Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

$4,524 of $100k goal

Raised by 47 people in 48 months
David Osterczy  BRONX, NY

Imagine that you woke up this morning, and everything you owned was gone.
Your clothing was gone, all of it, except for what you were wearing.
All your food was spoiled and rotting.
All of your furniture was destroyed, unusable, and unsalvageable.
All of those little things you cherished through the years, photos, paintings, memorabilia, all gone.
All of your children's toys, schoolbooks, games, all gone.
There was no heat, power, or water in your home, if you had a home left that is.
Most of your neighbors were in the same situation and unable to assist you.
What do you do? Who do you turn to? Where is the government and why are they not knocking on your door to help you?
Because there are too many in need, all at the same time.

And that is why we are here. We are the volunteers that are doing the dirty work, raising the necessary funds, making the calls, knocking on the doors, gutting the homes, distributing the supplies needed, enrolling the masses, and hopefully aiding the re-building of the decimated east coast, a chore that may take years to complete.

My name is David Osterczy and for the past 7 weeks I have been leading teams of men and women who have repeatedly put themselves in harms way, with little equipment and even less supplies, to assist in the cleanup of the devastation after Hurricane Sandy decimated the East Coast.
On Saturday, 11/24/2012 we entered a home in Staten Island, NY who's entire basement was literally buried under raw sewage.
Our team gutted, cleaned, and removed everything, from the basement up the the roof of the first floor. We had no hazmat suits, no respirators, only boots, masks, goggles which kept fogging up, and all the tools we had purchased with donations from around New York.
We should not have been there, but we were, and will be again I am sure in different homes. And we MUST be better prepared.
I have witnessed in these weeks a level of devastation that I have only seen on television in war-torn areas of the world. No matter what you have seen, it is far worse on the ground, and we need your help!
We, a team of men and women from several different organizations, MDI, Mutomo, School boards, and volunteers of every age, race, creed and color have banded together "until the job is complete."
We need training, professional contractor assistance, more volunteers, much more equipment and supplies, and a continued attitude of "service to mankind" that has kept us, and will continue to keep us in the trenches, long after FEMA and everyone else has left for other things.
I am taking it upon myself to raise $100,000.00 to assist us in the continued effort to help as many people who HAVE LOST EVERYTHING get back some dignity, warmth, and safety that they desperately need. We also have discussed starting a non-profit endowment to give funds to those who are not receiving proper insurance settlements and need to re-build their homes and lives after all the cleanup is complete.
Please follow me on Facebook for updates, photos, videos, and to communicate with me as I'm unsure how this site works as yet.
I thank you all in advance for any assistance, supplies, or money that you can donate to this important and necessary work.


David Osterczy 11/27/2012

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Update 8
Posted by David Osterczy
39 months ago
I am honored to have been elected New Yorker of the Week by NY1 news. Lisa and I were interviewed by the amazing Maria Milito from Q104.3 and we'll be appearing on her radio show and others to keep putting the word out that we STILL need volunteers and donation to continue the rebuilding effort. Please help.
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Update 7
Posted by David Osterczy
39 months ago
Last Saturday was amazing. Our crew was followed to Staten Island by a reporter and video, after NY1 News declared me "New Yorker of the Week." Rachel was great and shot over 3 hours of interviews, demo, cleanup, insulation, mudding, and sheet-rocking.
The show airs this Friday night at 9:00 PM EST on NY1. That's Channel 8 where I am. And I also have to give a live, on-air interview Friday night at NY1 studios. I am, like, pissing my pants!!!! :)
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Update 6
Posted by David Osterczy
43 months ago
Sunday Bloody Sunday, just on a Saturday! Last week there must have been something in the air. Bloody fingers, bloody toes, bumps and bruises for all. The third week in a row on a huge house demolition in dangerous, close conditions. One guy swung an axe trying to take down a wall, missed and hit his foot. Not good. Lisa and I had matching bloody pointer fingers on our right hands. We nearly ran out of band-aids and triple antibiotic cream. Friday we'll be making another Home Depot run as, hopefully, the re-building phase will kick into gear over the next few weeks. Our crew is so tired of ripping and tearing after 6 months, we want to BUILD!
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Update 5
Posted by David Osterczy
44 months ago
After 2 weeks of rebuilding with sheet-rock, insulation, and vapor barriers, we were back to gutting last Saturday. 26 men and women gutted a huge barn type home in Midland Beach, and we didn't even get it all done after 6 straight hours. Now, 6 months after the storm, the volunteers are harder to find, the money has ceased coming in, and our tools, those that we have left are battered and bent. Noobs are tough on tools!
So I'm asking this community yet again to share this page, give what you can, and volunteer your time to help the rebuilding of the tri-state area, better than it was pre Super-Storm Sandy.

Thank you again,

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Dorothy Scherr
48 months ago

Hi David. Are you a Landmark guy? if so I will post on my Landmark networks. Thank you.

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$4,524 of $100k goal

Raised by 47 people in 48 months
Created November 27, 2012
David Osterczy  
richard robins
37 months ago

Keep up the great work

Eugene Muchnik
39 months ago

Great job, Oz. I expect 2 huge hugs this Saturday. :)))

Dog Soldiers, MDI, Atlanta, Ga.
44 months ago (Offline Donation)

HO! The men of Atlanta came up HUGE with this donation. This will go towards precious re-building supplies on the eve of another house demolition in the morning. GO Dog Soldiers!

Donna Conte
44 months ago
Manny Laureano
44 months ago

I'm an old New Yorker who has been living in Minnesota for 31 years. I wish I could do more but am presently out of work myself. I hope this will stimulate others to help.

Dave Rudbarg
44 months ago
Dawn Sardinas
45 months ago
Viviane Moos
46 months ago

David - I am sorry I don't have more to give. I am trying to raise funds to return to Rio to complete a story about child street gangs surviving the violence. However I know you are sincere and really trying to make a difference. You are very cool, stay safe and warm and don't give up.

David Fredlander
46 months ago
Mark Deitch
47 months ago
Dorothy Scherr
48 months ago

Hi David. Are you a Landmark guy? if so I will post on my Landmark networks. Thank you.

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