2013-10-18 / Community

RYTF To Build Garden For Sandy Anniversary

By Katie McFadden

For the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Rockaway Youth Task Force will be holding a Day of Service.

RYTF stepped up to the plate after Hurricane Sandy to help the community. They organized over 3,000 donations of food and supplies and distributed them to more than 10,000 residents. A year later, their work still isn’t done.

The group is looking for volunteers to join them in building a community garden on October 26th. They’re partnering with New York Cares to build the garden as a reminder of the “community’s beauty and a symbol of our growth.”

The group has acquired 4,400 square feet of land at Beach 45th-46th Street off of Beach Channel Drive in Arverne and they will be breaking ground on the day of service. Registration and a breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. and the group will start work on the community garden at 10 a.m. They will also hold a special “Sandy One Year Later” ceremony. NY State Senator James Sanders Jr. and NYC Councilmember Donovan Richards will be in attendance and the event will come to a close at 5 p.m.

"We're proud of how far we've come, there's still a long way to go. Rockaway was a devastated community before the storm; the storm only exacerbated our problems. The garden will serve as a reminder that Rockaway is still here, still in need, and still willing to survive." - Milan R. Taylor RYTF President

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