Charleston-based non-profit heads to NY and recruites veterans and volunteers

  • Friday, March 15, 2013

Charleston based Wounded Nature – Working Veterans is heading up to the Superstorm Sandy impact area to assist in cleanup and beach restoration efforts. Rudy Socha, CEO of Wounded Nature – Working Veteran is recruiting veterans and volunteers from across the country to work in Gateway National Park from March 20-22, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Gateway National Park was hard hit by the storm and much of the park has remained closed since. “We need to recruit a hardy group who can work in any type of weather,” states Rudy Socha. “Veterans have experience working in adverse conditions and will show up regardless of weather. While we hope for three days of sunshine, it is entirely possible we could encounter three days of rain or even a late snow.”

“We will be working to remove storm debris from the Jamaica Bay area (Brooklyn, Queens, N.Y. area). Our work schedule will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day allowing everyone the opportunity to spend each afternoon and evening exploring and enjoying New York City.”

“We welcome any and all non-veterans who have a love for nature and the environment to join us in this vital restoration work. If someone cannot make it to assist on this project, they can support us by donating to help cover our ongoing expenses.

“We will be working each day trying to get as much of the coastline cleaned up and restored as possible. The more volunteers we have, the more we will be able to accomplish. Funding for rural coastal cleanups and restorations is extremely limited at the local, state and federal level, and in many cases it is non-existent.

“Until we can locate sponsors for boats we are limited to being able to tackle about 10 percent of the coastal areas needing our assistance. Currently our clean-up efforts are limited based on available volunteer boats and workers for each project. While in the greater NYC area, we hope to surface one or more corporations or high net worth individuals willing to sponsor a boat and crew for one year.”

Volunteers and donors can find details on the Wounded Nature – Working Veterans web site: www.woundednature.org.

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