Welcome back from Thanksgiving! While the holiday may be over, the goodwill behind it is going strong. Many of our staff have jumped in to help out with Sandy Relief efforts this past month, pitching in with boots on the ground to help rebuild our communities.
After all, rebuilding communities is at the core of what Goodwill is about. Our programs (funded by the sales in our stores) aim to help people affected by disability, disease or disaster get back into the economic mainstream.
Whether it be a combat injury, a disability from birth, or a natural disaster that makes financial stability tough, we are here to help. In fact, just last month Bronx Back to Work (BTW) staff volunteered at an Occupy Sandy Relief distribution center unloading a truck full of donations for Sandy Victims.
That same week, the Queens Back to Work staff also pitched in at Occupy Sandy’s base at the Saint Jacobi Lutheran Church in Brooklyn.
The team tackled networking, advertising, donation delivery, organizing items and kitchen help. The group spent the day directing food donation drop-off, handing out the care packages to the volunteers for them to be delivered and pairing volunteers with assignments.
If you’d like to help out, we’d love to help make that happen. We now have a Pinterest Board full of ways you can participate in the Sandy Relief effort. To check that out, just visit: http://pinterest.com/goodwillnynj/sandy-relief-efforts-where-to-go-to-get-involved/
If you’re outside the Greater New York and Northern New Jersey area and still interested in making a difference, consider contributing to our Sandy Relief Fund. To donate, go to the “Make a Gift” button at https://www.goodwillnynj.org/financial-gifts/make-gift or contact Emily Bell at (212) 624-2030 for more information.