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Where to Volunteer After Sandy

November 3, 2012

There are so many opportunities to help out after Sandy- whether you can donate time, your labor or even your cooking skills- we have rounded up how and where you can help.

Our friends at Brokelyn, Brownstoner, Gumbo and Patch have done posts on how you can donate and volunteer:





NYC Council Member Stephen Levin is also collecting donations at 410 Atlantic Ave (at Bond). They are there from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm but if you need to donate later please call 718-875-5200:

  • WATER desperately needed for the Breezy Point Area
  • UNUSED Toiletries
  • Baby Items (diapers, wipes, blankets)

New York State Senator Daniel Squadron rounds up food and water distribution volunteers:


Accepting donations today for Hurricane victims right here at Greenwood Playground.
Please bring your sorted items over today for donation and delivery

THANK YOU – we need your help by making sure to SORT EVERYTHING! This will make it easier for everyone taking in the supplies and we do not have the womanpower to do it! This means, everything in separate bags and labeled clearly. White grocery bags are great to write on – LARGE WRITING – or on a light colored tape. Rubber gloves, baby wipes, batteries, flashlights, etc. EACH IN SEPARATED BAGS LABELED CLEARLY AND WRITTEN LARGELY! THANKS ALL!!!
If you have shopping bags to donate to help sort….bring those too.
–The Friends of Greenwood Playground

** items are the most requested items

List of what is being asked for as of this morning.

WHAT IS NEEDED IN RED HOOK:  (just about everything!)
**are the items that are most needed

**Walky Talkies (cell phone service is TERRIBLE, this will GREATLY help)
Peanut Butter
non-perishable prepared foods
**Laundry Detergent (most needed item)
Diapers: toddler (pull-ups)
**Brooms and Mops (mops are most needed)
Bath Soap
Paper Towels
**AAA batteries
Ziploc bags
Feminine products
Pre-packaged food (especially easy to eat like baby carrots, apples, pears, celery, etc.)
Pet Food!

If you would like to “officially” register as a volunteer with the City of
New York, you can do so here: *nyc.gov/service *

In addition, below is our master list of volunteer sites & contacts as of
11/2 at 5PM.

*Park Slope Armory *8th Avenue between 14th and 15th streets (Kids cannot
volunteer and should stay at home)

*John Jay High School *7th Avenue between 4th and 5th streets (Kids cannot
volunteer and should stay at home)

*Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation** *402 Van Brunt St

*Red Hook Initiative *767 Hicks Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

*Red Hook Recovers ***(347) 770-152 https://redhook.recovers.org

*Resurrection Parish (Gerritsen Beach) *2331 Gerritsen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
11229 (718) 743-7234

*Shelter @ FDR High School ***5800 20th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204 (718)

*The Silver Gull (Breezy Point) *1 Beach 193rd Street, Breezy Point

*Far Rockaway** *St. Francis, 219 Beach 129th Street

*Coney Island ***Staging area @ 2770 West 5th Street Between Neptune and
West Avenue

*Staten Island – **Tottenville High School ***100 Luten Avenue, Staten
Island, NY 10312 nysassembly60@gmail.com

*Rebuild Staten Island ***https://www.facebook.com/RebuildStatenIsland

*1. *At the moment, the shelters have many daytime volunteers and assigned
personnel. *They need people in the evenings and at night.* When you go to
a location, ask to sign in and leave your number/email so the coordinators
can get in touch with you if they need you. You can also spend time
checking on elderly or infirm neighbors who may have needs; the shelters do
not house everyone with challenges at this time.

*2. That being said, individuals with medical training are always
needed.*If you are an RN or former RN, an EMT, etc., or a social
worker, your help
is needed.

*3. Also, entertainers are always needed.* Singers and musicians are most
welcome (particularly during the day hours), and anyone who can be creative
with activities for children. There may not be a lot of space to work with,
but I have faith in my fellow cultural workers. Those who carry portable
instruments (e.g. – your own voice, guitars, accordions, light percussion)
will have the easiest time of it, but some schools with open auditoriums
have a working piano!

(If there is no entertainment taking place in your local shelter and you
are an actor or drama teacher, go over and create an original play with
folks who are staying there.)

*4. If you are volunteering, DO NOT BRING CHILDREN WITH YOU to the shelters
– for any reason.* It is better for you to stay home than bring children to
shelters. There is no child care available for children of volunteers and
it is inappropriate, to say the least, for shelter staff and other
volunteers to have to deal with additional children.

5. And, meaningful as it may be, please DO NOT ask shelter staff or
volunteers to “see” other parts of the facility so that either you or your
children can witness New Yorkers at their best and all the nice things that
are going on. *Bluntly put, it is a real privacy and management challenge.
*6. MATERIALS:* At this point in time, *check with the shelter you are
going to about what is needed and what is allowed!


Prospect Park
As you have probably heard, Prospect Park was heavily damaged by Hurricane
Sandy. At the Park’s website, you can see chilling photos of some of the
300 downed trees<http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=w6W19cPHvVZ3TQ5J4ppQRZdTnTF9AzJ8>in
some of our most cherished parts of the park.

But we all love Prospect Park, and the Prospect Park Alliance is looking to
the community for help putting “Broooklyn’s backyard” back together. The
park will reopen tomorrow morning for a Walkathon to raise funds for park
repairs (some parts of the park will remain
while clean up continues). You can sign up to participate in the Walkathon
a donation here.<http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=o3W1pQQ3fSP64mfgJLTG5JdTnTF9AzJ8>

Here are the details:

RUN: Check-in 8 a.m. . Run 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
WALK: Check-in 9 a.m. . Walk 10 a.m. – Noon
Enter at 15th Street & Prospect Park West (Bartel Pritchard entrance)
Advanced Registration: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 to walk .
$25 to run
Day-of Registration: $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12 to walk .
$30 to run
For more information, contact Lindsay at (718) 965-6992 or

CKO Kickboxing in Clinton Hill – 45 Waverly Avenue between Park and
Flushing Avenue is accepting donations 10a-6p on behalf of Occupy NYC
Sandy Relief <https://www.facebook.com/OccupySandyReliefNyc> for
distribution to storm victims – easy parking up front. For more
information call Gineen 631-827-1319. They need volunteers to man the
space between 12-2p so they can step out with their baby son for a
little break. Find out more about Occupy NYC here
t_n_2061067.html?utm_hp_ref=tw> .