Last Friday was far from the average day in the office. Sixteen Babblers showed up at bright and early to work, but not on the website. Clad in boots, sweatshirts, and Disney Volunt-EARS shirts, we climbed on a bus to the Rockaways, Queens to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
When we arrived at the makeshift headquarters of Respond and Rebuild — an organization that connects local families in need with volunteers — we divided into three teams. Lindsay, Aaron, and Jill headed these teams, armed with experience from having volunteered before. We gathered supplies, suited up in masks and goggles, and set out to help those who need it most.
A month has passed since Sandy and so many are still displaced and disheartened. Weeks of saturation have led to dangerous mold growth, and it’s important that we act now to remove it. To be there on the ground and see just how much we were needed was beyond touching. Click through for pictures from Babble’s day volunteering in the Rockaways!