Monday, January 12, 2015

The IFDA NY chapter takes their philanthropy efforts to greater heights, and on a day of building with Habitat For Humanity NYC

2015 IFDA NY President Andrea Brodfuehrer
8 IFDA NY chapter members 
collaborated this past weekend with 
on a productive day of repairing homes damaged from Superstorm Sandy 
on Staten Island.
(Left to Right) Shannon Maher, Maureen Klein, Scott Hohl, Mimi Levitan, Cathy Moore (HFHNYC Crew Leader), Andrea Brodfuehrer, 
Su Hilty, Jade Ng, Rose Hittmeyer
It was a dedicated volunteer group who met early on Saturday, January 10 at the Staten Island Ferry, with some members leaving their homes as early as 5:30 am to make the trip via public transportation to Staten Island.  On a blistery winter morning that barely reached 15 degrees, volunteers arrived bundled up with layers from head to toe.  The group was guided by three AmeriCorps young men and learned how to complete tasks such as sanding walls and ceilings, plastering, caulking, taping, painting preparation and cutting.  Some members hung doors and added molding to frame doors.  The guides showcased how to use the new tools on the job site, such as electric power nailers and circular saws. All remarked it was rewarding to meet the homeowners who eagerly brought cupcake treats to them. 3M sponsor's products were utilized on the build site, enabling the face masks to work well.  
The day ended when the evening ferry returned to the main land, yet some folks continued the CCC fun (construction, connection & carousing) at the infamous Irish-American local pub The Dead Rabbit, a spot recommended by 2014 IFDA NY president Kara Marmion.
a lil' bit about Habitat for Humanity...
Their vision:
"a city where everyone has a decent place to live".
Their mission statement:
"Habitat for Humanity New York City transforms lives by building quality homes with families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing."
*The non profit was founded in 1984 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NYC builds in the five boroughs of New York City, building homes for ownership by families and individuals in need.
With the help of thousands of volunteers every year, Habitat NYC has served more than 380 families in the five boroughs of New York City with their permanent housing needs.  Habitat NYC's first project in New York City began with President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter's visit and build in the Lower East Side. 

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