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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:56 am    Post subject: WHERE TO TURN COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
From Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:00 am to Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:59 am (included)
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In an attempt to get students more involved in the community Where to Turn has developed a series of programs to address some of the needs of Staten Island.

Students wishing to volunteer for any of these programs can call the Where to Turn office at 718-966-6531 to register. We are accumulating a future volunteer list and students can also check out our website at www.where-to-turn.org for volunteer opportunities. Students will receive community service credit hours for their participation and will also need to have a letter of consent signed by a parent or guardian before they can participate.

Snow Shoveling for Seniors

Students commit to shoveling for one senior citizen each time it snows. A senior within walking distance of your home is selected from our list of registered seniors. Students receive a minimum of 10 hours of community service as well as a letter of recognition from the Borough President

Weekly Graffiti Removal

Runs April – October 6 student volunteers each weekend are driven in a police van to approximately 10 locations and do paint overs. Each weekend a different precinct is covered. Students receive 5 hours of community service per outing.

The Changing the Face of Staten Island Mural Project

Murals will be painted at 3 locations to be selected across Staten Island. Working with the Arts and Humanities Council and the Staten Island Historical Society we will have an open competition in the beginning of 2007 and select 3 mural designs. These murals will have themes that are patriotic or related to the history of Staten Island.

The Academic All County Award

We will honor any Staten Island High School Senior who participates in a varsity sport and maintains a 90% or above average in their Junior and Senior years at an awards ceremony in June of every year beginning in 2006. We will be asking the schools to supply the list of eligible students in May of each year. We are also looking for some businesses to sponsor the event.

The Where to Turn Student Volunteer Registry

Where to Turn has begun to compile a database which will track student volunteer hours throughout their academic career. We will compile a priority hiring list and work with the Chamber of Commerce and the SIEDC to see if we can get commitments from local businesses to hire students (When they are in High School or College) from this list as these will be the students who have given back to the community. Organizations and schools should contact Where to turn if they wish to participate and register volunteer hours with us.

Adopt a School Program

We have been in contact with 23 schools from Louisiana and Mississippi who are in need of school supplies. We will be coordinating efforts with any local school or organization that would want to participate. Phase I will consist of filling backpacks with supplies to be shipped to a designated school. Phase II will involve ongoing communication and support with your adopted school. We are looking for local businesses to partner with us to help defray the shipping costs as well of some of the supplies if we do not get enough donated.

Phones for Life

In an attempt to expand our services on Staten Island, beginning May 1, 2006 Where to Turn will be teaming with Phones for Life to distribute Emergency Cell Phones to all seniors in need.

Phones for Life collects used cell phones and trades them for user friendly emergency phones for seniors (see below for details)

Where to Turn will act as the central drop of point for donated cell phones We will also be working with our local schools and businesses to arrange for collections of phones. These phones will be delivered to Phones for Life and we will assist them in distributing emergency phones to our senior population on Staten Island.

Students will receive a 1/2 hour of community service credit for each phone they donate. (minimum of 10 phones)

Voter Registration Drive

In an attempt to get our young adults (as well as some old timers like me) involved we will be promoting Voter Registration.

Many seniors in high school are eligible. Beginning in January almost every senior will be eligible. As part of our community outreach we will be contacting our Staten Island Schools encouraging them to get their students to register.

We have added an icon on the homepage of our website at www.where-to-turn.org

Anyone can click on this and register.

If today’s youth really wants to make a difference they really need to vote. This is the first step

Re-Gifting For a Good Cause

Throughout the year we will all be receiving that certain gift that we either will never use or already have.

If we don’t spend hours on that return line this gift will sit in a closet or a drawer until it is finally thrown out when we do our Spring cleaning.

Where to Turn and Put It Above Ground would like to give you another option.

Donate your unwanted gift and we will make sure it gets to someone who could use it.

Toys will be given to local hospitals or shipped to needy children in Mississippi or Louisiana as part of our adopt a school program.

CD's and DVD's will be sent to injured soldiers in military hospitals.

Clothes will also be sent where needed.

For things that fall into that “other” category we will store them for a major flea market in the Spring.

All proceeds from the flea market will go to cover shipping costs for our various relief programs.

If you would like to participate all you need to do is ship the gift or drop it off at

Where to Turn
150-L Greaves Lane # 312
Staten Island, NY 10308




Karen Cofresi
7103 Fort Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11228
347-420-9909 cell
718-238-7278 store

We are also looking for additional drop off points.

If you would like to be an official drop off point please contact us at info@where-to-turn.org

We will arrange to pick up donated gifts at your convenience.

We think that this will be a great way to help out the less fortunate and would like to get as many schools and organizations involved as possible.

Additional volunteer opportunities are posted on our website. If your Organization or school is planning an event and needs volunteers or just wants it publicized please e-mail the information to info@where-to-turn.org and we will post it on our website

Dennis McKeon
Executive Director
Where to Turn
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