2013-08-23 / Community

Rockaway United Distributes 250 Books


Karen Sloan-Payne (right), representing Rockaway United, presents children’s books donated by Nationwide Insurance to Tom Cocks, Program Director of SCO Family of Services and Marie-Regine Borgella, Program Manager of the Disaster Case Management Program, Catholic Charities Community Services. Karen Sloan-Payne (right), representing Rockaway United, presents children’s books donated by Nationwide Insurance to Tom Cocks, Program Director of SCO Family of Services and Marie-Regine Borgella, Program Manager of the Disaster Case Management Program, Catholic Charities Community Services. Rockaway United, a coalition of community based organizations and individuals working to rebuild the Rockaway community, distributed 250 children’s books donated by Nationwide Insurance at a presentation held at the Boces Training Center on August 8th.

The books were given to P.S. 43, a local elementary school which hosts Rockaway United Steering Committee meetings and three disaster case management programs who service Rockaway including Catholic Charities, Met Council and SCO Family of Services.

“This is a great example of Rockaway United acting as a catalyst to connect those in need in our area with those who want to help,” said Karen Sloan- Payne, Community Facilitator/Coordinator of SCO Family of Services.

SCO Family of Services helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. The group helps get children off to a good start, stabilizes and strengthens families and unlocks potential for children and adults with special needs.

“It means a lot,” said Tom Cocks, Program Director of SCO Family of Services. “Not only will a lot of kids get to enjoy these new books, they will see that there are companies and individuals out there who care about them.”

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