Hurricane Relief Efforts: How You Can Help
November 2nd, 2012, 4:46 pm
As our city recovers from Hurricane Sandy, there are still many people in need of help. Mayor Bloomberg has established a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Contributions can be made online at nyc.gov/fund; by mail to: Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, 253 Broadway, 8th Floor, NYC 10007 (note on check “Relief Fund”); or by phone at 212-788-7794. The New York Observer has put together a useful list of additional ways to aid the relief effort. From the Observer:
- New York Cares offers options for those who have attended New York Cares orientation in the past and for those who have not had the orientation but still want to help.
- New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has a Hurricane Sandy NYC Volunteer sign-up sheet here. After you complete the form, the City’s Public Advocate Office will make contact by phone.
- The Greater New York Region Red Cross has a comprehensive page up about helping after Sandy. It lists requirements for volunteering at a Red Cross shelter. They include being over 16 and availability to work 12-hour shifts from Wednesday, October 31 to Friday, November 2. Red Cross volunteers must also be able to lift at least 50 pounds, and be prepared to work at shelter locations outside of New York City and willing to stay for up to 72 hours.
- New York City Councilman Brad Lander addresses the need for volunteers on his home page, linking to the city’s service site for anyone who wants to volunteer in the future and also listing needs for the John Jay High School shelter in his district, located at 237 Seventh Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Items needed there include clothing for men, women and children, towels and shoes.
- Google’s Crisis Map lists shelters as well. Many of those facilities may need volunteers.
- Volunteers can contact City Hall directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a good contact email address, name and borough.
- The Lower East Side Recovers is a site intended to help organize recovery efforts on–obviously–the Lower East Side: “The site allows people to offer/request assistance, and is coordinated by the folks at Occupy NYC and community organizations on the ground.” The site suggests using #SandyVolunteer on Twitter to connect with others who want to help.
- Hurricane Sandy canceled blood drives, so blood banks may be running low. Find places to donate blood here.