The first flood affecting families in Schenectady County occurred on August 29, 2011. Since that time, families have struggled to recover and rebuild their homes and lives. Over 200 families were impacted by the flooding in some way. Some families have lost their homes and all of their possessions.
Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, City Mission, Catholic Charities, SCAP, Cooperative Extension, and St. Clare’s Catholic Church recently established the Flood Recovery Coalition of Schenectady County to help families get back home. The goal is to bridge the gap between the actual costs to rebuild and funds received through FEMA or flood insurance.
On October 31, a satellite office was established in the St. Margaret’s Church Rectory in Rotterdam Junction, located at 1228 Main Street. The office is in the white house behind the church, office hours are 10 am to 1 pm Monday through Saturday.
For directions go to: http://www.rcda.org/churches/stjosephstmargaret/Directions.html#SM
Affected families and potential volunteers can visit the office for additional information, or set up an appointment by calling 518-557-7976 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To volunteer send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Your help is needed to help families return home.
At the present time, needs include electricians, HVAC installers, plumbers, insulators, sheetrockers and tapers, masons, carpenters, painters, and more. Both skilled and unskilled labor is needed, along with donations of materials, supplies, and cash.
Habitat for Humanity is accepting donations for flood recovery.
Please send any donations to the Habitat office at 115 North Broadway, Schenectady, NY 12305, with the check marked “FLOOD RECOVERY”, or via PayPal on our "Ways to Give" page, with donation marked "FLOOD RECOVERY".
In addition, The Schenectady Foundation has also set up a fund to help families affected by the flood. Information can be found at http://www.schenectadyfoundation.org/index/grants-2/grant-stories-6/-rebuilding-families-fund-addresses-long-term-needs-of-flood-victims-8.html
Please consider how you can help.
Perhaps your church, business or organization can “adopt” a family. Maybe you can hold a bake sale, or organize a work day at one of the build sites throughout the county. Another way to help is to provide lunches for volunteer workers and families (some houses still do not have power).
Habitat wishes to thank Price Copper for their donation of food for the volunteers who helped with the Flood relief efforts in Rotterdam Junction.