World Cares Center is sad to say goodbye to its team of AmeriCorps VISTAs who completed their year of nationalservice with the organization. They have been a tremendous help during their yearofservice and we are certain that they will continue to do great things. World Cares Center is also excited to announce that in September, we will continue our partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA and will welcome a brand new team.

Tomorrow, World Cares Center is teaming up with Crystal & Company and Chubb Insurance to help keep Randall’s Island Park beautiful for the 1.7 million people who visit it each year. 

Tomorrow, World Cares Center is teaming up with Crystal & Company and Chubb Insurance to help keep Randall’s Island Park beautiful for the 1.7 million people who visit it each year. 


This week Long Island was bombarded by a record-setting downpour. In less than 24 hours, 13.27 inches of rain had fallen, stranding cars on the highway, and collapsing homes. World Cares Center is extending its support for the people of Long Island who are struggling in the aftermath of this flood. If you have experienced flooding and need support or are able to help in any way, please contact Jesse Zeigler at Please remember, flood water is potentially contaminated with bacteria and other harmful substances, and contact with it should be avoided.

At this time, World Cares Center is able to provide Flood Response, Muck-Out, and Mold Remediation training and provide participants with flood response supplies.

Organizations working in Long Island in need of volunteers should also contact Jesse Zeigler.

As always, be safe, be prepared, be a ready responder.   

Educate Yourself: Learn the Facts About Ebola

With recent media coverage of a possible case of Ebola virus in New York City, and the increasing number of cases in several West African countries, you may be getting questions from your clients or staff about Ebola. At this time, the New York City Department of Health has indicated that there is no specific concern about Ebola in New York City. We recommend communicating this message to your staff and clients, and have provided some information about Ebola below, with links to additional sources (The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene).

 Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease that affects humans and some animals. Ebola spreads through direct contact with an infected person’s or animal’s skin, blood or body fluids.  It cannot be spread simply by being near someone who is infected. People can be infected by touching objects that contain infected blood or body fluids, such as needles or bed sheets.

 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has up-to-date information and resources about Ebola on their website: The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene has created a webpage of Ebola FAQs:

How much bottled water do you have in your home for emergencies?
Each person (and pet!) needs a gallon of water a day.

How much bottled water do you have in your home for emergencies?

Each person (and pet!) needs a gallon of water a day.

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.