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. http://tinyurl.com/NYerOfTheWeek
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!!!! :)
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!
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.
Our crew nearly killed ourselves today. Please go to my Facebook page (David Osterczy) to see the photos posted over the past 3 months since Sandy hit us. And please share this page with your friends and family. The donations that you provide protect our volunteers, supply us our tools, and do tremendous good in the communities we serve, like getting prescription meds, heaters for homes that have been gutted (and the owners have nowhere else to go) and providing food and coffee for the many hubs that feed us so very well every week. Please, continue to help. It's pretty bad out there.
$1950.00 and counting! Thank you so much everyone for the generous donations. It will go a long way towards supplying our volunteers with the proper tools and protection. Please get the word out about this site, and what we're trying to accomplish. The end-goal is to have enough funds available to actually begin doling out some cash to affected home-owners who have either not received their insurance or FEMA payments yet, or are not receiving nearly enough to cover the rebuilding phase.
$1,650.00 and counting! PLEASE, if you come to this page, do not be intimidated by large donations thinking that you cannot give. A dollar or two donated by many is just as good as 500 dollars donated by one. Please, just give. Share. Post. Tweet. Pin. Link. Face. Stumble. And share some more.
$650.00 so far! Thanks to all of you who donated to this important cause. Now let's turn up the heat and share the link with everyone! If this goes viral, we can attain our goal of $100,000.00 for disaster relief aide!
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
All your food was spoiled and rotting.
All of your furniture was destroyed, unusable, and
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 - 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.