January 28, 2014, Brooklyn, NY…In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, seventeen members of NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC) Sunset Park AmeriCorps Program, which consists of VISTA and HealthCorps, spent the day on January 20 helping to rebuild the Bethel Methodist Church's food pantry, which was flooded and destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The members worked with New York Cares, a nonprofit organization that takes action against social issues in New York City, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. helping drywall, make window sills, sand and paint.
Photo caption: Top row (left to right) – Program director, Aleida Kasir, with AmeriCorps members: Cristina Benavides, Aubrie Dodge, Sheena Dorvil, Rasheed Rankine, Kevin Crow, Eric Walter. Middle row (left to right) – Whitney Nakamura, Wendy Castillejo, Marissa Lum, Eman Toom, Sandra Saetama. Bottom row (left to right) – Jenny Liu, Lisa Lam, Elgin Karls, E-Wei Tao, Jennifer Ching.
Lutheran has had a successful AmeriCorps program for the last 19 years, with more than 400 alumni who have provided tens of thousands of hours of service to communities. Over 30 percent of the corps team this year are return AmeriCorps members serving their second term with LFHC! Members provide patients with health education, service referrals, translation services, literacy assistance and much more at Lutheran sites and throughout the community. For more information contact Aleida Kasir at 718-630-7164.
Learn more about LFHC's Community Based Programs in the latest community report at http://bit.ly/16Lv5Jy.