A helping hand to pick up after Sandy

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Since Monday, my coworkers and I have been listening to the community talk about the struggle they are facing as Sandy swept through our region - taking out homes, power lines, trees and affecting the lives of millions.

Post after post on The Reporter’s Facebook page we here “I’m out of power,” “I can’t get my medicine,” and “I lost all of my food!”

Some of my closest friends (both here in PA and NJ) and my coworkers were sitting in the dark and cold for DAYS, complaining about how awful it is and my heart ached with every conversation.
While I sat at my desk the other day, something inside me said ‘I need to do something to help the community, I need to lend a hand in any way I can.’

But how?

Then the light bulb went on. Here was my Facebook post at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday: 

Readers – after talking with so many of you and hearing your struggles of power loss, The Reporter is opening its doors to our Community Media Lab tomorrow and Friday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. 

The Community Media lab is not fully renovated at this time (it will be having a complete transformation at the beginning of next year) but with a crisis like this, we know having access is much more important than not having it at all.

We have several laptops for your use to check emails, pay bills, etc. There are plenty of power cords to use to charge cell phones, laptops and other devices. If you are a group or organization that would like to hold a monthly meeting or gathering, please feel free to contact Community Engagement Editor, Amanda Piccirilli, at apiccirilli@thereporteronline.com to set up a time to use the space. 

If you would like to warm up for a while, please stop by The Community Media Lab which will be open on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please share with your friends.

With our Community Media Lab not fully updated AT ALL, I knew having this place open is better than not having any space available at all. We have plenty of plugs and plenty of resources.

So here I sit on Thursday in our Media Lab…

We did not have one person come in today and I am unsure about the result for tomorrow, but I hope the community knows both myself, and The Reporter, are there for them.

We are just like you all – just a normal person who lives in the community wanting to give aid - and this is the best way I can reach my hand out to support others (with plugs, computers and internet haha.) Just knowing people saw the gesture (which I can tell nearly 30 people did by “LIKES” on Facebook and whomever read it in print) really warms my heart. 
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