VOLUNTEER: Chinatown Needs Help – Where To GoNEWS, News Right, SLIDER Thursday, November 1st, 2012
The Hurricane Sandy relief effort steered by CAAAV is still going on strong, with volunteers canvassing and dropping off food and supplies since yesterday. Over 500 residents from Chinatown and the Lower East Side came to CAAAV’s Chinatown office to charge phones, collect food, and find information, according to the organization’s executive director, Helena Wong.
According to reports, City officials were nowhere to be seen in Chinatown. Outreach volunteers have reported that residents in public housing are without water and electricity (some are acquiring water from a broken hydrant).
What CAAAV Needs
Volunteers to help with outreach, distribution of supplies, checking up on seniors, and organizing/moving people. NOTE: If you plan on coming to Chinatown, you will not have much ability to use your cellphone.
Donations. Just today alone, CAAAV staff and volunteers spent hundreds of dollars to buy flashlights and batteries. Please consider making a donation here.
How to Volunteer
-CAAAV will be open from 10 am to 5 pm each day to receive the following donations: flashlights, batteries (AA, AAA, D), food, and bottled water. Until power is restored, the best way to reach CAAAV is to visit the office (46 Hester Street, nr. Ludlow), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). NOTE: The best way to reach them to to just go to the office with donations/volunteers. Due to the blackout, emails cannot be read until the evenings.
-Report to 33 Bowery, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce office, to volunteer.
-There’s also a need for volunteers at Seward Park High School, 350 Grand Street.
-Elderly residents of the Seward Park Co-op need your help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. (via The Lo-Down)
UPDATE: The Chinese-American Planning Council‘s Queens Branch will also be collecting donations and dropping them off at CAAAV for distribution tomorrow. You can donate your batteries, flashlights, nonperishable foods, bottled water, and power strips to 136-18 39th Ave, 8th Floor TOMORROW from 10am to 4pm.Tweet
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