CT & NY BUSINESSES STEP UP FOR HAITI; September 9th Fundraiser For Construction of Lifesaving Firefighter Academy

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A sorely-needed firefighters academy in Haiti is being planned by a group of local Fairfield County and New York tri-state area businesses known as Haiti Works!

This Bridgeport, CT firetruck dubbed “Hope,” already in use in Petion-Ville, Haiti will be followed by a new firefighting academy to be built in that country.

Most people don’t realize that having coordinated protection systems like these in place can mean more in some situations than major aid projects, especially when it comes to keeping the economy of the local community going.

A sorely-needed firefighters academy in Haiti is being planned by a group of local Fairfield County and New York tri-state area businesses known as Haiti Works!    Led by Bridgeport Reverend Pierre D'Haiti and building contractor Peter Di Natale & Associates, Inc., the relief organization has already sent the community of Petion-ville, outside of Port Au Prince, a fully-equipped firetruck (nicknamed “Hope”) previously used by the Bridgeport Fire Department. Haiti Works! believes a firefighting academy is the next logical step in its effort to help safeguard a community still suffering the effects of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The organization has also donated thousands of pairs of shoes to residents of the area.

The main fundraising tool for the firefighting academy effort will be a golf tournament and dinner on September 9th, 2015 at the Richter Park Golf Course in Danbury, CT., from 12pm-8pm EDT. Other donations can be made at http://haiti-works.org.

“Our friends in Haitian communities from Bridgeport to Brooklyn tell us that in Haiti these small efforts have tremendous impact on the ground, fulfilling needs that governments and large relief organizations can’t attend to,” said Peter Di Natale, President of Peter Di Natale & Associates, Inc. “Being in the construction industry, we knew we could provide some of the organization and management skills that Reverend D’Haiti and others from the area say will save lives.”

Reverend Pierre D’Haiti, Pastor of the Faith Community Church, Associate Pastor at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, and President of Haiti Works!, says his community in Bridgeport realized that the organization’s mission was a natural extension of the relationships he has had with his neighbors in Fairfield County and the broader Connecticut and New York communities.

“Life-threatening accidents, health emergencies and other incidents that require immediate rapid response teams in this area of Haiti can affect the country’s national recovery,” said Reverend D’Haiti. “Most people don’t realize that having coordinated protection systems like these in place can mean more in some situations than major aid projects, especially when it comes to keeping the economy of the local community going. But our friends right here in the northeastern U.S., who are builders and project managers, get that, and because of their efforts we are able to bring this kind of help to our countrymen in Petion-ville.”

Haiti Works! is a completely volunteer-run organization, with all staff time and services donated by local Connecticut and New York businesses. One hundred percent of its proceeds are directed toward its projects in Haiti, which are performed in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Air Force Southern Command, the U.S. State Department, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and their counterparts at the Government of Haiti.

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Jeff Roberts
jroberts(at)sloweymcmanus(dot)com
646-761-2795

About Peter Di Natale & Associates, Inc.
Peter Di Natale & Associates, Inc. is a full service general contracting and construction management firm serving all five boroughs of New York City and the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For 25 years our highly-trained craftsmen and craftswomen have been responsible for nearly a thousand successful commercial and high-end residential renovations and building projects. As important as our construction work is, we place equal value on community service. Please see http://www.dinataleassociates.com/ for more information.

About Haiti Works!
Haiti Works! is a not-for-profit organization formed to aid the people of Haiti in their long term recovery and rebuilding efforts following the devastation caused by the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Haiti Work’s mission is to collaborate with Haitians to create the expertise, tools and public safety programs through which risks are reduced, emergency services delivered and consequences of emergency/disasters managed to make Haiti a safe place to live, work and play. This is accomplished through Education, Mitigation, Planning, Response and Recovery. For more information about the firetruck “Hope” and our other work on the ground in Haiti please see http://haiti-works.org.

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