Respond & Rebuild: Weekend Volunteers Needed

Almost three months after Hurricane Sandy, thousands of New Yorkers are still living with black mold.  Respond & Rebuild helps Rockaway residents get past a huge obstacle to rebuilding: mold remediation. It’s a tedious job and it’s important that it’s done well, and you can do it! 

Sign up for a day of mold remediation at  Jobs are lined up in advance and take place during weekends only. Advanced sign up is required by 5pm the day before your volunteer day.  You can catch a ride out to the Rockaways by meeting at 520 Clinton Avenue at 8am on Saturdays and Sundays. Signing up is easy at on our website.

Respond & Rebuild is a full-day of relief work. Volunteers need to arrive on time and stay all day. Our last safety training begins promptly at 9:30 AM.  

Your commitment to this work makes it possible for us to keep our appointments with families who have often been wait-listed, stood up by contractors, screwed over by insurance companies. When you arrive on time and work hard all day, you are helping us keep our promises to people who have already dealt with more crap than they deserve.  

The following types of help are needed:

No Experience Necessary. No special skill are needed except the desire to do a long hard day of  physical labor. We’ll provide mold remediation orientation, safety gear and safety training, and we’ll have an experienced supervisor on site to oversee a job well done.

Those of you with special skills. you’re an electrician or a plumber or a genius of another sort, let us know. We often have residents in our queue who need that work, and can likely set something up, dependent on residents’ availability. However, if we haven’t made special appointments beforehand, we won’t have special jobs like these in our schedule. Don’t worry, there’s always next time!

Make an ongoing commitment. If you want to develop your mold attack skills, practice, and supervise a site in the future, this is the job for you.  Please let us know!

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