Monday, November 19, 2012

Letter to volunteers


Thank you for volunteering!  Your volunteering will make a difference.  I promise you that you will make someone significantly better off.  So to start thank you.

First the basics:
The majority of us will be working in NY but Some of you will be working in NJ.  If you have not heard from us, we will assume you are working with us in NY, but if you have a specific reason to work in NJ, please let us know.  We do not have much room there, but can make most things work. :)

For those of you going to New Jersey (smaller group) you will be working in Middletown.  Frankie Matusek will be your contact.  His email is:  There are no vans from campus going to NJ.  You are responsible for getting there on your own.  Work will be out of St. Mary's Church on 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road, Middletown, NJ

Thursday :   Vans for NY will be leaving SBU as close to 5:30pm as possible (I have to work at the Park and Shop until 5, so it may be closer to 6).

We will be staying on 141st st in Rockaway. (the exact address will be emailed later as i want to be 100% sure).    (We will be arriving there about 1-2AM on Friday morning.) The site has multiple showers and is scheduled to have hot water and heat by the time we arrive!  This was a big find as many larger (yet still fiscally responsible) organizations are not hosting volunteers as they have been unable to find a site to stay. We were very luck to find this and have to offer a big thanks to all who helped (Especially Billy and Kelsey).

Friday through Sunday we will be working in the area.  Exact work sites are still being determined.  We will start at 9 AM.  On Friday meet at the corner of Newport and 121st street to get started.  Although it is improving, cell coverage was very poor in the area, so do not plan on being able to get in touch via email.  

Work will be in Rockaway, Breezy Point, and Long Beach.  The work is changing very fast (which is why I did not send this email until after the weekend so as to have more up to date job lists).  This is great news as it means more homes are getting cleared out! :)

We will return late Sunday.

We have slightly over 30 people officially signed up.  However,  via text, phone, and in person, quite a few others have said they are going as well.  I expect the number to grow as we approach the actual work.

What to bring:

My list:

What to bring:
  1. A good attitude--most important!  We want to help.  
  2. Work clothes (jeans, long sleeve tee, short sleeve tee, sweatshirt, workboots (ideally steel toed).
  3. Gloves-- (we will provide non leather ones)
  4. Sun glasses/safety goggles (we have some)
  5. Sleeping bag (pillow if you want one--yoga block works great and is smaller)
  6. Flashlight
  7. cell phone charger
  8. warm clothes to sleep in
  9. towel
  10. toiletries etc (contacts, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc)
  11. granola bars etc.  We will provide meals but we will be staying in an area with no stores open, so plan accordingly.
  12. Gym bags etc work much better than suit cases to get items in the van.

Please be sure to fill out this form (we will have copies with us as well):
            BonaResponds Volunteer Waiver Form            

BonaResponds - Driver Form--MUST BE SUBMITTED BY Monday at 2PM.
            BonaResponds - Driver Form            

If you know of others who wish to volunteer, please let them know--ESP if they do not need rides!

Other  “things”
1. It will be fun, relax
2. PLEASE follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook--these are updated several times a day.  I simply do not have time to reply to all emails. Sorry.  
3.  We may be able to arrange a ride for some of you from Buffalo/Rochester/Syracuse.  PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP.  
4. I am very encouraged at how fast the work is going!  The job list I saw earlier in teh week is almost entirely done in the Rockaway area.  Hence we may be moving up and down the coast some (Long Beach, Breezy Point, etc).
5. The New Jersey site is not designed to be large.  It is in part a scouting  trip to see if we will be needed there over Christmas break.
6. We anticipate being able to find work for many more people than have signed up, so if you are from NYC area, please spread the word to your friends.
7. Be flexible.  I know I have said it, but it is the most important thing I can tell you.  The jobs will change with no notice.  Sometimes we will go to a job and find that we can not do it.  Or that it was done.  Be FLEXIBLE.  :)

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