AmeriCorps volunteers and local helpers had super-human strength to haul out four tons (8,000 pounds!) of dead trees and debris from the Tanners Pond Environmental Center last Saturday, February 2nd. The process was arduous but fun with the 40 volunteers working together and getting to know each other. The effects of Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent snowstorm caused destruction at the environmental center (also known as the Garden City Bird Sanctuary). Before spring activities can take place, the debris had to be removed.
"It is a major effort that we are making with
AmeriCorpsNCCC and volunteers to overcome the effects of the storm. We will
repair, rebuild and restore the TPEC. We will develop plans so the community
and wildlife can fully enjoy the resources we have by this spring," stated
Robert Alvey, founder of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. "We hope
residents will continue to support it through their donations," he added.
Alvey intends to have the place open to the public on a regular basis again by
The AmeriCorps and local volunteers worked a full day.
During breaks they talked about the different states they hail from
(California, Wisconsin, Oregon, Florida and Pennsylvania to name a few) and
their field projects.
Andy Tisdel, CorpsNCCC member and media rep said, "We are FEMA Corps, Team Summit 5, eight
hardworking young adults who signed up for ten months of community service.
We've lived and worked in five states since August, but Superstorm Sandy is our
first real disaster. We're continuing to help FEMA's response and recovery efforts
in whatever way we can; also, we like to come to awesome places and clear logs
on the weekends."
is a national program geared for ages 18 to 24. According to its website, the
branch of AmeriCorpsNCCC is an intensive, 10- month commitment by these young
people who serve communities all over the United States. Some of its members
partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to concentrate on
disaster preparedness, response and recovery. This combination greatly enhances
the federal government's disaster capabilities. The individual members receive
a small living allowance with room, board and uniforms. The young people are
awarded the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award when the 10-month program is
completed successfully. This award can be applied to further education.
The center wishes to also thank the Long Island Volunteer
Center for initial contacts and coordination with the AmeriCorps volunteers, as
well as the Village of Garden City Sanitation Department for their expert help
in removal. Lastly, the center would like to thank the Nassau County Department
of Public Works for their help in cleaning up paths at the sanctuary.
To support the work of the Tanners Pond Environmental
Center, please send donations through PayPal at GCBirdSanctuary.org or by check
to PO Box 7507, Garden City, NY. Make "sump- thing" happen!
(photos by Mike Carsey, Suzie & Robert Alvey)