The Big Apple Helps The Big Easy

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Thomas C. Palumbo led a group of New York based volunteers to aid in the clean up efforts of New Orleans on April 26th 2006. Together with Project Hope, 25 men & women spent 4 days gutting and cleaning out homes. This group is part of Priority Associates in New York City, which works with business professionals, helping them integrate their faith in the workplace.

Project Hope started out of the love of one person and their family to help other persons and families in the New Orleans region whose homes have been damaged as a result of Hurricane Katrina. It is a homegrown effort by a loving local family to help others in need during this difficult time. Since September this same family has been hosting volunteer groups in their home, which was largely undamaged in the hurricane.

Volunteer teams are coming for any length of time, but understanding the work restraints of most people, the teams typically arrive early on Thursday and leaving late Sunday. Most groups have been able to work on one house per day, though the possibility for more or less depends on the makeup of the group and the status of the home. In addition, most of the work is extremely strenuous and 4 days of straight work is usually a persons’ capacity for this kind of work. Each house varies and while some houses do not have any of the contents removed, other houses may need only demolition.

A veteran financial planner, Tom has been with Diefendorf Capital Planning Associates in Locust Valley, NY since 1988. He specializes in personal financial planning for individuals as well as small business employee group benefits for entrepreneurs. As a 3 Dimensional Wealth Practitioner, (C3DWP) Tom firmly abides by the pricnciples of Personal, Social & Financial Wealth. Tom says 'that taking time out my business life and particiapting in the relief efforts for those devasted by Katrina produces a wealth that can not be measured."

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