Several weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, from Maryland to New York and everywhere in between. And residents of these areas, specifically New York and New Jersey, are still reeling from the damage. One community in particular, Sea Gate, a Jewish community adjacent to Coney Island, is struggling to recover.
The gated community, which consists of about 800 homes, sustained considerable damage. As a result, 90% of residents are still displaced from their homes.
“We have been completely devastated,” said Esther Zicherman, a lifelong resident of Sea Gate. “An entire community has been displaced. The government forgot about us. We are the lost community.”
Luckily, volunteers are coming from far and wide to assist, volunteers who include Working Nets’ own David Spigelman. He was among several hundred volunteers who spent the day in Sea Gate last Sunday.
“We all grouped into groups of five men, and were given assignments,” wrote David in an email to The Jewish Week. “We went to the houses and did what they needed us to do. Someone had previously gone around and offered assistance to all the residents, asking that if they wanted volunteer help, to sign up on the list.”
Please help the Sea Gate Jewish Community!
If you would like to help, there are several ways in which you can make an impact, including:
- Monetary Donations: The Sea Gate Jewish community has set up a mailing address for donations to the CYS (Seagate) Hurricane Relief Fund at 3832 Lyme Ave., Sea Gate, NY 11224. Phone pledges may be made (718) 705-9666. Or you can donate online at sgsandy.com.
- Volunteering: Sea Gate is in desperate need of volunteers, able and strong, to help families carry out loads of water soaked possessions, including furniture and heavy appliances. If you can volunteer, please call us at 718-705-9666.
- Food and Equipment: There are many volunteers and victims at Sea Gate that need food. Residents are also in need of generators, gasoline, cleaning supplies, and so much more!
If you have any questions, please contact Working Nets by calling (443) 992-7394 or visit WorkingNets.com today!
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