Several City Year New York teams spent Tuesday, November 6, helping with recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Corps members Micha Nandaraj and Andrew Group shared their experiences and about the service their teams performed for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
PS 154 Team Lends a Hand to Family in Need on Staten Island
“This Tuesday the PS154 team went out to Staten Island to lend a hand in the post-Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. During our service we saw first-hand the devastation the hurricane had left behind for our fellow New Yorkers. We were able to help a family whose basement had flooded and consequently needed to be emptied out. We got right to work, breaking down furniture, disposing of ruined food products, pots, pans, and plates, and ripping up carpet. While the task seemed formidable at first, with 11 of us we were able to empty out the basement much faster than the family would have been able to on their own. The family and community we assisted were grateful that we had taken the time to come out from the Bronx. Although we usually work with children and our impact is seen over a long term, this service gave us the opportunity to make a direct and immediate impact and we were happy to be able to serve our fellow New Yorkers when they most needed it.”
-Micha Nandaraj, Corps Member, PS 154x, South Bronx
PS/MS 57 Team Supports Meals on Wheels
“We were in Harlem at a church helping distribute food for WEME Meals on Wheels. We delivered meals to disabled and elderly individuals around the area from 67th street to 110th street. We worked in groups of three or four with the team at Central Park East Middle School. It was a great experience.”
-Andrew Group, Corps Member, PS/MS 57, East Harlem