New York State Senator José Serrano turns the spotlight on RIDA. A proclamation recognizes the singular contributions of this uniquely Roosevelt Island group.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) brought outsize contributions to community life. Working with other local groups, like Island Kids and the CBN/RI Senior Center, they enriched lives across a broad spectrum.
But it’s during the year long crisis that the group, led by Wendy Hersh and a vibrant team of volunteers, outdid all expectations.
As the Senator notes, as shutdowns hit, RIDA quickly organized home food deliveries. And when restrictions made those impossible, a weekly free food pantry started up. All of this brought RIDA far beyond its basics, and Senator Serrano took notice.