Image source: Sunset Parkerpix on Flickr – food donations to Rockaways residents after Hurricane Sandy
With Thanksgiving and the end of the year coming up, most of us have a lot to be thankful for. Although Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on neighborhoods and transportation systems, it also made us more grateful for what we do have. During the past two weeks, many Queens residents donated supplies, money, and time to help out those devastated by the superstorm. Emergency workers, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and other groups have been working hard to get people back on their feet.
Now, as “giving season” approaches, let’s not forget the great organizations that work hard year-round to promote equal rights, environmental sustainability, arts education, economic development, and more in Queens. If you’re looking for a local nonprofit organization to donate to in the next couple of months, consider this your guide.
We wanted to repost about Leaf Fest: Astoria Park this weekend, which as gone beyond simply raking leaves and collecting them to compost, and has turned into a bigger cleanup of Astoria Park as a whole. The Astoria Park Alliance posted this update:
Leaf Fest/ Operation Clean Up is officially on in Astoria Park! Please join us this Saturday, Nov. 3rd, from 10am to noon. We will have a table set up in front of the Tennis Courts, near the “Field House”. Let’s get a huge turnout and cleanup! Please Note: NYC PARKS WILL NOT RE-OPEN UNTILL SATURDAY, 8AM. Please let the crews get in there and do their job! Join us at 10am.
At the end of August we told you that a new community orchestra is developing in Jackson Heights, appropriately called the Jackson Heights Orchestra. We also mentioned that auditions are coming up and we have more information about them. They will take place on Tuesday, September 11, Wednesday; September 12; and Tuesday, September 18 from 6-9pm at Jackson Heights United Methodist Church on 35th Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets (GMAP). (more…)