Thank you to everyone who has volunteered or donated money and supplies to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Across the region, many still need help. Here's a guide to opportunities to volunteer and donate.
After the surge of media attention that comes with a storm, the less dramatic work of rebuilding begins. We will continually update this list of opportunities to donate and volunteer in the service of Hurricane Sandy victims.
American Red Cross is asking for financial donations to support relief efforts.
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice is collecting donations to support relief efforts in Newark.
Brooklyn College's Hillel has set up a Hurricane Sandy distress fund to provide clothing and textbooks to affected students.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has established a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund.
City Harvest is collecting donations to feed hungry New Yorkers.
Emergency Sandy Chesed Fund, formed by a group of Orthodox organizations, is organized by City Councilman David Greenfield and managed by Hatzalah with support from neighborhood Jewish community Councils. Mail donations to 1340 East 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230, care of Chevra Hatzalah.
Jersey Cares is looking for donations and volunteers.
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the umbrella group for organized philanthropy in major cities and regions, announced Oct. 30 that it has opened its Hurricane Relief Fund for donations towards recovery and rebuilding.
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey is collecting donations for its Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
Masbia Soup Kitchen needs donations.
Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which facilitates public-private partnerships for the support of public programs: A donor can earmark a contribution to Hurricane Sandy projects.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster has information about how you can donate.
Occupy Sandy is coordinating the distribution of donations and volunteer efforts. You can also text MUTUALAID to 69866 to offer a resource. Please only text if you are on site in an affected area. More information here.
The Orthodox Union has started a fund to help congregations affected by the storm in Belle Harbor and Long Beach as well as others in need.
Sea Gate Hurricane Emergency Fund: Donate to help families in the hard-hit community of Sea Gate, Brooklyn.
UJA-Federation of New York has a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. The federation funds agencies that serve seniors, the poor and the hungry throughout New York City, Westchester and Long Island. Some of the agencies' offices have themselves been damaged.
The Union for Reform Judaism is reaching out to its congregations to determine the most immediate needs in affected communities and is collecting donations.
Kars4Kids are taking donations of flooded cars. They provide free pickup.
A drop-off center in Flatbush, Brooklyn urgently needs new pillows and blankets. Monetary donations and gift certificates are also encouraged to buy these items. The address is: Flatbush Clothing/ Chesed Drop-off Center, 2294 Nostrand Avenue (between Avenue I and Avenue J). Volunteers are welcome. Please call with your available time(s) 718-338-9453.
American Red Cross is recruiting credentialed health professionals for NYC shelters. Contact HealthServices@nyredcross.org. They also need volunteers to distribute supplies to those affected. Sign up here.
Bonim Builders of the Jewish Federations of Northern New Jersey is seeking volunteers to assist with cleanup in the metropolitan area. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
Congregation Beth Elohim needs volunteers and donations. They have delivered over 13,000 meals to people in need and successfully evacuated 40 seniors from JASA in Far Rockaway.
The Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations needs volunteers to help Russian-speaking Jewish seniors.
The Conference on Material Claims Conference Against Germany has established a fund to help organizations that deal with Holocaust Survivors provide aid. If you are interested in helping, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do Something's Pantry Prep Campaign needs volunteers to run food drives.
The Lower East Side Recovers has a list of volunteer opportunities.
JCorp’s Facebook page is also compiling volunteer opportunities.
Jersey Cares needs volunteers to lead or help with recovery projects.
Monmouth Reform Temple is collecting gift card donations to distribute to affected residents.
The New York Blood Center: Blood supplies were critically affected by the storm, as the same outages that affect our region also affect many donation sites. The New York Blood Center locations are open and operating, and if you can, please consider donating blood. Blood donations can be scheduled online or by calling 1-800-933-2566.
New York Cares needs volunteers for Sandy relief projects.
New York Tech Meetup needs techie volunteers.
NYC Service has a list of different volunteer opportunities.
Repair the World is compiling a list of organizations that need donations and volunteers.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue needs volunteers for a variety of jobs, including sorting supplies, repairing homes, administrative work and leadership roles.
Tunnel to Towers has established a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
The UJA Federation of New York has a list of volunteer opportunities.
Red Hook Initiative is accepting donations at their center located at 767 Hicks Street (corner of West 9th Street). Please show up to lend a hand in clean up and/or donate. MICCIO (110 West 9th Street) and Visitation Church (98 Richards Street) are taking non-perishables, water, diapers, feminine hygiene products and cleaning supplies. Please deliver to those locations. At 767 Hicks Street, they will need hot prepared food for dinner. 402 Van Brunt needs cleaning supplies tailored for industrial sized cleanups including masks, gloves, shovels, contractor bags, mops and drywall knives.
The Rockaway Citizens Safety Patrol needs social workers, clean-up volunteers and supplies for Bayswater, Far Rockaway and Belle Harbor; call the hotline at 718-327-8606 to help. They also need donations.
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