(Photo by Robert Barossi)
by Robert Barossi
It was exactly two years ago that Hurricane Sandy (or Superstorm Sandy) slammed into the east coast of the U.S. The storm brought destruction down on a number of areas, including New Jersey and the city of New York. Since the storm’s arrival on our shores, it has been volunteers who have often led the way as communities recovered and rebuilt. This story out of New Jersey describes how volunteers continue, two years later, to do just that. Some organizations in the area, like this one, are hosting service events to mark the anniversary of the devastating storm. As this article details, it’s often volunteers who pick up the slack and do the work when government agencies are unable or unwilling to accomplish what needs to get done. As storms like Sandy become more frequent, and they likely will do just that, it’s going to be more and more important for community members and volunteers to come together and help each other get through a community crisis.
(Photo by Danilo Rizzuti, Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
by Robert Barossi
This past Sunday, the 21st of September, marches were held all over the world to raise awareness for climate change. I had the pleasure and the honor to be in the massive crowd that assembled in New York City. Surrounded by over 300,000 people (some have claimed it may have been close to 400,000) it was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was also inspiring. Words can’t really do justice to the energy, the enthusiasm and the passion that filled those streets as the crowd slowly marched the two-mile route. There were also many volunteers who helped to make the event happen and make it a huge, resounding success. Volunteers get a mention in many of the stories that appeared before, during and after the march. This story describes some of the work and preparations which occurred leading up to the event, including the work of volunteers. A story from Indiana demonstrates another way volunteers were involved in the march, by getting buses filled with people to NYC for the event. In Montreal, according to this story, volunteers organized a march that coincided with the march in NYC and, while smaller, was no less important. Volunteers also lent a hand during a similar march on Sunday in Iowa City. This final story offers a fantastic set of photos which document the day in NYC. It also mentions volunteers and a few of the important roles they played.