For seven kids at The Action Center, an after school community center for underprivileged kids in Far Rockaway, this was something they would never forget. Not only did the kids ranging in age from 10 to 14 years old get to attend the last international friendly match before the World Cup kicked off on Thursday, but they also got to meet international soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
On June 7th the Action Center in Partnership with Save the Children and DYCD held the first ever community prep Rally. It was a wonderful, wonderful Saturday event. We exceeded all our goals. Nearly 600 residents were in attendance. We trained over 250 adults, and trained 160 non-action center kids, along with the 150 Action Center kids who’d been trained during after-school in disaster prep and entertained another 60 toddlers and teens.
Three Rockaway communities came together Ocean Bay, Far Rockaway and Hammels…which was an event within it’s self, proving that the community is truly transformed and united.
The NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their report on the upcoming hurricane season. Their prediction; a mild slow season. As Action Center Executive Director Aria Doe pointed out during a guest appearance on America Tonight, this is the same prediction they made in 2012 prior to hurricane Sandy, and preparation in poorer communities despite devastation in 2012, is virtually the same.
I think of my work as Aria’s Song because as mothers we all have the songs we sing to our children, to soothe them, to motivate them, to inspire them…We have a song we take into battle to fight as warrior mom’s to protect them, take bullets for them, indeed to happily die for them. It does not matter our family make-up, orientation, hue, culture, or financial status. As mothers we all want the same things for our children; the chance for them to reach their full potential. Our struggles, hopes, dreams, indeed our “songs” are the same though on any given day the words might be different.
In 2012 Nearly 3,000 mom’s of different influence and affluence came to the aid of the mom’s here on the Peninsula, during our darkest days, our common bond…the love we had for our children. 18 months out, these mothers marks are still felt in our community. They inspired the women they helped to become warriors in our community, voices and advocates for the residents we serve, to become volunteers and spokes persons, leaders and pillars of the community. Truth to the saying…that a place was surly left better than it was found. Not just in warm diapers, full bellies and support in an emergency situation, but in the pride and leadership, the taking up of the mantel and answering of the challenge by our Rockaway Mom’s.
This week we salute the mom’s who started it all, next week we spotlight the mom’s who have taken over the mantel.