COVID-19 update: ‘Doing all that we can’: Union Carpenters and Catholic Charities team up for food drive
On the front lines of the war on COVID-19, there are many civilian heroes going out of their way, as volunteers and contributors. Also, many who are elected to serve are going the extra mile. In this column the Eagle hopes to give our readers an ongoing update on those fighting in the front lines.
On Friday, the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters donated their time at a Brooklyn food drive to help over 2,000 people in need, partnering with Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens to donate bags of food and vouchers. This is the fourth food drive the union has supported during the pandemic. “The District Council is doing all that we can to bring relief to those in need and that is why we’ve supported these food drives in local communities where our members live and work,” said Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Geiger.
As part of its #LoveNYCLandmarks initiative, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has launched an interactive quiz to celebrate Brooklyn landmarks beyond the brownstone historic districts. The initiative also provides other online content about historic city buildings and neighborhoods. The Commission regularly shares articles, photos, story maps, neighborhood tours, and quizzes on its twitter page.
Brooklyn Public Library is kicking off its 2020 Summer Reading program on June 1, with virtual performances and activities. The 2020 summer reading theme is “Imagine Your Story,” and will feature daily weekday events throughout the summer and activities where the themes of fantasy, mythology and fairytales will be explored. Children who sign up to participate are eligible to win prizes. Last year, over 230,000 people participated in summer reading activities. Major support for the program is provided by the New York Life Foundation.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Friday announced that the State Legislature has passed a major legislative package to help support New Yorkers during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation focuses on protecting New Yorkers’ rights, helping them stay in their homes, providing economic relief for struggling workers and businesses, strengthening the health care system and maintaining critical services. “This is a time for decisive government action to help the millions of struggling New Yorkers trying to endure this crisis,” said Stewart-Cousins.
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