WCC and Peace Boat

To offer much needed support, Peace Boat docked in the Philippines which was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

World Cares Center, in collaboration with Peace Boat International, has a team on the ground in the Philippines supporting the relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan.

We are bringing donations and supplies to the most directly impacted areas.
Please donate to help the survivors of this terrible storm reclaim their lives.
All financial contributions will go directly to the recovery effort in the most afflicted areas of the Philippines.
To learn more about World Cares Center’s partner, Peace Boat, and their efforts in the Philippine Islands, visit here.

Rebuild Training This December

WCC is pleased to announce a partnership with AYES Corps to offer a new skills-based training initiative. The focus is to provide community volunteers with the basic knowledge to tackle some of the rebuilding tasks necessary to make Sandy survivors’ homes livable again, as part of WCC’s ongoing commitment to empowering the community to assist in their own recovery. The training will be held over the course of 4 weeks, with each weekly session devoted to a different topic.

Training Sessions:
Session 1 : Framing, Safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Session 2 : Insulation Installation
Session 3 : Hanging Sheetrock, Taping and Spackling
Session 4: Painting
All four sessions will be offered in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island starting in early December. Participants must register and are encouraged, but not required, to attend all sessions. To check available dates and times and to register please follow this link.

We’ve Got Something Great Going On in Staten Island

Rebuilding has begun!

Staten Island’s field team welcomed a number of new groups this month, including NYU’s Phi Kappa Sigma pledge class and JWH Design & Cabinetry. We’d like to send a special thanks to JWH, who stepped up to address an unmet need by installing cabinets for a SI homeowner! As always, WCC was pleased to host groups from NYU Polytechnic’s Engineers Without Borders and Nontraditional Employment for Women.

Grand Opening of Our VCRC in Brooklyn:

Over the years, Pastor Connie Hulla (pictured) and her church have become an institution on Coney Island

World Cares Center is thrilled to announce the opening of our Brooklyn VCRC. Thanks to the generosity of Pastor Connie Hulla, we will now be continuing our recovery efforts and offering free disaster readiness trainings on site at Coney Island Gospel Assembly. We will also continue to deploy volunteers to help out survivors in every way possible. Brooklynites, we are look forward to meeting, working with, and serving you!

Still Rockin and Rollin in the Rockaways: Brand New Tools!

The Rockaways Volunteer Coordination and Resiliency Center (VCRC) received a donation of a tool trailer courtesy of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). The trailer, which came stocked with over 80 different types of equipment and tools, provides World Cares Center with the ability to easily transport tools to work sites

and help even more Superstorm Sandy survivors. Thank you PDA!
A team of fourteen volunteers, four from Newburgh, NY and ten from Charlotte, NC, provided Sandy survivors in Queens and Brooklyn with much needed assistance in making their homes livable once again.

We Appreciate You! Volunteer Appreciation Day


World Cares Center greatly appreciates the volunteers who dedicate their valuable time and energy to our organization’s mission of empowering communities through disaster response, training, support, and coordination. Through their unwavering support, our organization has been able to achieve great strides and significantly impact the lives of thousands of Superstorm Sandy survivors throughout New York City. Volunteer Appreciation Day is our opportunity to give back to the individuals who have generously committed themselves to support World Cares Center.

If you have volunteered with us in the past, please take a moment to complete the form here

Your submission will serve as an RSVP to the Volunteer Appreciation Day, on Sunday, January 12th from 2 PM to 5 PM. You must RSVP in order to attend.

Spread Some Cheer and Volunteer

WCC’s field teams are looking forward to making a difference for Sandy survivors by coordinating volunteers and distributing toys for The Secret Sandy Claus Project. You can help make this a special holiday for a young child by donating a new, unopened toy to one of our field locations. We are also looking for volunteers on the 20th and 21st of December to assist our staff with decorations and gift distribution (To find a drop-off location, sign-up, or to learn more, click here). 

Model Middle-schoolers

World Cares Center recently received a generous donation from the students of The New School for Leadership and the Arts in the Bronx. 

These amazing middle school students hosted fundraisers to collect donations for survivors in the Philippines. These donations were given to World Cares Center at an assembly the students organized where they taught their peers about the Philippines and effects of the typhoon. These students are a shining example of what can be accomplished when communities pull together to help each other.

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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.

Generous Donations…

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.

ISCO Winner

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. 

Scott Horowitz
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.

Lisa Fenger
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. 

Lindsay Einhorn
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.


Michelle Bascome
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. 

Jacob Ley
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 training@worldcares.org 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.


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From the attacks of 9/11 to   the Haitian Earthquake to the Japanese tsunami, World Cares Center has worked   in support of the affected communities to empower them to respond safety and   effectively.
  Superstorm Sandy, the soon to be called “perfect storm”, hit on   October 29, 2012, and the northeastern United States, specifically New York   and New Jersey found themselves in the crosshairs of the largest Atlantic   storm ever recorded. Aided by a full moon tide, the storm swept ashore with a   rage and power that terribly impacted these areas.
  When the winds died down and the waters calmed, residents were confronted   with a level of destruction most Americans, especially those living in the   northeast, had never experienced.
  Residences and businesses were under water. Vehicles were swallowed by flood   water, not that they could use the roads, which were obstructed. Traffic signals   were not functioning. Residents were without power. Rail lines were flooded   leaving the NYC Subway immobilized and literally dead in its tracks. Commuter   ferries were unable to function. Supermarkets were stripped bare of food.   Lines had formed at gas stations. President Barack Obama declared the   northeast a major disaster area, which authorized the Federal Emergency   Management Agency to deploy personnel and resources to assist the states help   their citizens in obtaining shelter, while restoring public safety and   planning for long-term recovery. 
  But you were there! Not only did you live through it, you emerged as ready   responders helping your neighbors respond to and recover from the storm.   World Cares Center was also right there with you, immediately mobilizing   volunteers, and providing support and services to the vulnerable populations.   With the development of two Volunteer Coordination and Resiliency Centers   (VCRC), one in Staten Island and the Rockaways, together with many of you,   WCC was able to provide sleeping bags, blankets, bottled water, hygiene kits   and emergency tools directly into the hands of over 5,000 residents.  In   partnership with NYC’s Department for the Aging, WCC also delivered meals to   homebound seniors. When the waters receded, WCC sprung into action to help   homeowners clear out and treat approximately 1,400 homes for mold.
  WCC continues to train thousands of volunteers and local residents and   volunteers to reclaim their homes safely and effectively as it is our overall   belief that an empowered and prepared community is our best chance of winning   the battle against any future disaster.

We are only 3 weeks away from what is shaping up to be an extraordinary event to benefit Superstorm Sandy Survivors - the Iron Skillet® Cook-Off (ISCO)!  This event was created shortly after 9/11 as a tribute to first responders including, rescue workers, volunteers and the NYC Firefighters and has evolved into one of NYC’s hottest and not-to-be-missed events honoring everyday heroes!  At ISCO, FDNY chefs have an opportunity to match their well-honed and well-touted cooking skills against renowned NYC restaurant chefs and what a “heated competition” this turns out to be.   On October 28th at Providence, NYC (311 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019) from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, we will witness another extraordinary battle between New York’s Bravest and New York’s restaurant chefs for the coveted crown of “Top Iron Skillet Chef”.   This year’s amazing contenders for the crown are:

Queens Firefighter Joseph Chiodi of Engine 262 VS. Chef Paul Denamiel of Le Rivage
Staten Island Firefighter Sal De Paola of Engine 160 VS. Chef  Philip Meoli of Brooklyn Pub
Brooklyn Firefighter Scott Gaffney of Ladder 156 VS. Chef Robert Flowers of Aramark
Manhattan Firefighter Thomas Peccia of Ladder 2 VS. Chef Jeff Haskell of City Winery
Bronz Firefighter Joey O’Rourke of Engine 63 VS. Chef Carsten Johannsen of Commerce Restaurant

WCC is honored to not only have the support and participation of these amazing chefs but will also have co-emcees Valerie Smaldone, media personality and John Sterling, legendary sportscaster and New York Yankees play-by-play commentator, who will add their infectious personalities and award-winning style to this event. These notable faces will be joined by a host of celebrities as the evening’s judges. Sukanya Krishnan, reporter and host of WPIX 11; Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr.; former New York Jets running back Freeman McNeil; Thomas Huff, former Washington Redskins offensive guard and Ben Aaron, reporter for NBC’s New York Live will help determine which dish outshines the rest.

With the ongoing support and commitment of our valued sponsors, the ISCO event is sold out for this year but it is not too late for you to show your commitment to communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy by becoming their champion. Please visit our website and check out the available underwriting/gifts in kind sponsorship opportunities and have your logo seen by hundreds of attendees at: http://www.worldcares.org/content/events/ISCO-2013

Cares Center (WCC) is pleased to announce the release of our new Rapid Data
Management System (RDMS) as a benefit to our service partners.  This
initiative will enable WCC’s partner organizations and Long Term Recovery
Committees (LTRCs) the use of the RDMS platform, simplifying work processes,
and providing the capability to easily capture critically needed structure and
accurate field-data, that is vital to successful disaster response and

RDMS is a flexible and adaptable field-data solution, which provides the
ability for both immediate responders, and long-term recovery service providers
to quickly and accurately collect the needs assessments, create volunteer work
orders, and manage volunteer work flow.  RDMS is an easy-to-use,
intuitive, graphical user interface, with 100% real-time two way communication
and a workflow rules-engine that guarantees structured data validation and
improved accuracy in the data collection process, complete with Global
Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) integrated
mapping capabilities.

WCC offers the RDMS technology free-of-charge to its partners in support of the
Superstorm Sandy recovery effort and future disaster response efforts that are
conducted in partnership with WCC and its volunteer coordination efforts.

ur Staten Island team was excited to receive and welcome the eleven-person NYS Fits volunteer team to work with World Cares Center (WCC) and our partners for two weeks in September.  NYS Fits is a volunteer team of construction professionals and enthusiasts from upstate New York and areas of Pennsylvania who dedicate their free time to rebuilding homes after disasters.  Through WCC’s partnership with Guyon Rescue, NYS Fits was able to help rebuild the interior of three (3) homes devastated by Superstorm Sandy.  We are very grateful to NYS Fits for the amazing work they were able to complete with us, and we are also thankful for all of our returning volunteer groups.  In September we also had the pleasure of working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) in a “pilot run” for improved coordination between Disaster Case Management and the Rebuild & Mold Remediation subcommittee of the SI LTRO. It went wonderfully due, in large part, to their expertise, professionalism, and compassion! WCC was also honored to partner with Engineers Without Borders, Non-traditional Employment for Women, and St. John’s University.  These volunteer teams demonstrated great enthusiasm, caring, and dedication by providing muck-out, mold remediation, and yard clean-up services for homeowners affected by Sandy in Staten Island.

Our Queens and Brooklyn team was thrilled to work with a group of 46 PDA volunteers from Maryland and Oregon. WCC was able to provide this group with safety and flood training, personal protective equipment, tools, client coordination, and site management which empowered them to do amazing work in both the Rockaways and in Brooklyn. More than five (5) homes and one (1) community center received much needed assistance during PDA’s time of service. In partnership with New York Restoration Project, WCC and St. John’s TKE fraternity helped to plant hundreds of trees and flowers in a particularly affected area in Rockaway Park, Queens.
Our thanks go out to all our valued volunteers and their commitment to helping others affected by Superstorm Sandy through their work during this recovery period. We would not be able to do it without you - your time has been incredible and priceless - Thank you!

acknowledges that a significant aspect of recovery is building community
resiliency. With that in mind, we have expanded our theme of “Recommit to
Recovery” to include efforts in preparedness and resiliency. World Cares
Center is pleased to announce a new partnership with New York City Housing
Authority (NYCHA).  In conjunction with the Lower East Side Long-Term
Recovery Group (LES LTRG), who will be assessing unmet needs of the affected
communities in NYC’s Community Board 3, WCC will be delivering preparedness
trainings in five (5) locations throughout lower Manhattan, specifically
addressing three (3) NYCHA resident complexes.  WCC’s comprehensive
disaster preparedness trainings address the needs of communities at risk from
disasters with the purpose of assisting these communities in planning
effectively for emergencies at the local level. The trainings will be held
throughout the month of November and focus on preparedness at the individual,
family, and community level.

To learn more about our trainings, please visit
worldcares.org or e-mail training@worldcares.org

Dry ice can be a very valuable commodity after incidents of natural disasters and power outages sweep through our communities. In a time of upheaval, having a block of dry ice proves immensely helpful to assist individuals and families preserve perishable items in their refrigerators.    

World Cares Center (WCC) is proud to announce our expanded partnership with Con Edison to distribute dry ice in times of disaster.  After almost a decade of support, Con Edison is working with WCC to supplement our training curricula to include a Dry Ice Delivery Safety Training.    

Together Con Edison and WCC will train, equip and deploy volunteers to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations through the distribution of dry ice in the event of a storm or any other calamity which may result in the outage of electric, gas and/or steam.    

Together, we can ensure that our communities are getting the help that they need.  


From Cuba to the U.S. and then she was in Herald Square! To mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Diana Nyad swam to raise funds for the AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief.  In a 48-hour continuous “Swim for Relief,” Ms. Nyad helped shed light on the ongoing need for recovery and relief in the wake of the superstorm.

As beneficiaries of AmeriCares ongoing support, World Cares Center was delighted and honored that Diana bought her voice and message of perseverance to so worthy a cause, as WCC also strives to help individuals and families still trying to recover from the aftermath of this historic storm.  

WCC staff and volunteers dove-in to help lend their support to Diana as she made her way through the 40-yard, two-lane pool installed in Herald Square, where revelers and the public came to witness this amazing feat of physical, mental and emotional endurance.

Through the Atlantic, and into our hearts, this persevering long-distance swimmer had a message we can all believe in.

World Cares Center is very proud of our partnership with Peaceboat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV). Peaceboat, founded in 1983, is a non-profit that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. They are in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and carry out their main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world, creating a neutral, mobile space enabling people to engage across borders in dialogue with civil society organizations around the world.    

During the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Peaceboat volunteers served as logistics coordinators and on-site volunteer coordinators, assisting with management of critical data, arranging schedules, delivering briefings and supervising field teams. On October 2, 2013, Peaceboat’s President, Takashi Yamamoto and WCC’s Executive Director and Founder, Lisa Orloff, signed a partnership agreement, the first step in international disaster relief joint efforts. www.peaceboat.org