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How to Help Sandy Victims- Donate Time, Supplies and Help

November 9, 2012

From Occupy Sandy: Sofia in the Church, full of donations from people all over the country who have sent their energy in the form of much needed items. We have received so many donations that UPS has agreed to donate a fleet of delivery trucks to send the goods to where they are needed at our outposts in Far Rockaway, Coney Island, Staten Island, New Jersey. In the works: Occupy Sandy Relief // Haiti.

Where to start?! There are so many places to donate to, volunteer with and help out. I collected these from my Facebook page, from yahoo list serves and emails I received. Please let me know if anything needs to be updated.

You are amazing to do whatever you can!

Rockaway Waterfont Alliance Needs 100,000 Volunteers
rwalliance.org looking for volunteers this Saturday November 10, 2012 10am-1pm. Meet at ROCKAWAY BEACH BLVD & BEACH 102nd STREET. For more information, visit us rwalliance.org, or email us at

Support Americorp Volunteers
The below is from the shelter manager at Bk Tech.
“The shelter at BK Tech is staffed by Americorp young adults mostly 20-24 from Minnesota, Arkansas, Washington state. Most have never been to NYC before and most are from the conservation corp and thought they would be cutting up trees. Instead they are staffing a shelter for special needs adults evacuated from Coney Island special needs nursing homes. They are really stressed. We are developing a mental health support plan. I want to get access to some NYC activities etc: tickets, down time activities. We are also looking for a place for them to stay off site when they are off shift. They work 12-14 hour shifts then crash and stay in the building. Are there restaurants in Brooklyn we can get them free meals at or arrange for something’s? They are doing Trojan duty and really need some community support.”
Does anybody want to host/booze/entertain shelter volunteers or have any ideas? Email me: miss.ignatyeva@gmail.com

Congregation Beth Elohim Organizing Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help Congregation Beth Elohim’s Hurricane Relief Efforts All volunteers meet at 274 Garfield in Park Slope, Brooklyn. There is a sign-up on our website.

Loads of Options for Volunteering and Donating here

Collect, Sort and/or  Deliver to Needy Locations
This weekend’s weather with provide an excellent opportunity to get things to the people who need them. We need volunteers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to collect and sort all of our donated materials and to make deliveries (with a car or a shopping cart):
– food trays to the Gowanus Community Center
– food, supplies and children’s clothes to the Gowanus Community Center
– food and supplies to the Red Hook Initiative
– men’s clothes to Sacred Hearts
– food and supplies to the Rockaways
PLEASE READ OUR STORY: www.cobblehillthinktank.com/blog (*The Cobble Hill Think Tank *274 Court Street (across from the Cobble Hill Cinema)

Collecting New and Used Blankets
Pomme in DUMBO is collecting new and used blankets at Pomme for the residents of the Rockaways. With the onset of harsh weather, the need is URGENT. We are working with a grass roots effort based within the NY surfing community that delivered 250 blankets today and they need more. Todays delivery was fully dispensed within 5 minutes and there were not enough to go around. Please see if there is a blanket in your home that you can give up – and if not, Costco and Ikea have them for $10!
We will be accepting donations all day Thursday and Friday, from 11-7.

Coat Drive from NY Cares
The New York Cares Coat Drive is more important than ever in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We are aiming to collect a record 200,000 coats this year, and we need 50,000 coats immediately to distribute to New Yorkers in Staten Island, the Rockaways and other hard-hit areas. Collection sites: New York City Libraries. (Please note, some of these locations are closed because of Hurricane Sandy. Check before you go to a branch.)

Help make sandwiches and Donate
Church of the Ascension: 122 Java St btw Manhattan Ave & Franklin St in Greenpoint, BK.They are accepting: blankets, toiletries, batteries, baby food, diapers, non-perishable food and heavy winter coats (no clothes at this point).

Do What you Can- Red Hook Volunteers
Red Hook Volunteers has so many ways for you to help. Sign up and they will assign you a task.  The site allows people to offer/request assistance and is coordinated by the folks at OWS.

Brooklyn Public Librarys’ Hurricane Relief
Beginning Thursday, November 8, 16 BPL locations are working with New York State Committee Woman/District Leader Rodneyse Bichotte the Transit Forward Coalition to collect items for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  We are collecting in the following locations:

You can find a full list of Transit Forward dropoff sites here. At these locations you can donate the following supplies:

  • Bottled Water
  • Non-Perishable Foods (baby formula, canned foods)
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries of all sizes
  • New blankets (comforters/sleeping bags)
  • New towels and wash cloths
  • New unopened packages of socks, thermals & underwear
  • Hygiene Products (baby wipes, diapers, & sanitary napkins)
  • Toiletries (deodorant, disposable wipes, razors, shaving cream soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, antibacterial hand sanitizer)
  • Contractor garbage bags & heavy-duty extension cords
  • Cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, wipes, sprays, gloves)

As of November 8, all open BPL locations are also participating as dropoff sites for the annual New York Cares coat drive. Learn more about the coat drive here.

Volunteers and Donations Centers at Occupy Sandy
Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street, 350.org, recovers.org, InterOccupy.net and many individual volunteers.  * Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew and St. Jacobi Church are our primary training and distribution centers. It is important that new volunteers come to one of these two locations first if at all possible. Of course, if you can’t make it to one of these but can make it to one of the other locations you should go there, but please make every effort to come to one of the main distributions centers first.

“I was just at 520 Clinton and they can use volunteers who only have 1-2 hours to volunteer as well as those who can do longer shifts.” from our FB page.

Accepting Donations in Brooklyn Heights
Douglas Elliman is accepting donations and organizing relief efforts at the following Brooklyn location: Brooklyn Heights – 156 Montague Street – 718.780.8100 – Hours:  9am – 5pm

Kids To Donate to Kids
PS 84 has adopted PS 317, The Waterside Children’s School, located in Rockaway Park and we are collecting donations. I am happy that PS 110 and PS 34 have partnered with us in adopting this school. Subsequent to speaking with the Principal of PS 317 this morning, she informed me that her families are in desperate need of everything. After collaborating with Ms. Cano (PS 110) and Ms. Asselta (PS 84), we decided to divide the donations in an effort to alleviate the financial hardships that our families may already have. More info here.
PS 84 will collect:
· Boots
· Canned foods
· Diapers
· Hats/gloves
· Coats
· Batteries/flashlights
· Cleaning supplies (need mops)
· Baby wipes
· Socks (can never have too many)

PS 110 will collect:
· Blankets
· Granola bars
· First aid supplies
· Sneakers
· Coats
· Batteries/flashlights
· Cleaning supplies (need mops)
· Baby wipes
· Socks (can never have too many)

PS 34 will collect:

· Scarves
· Baby food jars
· Cleaning supplies
· Warm pants (child/adult)
· Coats
· Batteries/flashlights
· Cleaning supplies (need mops)
· Baby wipes
· Socks (can never have too many)