Embrace Relief VOLUNTEERS HELPED RESIDENTS IN LOWER EAST SIDE MANHATTAN.
Lower East Side was one of the neighborhoods that was most affected by Hurricane Sandy on Monday October 29, 2012. Especially the elderly and handicapped suffered by the loss of power, telephone and other essential services. The Embrace Relief and GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side) Committee were among the first to reach out to the residents, providing food, clothing, water and other indispensable items.
People need to maintain their dignity and self-respect especially in times of such dire need. We thank all of our volunteers and members for being the generous New Yorkers that they are, and we are especially proud of them for providing such aid yet again during another storm.
During these relief activities Embrace Relief donated food to Broadway Presbyterian Church for their annual thanksgiving dinner, including 15 turkeys, 240 cans of tuna, 108 cans of corned beef, 80 lbs. of apples, and three cases of pudding.
Volunteers from Embrace Relief & Putnam Science Academy Donated Food and Provided Services at New York City Rescue Mission.
Embrace Relief SERVED HOT MEAL AND DONATED FOOD, WATER, CLEANING MATERIALS, HEALTH PRODUCTS TO 500 PEOPLE.
Embrace Relief, Government officials and civic organizations united in hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in the Bronx on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Members from Embrace Relief joined Assembly Member Eric Stevenson’s recovery efforts at the Salvation Army Franklyn Women’s Shelter in the Bronx. Congressman Jose E. Serrano, Manhattan BP Scott Stringer were some of the elected officials to oversee the relief efforts.
Congressman Serrano said: “I am happy to see that people, civic organizations and government officials are working together to help people in need after the hurricane. I would like to congratulate the Turkish American community for their efforts here today and other parts of New York City. Today we served food to 500 people.” The food donations included canned food, bread, water, cleaning materials, health products, and more.
Hot meals were delivered to 500 people at Franklyn Women’s Shelter in the Bronx.
Embrace Relief DONATED THIRTEEN BOXES CONTAINING 200 POUNDS OF GROUND BEEF TO CONNECTICUT FOOD BANK
Thirteen boxes containing 200 pounds of ground beef arrived at City Hall Wednesday morning. The delivery was to benefit the areas needy and those affected by Super storm Sandy. Event & promotion coordinator Jennifer Thomas accepted the gift on behalf of the Connecticut Food Bank.
TURKISH – JEWISH TEENS TWINNING AT THE MASBIA SOUP KITCHEN
Brooklyn teens from the Turkish and Jewish American community gathered for a twinning event at the Masbia Soup Kitchen. Though this is not the first time that these teens are getting together in a project; they formed an initiative called “Embrace Relief Club of Amity School & Young Peace Builders”, which aims to foster better understanding between the two communities. They believe that working together in projects like this will benefit the New Yorkers now and in the future.
Turkish- American teens from Brooklyn Amity School and Jewish- American teens from Kings Bay Y Community Center put their hands together to help Hurricane Sandy victims who got hit hard at the Sea Gate and Far Rockaway districts of Brooklyn.
Almost all of the teens said that they volunteered in relief efforts in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Hayrunnisa Kalac said that she volunteered in Far Rockaway by distributing hot soup and coffee to the victims on the second day of the hurricane. She said that she was devastated by the magnitude of the storm and its aftermath. She said that it was a great feeling to make people happy.
Aysenur Akoglu the group leader said that “many teens are eager to help; they were never tired and never complained about hours of walking, knocking on the doors, and distributing hot meals. There is a great lesson to be learned for all of us as teachers and students.”
Alexander Rapaport the Executive Director at the Masbia Soup Kitchen said that he is happy to get support from community organizations. “The lunch prepared by the volunteers and the staff will be distributed to victims’ homes by volunteers’ personal cars. There is a great deal of collaboration and energy here today. Today, thousands of residents in Far Rockaway and Sea Gate will be served hot meals and thanks to the volunteers.”
Embrace Relief & Turkish Cultural Center Donated 200 Blankets and 4000 Bars of Soap to Borough of Brooklyn for Hurricane Sandy in Partnership with CACCI
Embrace Relief CONTRIBUTES $30,000 TO BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY AND $10,000 TO PS 277 BROOKLYN, NY
Embrace Relief donated $40,000 for Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery. “The people of Gerritsen Beach faced a tragedy caused by Hurricane Sandy, which led to a widespread devastation throughout the area. Many residents were left homeless, without food, clothing, and, much-needed resources.
Public libraries, schools and community facilities were also affected in the aftermath of Sandy. Therefore, we are making this $30,000 donation to Brooklyn Public Library and $10,000 donation to PS 277 to be used for renovation projects that will benefit the community members who are most affected.
“We believe that Brooklyn Public Library and PS 277 are invaluable resource for the community, where people of all ages will benefit tremendously in many different ways. This is dedicated to building a better future for the children and families of our community, and leaves a footprint for the next generations of Turkish-Americans to take care of community facilities that serve the people,” said Mr. Nevzat Yilmaz, President Embrace Relief.
Embrace Relief DONATED $50,000 TO THE QUEENS LIBRARY
Queens Public Library at its Far Rockaway branch hosted a memorable event in hopes of helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The library with the leadership of its president Tom Galante welcomed , the members and representatives of the , Embrace Relief, Kimse Yok Mu organization from Turkey, TABID, The Turkish Counsel General Levent Bilgen, and Congressman Gregory Meeks. The program had guests numbering approximately 50 people including various media agencies.
Tom Galante began the program with a speech, drawing attention to both the physical and financial damage that was done by Hurricane Sandy. He mentioned that Queens Library suffered $7 million dollars in damage which included $2 million to books alone. In addition to Tom Galante, Gregory Meeks briefly spoke about the importance of the library in the community and about the work the Turkish community has done to help especially days following the hurricane where volunteers from the Turkish community went to affected areas to provide hot food and supplies to the victims.
Embrace Relief RELIEF FOOUNDATION SENT EIGHT VOLUNTEERS TO PROVIDE PSYCHOLOGICAL AID TO THE FAMILIES WHO WERE BEING SHELTERED AT QUEENS COLLEGE.
Hurricane Sandy has affected many people in the east coast, including New York. Thankfully, there were shelters and organizations helping out to ease the agony of the victims of the hurricane. Queens College used its cafeteria and gymnasium to shelter families that had damage to their homes. The shelter had enough food and supplies but needed volunteers to spend time with people and play with children. Some of the volunteers watched the doors to make sure children were not outdoors without supervision and others went out to play with children who did not want to stay cooped up inside. We thank our volunteers and Queens Collage for their time, resources and dedication.
FAR ROCKAWAY, NY
Embrace Relief DELIVER FOOD AND CLEANING SUPPLIES FOR 500 PEOPLE FOR ROCKAWAY QUEENS BY THE REQUEST OF JOHN C. LIU, NYC COMPTROLLER.
Embrace Relief combined its efforts with TCC to help the hurricane victims in Far Rockaway with the supervision of the comptroller’s office. Adaku Aharanwa, deputy director of public affairs from Comptroller John C. Liu’s office helped organize the event. Four kinds of hot meals for 450 people and diapers-10 box, wipes-10 box, toilet tissue-10 box, paper towel, toiletries-10 box, 400 water bottles, 6 boxes of apples have been served as a supply to the nursing home on 51 Street at Far Rockaway. NYC Comptroller John C. Liu, State Senator Eric Adams were present at the distribution sight. Students from Brooklyn Amity School volunteered in carrying the supplies and distributing the hot meals.
The volunteers of Embrace Relief and TCC served and aided thousands of residents in the community of Rockaway. One area in particular which has been heavily impacted by the storm is Rockaway, NY. Embrace Relief acknowledged the severity of this storm and the short term consequences of it, thus collaborated to run a volunteer service with the goal of providing the victims of Hurricane Sandy with various resources and supplies. The volunteers served and aided nearly thousands of residents residing in the community of Rockaway since Monday, November 5th.
The residents of the area requested some of the most basic necessities such as water, food, blankets, clothes, etc. Some additional resources such as hot coffee and soup were somewhat a treat for the victims during these hard times. Also HHRF & TCC Queens provided mental support to these people and reassured them. People who were in need to use telephones to get in contact with their loved ones and close friends were provided assistance in connecting with their friends and family members. Other aides included providing the children with activities to do in keeping them occupied to take their minds off the catastrophe that had affected many.
100 Blankets & Other Needs Has Been Distributed By Embrace Relief In The Town Of Babylon.
STATEN ISLAND, NY
THE STUDENTS OF Embrace Relief CLUB OF AMITY SCHOOL EXPERIENCED HURRICANE SANDY FIRST-HAND DURING THE TWO-DAY DISASTER PERIOD.
The students at Amity School experienced Hurricane Sandy first-hand during the two-day storm. Starting on the weekend after Hurricane Sandy hit, members of the Embrace Relief Club of Amity School, which consists of more than 40 students, had consistently reached out to the victims of the hurricane.
The students of Embrace Relief Club visited areas gravely impacted by the disaster, setting up tents to serve hot soup. Their goal was to extend their help to as many people as they can by serving their immediate needs, which included but were not limited to, serving food, delivering drinking water, collecting and distributing clothes and food.
The students participated in our relief campaign, “1001 Kids for Victims of Hurricane Sandy.” Our aim was to deliver money donated by one-thousand and one kids to help the victims of the hurricane.
Embrace Relief CONTRIBUTED TO RELIEF EFFORTS IN STATEN ISLAND, NY.
The borough of Staten Island experienced severe damage from Hurricane Sandy and received almost no aid in the first two days after the disaster. Hundreds of homes collapsed and hundreds more were impaired as a result of flooding, leaving many residents without power, heat or food. Hundreds of our young volunteers, in accordance with FEMA, Red Cross and the Salvation Army, assembled to assist the victims and to help them recover their homes. On Thursday, November 3, Embrace Relief, TCC and students from Brooklyn Amity School contributed to ongoing relief efforts.
Noticing the lack of warm, nutritious food available to the victims and volunteers, contributors built their first tent in Staten Island from which they distributed hot meals to over three thousand people every day, for five days. Since many areas were without electricity and power, they also built a fire to provide workers and by passers, the opportunity to warm up. The hard work displayed by all the volunteers continued for days as they attempted to improve the living conditions for the hurricane victims.
VOLUNTEERS FROM PIONEER ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, WORKING IN ACCORDANCE WITH Embrace Relief
In an effort to alleviate the destruction of Sandy, nine students from Pioneer Academy of Science worked with Embrace Relief. In the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Sandy, many New Jersey residents were still without electricity.The students spent the late afternoon giving out meals consisting of soup, bread, water, and an apple to the residents of Hoboken.
Embrace Relief volunteers distributed hot meals to 1500 people in Hoboken for three days.
Embrace Relief provided 50 volunteers to help food bank In NJ.
Freshmen students, Mehmet Hakan Gul, Hamza Baris, Selimcan Yavuz, Yusuf Turan, Mahmut Sami Dokumaci, Murathan Yildirim, Tufan Baran Demirkol, and Murat Berber, received the admiration of community members for their help during these hard times.
VOLUNTEERS OF Embrace Relief INFORMED THE COMMUNITY ON HOW TO SUPPORT AND HELP OUT THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY.
Embrace Relief volunteers in Springfield raised funds and gave out flyers to the community in Springfield to inform people on how to donate and help the victims of Hurricane Sandy that affected New York & New Jersey.
DAY OF ACTION BY CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE
DAY OF ACTION FOR NEW YORK ORGANIZED BY CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY Embrace Relief WITH 70 VOLUNTEERS
President Clinton visited the distribution center around 12:00 noon where he spoke with the Hurricane Sandy victims in the Rockaway, Queens Distribution center. There were 70 Turkish American volunteers who were working in the houses of the hurricane victims during the Day of Action organized by the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
Special thanks to Clinton Global Initiative for gathering 1000 volunteers all over the tri-state to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway. It was a pleasure and a privilege for Embrace Relief to be part of such an amazing relief effort.
“As we were going on the bus to our designated area we took sneak peeks in the open doors of the houses and saw the disaster scenes. Our designated place was the Rockaway beach in which the sand had blown all over the nearby areas. The park that we cleaned could only be saved with human power which motivated us more knowing that only we could help.”
COMMENTS FROM VOLUNTEERS
“Helping the community made me feel better. Also, I didn’t think that I would have a chance to speak with Bill Clinton. Thanks to Embrace Relief and Clinton Foundation. I think we made a difference in Rockaway and I hope this region is recovered immediately.”
“Thanks to the Embrace Relief and Clinton Foundation for bringing us all together to help those who needed a helping hand after the devastation of Sandy. It was truly an unforgettable experience. Every individual no matter what background they came from was there to work as a whole. Let’s lock those Embrace Relief tight together to heal each other’s wounds!”
“Thanks to HHRelief and Clinton global initiative I participated in an unforgettable and beneficial experience that I know will reflect upon my character in years to come. It had been a long time since I felt satisfied with myself and useful to humanity thank you so much for the opportunity! Hope to meet again in future days of action.”
KiMSE YOK MU
HHRELIEF RECIEVED $150,000 DONATION FROM TURKISH RELIEF ORGANIZATION CALLED KIMSE YOK MU.
KYM LAUNCHED AN AID CAMPAING TO HELP THE VICTIMS OF SANDY, EXPRESSED TO BE THE MOST VIOLENT HURRICANE OF THE LAST 30 YEARS.
RELIEF EFFORTS ALONG WITH RED CROSS
Embrace Relief HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTED TO HURRICANE SANDY DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS ALONG WITH RED CROSS.
- Volunteers, served soup and bread to approximately 345 people at the Levittown Memorial High School shelter on Nov 9, 2012.
- They served soup, bread and water to approx. 850 people at the shelter Nassau Community College ARC on Nov 10, 2012.
- Red Cross field Supervisor Zoe Jennings explained that the help given by Embrace Relief was timely and very much appreciated. HHRF volunteers served dinner to approximately 345 people at Levittown Memorial HS shelter on Nov 10, 2012.
- The volunteers from Women Society served approximately 500 people food and drinks on Nov 11, 2012 at Lindenhurst
- Volunteers served approximately 700 people food and drinks on Nov 12, 2012 at Nassau County Community College.
1001 KIDS FOR SANDY RELIEF” PROJECT
1001 Kids for Sandy Relief ” project initiated by Embrace Relief, Turkish Cultural Center, Brooklyn Amity School, Pioneer Academy of Science, Putnam Academy of Science and FEBA to encourage our kids to volunteer in disaster areas like Staten Island, NY, Hoboken, NJ and Rockaway, NY.
1001 Kids donated money from their savings for hurricane sandy. Students prepared and managed Bake sales to collect money. They served soup to the victims of the disaster, sorted clothing that was donated for the victims of the hurricane. They also contributed by providing moral support to the victims. These kids came from different places to help in distribution of food other goods. All the kids have done a tremendous job and Embrace Relief thanks them for their dedicated work.