Recap: Seward Park Relief Effort

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 at 9:30 am by

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Volunteers at Seward Park co-op

Here’s a recap of the Seward Park Relief efforts that went on yesterday (November 1), along with guidance and contact information for those who want to join in the effort.

From Evan Silver and Liz Beauregard:

We had a great turnout yesterday in the relief efforts at Seward Park. It is overwhelming how much love and kindness is in this city. Over 20+ compassionate volunteers showed up throughout the day with their own flashlights, cases of water, canned goods and food paid for by themselves. Groups from all over, including students from King’s College led by Samuel Tran and Greg DuBois, along with other volunteers from the Uptown, Brooklyn, Queens who made their way down by walking, biking and limited bus service.

We encountered full cooperation from the Seward Park management, especially from Frank Durant. We split our team of volunteers into smaller groups who helped the Seward Park MGMT deliver food and water to elderly residents already on their list. Our other groups walked up and down 20 flights of stairs to knock on doors and assist and aid any other residents in need. MGMT and security were also doing their best to help residents on very floor they could.

Along with food and water, some residents were just happy to have someone check in on them and talk. They were alone and isolated and we kept hearing over and over how they feel the city has forgotten about them. A lot of them have not left their apartments since the storm hit and physically can not make the trek down the pitch black stairways with the help of an elevator. So just knowing there’s was people who cared and were aware of them meant the world to them.

The team of volunteers provided much needed food, water, as well as helping out by walking resident’s dogs, taking out their trash, supplying cell phones to make phone calls, charging their cell phones in the community center and alerting MGMT of any residents with health risks that need immediate assistance or an ambulance in once case.

For the people that are able to leave their apartments FEMA has come down to help hand out meals and there is a large police presence.

We have had dozens of emails from concerned people coming in all day offering to help. At this point, I’d suggest to contact Seward Park MGMT at 212-340-9300 or at 413 Grand Street and ask how they can volunteer with food services or by making check up calls and deliveries to people who are still stranded in their apartments.

Keep on lending and hand and paying it forward.  A little goes a long way.

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