Plenty of ways you can work for WORKS
by Ed Wendell
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Local residents Tracey and Jaron Gallagher take a fun break from gathering leaves in the Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints Church.
Local residents Tracey and Jaron Gallagher take a fun break from gathering leaves in the Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints Church.
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Local Woodhaven Historians at a recent cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints Church.
Local Woodhaven Historians at a recent cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints Church.
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Volunteers of all ages are welcome as the 2017 Cleanup Season kicks off on April 8 with a fundraiser for WORKS Little League's Challenger Division for children with special needs.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome as the 2017 Cleanup Season kicks off on April 8 with a fundraiser for WORKS Little League's Challenger Division for children with special needs.
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The Challenger Division was established across the United States in 1989 to allow boys and girls with special needs to enjoy the timeless tradition of playing ball.

WORKS, our local little league that began in 1958 under the name Rich-Haven, was the very first organized league in New York City to have a Challenger Division.

WORKS is a terrific league, and the Challenger Division is a vital outlet for children in our community that deserves our support. Residents of Woodhaven are coming together to support WORKS’ Challenger Division through a couple of activities and fundraisers.

The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is kicking off their 2017 Cemetery Restoration of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery by turning the first cleanup of the year into a fun fundraiser.

People can pledge any amount they want for each bag of leaves or debris we gather, and the entire amount will be donated to support the Challenger Division.

You can pledge 10 cents or 25 cents or even $1 per bag. For example, if you pledge 50 cents per bag and we gather 100 bags, you would donate $50.

Or you can cap your pledge. You could pledge $1 a bag but cap your pledge at a maximum of $25.

To make your pledge, email us at woodhavenhistory@gmail.com or call (718) 805-2002. You can also make your pledge at the next meeting of the Woodhaven Historians on Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Avenue Diner, where we will have another free presentation on Woodhaven’s interesting history).

Besides donors, what we really could use are some volunteers to help us gather up and bag a lot of leaves on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.

We provide all the tools and the gloves, we just need some enthusiastic volunteers to meet us at Woodhaven’s historic cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints Episcopal Church, which is led by the Rev. Dr. Norman Whitmire, Jr.

And as a bonus, all volunteers will sit down and enjoy a free pizza lunch as a way of saying thanks, courtesy of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society.

This is a fun event for the whole family that will really benefit a great organization and a great bunch of kids in probably the most historic setting in Woodhaven. It really doesn’t get any better than that!

Another historic venue stepping up to the plate to help out the WORKS Challenger Division is Neir’s Tavern at 78th Street and 88th Avenue.

This Saturday, April 1, Neir’s will observe Autism Awareness Month with a party from 2 to 6 p.m., and Neir’s owner Loycent Gordon has pledged 50 percent of all sales during that time to the Challenger Division.

“A chain is only as strong as the weakest link, so it’s important to help those organizations with the least resources,” Gordon said in an announcement detailing their fundraising efforts for WORKS.

In addition to the party this Saturday, $5 Silver and $10 Gold Boosters will be sold and hung up in Neir’s Tavern throughout the month of April.

And so, by making small pledges and donations, putting on a pair of gloves and working a few hours in the cemetery, or by attending a fun neighborhood party at the oldest bar in New York City, you can be a part of a really nice effort to help a deserving organization that is, in turn, helping a bunch of great kids.

Don’t ride the pine this April, your Woodhaven team needs you to come out and play ball!

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