Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." For the past 20 years, America has recognized each third Monday in January as a national day of service. MLK Day of Service is considered a “day on, not a day off” especially by SBP.     

The SBP-NY regional team is happy to celebrate the impactful contributions of renowned civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who dedicated his life to achieving equality and eradicating social injustices. SBP certainly shares Dr. King’s vision of a “beloved community”.

The Corporation for National & Community Service acknowledges the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. annually through nationwide community service projects. This year, SBP-NY’s AmeriCorps and regional staff teams will honor the visionary leader by participating in meaningful rebuilding activities in Rockaway.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This MLK Day, the SBP-NY regional team encourages you to pledge your advocacy for communities and citizens in need. More than 40 years after passing, Dr. King’s legacy lives on through his example of incorporating community service in our daily lives. Thank you Dr. King for your incomparable leadership and devotion to social justice. To learn about SBP-NY’s direct rebuilding efforts, please visit our website at sandy.stbernardproject.org.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! The SBP-NY regional team is excited for 2014! Each new year presents opportunities, resolutions and new beginnings. In keeping with the spirit of giving, SBP encourages you to let your new year’s resolutions include serving those impacted by disaster. Neighborhoods across the New York region are still struggling to recover and rebuild.

In less than 8 years, SBP has become a model for disaster recovery. The SBP-NY team is undoubtedly committed to helping survivors of natural disasters like the Kase family return home. The Kases’ journey has not been easy but they were able to return home just before the holidays! Rockaway residents for over twenty years, the family is very appreciative of the AmeriCorps members who worked tirelessly on their home. They made personal connections with volunteers that are invaluable and noteworthy. Last year proved successful for SBP as we rebuilt over 60 homes in Staten Island and Rockaway.

In 2014 SBP will rebuild 120 homes, 60 in Rockaway and 60 in Staten Island. SBP is especially excited about the new partnership to rebuild Sandy damaged homes in Sea Bright, New Jersey. This great opportunity will allow SBP to expand into New Jersey and help more impacted communities in the region.

This year, SBP urges you to remember those still in desperate need. We have more than 300 families that remain on our waiting lists. Please consider donating or volunteering with us! Please visit our website: sandy.stbernardproject.org for more information on how you can help Hurricane Sandy survivors!