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Hudson Guild Sandy Update

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    I hope that you and your loved ones are all well. The past 10 days have been extraordinary and difficult in our region, and Chelsea has been among the hard-hit areas. Flooding started at 9th avenue, and the neighborhood had no electricity or water all of last week.

    While our offices were without electricity, Hudson Guild and its surrounding community responded to Sandy in full force. Our staff, volunteers, and participants along with the 10th Precinct, National Guard and Salvation Army, went to work distributing food and blankets, knocking on doors and making phone calls to make sure people got the help they needed. Speaker Christine Quinn and the Mayor's Office were essential to having food delivered and making services possible, and Speaker Quinn's staff have been on site in the neighborhood throughout the relief efforts.

    Not surprisingly, technology helped us tremendously this last week. Hudson Guild was able to communicate throughout the storm (thanks, Google!), mobilizing our staff and volunteers to provide over 5,000 meals and thousands of bottles of water to those in need.

    I have never been more proud of Hudson Guild than I was this past week. Our organization, and our partners in the community, came together in a time of great need.

    Our offices have now reopened for business. Thank you to everyone who has provided support and assistance so far. We hope that we can continue to count on your support. As we move ahead, anyone who needs additional emergency assistance, should be referred to us right away.


    Ken Jockers
    Executive Director

    Supplies Arrive For Chelsea Residents

    NY1 visited the post-hurricane relief efforts in our neighborhood, interviewing Ken Jockers on the needs of the community.

    A Collective Effort

    In Sandy's aftermath, Hudson Guild joined forces with federal, city, and private organizations to provide food, water and support for our community.

    While facing the lack of utilities that challenged Chelsea, Hudson Guild partnered with the National Guard (pictured left), the Salvation Army, the 10th Precinct of the NYPD, New York Cares, the Red Cross, the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club and Fulton Youth of the Future to provide the necessary resources to our community.

    At the Food Distribution Centers located at the Elliott and Fulton Centers, Hudson Guild helped to distribute food, water, blankets and other items as need emerged to more than 5,000 residents in the community.

    Mobilizing our Digital Community

    Without electricity, Hudson Guild was able to plug in to the community via Social Media.

    When the lack of electricity and phone service in Chelsea made traditional forms of communication difficult , we were able to connect and meet the needs of our community members via social media.