Assisting Communities Affected by Natural Disasters
The New York City Department of Correction Disaster Relief Association was founded by Jessica I. Davis, Lisa Dawson, Dion Middleton, and James Bros. We started this charitable association in hopes of bettering the lives of those who are greatly affected by uncontrollable circumstances.
The New York City Department of Correction Disaster Relief Association consists of uniformed and civilian personnel.
Our association focuses on directly interacting with and helping the victims of natural disasters. Our methods of assistance include but are not limited to: raising awareness, fundraising, collecting donations, and physical labor. Members volunteer their time and energy to meet the needs presented by each project.
Our Protocol for Selecting Charitable Causes and Providing Assistance
The board members decide on what mission the association will participate in. The president of the association contacts the United States Department of Defense, and this agency refers the president to the non-profit charities of the state that the executive board selected as our next mission. Our president contacts the charity. The president explains the association’s member-specific area of expertise to the charity. The president gives them the details regarding days we are looking to travel to assist them. We then travel to that location and provide these charities with whatever help they need.
The hands-on experience is amazing. Some of the work we have done, none of us even knew we could do! We learn a lot about ourselves through helping others.
Charity work by the New York City Department of Corrections Disaster Relief Association began on March 25, 2016 with a water drive to Flint, MI. Over 300 cases of water were collected and delivered to The Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ at 6702 N Dort Hwy, Flint, MI 48505.
Our second project was a rebuilding effort in Gonzales, LA. In August 2016, over 6,000 homes were affected by Hurricane Matthew. This flood was the worst disaster since Hurricane Sandy. Thousands of people in Louisiana had lost everything. In October 2016, our association drove to Louisiana and worked with Louisiana Baptist Church, helping to repair the damaged homes.
Our third mission was an international relief effort. On March 6, 2017, we traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to assist families who were affected by Hurricane Matthew. We partnered with a school called École Enfant de Jesus de Dessalines. On our first day, we were substitute teachers because the children didn't have a teacher to teach the class. On our second day, we went on a field trip with the children. On our third day, we drove to the countryside where we handed out the clothes that we had collected to all the families that did not have any.
We continue to look for volunteers and opportunities to serve the needy in 2017. Join us!
New York City Department of Corrections Disaster Relief Association