Foundation Initially Founded As 9/11 Charity

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Hurricane relief wasn’t the original goal for a foundation founded in the wake of 9/11.

But just as things changed on 9/11, life shifted gears once again last October for Frank Siller, chairman of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which was created to honor the fallen 9/11 firefighter, when superstorm Sandy hit.

“As soon as Sandy hit, we knew what we had to do,” Frank Siller told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.

Immediately, the foundation joined the relief effort, and that continues to this day.

We’ve had 10,000 volunteers, 10,000 volunteers that come through our doors since Sandy hit,” he said. “We have given out over $10 worth of food and supplies.”

That has gone from basic necessities to, now, six month later, construction assistance.

“A different type of supplies, but right now it’s full of sheet rock and insulation because that’s the next stage,” he said.

The foundation is now capable of mold remediation in ten homes a day. the latest hurdle, Siller says in a long road to recovery.

LINK: Tunnel To Towers

“We’re up for the challenge. We’re going to be here to the very end. I think that’s very important that people know that,” he said.

He said more needs to be done.

“There’s not enough progress, by any means,” he said. “If you’re the ones caught up in this.”

He says over the next six months, the goal is is put 1,000 back into their homes.

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