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Volunteers Help Brooklyn Neighborhoods Rebuild After Sandy

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A variety of volunteers, some from out of state, are coming to Brooklyn to help with cleanup efforts. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.

It was an early start for a cleaning crew of nearly 100 people who made the trip from New Jersey into Coney Island, ready to work.

"They said they're gonna need a lot of work, need a lot of help, just got to be at a certain spot at 5 o'clock in the morning and I was there," said relief worker Alan Warren.

The cleaning crew is subcontracted with FEMA funds. They say they're working on several projects up and down Surf Avenue, around 35th Street, an area badly damaged by Sandy.

Their focus Saturday was digging out the Brooklyn Behavioral Health and Community Rehabilitation Center.

Federal funding isn't the only thing making a difference in Brooklyn. Heading east, the storm recovery continued in Gerritsen Beach, where residents picked up supplies like food, water, and baby formula at a relief center thanks to Gerritsen Beach Cares. The organization is also working with the Brooklyn Community Foundation to help residents struggling with power outages.

"We've allocated, so far, $85,000 to," said Michael Burke, the CEO of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. "They, in turn, are hiring electricians, an army of electricians, to go house to house and turn the power back on."

"We tried to get some of these panels up and running," said electrician Perry Davis. "We actually stripped them out, dump the older ones, renovate some of the wires, clean them off, clean the contactors and put back a new panel in to get these people up and running."

The organization got Lisa Esposito one step closer to getting power by sending an electrician to inspect her home after she went three weeks without power.

"They came when they said they were going to come, they did the job, and now hopefully, by the end of today, I'll have some electricity going," she said.

The Brooklyn Community Foundation says they're still taking financial donations in order to keep the help coming. If you are a Brooklyn resident in need of help or want to donate, go to their website at ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP