The WEL Foundation has been finishing up our work in response to Hurricane Sandy. I would like to say a job well done. The WEL volunteers have delivered contracting and household supplies, coordinated food distribution, provided a wood burning stove for the volunteers of the Friends of FDNY, helped rebuild houses as well “pumped and gutted” many of the homes in Breezy Point and Rockaway, New York. The WEL volunteers also gutted a learning center so Habitat for Humanity could utilize it as temporary home for the many people who continue to rebuild their homes and lives.
The foundation would like to recognize some of the hard working men who donated weeks of their time to help so many people. The Sandy response team included William Kelly, Dean Stambelu, Butch Michiels, Ed McCallen, Tom Mahoney, Paul Quirke and Jimmy McNally along with Chris Manzello, Johnny Stella, Mikey Egan, and Bob Ranum . Great job.
The foundation would also like to thank those who have helped along the way and made it easier to get the Sandy relief job done. Martin Fahy of Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department, the men of the FDNY’s 17th Battilion, Northstar Energy, Collen O’Rourke of the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, Madeline Luedke and the students of Fusion Academy, All Purpose Plumbing, Jim Amend of Standback Contractors, Steve Scott and his crew from Florida, Laureen Somers, Tim Hall and Danny Luedke.
The WEL Foundation is grateful for the volunteers who enable us to continue to make a difference. We wish you peace, health and happiness in the New Year.
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The Walter and Edward Luedke Foundation (WEL FOUNDATION) is a corporation pursuant to section 42 of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, State of New York. The WEL Foundation is a New York State approved 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Corporation. The Foundation was established to promote, further, and support selected charitable activities through grants, funding, and financial assistance to various individuals, institutions, and organizations.