Red Hook Volunteers

Red Hook Volunteers is a group dedicated to the sustainable recovery and reconstruction of the Red Hook community after the devastating floods of Hurricane Sandy.

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Red Hook Volunteers is a group dedicated to the sustainable recovery and reconstruction of the Red Hook community after the devastating floods of Hurricane Sandy. Although from the outside it looks like things are back to normal, behind the walls there are many who still have not recovered from the storm. We still are in need of help cleaning, organizing, canvassing, food and supply distribution, cleanup, demolition, repairs, rebuilding, administrative help, and more. See website for current projects. Particularly in need of volunteers with trade skills but many hands make light work.

Help needed

We still are in need of help cleaning, organizing, canvassing, food and supply distribution, cleanup, demolition, repairs, rebuilding, administrative help, and more. See website for current projects. Particularly in need of volunteers with trade skills but many hands make light work.

Background

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a self-organized group of local residents, first responders, and community organizers arose to meet the needs of a devastated Red Hook community, identifying itself as The Red Hook Volunteers and consisting of previously unacquainted individuals who worked closely to coordinate and direct volunteers, information, direct resources, and support, and serve as an umbrella coordinating body between many different independent, non-profit, and government agencies, working in coalition with various neighborhood groups, organizations from outside the community that offered help, and city, state and federal agencies. Stationed first in the facilities of the Red Hook Initiative at 767 Hicks Street, later with South Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation out of storefront at 351 Van Brunt Street, later at a donated “Volunteer Hub” at 499 Van Brunt Street adjacent to the Fairway building, also at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7765 at 325 Van Brunt Street, then finally at 360 Van Brunt, Red Hook Volunteers worked with others to deploy and dispatched most of the thousands of volunteers that came to Red Hook to assist the community. As recovery needs continued in the weeks after the storm, RHV became a central nexus for intaking volunteers seeking to help, and matching them with the community’s businesses & homeowners in need of immediate aid. The needs are still here as many continue to recover and rebuild. RHV has established trusting relationships with community members that otherwise would not receive help and works to facilitate relationships with government services that are needed. RHV also seeks to act as a hub for communicating the essential and immediate deadlines that affect the neighborhood and works to place pressure to extend such deadlines according to the communities need. Through this entire process RHVs have built strong and active working relationships with thousands of people and various groups.

Partners

  • Red Hook Initiative Good Shepherds Services Dance Theatre ETC
  • Added Value Calvary Baptist Church Visitation Catholic Church
  • Catholic Charities Occupy Sandy Project Hope
  • American Red Cross US National Guard FEMA
  • New York Cares Red Hook Community Justice Center Americorps
  • City Harvest New York University Hospital ReStore Red Hook
  • The Resilience Network The NYC Office of Emergency Management
  • Google, Inc The Office of NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn
  • The Office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz The Office of The Mayor of The City of New York Michael Bloomberg
  • Brooklyn Community Foundation Fifth Avenue Committee Robin Hood Foundation
  • Neighborhood Revitalization NYC Rebuilding Together NYC Respond and Rebuild…
    and many more

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