Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:27 pm Post subject: Spring Into Action With Where to Turn
From Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:00 am to Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:59 am (included)
|Now that winter is hopefully behind us Where to Turn is ready to Spring into Action
We have two events in progress
60,000 T Shirts for Haiti
We have already collected over 51,000 T Shirts and will continue to collect through Saturday 3/21.
We need some help with pickups of shirts that have been collected throughout the tri state area.
We have weekly sorting folding and packing sessions at Mount Loretto on Saturdays
We are in the process of determining the cost of shipping the shirts and since none of the major charities want to get involved we have contacted a few of our local officials for assistance.
We are also looking to for some sponsors and our goal is to get the shirts shipped in early April.
Columbia University Volunteers
We have been contacted by Columbia University and they have hundreds of volunteers available for a community service day on March 27.
I have spoken with Bonnie Williams and we will be utilizing them for beach and park cleanups.
We will also be using them at Asbury Methodist Cemetery and at Mount Loretto for our T Shirt effort.
I did send out an e-mail to offer this assistance to other groups but did not receive any requests.
Below are a few of our planned programs.
We hope that you will join us for another successful Spring and Summer.
Snow Shoveling for Seniors.
Certificates will be mailed to the nearly 600 students who participated in the program this past winter. Through their efforts we were able to shovel for well over 600 seniors. Due to the extreme weather this past winter each student will be receiving 15 hours of community service for each senior for whom they shoveled.
Academic All County Awards
We will once again partner with Kevin Collins and St. John’s University and honor our High School Senior Athletic Scholars.
Letters are being sent to each High School asking them to identify seniors who played a varsity sport and maintained a 90 or above GPA in both their junior and senior years.
All identified candidates will receive this year’s Academic All County Award at a ceremony at St. Johns on May 26.
Prom Dresses for All
Over the winter we have collected over 125 prom dresses from generous Staten Islanders.
Thanks to a great deal from Danielle’s Dry Cleaners we are in the process of getting them all cleaned and ready to wear.
Letters will be going out to our local High Schools to see if there are any young ladies in need of a dress to attend a prom this year.
Anyone in need will be able to schedule a private appointment to select a gown free of charge.
I Volunteer Information Forum
We will be hosting our 3rd I Volunteer Information Forum in April.
We will once again be inviting all local not for profits to share their programs and hopefully fill their volunteer needs.
Letters will be sent to all schools inviting students who will receive community service credit just for attending.
We will once again be coordinating weekly graffiti cleanups with the 122 and the 123 precincts from 4/1-10/31.
We hope to expand this program to the 120 precinct as well.
Working with the Mayor’s CAU and the Borough President’s Clean Team we look to once again clean over 500 tagged locations.
Clean up crews will be made up of volunteers and court ordered offenders who have been sentenced to community service through Where to Turn
We have purchased another anti graffiti system through a grant from Assemblyman Tobacco and will be employing it in the 123 precinct this Spring.
This system contains solar powered motion detected cameras to help the NYPD identify and arrest offenders.
We will also be hosting a town hall meeting on graffiti in May to make people aware of how they can prevent graffiti as well as how they can get quick relief if their property is tagged.
We will also be working with Scott LoBaido to complete a few more American Flag murals and will also be working with NYArts Cypher to work with some of our reformed graffiti offenders to create additional murals throughout the Island.
We will also asking local businesses to join our “Strike Out Graffiti” Project. Participants will be asked to donate one dollar for each batter that a Staten island Yankee pitcher strikes out this year.
100% of the funds raised will be used to buy paint and supplies for our graffiti cleanups.
Re-Gifting for a Good Cause
We will continue to accept and distribute re-gifts throughout the year.
If you have received something that you know you will never use or wear give it to us and we will get it to someone in need.
Last year we distributed over 2,500 toys and items through the program.
We currently have many slightly used toys (in very good condition).
Many books that are probably on every high school reading list.
And a portable bed.
Asbury Methodist Cemetery Cleanup.
We will continue the cleanup that we started last fall.
We have applied for some grants and hope to clean the entire cemetery, restore the retaining wall and possibly create the first dog walkers park on Staten Island.
Beach, Park and Cemetery Cleanups
We will continue to work with the Parks Department, the Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries and the NRPA to supply volunteers for cleanups on a regular basis.
Doing More With Less Forum
Working with Senator Lanza and other elected officials we will be sponsoring a forum in June to help coordinate efforts of our local community, civic and not for profit groups.
We hope to foster a better working relationship and share resources and volunteers and attempt to better schedule events to prevent conflicts.
Where to Turn Blood Drive/Flea Market
In August we will be hosting our second annual Blood Drive/Flea Market with the NY York Blood Center.
Each donor will receive a coupon good for one gift valued at $5 or less
Where to Turn Website
We will continue to post any event or request for need from any local group.
We will continue to add links to our over 800 support organizations linked to our site.
We will also post weekly grant, volunteer and employment updates.
Anyone can visit our website or register to receive nightly updates.
We hope that you will join us in any of these programs.
For more information call us at 718-966-6531 or visit our website at www.where-to-turn.org.
Hope to hear from you,