November 14, 2012
A few weeks after Hurricane Sandy, families continue to struggle in communities where people have lost their homes and are still without power in the face of winter weather.
Sonia Tirado has family who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. Born and raised in Coney Island, Tirado was eager to help her community get back on its feet. Tirado is a home health aide at Americare and is a member of UFCW Local 348-S in Brooklyn. When her fellow UFCW members contacted Tirado asking if she would be interested in volunteering to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, she jumped at the chance to help.
“It’s just the right thing to do, to help other people,” Tirado said.
Along with nearly 20 staff and members from UFCW Local 348-S, Tirado spent a day last week distributing supplies, assisting with storm clean up, and helping almost 1,000 Coney Island residents take care of basic needs. UFCW members also coordinated with New York Communities for Change to bring donations of blankets, diapers, and food for the areas devastated by the storm.
Sonia’s work in her community is a great example of the ways UFCW members across the country give back every day. To learn more about UFCW’s community partnerships, click here.