Friday, September 16, 2005

New York City: ABC is Seeking Volunteers for Hurricane Katrina Victims

The Association to Benefit Children (ABC) has been called upon by the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management to provide childcare for the victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Many thousands of families with children have fled to New York City in search of assistance. ABC will set up A Child's Space, a therapeutic play space, for children affected by Hurricane Katrina at the Disaster Assistance Service Center in Manhattan. A Child's Space will be a warm, friendly, and nurturing environment where children can play, relax, and express themselves in ways that are comfortable for them.

As we did for 9/11, ABC is once again seeking your help as a volunteer at A Child's Space - to play with the children, read to them, comfort them, rock a baby, play a game, do an art project, organize supplies, work at the sign-in table, let the parents know how the children are doing and answer phones.

The location is 520 West 135th Street (bet. Broadway & Amsterdam), 3rd Fl.
Near # 1 train on 137th Street and Broadway

The center's hours of operation will be from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, and we will appreciate any amount of time you can give. If you would like to participate, please e-mail or call me with the dates and times of your availability (see contact information below).

You may also contact Gretchen Buchenholz, ABC's Executive Director, at or 212-845-3828, or Eri Noguchi, ABC's Director of Programs and Contracts, at or 212-845-3822.

Thank you.

Grace E. Lee