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Hurricane Sandy Volunteering and Donations Update

Occupy Sandy Relief NYC (Facebook)

Donations at CAAAV (CAAAV)

(NYC MORE 2012)

By Gina Chung

With a nor’easter set to blow through New York City and New Jersey tomorrow evening, residents throughout the tri-state area are concerned that post-Sandy relief efforts and repairs will be undone. NY Daily News reports that the storm is “expected to bring renewed coastal flooding to parts of the city and the New Jersey shore, where Sandy obliterated protective sand dunes and age-old natural beach defenses,” and that new power outages might occur. As many community members are still without power or hot water, renewed volunteer and donation efforts are more important than ever. Find out how you can continue to help!

CAAAV is currently looking for volunteers and still taking donations. CAAAV has assisted communities not only in Lower Manhattan, but also Far Rockaway, Gowanus, Coney Island, Red Hook, Staten Island, and Sunset Park, and needs drivers to take donations to these outer boroughs.  Supplies needed include: blankets, cleaning supplies and materials, workman gloves, food, water, and batteries. Get info on how to help out or donate here or on their Facebook page.

City Harvest is working to deliver meals to far-flung communities such as Coney Island, Staten Island, and the Rockaways. You can help out by donating funds, running a food drive, and volunteering directly with City Harvest. Contact Racine Rodriguez at 646-412-0754 or rrodriguez@cityharvest.org to make a food donation, and contact Brittany Erdman at at 516-287-0170 or berdman@cityharvest.org for volunteer opportunities.

Henry Street Settlement gave out blankets to residents without heat today at 265 Henry Street from 4 to 6 pm. Their Good Companions Senior Center at 334 Madison is also now acting as a warming shelter. Find out how to help here.

The communities of the Far Rockaways need your help. Without Red Cross, FEMA, or the National Guard, many of the elderly and low-income families in the area are still without electricity, water, and heat. Donate your winter gear (jackets, gloves, etc.) to Occupy Sandy Relief. Other needed items: waterproof shoes, latex gloves, flashlights, shovels, cars with gas, and VOLUNTEERS. For those without heat, Hillcrest High School at 160-05 Hillcrest Avenue is now a designated warming shelter. More on how to help out (or get warm) here.

The City has also set up food, water, and blanket distribution centers throughout Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. There are also emergency shelters in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.

The NYC Food Truck Association is continuing to deliver hot meals to residents without power. Find out how to donate here.

NYC MORE 2012 (Marathon of Relief Efforts), an organization that has been working with runners from this year’s NYC marathon and other community members, has been visiting locations such as Coney Island and the Rockaways. Check out their Facebook page and website daily for new volunteer opportunities, or email nycmore2012@gmail.com.

NYC Service is also organizing citywide efforts in Hurricane Sandy relief. If you plan on donating food, remember that nonperishable items and water are the most important items you can send as of now, and monetary donations and of course, volunteers, are still needed. Find opportunities to help here.

Occupy Sandy is continuing to update a list of volunteer opportunities, needed supplies, and donation drop off sites throughout the five boroughs on their website.

Community organization Red Hook Initiative has been organizing meetings to distribute food, water, and blankets. Check out their website for information on how to volunteer or donate.

Restored Red Hook is organizing funds for local businesses that were damaged by Sandy’s flooding. They need your help and donations. Find out how to donate funds here.

If you hear of any other Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, let us know through Facebook or Twitter.


Gina Chung is a contributing writer at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Continue the conversation by posting a comment here, on OurChinatown’s Facebook page, or on Twitter at @ourchinatown.

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