The Tunnel to Towers Foundation has been providing support to Gerritsen Beach since the week after Superstorm Sandy. When the demand was high we had sent truckloads and truckloads of supplies to the distribution center. The Foundation also distributed $175,000 in Home Depot gift cards to 350 families in Gerritsen Beach. Also, recently the Foundation had an IKEA donation which distributed about $300,000 worth of furniture to the community. Items given out included sofas, dinettes and dressers. Since April, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation has been running a free mold remediation program in the neighborhood. So far we have remediated 165 houses in Gerritsen Beach. That is over $600,000 in free mold remediation! We continue to make steady progress in the neighborhood, having performed over 400 in house assessments that determine mold and rebuilding needs. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation encourages residents who need mold remediation to come down to the office on Gerritsen and Devon to sign up for an in house assessment.
We thank all our volunteers and partner organizations in the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Sandy. The Foundation continues to give support to Gerritsen Beach and aid in the recovery of its residents as they regain stability and a sense of normalcy to their lives.
Tunnel to Towers is looking for residents who need mold remediation or in-house assessments. If you need this help, come to the GBC trailer asap and ask for Nicole to sign up. There is almost no wait right now to get on the schedule to eradicate the mold in your home. Pass it on!
Fedcap is in Gerritsen Beach to help residents clean-up post Sandy. Please come up to the GBC trailer to sign up if you need help with small yardwork jobs, weeding, garbage pickup and debris removal. They are offering free services to Gerritsen Beach residents, using their own tools. These workers are allowed to go in designated yards, but are not allowed to go in houses.
Last fall, Hurricane Sandy gave the New York metropolitan area its best shot, and this summer the Brooklyn Cyclones will help fight back with the all-new Meaningful Monday initiative at MCU Park.
Through this program, $3 from EVERY individual ticket sold will go to various local charities that focus on the recovery effort following Super Storm Sandy. Each of the six Monday night games will focus on a different neighborhood that was severely impacted by the storm. Here is the schedule for Meaningful Mondays:
Monday, July 1st – Coney Island Night to benefit ConeyRecovers.org.
Monday, July 8th – Gerritsen Beach / Sheepshead Bay Night to benefit Gerritsen Beach Cares.
Monday, July 22nd – Nassau County Night to benefit the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund.
Monday, July 29th – Red Hook Night to benefit the Red Hook Initiative.
Monday, August 19th – Staten Island Night to benefit The Stephen Siller Foundation.
Monday, August 26th – Breezy Point / Rockaway Night to benefit The Graybeards.
As we approach the 8th month anniversary of the landing of Super Storm Sandy and the destruction it left behind, HEART 9/11 is proud to announce we have reported to the Robin Hood Foundation that their significant investment with HEART 9/11 has been accomplished by completing 60% more homes than expected two months ahead of schedule. HEART 9/11 to date has completed the sheetrocking, insulation and subflooring of 160 homes in the Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, and Rockaway, Queens which is 60 homes more than the Robin Hood Foundation required completed by August 31, 2013. This incredible feat is only made possible because of the overwhelming response of our expert volunteer base and our partners, GB Cares, the Carpenters Apprentice Program, Laborers Local 79 – New York City and District Council 9.
Acitivity during last 8 months:
• 130 homes gutted following Sandy
• 160 homes sheetrocked, insulated and replaced flooring
• Built a Firehouse in Miracle Village, Haiti
• Built a home for a returning wounded veteran in Manchester, CT with Purple Heart Homes
• Responded to Moore, OK, providing emergency support and the safe recovery of homeowners personal property
HEART 9/11 cannot thank our members, partners and supporters enough for putting Mission first. We look forward to your continued support as HEART 9/11 moves forward to restore a sense of normalcy to the victims of Super Storm Sandy.
Tunnel to Towers has received 2 donated wedding dresses which they are hoping to pass on to a storm-impacted resident looking for a dress for their big day. Email email@example.com if you are interested. First come-first served, thank you!
Gerritsen Beach Cares (GBC) is a New York State Not-For-Profit Corporation, federally tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a Charitable Organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3. Donations or gifts made to GBC are deductible off an individual or corporate tax return, classified as a Gift to Charity, within limits set by law.
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