REBNY’s Summer Donation Drive Aids Elderly Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Real estate members donated more than 400 radios, whistles and batteries for NYC senior citizens

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) partnered with the NYC Department for the Aging for its 5th Annual Summer Donation Drive, which received more than 400 battery-operated and hand-cranked radios, whistles and batteries from REBNY members. The items will be distributed to senior citizens through the New Dorp Beach Senior Center Friendship Club on Staten Isl and, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The New Dorp Beach Senior Center Friendship Club serves the needs of more than 3,500 seniors, providing various activities and approximately 5,875 meals per week. The donated radios, whistles and batteries will help keep NYC seniors informed and if need be, able to whistle for assistance. The New Dorp Beach Center Friendship Club is funded under a contract with the NYC Department for the Aging as part of the older Americans Act Program administrated by the NYS Office for the Aging.

“The residents of Staten Island, who were greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy, are in need of these important items,” said Linda Whitaker, Assistant Commissioner of the Office for Emergency Services at the NYC Department for the Aging. “We take for granted how vital a radio or whistle can be should an emergency arise. We’re thrilled that with the help of REBNY members so many community members can be prepared for the next storm.”

The drive, kicked off in June at the REBNY Residential Owner/Manager Luncheon, is one of several charitable causes that REBNY organizes yearly in support of the community.

“This year’s donation drive was particularly close to our hearts in light of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy,” said Steven Spinola, REBNY president. “It is another example of our membership coming together for an important cause: ensuring the safety of local New York residents.”

“We are pleased that our community embraced this drive with overwhelming support to help ensure the future safety of our senior citizens,” said Ruth McCoy, Executive Vice President of Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, LLC and Summer Donation Drive Co-coordinator.

While REBNY members donate their time and resources to innumerable causes both in New York and nationwide, The Real Estate Board of New York as an organization is involved in mobilizing charitable initiatives throughout the year. The REBNY Member in Need Fund, for example, gives financial grants to REBNY members facing hardship because of a physical illness or a family crisis. Over the last 25 years, REBNY has raised more than $2 million for various charities.