery Manager. Michelle joined WCC one year ago immediately after the strike of Superstorm Sandy and has overseen the field operations in Staten Island.
We are also glad to announce the promotion of A. Jacob Ley as Programs and Communications Manager in Manhattan. Jacob joined WCC in May and has been overseeing the field operations in Rockaway.
Join in our Superstorm
Sandy Recovery Saturdays!
In support of the long-term recovery, WCC has been actively engaging the New York City communities’ needs. We are continuing this with our Superstorm Sandy Recovery Saturdays taking place every Saturday. This initiative will be beginning on Saturday the 16th of November in both the Rockaways and Staten Island Volunteer Coordination and Resiliency Centers (VCRCs) at 9:00am. WCC will continue these trainings at our Staten Island and Far Rockaway VCRCs on Saturday November 23rd and Saturday November 30th. Each of these trainings will begin at 9:00am. Please email email@example.com for registration, additional information, or to schedule a training for your community.
NYCHA Residents Get Ready! With Disaster Preparedness.
WCC is very excited to begin our Grassroots Readiness and Response training series with NYCHA, in cooperation with LES Ready!. Through community-based trainings hosted at NYCHA community centers, residents will benefit from proper preparedness and safety education. Trainings are currently scheduled for Thursday Nov 14th at Rutgers Community Center and Thursday Nov 21st at Compos Community Center. Both sessions will begin at 6:30pm.
Volunteer Coordination and Residency Centers Hard at Work in the Community!
Rockaway Survivors, Community Center Returned to Home Thanks to WCC.
No longer forced to remain in hotels, to stay with family and friends, or to pay rent for apartments on top of their monthly mortgages, these survivors were able to return to their own homes, safe and sound. The Rockaway field team was also able to get a community center all the way through the muck-out and mold remediation process and on to the rebuild stage of the recovery. WCC thanks Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) volunteers for their continued support in the recovery process. With the anniversary of Sandy occurring on the 29th of October, the VCRC staff participated in many anniversary events including the 1st annual Superstorm Sandy Far Rockaway-NY Rising Conference where we remembered the struggles that we have endured in the past year as well as to recognize the great leaps we have taken since the disaster first hit.
Recommit to Recovery Month A Huge Success.
Volunteerism ramping up with forty-nine individuals completing work at eleven residences on Staten island. The Island’s largest volunteer group came from Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), which has been a long-standing and hard-working partner of WCC. NEW trains women in trades such as construction, plumbing, and welding and integrates volunteerism as part of their curriculum. Other notable volunteer groups that worked with WCC in October were Engineers Without Borders from PolyTechnic, AmeriCorps NCCC, AIG Benefits Solutions, and Ramapo College. WCC’s Staten Island team is grateful for all of the individuals and groups that volunteered in October and is hoping to involve them in further initiatives. The Staten Island field team and WCC are also pumping up our disaster preparedness training outreach and looking forward to building upon existing partnerships with rebuild organizations in November.