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HEADLINES
NYDIS NEWS & EVENTS
Client Story: The Ongoing Impact of 9/11
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Mr. Arrigo is a Local 79, unionized laborer who resides in Staten Island and worked on the rescue and recovery efforts near the World Trade Center site from September 2001 to January 2002. As a result of his work there, Mr. Arrigo developed chronic physical and mental health problems. He is now totally disabled from performing any type of work duties due to his 9/11-related illnesses.

NYDISnet Mr. Arrigo functioned as the primary breadwinner for his family of five, including his wife, one son (13 y/o), and two daughters (11 y/o and 9 y/o), but is unable to support his family at this time due to subsequent loss of income. After depleting all of his financial resources and savings, Mr. Arrigo contacted NYDIS in May 2008 to request much-needed assistance. At the time, he and his family were being evicted from their home and had received utilities shut-off notices. Although he had applied for long-term benefits, such as Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability, these claims had not yet been established and the family had no income.

Mr. Arrigo was assigned a case manager at NYDIS, and she is currently working with the Arrigo family on issues of relocation and benefits coordination. She also presented the Arrigo family’s case to the New York City 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable. The Roundtable donors funded $7,652.67 of moving expenses, utility expenses, and future supplemental rental payments while the case manager continues to work with the Arrigo family on the development of a sustainable long-term recovery plan.

Please help our clients! Donate now to the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable: click here
:: NYDIS Pilots New Disaster Chaplain Training Curriculum

In June, NYDIS completed an eight-month project to develop a four-unit interfaith disaster spiritual care training curriculum. The curriculum includes a sixteen-hour Disaster Chaplain Training, a four-hour Spiritual Care Worker Training, an eight-hour Chaplain Supervisor Training, and an eight-hour trainer certification course. The curriculum was written and edited by the Rev. Stephen Harding, BCC, in collaboration with writers John Berglund (Salvation Army), Ali Gheith (NYC DOHMH), Rev. Earl Johnson (ARC-SRT), Zoe Landers, and Pastor Ruth Yoder Wenger (STAR NYC).

NYDIS held the first pilot training for its Disaster Chaplain Training unit last week. The second session of the pilot training will take place on June 25. Beginning in August, NYDIS will offer training, credentialing, and deployment to its members. NYDIS training faculty are available to teach all four units of the curriculum to any community in the United States. This curriculum was developed through a grant from Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) and will be made available through ERD to clergy and spiritual caregivers throughout the Episcopal Church.

For more information, contact:
Ruth Yoder Wenger, Community Outreach & Training
212.669.6104
rwenger@nydis.org
:: NYDIS Holds Orientations for New Emergency Rest Center Registrants

NYDIS is offering an orientation session to houses of worship that would like to become NYDIS Emergency Rest Centers (ERCs). ERCs are houses of worship that volunteer, in partnership with NYDIS, to be activated to serve the public by offering hospitality and safe haven during emergencies. During a heat wave, for example, your house of worship could serve your community as a cooling center. The 90-minute orientation will provide leaders from interested houses of worship with a question and answer forum with NYDIS staff as a prerequisite to the training for their ERC managers and volunteers. NYDIS collaborates with volunteers from World Faith (a multi-faith student organization) and with the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to develop ERCs. Over 50 houses of worship are currently pre-registered for the ERC program.

Orientations will be held at NYDIS on the following dates:
Monday, July 14, 6:00–7:30 pm
Thursday, July 17, 9:30–11:00 am
Thursday, July 17, 5:00–6:30 pm
Saturday, July 19, 10:00–11:30 am

For more information about ERCs, view the ERC Program Profile: click here

To register your house of worship for one of these orientation sessions, contact:
Rick Fernandez - Community Outreach and Training
212.669.6113
rfernandez@nydis.org   
:: NYDIS Welcomes Episcopal Community Services of Long Island (Brooklyn & Queens)

In June, NYDIS welcomed a new member, Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of Long Island. At its July 8 meeting, the NYDIS Board will be joined by Father Charles McCarron, Executive Director of Episcopal Community Services and liaison to the Diocese of Long Island, which encompasses the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. ECS has its headquarters in Jamaica, Queens and also has an office in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

For more information, visit:
www.ecslongisland.org
:: NYDIS ED Attends FBI "Wellness Practices for Wounded Warriors" Conference

From June 15-20, the Behavioral Science Unit, Training Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hosted a working conference entitled “Wellness Practices for Wounded Warriors.” Participants were invited by the FBI Academy to explore the need for new models of training and supporting sworn law officers which incorporate spiritual wellness. NYDIS Executive Director Peter Gudaitis was among 30 subject matter experts—including religious leaders, law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, researchers, and social scientists—invited to attend the working conference. The group spent four days hearing presentations from participants and then discussing and exploring their content in plenary forums as well as small working groups which presented recommendations to the conference on the fifth day.

Gudaitis is committed to supporting the FBI BSU in its development of new models of spiritual wellness for the U.S. law enforcement community. These proposed models promote law officers’ health and resilience during times of crisis as well as while they are carrying out their daily enforcement duties. Chaired by SSA Samuel Feemster, M.Div., J.D., the conference was held at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia.

To read SSA Feemster’s FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin article, “Spirituality: The DNA of Law Enforcement Practice”: click here

To learn more about the FBI Behavioral Science Unit, go to:
www.fbi.gov/hq/td/academy/academy.htm
:: NYDIS Congratulates Our Newly Ordained VISTA Member

NYDIS would like to congratulate the Rev. Laurie Rhodes, a HOWCALM® VISTA Member, for her recent ordination. On June 15, Laurie graduated from the New Seminary for Interfaith Studies and was ordained as an interfaith minister. At NYDIS, her work has built the HOWCALM® system’s membership and contributed to its success. Laurie’s commitment to service is apparent in all that she does, and she intends to continue helping other people after her year with NYDIS is finished. At that time, she will move on to the American Red Cross in Greater New York, where she will serve as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for another year. She will also volunteer as an EMT and hopes to eventually become a full-time EMT.
:: NYDIS Clients and Staff Attend First Annual World Trade Center Responder Day

The First Annual World Trade Center (WTC) Responder Day took place on June 14, 2008. WTC Responder Day honors the courageous men and women who worked on the rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts following the 9/11 attacks on the WTC. The event comes out of a partnership between the New York State AFL-CIO, the New York City Central Labor Council, the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, labor unions, firefighters and police officers, responder organizations, and community and faith-based groups.

NYDIS clients joined a larger group of WTC responders utilizing the "Speak-Out" at the First Annual WTC Responder Day as a way to tell their unique 9/11 stories to the public. These WTC Responders “spoke out” about their 9/11-related experiences, highlighting how the 9/11 recovery programs offered at NYDIS have been instrumental to facilitating the recovery of themselves and their families post-9/11. In addition, NYDIS clients highlighted what might happen to themselves, their families, and other WTC responders in need of NYDIS’s recovery services after the programs terminate on October 31, 2008.

For more information, contact:
Scottie Hill, Director of Recovery and Advocacy
212.669.6105
shill@nydis.org
:: NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Updates
  • NYC 9/11 In-Service Training for Case Workers
    In-Service Training is required for case workers who have never presented a case at the Roundtable, and is recommended as a refresher for experienced case workers who have previously presented cases. All training sessions take place at NYDIS (map).
  • NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Schedule
    The NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable brings together donors and agencies providing case management services to financially assist individuals impacted by 9/11. Case managers who would like to present a case to the Roundtable must sign up for a case review meeting with the Moderator. Case review hours are posted on a bi-weekly basis on 9/11 RWCAN at https://911rwcan.communityos.org/cms/
    • Thursday, July 10 - 9:30 am-12:00 pm (Open)
    • Thursday, July 24 - 9:30 am-12:00 pm (Open)

    To RSVP, contact:
    Lida Mora, Moderator, NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable
    212.669.6139
    lmora@nydis.org
:: NYC 9/11 Recovery Resources

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for 9/11 victims and injured recovery workers, updated weekly:
www.nydis.org/911
:: Recovery Resources for Other NYC Area Disasters
    
www.nydis.org/nyarea
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
:: Governor Paterson Introduces Bill to Extend Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

On June 12, Governor Paterson announced his plans for a bill that would extend the “presumptive accidental disability retirement benefit” to additional categories of people who served as first responders at Ground Zero after 9/11. These additional categories include any responders who worked for any period of time during the first 48 hours after the first plane hit the North Tower as well as non-uniformed responders who had not undergone pre-employment physicals. Both of these groups are not covered under current benefits legislation but are experiencing significant health effects. Governor Paterson’s bill would also extend the deadlines to register for both this accidental disability benefit and the Workers’ Compensation benefits from their current dates to September 11, 2010.

Read the press release:
www.ny.gov/governor/press/press_0612085.html
:: Ground Zero Construction Behind Schedule, Governor Steps In

On June 11, Port Authority announced that it is again behind schedule in the preparations of the World Trade Center site for its developer, Silverstein Properties. The excavation for Tower 2, which was supposed to be completed this month, likely will not be ready until August. In response, Governor Paterson has demanded a complete audit of the rebuilding schedule and budget for the site. If the plans are not realistically achievable, the Governor has requested that Port Authority come up with alternative strategies to ensure that the project is completed in as efficient of a manner as possible. He stressed that the World Trade Center site is vital to the health not only of New York City but also of the state and country. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining public confidence by being transparent and honest about the rebuilding process. Port Authority has until June 30 to provide the Governor with the audit and adapted plans.

Read the press release from Governor Paterson’s Office:
www.ny.gov/governor/press/press_0611083.html

Read the June 12 article in the NY Times:
www.nytimes.com/2008/06/12/nyregion/12wtc.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
:: FEMA Releases 2008 Disaster Housing Plan

On June 10, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released its 2008 Disaster Housing Plan. The plan describes FEMA’s role of working with local governments and organizations to provide adequate housing for hurricane victims. It includes four priority actions to help them provide safe and timely temporary housing that can be adapted to the specific needs that arise in a given area after a disaster. These four actions include maximizing available housing resources, using traditional forms of interim housing, employing innovative forms of interim housing, and authorizing permanent construction. FEMA’s plan outlines air quality specifications and testing protocols for emergency housing facilities. It also addresses the use of trailers after a disaster and emphasizes that FEMA will only consider that option in extraordinary emergency circumstances.

Read the press release:
www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=43785
:: GAO Report: HHS Lacks Health Plan for Future Disaster Responders

On June 2, Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Christopher Shays, Vito Fossella, and Jerrold Nadler released a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concerning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s lack of an appropriate plan to protect the health of people who respond to future disasters. The report describes five lessons from 9/11 federal response that offer direction about how the U.S. can prepare to provide adequate health programs for responders in the future. These five lessons include implementing a system for registering responders early on, designing effective screening programs that support health-related research, providing mental health monitoring and treatment in a timely manner, offering referrals for responders who are screened so they can access treatment, and making these services available to all responders without exceptions.

Read the GAO report: click here

Read the press release from the Office of Congresswoman Maloney: click here

From Our Members & Partners

  • NDIN Launches Website

    NYDISnetThe National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) website is now up and running! NDIN is a network of local, regional, and state interfaith disaster organizations that share tools, information, and support across the nation. By bringing a diverse group of disaster interfaiths together, NDIN seeks to build a nation of prepared and resilient communities. Its website is designed to help interfaith disaster human service organizations network with other disaster interfaith professionals; offer leadership and program expertise; and share their mitigation education, preparedness, training, and recovery resources. The website is ready to accept membership applications, donations, and inquiries.

    Visit the NDIN website:
    www.n-din.org
  • NYDIS VISTAs Attend Ellis Island Training

    On June 12, four of NYDIS’s VISTAs attended a training on Ellis Island about life after AmeriCorps. Because AmeriCorps alumni are much more likely than the general population to pursue careers in civil service organizations or non-profits, the day focused on how to prepare for careers in these fields. Workshops were offered about everything from the job search to the cover letter to the interview. A panel of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni discussed how their experiences doing national service led to their future careers and answered VISTAs’ questions about life after AmeriCorps. VISTAs were also presented with online and print resources to help them in their job searches and career planning. Organized by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the event concluded with a free tour of Ellis Island to reward the VISTAs for their hard work and dedication to public service.

    Learn more AmeriCorps*VISTA:
    www.americorps.org/about/programs/vista.asp
  • Sikh Coalition to Open Office in San Francisco Bay Area

    On May 19, the Sikh Coalition announced its plans to open a Western Region office in the San Francisco Bay Area during the summer of 2008. Staff members in the New York office have been planning this expansion for over a year and a half and are preparing to help start operations on the West Coast. By the end of 2008, the Western Region office will have three full-time staff members to support Sikh civil rights through education, litigation, and advocacy. With offices in both New York and San Francisco, the Sikh Coalition will expand their capacity to educate and engage the community in this vital work to stand up for Sikh rights as they practice their faith without fear.

    Read the press release: click here

    Visit the Sikh Coalition’s website:
    www.sikhcoalition.org

ADVOCACY & BACKLASH MITIGATION

  • Sikh Coalition to Hold March to Stand Up against Bias in Schools

    Following two incidents of harassment against Sikh children in city schools, the Sikh Coalition is planning a march to demand that the Department of Education (DOE) act against bias. The march will take place on June 30 at 11 am and will culminate at Richmond Hill High School, where a Sikh student was punched in the face after a fellow student tried to remove his patka in early June. A few days after this hate crime took place, a Sikh girl’s hair was cut after months of teasing from another student. The Sikh Coalition reports that 65% of Sikh students in Queens report being teased or harassed as a result of their faith. The Coalition is planning this march to speak out against such bias and to encourage the DOE to take decisive steps to protect the rights of Sikh children.

    View the flyer for more information about the march: click here

    Read “Making Our Voices Heard: A Civil Rights Agenda for New York City’s Sikhs”: click here

    Visit the Sikh Coalition’s website:
    www.sikhcoalition.org

Preparedness Initiatives

  • NYDIS Preparedness Resources

    • NYDIS's "Disaster Tip Sheets for NYC Religious Leaders"

      NYDIS’s Disaster Tip Sheets are a free resource to provide New York City’s religious leaders with a basic background in the skills and tools they will need during emergencies. The Tip Sheets can be used for mitigation education and preparedness training orientation as well as for a quick reference in times of crisis.

      Download each Tip Sheet: click here

  • Summer Storm & Heat Preparedness

    • Extreme Heat Safety Tips
      The New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM) offers a list of important pointers for staying safe during periods of extreme heat. These tips include staying out of the sun, keeping living spaces well-ventilated, drinking lots of water, and looking out for neighbors, especially senior citizens. The resource also describes symptoms and basic treatments of common heat illnesses including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. In addition, it explains the health effects of exposure to ozone, a major component of smog. Children are especially vulnerable to these effects.

      Learn more about staying safe in the heat:
      http://nyc.gov/html/oem/html/hazards/heat_tips.shtml

    • Flood Safety
      NOAA’s National Weather Service has created a site, Turn Around, Don’t Drown, to educate Americans about flood safety. The site reports that more deaths occur because of floods than any other form of severe weather, largely because people underestimate the power of even small amounts of water. The site presents a collection of flood safety resources and stories to encourage Americans to be prepared for flooding and make smart decisions during floods.

      Learn about flood safety at the Turn Around, Don’t Drown website:
      http://tadd.weather.gov/ 

    • Tornado and Thunderstorm Safety
      As the spring storm season approaches, it’s helpful to review thunderstorm and tornado safety information. CDC offers a preparedness fact sheet with tips about how to prepare, what to do to keep safe during a storm, how to accommodate for special needs, and important information to have on hand.

      Read CDC’s preparedness information:
      http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/prepared.asp
  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness

    • Ground-Breaking Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Study Published
      A study about Baxter International Inc.’s avian influenza (H5N1) vaccine, CELVAPAN, has been published in the June 12 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. This study is the first peer-reviewed study published about the CELVAPAN vaccine. In the study, CELVAPAN produced a similar immune response in the human body as the natural avian influenza virus does. CELVAPAN is the first cell culture-derived avian influenza vaccine that has undergone clinical evaluation and that has been accepted for review by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, part of the European Medicines Agency. The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is also evaluating CELVAPAN.

      Read the article in The New England Journal of Medicine:
      http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/358/24/2573

      Read the June 11 Baxter International Inc. press release: click here
  • Special Needs Preparedness

    • Emergency Management Research and People With Disabilities Guide
      The United States Department of Education and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) recently published a resource guide about emergency management and people with disabilities. The guide includes a listing of research projects concerning this topic as well as a list of recommendations that have come out of the research. Its purpose is to aid the development and implementation of an evidence-based agenda that will effectively and efficiently protect the well being of people with disabilities during emergencies and disasters.

      Read the guide:
      www.ncddr.org/new/announcements/EMRfPwD/index.html

    • Heat Safety for Special Needs Populations
      NYC OEM and the NYC Department for Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have created a heat safety tip sheet for service providers who work with special needs populations. Risk factors for heat-related illnesses include being over the age of 65 or under the age of 4, having a medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease, and taking certain medications. The tip sheet outlines these and other risk factors. It offers ideas for preparing clients for periods of extreme heat as well as for reaching out to clients during such periods.

      Read the tip sheet:
      www.nydis.org/downloads/Heat_Tips_For_Special_Needs.pdf
  • Preparedness for Diverse Communities

    • Emergency Preparedness Resources for Culturally Diverse Communities
      Developed by the Drexel University School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equality, the National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities is the first online center designed to improve communication, advance preparedness efforts, and increase resilience among racially and ethnically diverse communities. It aims to eliminate disparities in the emergency preparedness and recovery capabilities of these communities through information-sharing and networking. The National Resource Center includes training curricula, research tools, public health emergency news, and translated materials. Its exceptional new e-newsletter provides subscribers with new resources, events, and updates concerning public health and emergency preparedness for diverse communities.

      Visit the National Resource Center:
      www.diversitypreparedness.org/

      Subscribe to the free e-newsletter:
      www.diversitypreparedness.org/Contact-Us/Diversity-Preparedness-E-Newsletter/61/

    • National Consensus Statement on Diverse Community Preparedness
      The National Consensus Statement on Integrating Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities into Public Health Emergency Preparedness describes the importance of including all communities of people in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. Awareness of this issue emerged particularly during the nation’s response to Hurricane Katrina, and this document provides guidelines that aim to prevent disparities during all stages of disasters in the future.

      Download the Statement and Guiding Principles: click here

We Recommend

  • Watch the Film 9/12: From Chaos to Community

    Named a “Best Documentary of 2007” by Video Librarian magazine, 9/12: From Chaos to Community explores the experiences of a collection of New York men and women who volunteered at Ground Zero after 9/11. This group of New Yorkers bonded deeply with each other as they worked to heal their city and deal with their personal sufferings. The film presents the psychological and social effects of traumatic events on individuals and groups and provides insight on the topics of self-care, post-traumatic stress disorder, and long-term recovery.

    NYDIS was pleased to showcase the film at its 2006 Clergy Summit. It is a valuable teaching tool for emergency management professionals, social workers, and community-based leaders. Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth, declares,“Styron's beautifully crafted documentary is a poem to a group of everyday New Yorkers who discover in themselves a quiet greatness born from the darkness of 9/11.”

    For more information:
    www.912film.com
  • Read the Article "It's an Emergency. We're Not Prepared."

    John Solomon, a New York-based journalist who has covered homeland security since 9/11, has written an article about citizen preparedness titled “It's an Emergency. We're Not Prepared.” Published in the Washington Post in May, the article considers the problem of how the public can be educated about the complex issue of emergency preparedness. Solomon is also writing a book about the topic and posts regularly to his blog, “In Case of Emergency, Read Blog.”

    Read the article: click here

    Also visit Solomon’s blog, in which he promotes NYDISNET: click here
  • Visit NEMA's New Website

    The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) has redesigned its website based on feedback from its membership. Notable improvements include a new organizational structure, a more comprehensive resource center, an online application for joining the organization, and online discussion groups about key issues. The site also features extensive information about NEMA’s Conferences, a topic which has its own tab on the menu of the site. Other tabs include About NEMA, People & Groups, Initiatives & Projects, and Resources.

    Visit the site:
    www.nemaweb.org
  • Read the Survivors’ Fund Process for Disaster Recovery

    After 9/11, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region formed the Survivors’ Fund as a long-term emotional and financial recovery program for people affected by the attack on the Pentagon. They now have published a guidebook that details the process they used for this recovery effort, which effectively helped over 1,000 people recuperate from the trauma they experienced. Their goal is to contribute to the disaster human services community’s understanding of recovery and to provide information that communities can adapt as they heal from future tragedies.

    Read the guide: click here
  • Take a Walking Tour of the World Trade Center Site

    Led by guides who share their personal experiences of 9/11, walking tours of the WTC site and surrounding areas take place each day. Most of the tour occurs indoors and includes views from the World Financial Center, which overlooks Ground Zero. Tours begin at the Tribute Center at 120 Liberty Street and last for about an hour and fifteen minutes.

    For a tour schedule and participant comments:
    www.tributewtc.org/walktours/index.php

Save The Date

  • Psycho-Social Communications & Mass Mortality Workshop for Faith Leaders

    June 26: The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie
    June 27: Union College Conference Center, Schenectady

    8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    Offered on three different days, this one-day workshop for faith leaders highlights ways that faith communities and government health departments can collaborate to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that may involve large numbers of deaths. It will provide these leaders with opportunities to practice risk communication techniques that will facilitate coping among their communities after times that are psychologically traumatic.

    View the flyer: click here

    To register, contact:
    Katie Schafer
    360.746.0010
    kschafer@piersystems.com
  • Disaster Spiritual Care Panel Discussion

    June 29
    1:45 pm
    New York Society for Ethical Culture, Ceremonial Hall

    This discussion will explore disaster spiritual care, the topic of the recent anthology Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy, edited by Rev. Willard W.C. Ashley Sr., DMin, DH. Along with Rev. Dr. Ashley, the interfaith panel includes Rev. Julie Taylor, Executive Director of Disaster Chaplaincy Services; Imam Muhammad Hatim, PhD, DMin, General Secretary for the Malik Shabazz Human Rights Institute; and Tony Hileman, Senior Leader New York Society for Ethical Culture. Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, Social Service Board chair, New York Society for Ethical Culture Trustee will preside.

    See the flyer for a detailed list of the interfaith panel participants: click here

    Visit the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s website:
    www.nysec.org

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

  • Sikh Coalition, Operations Director

    The Sikh Coalition is seeking a well-organized and business-oriented Operations Director to manage and scale the growth of the Coalition’s two offices in New York and California. Duties include managing and expanding their intern and volunteer programs; processing bills for vendors as well as payroll and benefits for employees; maintaining relationships with community members and partners; and representing the Coalition at various meetings and events. The position will be based in New York City.

    For more information:
    www.sikhcoalition.org/OperationsDirector.asp
  • NYDIS, AmeriCorps*VISTA Positions

    NYDIS’s AmeriCorps*VISTA program engages VISTA members at NYDIS and partnering sub-site agencies in capacity-building activities that enhance and expand disaster preparedness and recovery services for low-income communities. The ultimate goal is to build a culture of preparedness by increasing and improving faith-based disaster and emergency programs, thereby reducing the vulnerability of under-served, marginalized populations.

    We currently have a total of four VISTA positions available at NYDIS. For job descriptions and position details, see the attachments below.

    Communications VISTA: click here
    Community Outreach & Training VISTA: click here
    HOWCALM® VISTA: click here
    VISTA Leader: click here

    For more information, contact:
    Amber Gibson
    agibson@nydis.org  

Make a Gift to NYDIS
  • Support NYDIS - Donate Online

    NYDISnetIf you'd like to make a donation to assist NYDIS in its mission of providing faith-based disaster services, click here, or send a check to NYDIS at 22 Cortlandt Street, 20th Fl., New York, NY 10007. NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are 100% tax deductible. It is a great way to honor or memorialize someone and we will send an acknowledgement of your gift.

    To donate online, go to the NYDIS homepage and click "Make a Donation":

    www.nydis.org


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