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The rebuilding of the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy has just begun. In the first days after the storm R&R began the process by pumping, mucking, and gutting flood-affected homes and continued to assist residents with free mold remediation. R&R has logged well over 40,000 volunteer work hours and has worked on over 400 homes, as well as churches and community centers. To date, we have provided more than $800,000 in free services to Rockaway residents still recovering from the storm. Throughout this process we have partnered with Occupy Sandy, working together to make the values of mutual aid a…

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Top 4 Types of Wastewater Treatment Systems
Wastewater can wreak havoc if it is not treated accordingly. Therefore, it is essential to look for an appropriate industrial wastewater treatment. Here are four wastewater treatment systems that one can choose:
4 Reasons Why You Need Corner Guards
Houses, both for commercial and residential purposes, are important assets that must be protected at all costs to avoid losses in case of accidents and tragedies. One of the ways that can be used in protecting your property is the installation of corner guards that come in different types. These types include the stainless steel corner guards, rubber guards, and rigid vinyl just to name a few. In this piece, we will be letting you know why you need to install this significant component in your building.
4 Reasons New Business Owners Need Waste Management Services
Having an onsite trash compactor or finding a waste management company who will be better equipped to handle the collection, disposal and recycling needs of a business is a concern that many first-time business owners may easily overlook. Issues caused by a poor or inadequate waste disposal process may quickly begin to interfere with day to day operations and core-workflow processes. The following list showcases why arranging regular pickup or placing compaction equipment on-site could be of the utmost importance.
4 Tips to Consider in Flexographic Printing
Flexographic printing refers to the printing which uses flexible relief plate wrapped on rotating cylinders. One needs to invest in quality flexcart and flexstand. Provided are some of the tips that can assist anyone who uses flex storage solutions.
6 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Calibration Services
If you want to choose the best calibration service, don’t forget the importance of following the right process to ensure you go for high-quality instrumentation. You need equipment that is able to measure and test your products. It’s important to find a service that will meet your needs. The following are some of the top things to look out for.
Why Sheet Metal Roofing is Perfect in Colder Climates
Sheet metal fabrication involves hammering or rolling metal into thin sheets. These sheets can be installed as a roof. Sheet metal roofing is surprisingly lightweight. It is also quick to install, fire-resistant, and good at shedding snow. Snow piling on the roof is a concern in colder climates because too much snow on the roof can lead to roof collapse or other types of roof damage.
Advantages of stretch film packaging
Manufacturers, warehouse managers, suppliers and shipping companies prefer using stretch film to wrap items on pallets and hold them tightly together when packaging. Although there are other different types of wrappers one can use when packing, most people opt for the stretch wrappers because they have several advantages. Here are some of the reasons why companies use these film wrappers for their various packaging applications.
Announcing Our T-Shirt Design Competition! Think You Can?
PDF Announcement Can you hone your graphic design skills on a logo that makes mold removal as hip and cool as the Respond & Rebuild staff makes mold removal? Can you design a rockin “Mold-Slayer” T-shirt? Can you make “Spore-Busting” the next big thing? Can you create a design that is as awesome as the feeling you get when you help clean an NYC family’s home of mold? Think You Can? Email us your design (find t-shirt templates here), and make sure you have “liked” our facebook page. Keep checking back and we will put your design on our Facebook page in our “T-Shirt Design Contest” album, then tell your friends to “like” us too so they can vote! The...
Official First Day of Spring Progress Report!
So, we’re not sure about you, but we’re pretty excited to say goodbye to the winter that almost wasn’t and hello to warmer days and fewer layers under the Tyvek suits. (Did we mention it’s REALLY hot in there, even when it’s really cold?) Out here in the Rockaways, we’ve been able to tell that Spring is coming for a while now, because we’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of students who decided to focus on recovering from Sandy during Springbreak. So far we’ve had students from the Stonybrook Sea Wolves, Fordham, James Madison University, North Dakota, Iowa, NYU, New School, Boston College, Harvard and Princeton. Not a bad line up. We’ve also had a couple of awesome...
Creating Art for the Cause
On March 21st, the R&R crew took a little field trip off the Rockaway peninsula and into the downtown art scene. There were no Tyvek suits and no respirators to be seen. What was the occasion you ask? Well, to celebrate their new collaboration, Daryl K and Steven Alanhosted a pre-launch party at Steven Alan’s Chelsea Annex, complete with Carlos “Mare139” Rodriguez and Jimmy Raskin hand-painting 2 pairs of vintage Daryl K jeans. The jeans are being auctioned off on Ebay RIGHT NOW and there are only 2 days left to make them yours. Oh, and 100% of the proceeds will help support our work in Rockaway. Did we mention that? So, we think these look pretty great, and we...
Meet the People who Make the Magic Happen!
It might be hard to believe, but there are people out there who think we’re a little bit crazy to be as obsessed with mold as we are. I’ll admit it might be a little weird to nickname the different types of mold you come across in different homes, or that certain members of our team who shall go unnamed (Hint: Mustache) are able to identify the homes of people we work with by looking at photos of spores. But hey, it’s all in a day’s work. What’s even crazier is all the amazing people we meet who slave away all week long and STILL want to spend their days off in Tyvek suits with ghostbuster mold vacs, busting their...
Six months in: R&R in the news and an Internship Opportunity!
The last six months have flown by in a flurry of work that simultaneously hasn’t seemed like work but somehow still leads to weeks upon weeks of some seriously long days. As the half year anniversary nears, we want to update you on some important goings on in the R&R world. First of all, some troubling news, for those of you who haven’t heard it yet. In the early morning of April 2, a driver lost control of his Land Rover SUV while traveling down Beach channel Drive, and collided with the wall of Arverne by the Bay Community Center, otherwise known as our Headquarters. Here was the view from the scene shortly after we got there: The crash and...
National Volunteer Week and the Six Month Sandy Anniversary
In honor of National Volunteer Week and the six month Sandy-versary we wanted to interview one of our amazing volunteers to see what it is that inspires him to keep up the good work after all this time, and what others are thinking about the state of the recovery efforts. When we started poking around for an interview, since our new friend Ravin Shah is around almost every weekend as a dedicated team leader, he was an easy target! When Sandy hit, Ravin was in his hometown of Edison, NJ, where he volunteers with Edison’s First Aid Squad and the NJ EMS Task Force. He was on call for whatever might happen during the storm. As it turned out, he...
Check out what we’ve been able to accomplish, thanks to YOU!!!
REPORT BACK TIME! We know we can get pretty wrapped up in our work, but we decided it was time to step back and look at where’ve we’ve been so we can figure out where we’re headed next. Our awesome volunteer and team leader Myriam Wiesenfeld recently sat down and used her artistry skills to distill a file cabinet’s worth of data about what we do into this easy to read, pretty to look at graphic that explains how we’ve put our resources to work. It’s pretty cool, if we do say so ourselves. And really YOU are to thank! The vast, vast majority of our funding has come from grassroots supporters like you, and almost all of the work...
T-shirts and Beach Towels and Tote Bags, Oh My!
Exciting news never stops coming over here in Rockaway, and this week is no exception. First off, at long last, we got R&R t-shirts! We’ve been waiting for a long, long time, and we think they’re pretty high fashion. YOU can get your hands on one of these in two ways. One, you can come by and volunteer and buy one on your way out. Alternately, if you’ve already volunteered with us and can’t make it back, we can ship them, too! The shirts are $20 and proceeds go toward R&R’s work in Rockaway. Please stay tuned–we’ll soon have tote bags and other goodies as well! In other big news, One Kings Lane has partnered with Steven Alan to support...
R&R Brings Mold Help to Central New York
Even those of us who keep an eye peeled for news of natural disasters may have missed the recent flooding in Central New York’s Herkimer. Oneida, and Otsego Counties. If you missed it, too, you can read about the storm’s initial impact here and here. Thanks to the help of our amazing volunteer Sarah VanDenbergh, a native of the recently devastated region, R&R was able to travel to Oneida and Herkimer Counties to help flood-affected residents grapple with an impending mold epidemic. First, Sarah arrived on the scene, connected with locally-run volunteer groups, and assessed the damage. Once again, we found ourselves working against the clock to dispel myths about what works and what doesn’t when fighting mold growth, and...
Thanks for Your Amazing Work
It’s hard to believe that we moved out of our office at Arverne Pilgrim Church six months ago, and that our work in Rockaway is almost complete. We had a good run. We worked in over 430 homes, and helped to rebuild 30. We worked alongside almost 2000 volunteers, and worked with individuals and groups from as far away as Alaska, as well as Rockaway locals. Now, as we wrap up the last of our work, it’s time, yet again, to say thanks. We want to thank everyone who has worked for recovery in the Rockaways, and those who continue to do so. A special thanks goes out to Pastor Dennis Loncke and his family, who quite literally took us...