Longfellow Pop-Up Grocery


     My name is Marlon Chopra, or Mr C to my students, and I am the Dean of Students at Hennepin Middle School.  I am also a resident of the Longfellow neighborhood that has been in the thick of this week’s events, here in Minneapolis, MN.  I am contacting you today seeking assistance to create a community initiative in order to alleviate the fast incoming food shortage to this area.

     I would like to organize a Pop-Up grocery store in the Longfellow neighborhood to address the needs of our community.  We no longer have many grocery options after this week’s events, we have access to some food as a community, but there will be a huge need in about two weeks for FRESH staple groceries.  I want to work towards when we are no longer in the media spotlight and when the cameras are gone, for our community to still have access to food and fresh staple items.  Many food pantries and community organizations already have their constituents and can likely handle more, but there is a very low likelihood of them handling entire neighborhoods that can no longer shop for groceries.  If we can create a pop-up style grocery store to help alleviate those issues, it will be nothing but a benefit for our community.

     The “Longfellow Pop-Up Grocery” will be on a “pay what you can” basis to make it a sustainable venture until brick and mortar stores return.  I am partnering with OREY, a NYC based 501c3 non-profit, to set up the back end.  OREY has been instrumental in post-disaster relief like Katrina in New Orleans, Sandy in New York and New Jersey, Maria in Puerto Rico, and is currently aiding in NYC during the COVID crisis. Any donation made to fund the “Longfellow Pop-Up Grocery” will be fully tax deductible as we are partnering with OREY, a 501c3.

     The “Longfellow Pop-Up Grocery” will be a place for locals to get essentials in an area that is walkable and easy to access.  Now that buses and the lightrail are running sparingly or not running at all, people desperately need grocery options in their neighborhood.

     We will need considerable help to get this off the ground and am reaching out to you for your expertise and assistance. If you would like to get involved, I can send over all pertinent materials for your perusal.

     Together we can heal our community!

-Marlon Chopra (Mr C)


OREY June 6th Volunteer Day



Volunteers Needed for Saturday, June 6th

in the Rockaways

OREY to partner with Friends of Rockaway for Volunteer Day


OREY volunteers at a Friends of Rockaway Volunteer Day in 2014!

  Organization Reaching for the Empowerment of Youth (OREY) is looking for young volunteers (ages 18+) to help at a Spring Volunteer Day on Saturday, June 6, 2015 in the Rockaways. Coque personnalisée pas cher OREY volunteers will work in partnership with Friends of Rockaway (http://friendsofrockaway.org/) to help prepare a home that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy for the homeowners to move in. Coque Huawei personnalisée Tasks can include site preparation, hanging insulation or drywall, mudding, sanding, texturing, priming, painting, laying floors or hanging trim, doors and baseboard. OREY is excited to once again partner with Friends of Rockaway, whose staff will be on-site to give training and provide supplies. Transportation, water, lunch and snacks will be provided by OREY. Coque iPhone X personnalisée Details regarding transportation and timing TBD. Achetez pas cher Coque personnalisée For more information and to register for OREY’s June 6th Volunteer Day, please email OREYorg@gmail.com.

OREY Volunteers Needed for Spring Clean-Up Day at Harlem River Park on Saturday May 10th

Spend your day volunteering with students and young adults cleaning up Harlem River Park to prepare for the warm weather! Organization Reaching for the Empowerment of Youth (OREY) is looking for young volunteers to help at a Spring Clean Up Day at Harlem River Park on Saturday, Achetez pas cher Coque personnalisée May 10th from 9 am to 12 pm. coque de téléphone pas cher Harlem River Park is still working to recover from the damage left by Hurricane Sandy, Coque4personnalisée which resulted in parts of the park being completely underwater. Coque Huawei personnalisée OREY volunteers will work in partnership with New Yorkers for Parks (www.ny4p.org) to help prepare the park for the warm weather by picking up trash, painting fences and weeding flower beds. Supplies, water and snacks will be provided. Coque personnalisée

This volunteer opportunity is made possible thanks to a grant from Repair the World.

For more details and to register for OREY’s May 10th Spring Clean Up Day,

OREY Volunteers Give Back- Assisting to Rebuild Communities in Harlem and Manhattan

This Spring, 33 OREY volunteers helped to give back by giving up their time to volunteer in two OREY Volunteer Days. Coque Samsung personnalisée On May 10th, 27 volunteers went to Harlem River Park in Manhattan for a Spring Clean Up Day in partnership with New Yorkers for Parks. Coque personnalisée pas cher The group of volunteers weeded and picked up garbage to help prepare the park for spring. Achetez pas cher Coque personnalisée Then on June 14th, five OREY volunteers spent the day rebuilding a house in the Rockaways in partnership with Friends of Rockaways.

OREY’s 2014 Volunteer Opportunities

Spend a day out of your Spring Break to help those in need!
Organization Reaching for the Empowerment of Youth (OREY) is a New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance to the victims of natural disasters nationwide. Coque iPhone X personnalisée OREY involves youth and young adults in the rebuilding effort by linking them with appropriately chosen placements in needy communities. Coque4personnalisée OREY will be organizing one or two volunteer days a month in February, March, April and May, for youth and young adults to volunteer in New York City. Coque personnalisée pas cher Volunteers will have the opportunity to aid those that are still recovering from the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Coque personnalisée A wide variety of opportunities from working in a food pantry to clean-up days to rebuilding will be available.


OREY will receive the Sandy Recovery Award on December 3, Coque iPhone X personnalisée 2013 at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s (Met Council) 8th Annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration. The event, which will be held at the Steelcase Showroom in Manhattan, celebrates the service of countless volunteers that help make the Met Council’s programs happen.

OREY will be recognized for our over 200 hours of service in the Rockaways and Coney Island, Coque personnalisée pas cher where over 30 volunteers provided assistance to families devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Coque Huawei personnalisée Thanks to the hard work and dedication of OREY’s volunteers, Coque4personnalisée we were able to provide supplies in the weeks after the storm hit, assist with Passover cleaning, pack and distribut e Passover boxes at a food pantry, gut a community theatre and pass out information on recovery resources to neighborhood businesses.
For more information on the Met Council’s 8th Annual Volunteer, please visit www.MetCouncil.org. For more information on OREY’s upcoming volunteer opportunities,

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