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VOLUNTEER: Chinatown Needs Help – Where To Go


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 (hwong@caaav.org or  justice@caaav.org). 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 evaninc@gmail.com 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. 


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3 Comments for “VOLUNTEER: Chinatown Needs Help – Where To Go”

  1. Please write to the city, red cross and FEMA, and urge them to provide more assistance to Chinatown:

    NYC Office of Emergency Management: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mailoem.html

    FEMA: https://faq.fema.gov/app/ask2

    Red Cross: http://www.nyredcross.org/?nd=form__333

  2. fyi – from a news article:

    Residents struggling with a lack of food and water in areas left without power after Hurricane Sandy can start get supplies starting Thursday afternoon, as federal authorities began delivering meals across the city.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Guard are set to bring 1 million meals and bottled water to New Yorkers in the affected areas of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

    Each person will be allowed three meals and five bottles of water per day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. Food will also be delivered directly to home-bound residents, the mayor said.

    The deliveries will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    The city has set up the food-delivery stations at the following locations:


    • Chelsea Park (Chelsea): 27th Street between Ninth and 10th Avenues.

    • Vladic Playground (East Village): 10th Avenue between Avenues C and D.

    • Smith Playground (Lower East Side): Catherine Street between Cherry and Monroe streets.

    • Hamilton Fish (Lower East Side): Pitt Street at East Houston Street.

    • Confucius Plaza (Chinatown): The Bowery at Division Street.

    • Grand Street Settlement Houses (Lower East Side) – WATER ONLY: 413 Grand St. at Clinton Street.

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