Doe Fund To Clean Up Cross Bay
Kicking off a joint venture to clean up Cross Bay Boulevard, Councilman Eric Ulrich and George McDonald, founder and president of The Doe Fund, held a press conference at the American Legion hall in Broad Channel on Friday, February 15th.
Attending also were representatives of the NYC Department of Sanitation, National Park Service, Community Board 14 and several of the Fund’s “Men in Blue.”
Ulrich has tapped the Doe Fund to help clean up and beautify the one and a half miles of Cross Bay Boulevard which runs through the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The stretch, which starts at the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge and ends at the edge of the island neighborhood, was damaged and heavily littered following the hurricane.
The Doe Fund, which provides second chances to formerly homeless and incarcerated men through transitional employment and comprehensive educational services, will dedicate nine individuals for three weeks to complete this task.
Said Ulrich, “This will not only remove all of the trash and debris that accumulated during and after the storm but will also assist our fellow New Yorkers who are trying re-establish self-sufficiency through employment and opportunity."
Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy Jr. commented, “This portion of Cross Bay Boulevard is adjacent to the critical habitat of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and serves as the entrance way to Broad Channel and the Rockaways. It is very encouraging to know that …this area will be beautiful again."
The Doe Fund was founded in memory of ‘Mama Doe’, a homeless woman known by no other name, who died in Grand Central Station on Christmas Day, 1985, after spending the night out in the cold. McDonald had met her and was prompted to start the organization known by its slogan “Ready, Willing and Able.”