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Where to Volunteer to Help Sandy Victims

By Irene Plagianos | October 31, 2012 2:31pm | Updated on November 9, 2012 12:08pm

NEW YORK CITY — In the aftermath of the deadly Hurricane Sandy, many New Yorkers who escaped the worst of the power outages and destruction are looking to help those in need.

For those who want to pitch in to help the city and their neighbors, DNAinfo.com has compiled a list of places in need of help or volunteers. If you'd like to submit other suggestions, please email info@dnainfo.com.

All listings are as up-to-date as possible, but please check ahead to make sure that all sites are still accepting help. And there's always Twitter. The hashtag #sandyvolunteer has become a sort of unofficial way to find or ask for help.


NYC Service, a city government volunteer agency, is coordinating outreach efforts for victims of the storm. To help, email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address and borough, or check out their facebook page: www.facebook.com/nycservice.

The Red Cross is collecting funds for its hurricane efforts on its website, you can donate online, or donate $10 by phone by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. The organization is also seeking volunteers work 12-hour shifts at shelters.  You must be 16 or older and be able to carry 50 lbs. Go here to apply.

Citymeals-on-wheels needs volunteers to help deliver food to the many seniors in need around the five boroughs. Head to www.citymeals.org for information on how to volunteer.

► Check out the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to make donations for rescue and shelter efforts for animals affected by the storm.

► Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is also coordinating a volunteer effort. There is a sign-up sheet for volunteers at de Blasio's site.

►The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City accepts funds to help NYC rebuild through the website.


Staten Island Recovers, a community recovery site, lists places that need support and supplies, as well as local sites that can provide emergency services.

► Volunteers have been requested to sort through donations at Christian Pentecostal Church at 900 Richmond Rd., near Ralph Pl. “Donations are coming in from all over, we've been getting truckloads from as far away as Brewster, NY!,” organizers wrote. “[We] need help with sorting through donations, and distributing to those in need. Please come in person to the church to volunteer.”

► Volunteers have been requested for the Staten Island Mola Club, 192 Ebbitts St., near Roma Ave., to distribute supplies and clean up the area.

► Clean-up crews were requested to the area around 599 Father Capodanno Blvd., near the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk.

► Clean-up crews have been requested to Grace Bible Church at 466 Mill Rd., near Promenade Ave.

► Additional volunteers have been requested for clean up efforts already underway along Oakwood Beach. “I will personally be in Great Kills Monday trying to get help to move boats from people's property and supplies and hot meals to families in need,” Nicole Malliotakis wrote on Facebook. “Plenty of work to do so please try to bring supplies like shovels, rakes, garbage bags, gloves and just do your thing.”

► Organizers also requested donations of cleaning supplies, work gear, basic first-aid items, pet food, strong garbage bags, baby supplies, and pens for labeling things.

► Those interested should visit Staten Island Recovers and the Staten Island page of InterOccupy, an Occupy Wall Street affiliate helping with relief efforts.


► Clean-up crews have been requested to clean out a gym at St. Gertrude’s Parish at 336 Beach 38th Street, near Beach Channel Drive.

► Volunteers have been requested to help distribute donation at the American Legion at 209 Cross By Blvd.

► Generators, gasoline, and blankets were requested for St. John’s Baptist Church at 74-05 Rockaway Beach Blvd, near Beach 74th St.

► Volunteers have been requested to a firehouse at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd., for food preparation, food distribution, and general clean up efforts in the area.

► Organizers also requested donations of cold weather gear, power cords, lights, batteries, toiletries, food, brooms and other cleaning supplies.

► Those interested should visit InterOccupy’s Rockaways page for more information about volunteering opportunities. 


Organizers need volunteers at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton St., in Brooklyn, a staging area for those who can then be directed to where the most help is needed.

► A group of Broklyn volunteers named "Occupy Sandy" is accpeting online donations via registry

Red Hook NYC Recovers, a community-powered disaster recovery blog, lists sites around Red Hook Brooklyn that need food, volunteers, or other support. They update their list on a regular basis, check the blog for the latest updates.


► Hudson River Park is looking for volunteers to help with cleanup and repair. There will be a cleanup at Pier 25, West Street and North Moore Street, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will aslo be a mulch and soil repair event Nov. 10, location and time to be determined. For more information, visit the Hudson River Park Trust's website.

Lower East SIde Recovers is also connecting volunteers with those in need in the neighborhood.

Food Not Bombs' office in Manhattan was flooded, and the organization is reaching out to volunteers to help them coordinate outreach.

►Volunteers in Lower Manhattan are helping residents at Independence Plaza North in TriBeCa on the afternoon of Nov. 1, starting at 2 p.m., meeting at the complex on Greenwich Street between North Moore and Duane streets.


Astoria Recovers, a recovery blog, has a list of local sites in need of assistance, from food, candles, water and clothing deliveries for the Astoria Houses, and requests for pumps to get water out of basements.