Monday, July 6, 2015

WRBA Offers a Chance To Do Good Work While Helping a Good Cause

The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association will sponsor an event this month to make the neighborhood cleaner and raise funds for a worthy charity.

Woodhaven residents Asta Lukosevicius (left) and
WRBA Director Janet Chan-Smith (right) paint over graffiti
on a neighborhood mailbox.
On Saturday, July 25, the Block Association will lead a group of volunteers in painting every mailbox in the neighborhood.  Many of Woodhaven's more than 100 mailboxes have been vandalized with graffiti.  The WRBA will solicit pledges from residents to support the clean-up effort.  All proceeds will be donated to the NYFAC Foundation, a charitable organization that works to enhance the lives of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

"Over the last few years, many of our members have pitched in on efforts to fight graffiti and make our community neater, but this event will be special," said WRBA President Martin Colberg.  "We expect to reach every corner of Woodhaven while attracting new volunteers who are interested in supporting a deserving charity."

Residents may pledge donations (for example, 25 cents per mailbox painted) and may cap their pledges (for example, 50 cents per mailbox, up to a maximum of $25).

"I have seen time and again how generous the people of Woodhaven are, and this clean-up fundraiser will prove once more that residents here care about both their neighborhood and assisting those who can use a helping hand," said WRBA Director Edward K. Wendell.  "We are proud to work with the NYFAC Foundation to help improve the lives of people with autism."

Those interested in donating can make a pledge by e-mailing the Block Association ( or at the next WRBA town hall, which will occur on Saturday, July 18, at 10 a.m., at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  Donations can by made with cash, check, or online (e-mail the WRBA for more information regarding online payment).

Those interested in volunteering for the clean-up should call or e-mail the WRBA.

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WRBA office: (718) 296-3735