United Way Heads to New York to Assist with Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

On Tuesday, December 18, 23 United Way of the National Capital Area staff members boarded an early morning train out of Union Station and headed to New York City to assist with Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery and relief efforts.

The coordination of this volunteer effort was through New York Cares, a volunteer organization based out of New York. During their daylong visit, staff participated in the “muck out” of homes and buildings in the Far Rockaway area, a heavily hit region within the New York City boroughs of Queens. At the New York Cares onsite Command Center, staff also assisted residents affected by Hurricane Sandy by getting them signed up to receive housing restructuring assistance.

Thanks to donated boxed lunches by Potbelly’s, staff were able to keep energized all day long. Even the New York Sports Club opened its doors to United Way volunteers to utilize their locker rooms to change, shower and get cleaned up prior to heading back home on the evening train.

To view pictures of the volunteer trip, check out the United Way Facebook page here.

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