Friends of Rockaway Receives Nearly $1.5 Million for Post-Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

Friends of Rockaway, a nonprofit group founded by local residents following Superstorm Sandy, has received grants of $721,550 from the American Red Cross and $750,000 from the NYC Home Repair Consortium, Crain's New York Business reports.

The funds will be used to hire local skilled labor for mold remediation and rebuilding efforts in about ninety homes on the Rockaway Peninsula. An affiliate of St. Bernard Project, Friends of Rockaway enlists volunteers and professionals to help clean and repair storm-ravaged homes in the Rockaways and has raised roughly $2.5 million to that end to date.

"We're excited to be working with the American Red Cross to rebuild our community," said the organization's co-founder, Michael Sinensky, who owns nine restaurants and bars in New York and New Jersey. "It is further proof of the Red Cross commitment to not only relief efforts, but rebuilding and resiliency. The Rockaways are forever grateful for their generosity and hard work."

"American Red Cross Awards Grant to Friends of Rockaway to Hire Local Skilled Labor." American Red Cross Press Release 06/24/2013. Lisa Fickenscher. "Red Cross Writes Big Check to Sandy Charity." Crain's New York Business 06/24/2013.