From the Staff Directors.
Dear UFT chapter leaders and delegates,
Last Saturday, UFT volunteers did relief work in Midland Beach, Coney Island, Far Rockaway and stuffed backpacks at 52 Broadway for students from these neighborhoods.
The needs in these stricken communities are enormous. That’s why we are inviting you, your colleagues and your family to join us this Saturday, Nov. 17 for a Day of Action.
There are multiple options:
We will be gathering at Tom’s Restaurant on the Coney Island boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue at 9:30 a.m. to help with the distribution of sorely needed food and supplies, to canvass neighborhood residents still in their homes about their urgent needs and to help remove debris.
To get there, take the D, F, N or Q trains to the Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue station.
The following donations are also welcome: flashlights, batteries, cleaning supplies, school supplies, baby food and diapers, cat litter and plastic bags to package and distribute the goods that day.
We are sending busloads of volunteers from the Queens UFT office and the Bronx UFT office to Far Rockaway to help sort and distribute sorely needed supplies, do door-to-door deliveries to homebound residents, and do some manual labor on a few blocks that need help with the cleanup.
The bus will be leaving from the Queens UFT office at 97-77 Queens Blvd. at 9:30 a.m.
The Bronx volunteers will be gathering at the Bronx UFT office at 2500 Halsey St. at 8:30 a.m. The bus will depart the Bronx UFT at 9:15 a.m. and return about 4:30 p.m.
If you have school supplies you can donate to Rockaway students, please bring them along.
We are also helping fellow UFT members from Midland Beach clean up their flood-ravaged homes. Some of it will be rough work: ripping up ruined floorboards and removing insulation before mold sets in.
We will be gathering at St. Mary Margaret’s Church at 560 Lincoln Ave. in Midland Beach at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Last Saturday, in an incredible team effort, we filled thousands of backpacks with school supplies for children from the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.
We are returning this Saturday to fill thousands more. We will begin work on the second floor of 52 Broadway at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
Thank you for helping these communities in great need.
If you opt for relief work in one of the neighborhoods, please dress warmly, and wear comfortable shoes and gloves.
LeRoy Barr and Ellie Engler