Our area has been devastated by this week’s Hurricane Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those suffering from loss incurred by this horrific storm, and many of us are wondering how we can help. Royal Coachman has compiled a list of organizations that are in need of your help.
If you live in the local metro NY /NJ area and want to physically volunteer, here is a list of organizations that are coordinating volunteer relief efforts:
- Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is also coordinating a volunteer effort. There is a sign-up sheet for volunteers at de Blasio’s site.
- 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.
- 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.
- Staten Island Recovers, another community recovery site, lists places that need support and supplies, as well as local sites that can provide emergency services.
- Lower East SIde Recovers is also connecting volunteers with those in need in the neighborhood.
- The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City accepts funds to help NYC rebuild through the website.
- NYC Service, a city government volunteer agency, is coordinating outreach efforts for victims of the storm. To help, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address and borough, or check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nycservice.
- 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.
- 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 also 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.