Team OCTOBER

Greenthumbs volunteers continue their efforts cleaning up Sandy damaged properties in Freeport. Thank you to BOD's Martha Green, Sharon Gabler, Donna Cantwell and Ben Jackson, and volunteers Eric Robinson, Bill Green,   Patty Moran, Joan Garbo, Cynthia Krieg, Nancy Schultz, Joel Rossin,     Mary Beth Francis and Elaine Cassimatis.
  








GREEN THUMBS BREAKING GROUND FOR 2014 WITH THE
LEO F. GIBLYN COURTYARD REVITALIZATION PROJECT

Members of the Freeport community came together on Saturday March 29, 2014 to help
clean up property at a school that suffered during Superstorm Sandy.

Parents, teachers, students and members of the group Friends of Freeport
were all on hand to help clean
 up the Leo F. Giblyn School's courtyard.

Principal Amanda Muldowney says it's an important space for the children.
"My hope is that this will be an extension of their learning, that they'll be able to take what they learn in science and math and bring it outside," Muldowney says
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National Grid employees bring their A-Game


Thank you to Matt Dorsey, Kiel Costella, Sean Robinson, Ron Angst, John Schroeder, and Bob Algor, who joined Board of Directors  Shari Wolf and Robert Gort.  Together they spackled a home devastated by Super Storm Sandy.



FFD Hose 5 to the Rescue
 
Members of Freeport Fire Department Hose 5 assisted Friends of Freeport Feb 1, 2014 during a clean out of a home on Clinton St. They showed up with muscle, tools, expertise and BIG smiles on their faces. Thank you to Chief Billy Walsh, Captain Alfredo Ruiz, Chief John Maguire and the rest of the members for your assistance. A special thanks go out to Mayor Kennedy and Anthony Miller, who also showed up to lend their support to another Sandy victim and long time Freeport resident.



*RockStars*            Keeping it Real

With the Winter here and the temperature dropping, the Friends of Freeport *RockStars* led by Jennifer Jerome, Debbie Zagaja and Eric Robinson work hand in hand with their many volunteers to insulate and sheetrock as many homes as possible. Their mission is simply to provide a place of warmth to families in need. Here is what their team accomplished one Saturday in December.









       A Friend in need is a Friend indeed - Doing Our Thing!
A special thank you from our neighbor Sophia...    

"This organization is the REAL DEAL. True compassion and honor to the bone. The Friends of Freeport have been heroes since the water breached our homes. They started with each other and haven't stopped giving up. They came to my home and helped us put 95% of my married life in a dumpster; I'm still hurting but the healing begins now. Sandy gave many a common experience and although I am a Freeport implant, we are now all connected. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of people in our community and I am privileged and proud to be in Freeport. I am extremely grateful for my friends indeed.
From all of my heart, thank you."



Friends of Freeport's GREENTHUMBS takes a siesta...
                                                                                                                                            ...See you in the Spring


The Men and Women of our "GreenThumbs" will be taking a much needed break until Spring. Today - Nov 23rd, 2013 they joined for the last time to beautify a home on Nassau Ave. They have worked tirelessly since early Spring and finished up just hours before Freeport experienced its first snow flurries of the season. Our thanks go out to Sharon Gabler, who serves as the committees Lieutenant.



"11 MONTHS POST SANDY" - A FAMILY STILL IN NEED

A team of volunteers, led by Director Jennifer Jerome, did a massive clean up and rip out of a home on S Brookside Ave. They will continue their efforts this Saturday in their quest to bring another family home. While Jen and her team tackle the inside, Christina, our "Green Thumbs" Director and her team of volunteers will work their magic on the landscape. There is no doubt, the Friends of Freeport have the most dedicated volunteers.
We welcome ALL volunteers. If YOU are interested in joining OUR team, please contact us today...










Nature's Fury - "Smart Cookies"
Friends of Freeport had extra helping hands today on Tyler Street.  The First Lego League Robotics team sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County joined us to beautify another home damaged by Super Storm Sandy. Megan, Meganne, Alexa, Rachel, Julia and Olivia of the “Smart Cookies” got their hands dirty with members of our Green Thumbs team as part of their “Nature’s Fury” project, geared toward developing ways to prepare, stay safe, and rebuild from a natural disaster. Their efforts are part of a world-wide competition and they will be judged early next year. We wish them the very best and are proud they chose to volunteer with us. Great job girls!



FRIENDS HELP A NEIGHBOR IN BALDWIN

More than 40 Friends of Freeport volunteers descended on Baldwin resident Frank Cesare, an 83 year old Korean War veteran. Mr Cesare had 4 feet of water in his home after Sandy struck, and found himself on his own, with no help from FEMA and limited resources from his insurance company. His daughter Anne heard about Friends of Freeport and reached out for help. The volunteers happily insulated and sheetrocked his home and weeded his garden beds.



1-800 FLOWERS VISITS FRIENDS OF FREEPORT - BEARING GIFTS
The Friends of Freeport were blessed to have Monica Johnson and her team of volunteers from 1-800-Flowers help a family on Overton this past Saturday. Not only did they provide labor, they brought plants and were kind enough to donate gifts for Freeport's KYLE-fest, another one of our Community's special causes. Thank you to 1-800-Flowers and all our volunteers who came out this beautiful day in July.  





FRIENDS OF FREEPORT VISIT LONG BEACH, NY

Long Beach resident and Friends of Freeport volunteer Stefanie Norris organized a project for Friends of Freeports "Green Thumbs".  Stefanie, along with fellow Freeport volunteers Christine Anglim, Shari Wolf, Jackie Fustero, Barbara Simonds, Colleen Olsen and Debora Staiano, spent a couple of days in the City of Long Beach. During a record breaking heat wave, the ladies worked their magic in the yard of long-term resident "Grace", an avid gardener herself at the age of 90. Grace suffered extensive damage to her E Fulton home of nearly 60 years and was displaced for 6 months. Overwhelmed with the rebuilding process, Grace, a widow with no support system nearby, reached out to local groups to no avail. Friends of Freeport came to her rescue and happily cleaned up the mess left by Superstorm Sandy.




OUR ROCK AND REBUILD TEAM IS BUSIER THAN EVER

Each week Friends of Freeport's Rock and Rebuild team lead a crew of volunteers in the rebuilding efforts, concentrating on insulation and sheetrock. 




MEET OUR WEEKDAY WARRIORS
Justine Smith, Rob Gort and Shari Wolf have completed several spackling and painting projects over the last couple months. They carry out the mission of the Friends of Freeport during weekdays. They are dedicated individuals determined to bring people back home. Thank you Weekday Warriors! 




A NIGHT OUT WITH THE NY METS


Lois Howes, one of our Board of Directors and Vice President of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce held a FUNdraiser at Citi Field on July 24th, 2013. A terrific time was had by all


Freeport Girl Scouts helping Friends of Freeport!
Our Green Thumbs doing what they do best!
                                                                     
Friends of Freeport at The Nautical Mile Festival!
Thank you for your continued support!
Bringing another family home!



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