From the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Missional Vitality, Diocese of Long Island

Thank you all for sharing time, money and prayers for our whole diocese in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. As the work continues in the months ahead, leaders are working to create sustainable structures for recovery. Here is how you can join and stay connected with these diocesan efforts:

1. Diocesan Recovery Contacts

  • General Recovery Effort: The Rev. Charlie McCarron, Executive Director of Episcopal Community Services — or 516.248.4800, x22
  • Volunteers and Mission Groups (all ages): Myra Garnes Shuler, Director of Youth Ministry and Formation — or 516.248.4800, x18
  • Housing for Volunteers: Walter Ratuchny, Operations Manager for Episcopal Community Services — or 516.248.4800, x15

2. Diocesan Community Services and the Recovery Effort
Episcopal Community Services is the go-to group for Episcopal recovery efforts in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, in partnership with other diocesan staff, Episcopal Charities of Long Island, Episcopal Relief and Development and leaders in neighboring dioceses.

Thanks to generous funding from Episcopal Charities and support from Episcopal Relief and Development, ECS is preparing to hire a disaster recovery coordinator and two part-time organizers, to create two disaster recovery centers (a central one in the Rockaways, and an Eastern one in Mastic Beach), to purchase and outfit mobile recovery units, to set up facilities for hosting mission groups, and generally to collaborate with the other affected dioceses.

Please stay tuned for these developments; as the centers come on line, the Diocese of Long Island will truly need the support of the many volunteers who have already stepped up.

3. On-the-Ground Work
In the meantime, many of you have followed our advice and contacted sites and volunteer organizations directly in order to help out. Here is a list of some of the most important partners in the recovery effort. Feel free to contact them directly if you or a group wish to volunteer anytime this winter or spring. If you require diocesan support identifying opportunities, getting housing, or organizing a trip, see the contacts above:

Long Island Volunteer Center
175 Central Avenue, Bethpage
The Volunteer Reception Center houses a coordinated effort to identify volunteer opportunities, train volunteers and generally organize a collaborative response to disaster in Long Island. Episcopal Community Services and other partners are instrumental to this work.

Occupy Sandy
Occupy is another critical partner, now shifting into muck-out, construction, food preparation, canvassing, developing leaders and justice efforts. A few bases of operation, including two Episcopal parishes:

St. Luke and St. Matthew-Clinton Hill
520 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn
TO DO: volunteer training and general operations

St. John’s-Fort Hamilton
9818 Fort Hamilton Parkway
TO DO: food preparation
CONTACT: (347) 465-7430 or

Church of St. Andrew’s-Mastic Beach
250 Neighborhood Rd, Mastic Beach
TO DO: Serve meals on weekends, canvass area, prepare to develop comprehensive recovery center
CONTACT: Jon Siebert, or church office at (631) 281-9133

Church of the Transfiguration-Freeport
86 S. Long Beach Avenue, Freeport
TO DO: House and feed volunteers from the Southern Baptists’ relief and recovery organization
CONTACT: Fr.  Raymond Wilson, (516) 379-1230

Habitat for Humanity
TO DO: Muck out, demolition and construction.
CONTACT: Jim Killoran, 914-403-4821 or

World Cares at St. Gertrude’s
TO DO: Muck out in the Rockaways

Tunnel to Towers Foundation
Three centers: Staten Island, Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn and Long Beach.
CONTACT: Nicole, (based at Gerritsen Beach)

Coney Island Gospel Assembly
2828 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn
TO DO: Delivery of food and supplies
CONTACT: (718) 996-9301

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