Rockaway Relief Efforts (596Acres.org)
Go there to help. If you have gas, the roads are fine. Keep in mind that whatever your direct action plans are, sites are closing down at 4pm, when it gets cold and dark and folks who live out there need to already be supplied for the day.
The folks at the Beach 87th Surf Club, 302 Beach 87th Street, are coordinating volunteers and doing a great job. We can connect you with them if youd like or you can just show up tomorrow (Monday) starting at 10am. Bring a bike if you can, and supplies if you are driving. Today felt really different because there were a lot of happy helpful people with their friends. We realize tomorrow is Monday, but if you can make being a presence in Rockaway this week at all a priority, do. The new energy helps so much. Specifically clean up crews are still needed, especially in Broad Channel.
Folks need non-perishable food and prepared meals, served hot.
Gowanus Studio Space will continue to be a clearinghouse for food and to send it out with any drivers that go, but the most helpful thing right now would be an army of food trucks and craft services vehicles with their own ingredients and fuel. Or if you can bring food out to Rockaway, pick a corner and feed people for an hour (bring a table) or drive around until you find a church with empty tables. We found one today at Beach 42nd and Beach Channel Drive.
Many folks have expressed interest also in sharing ingredients, kitchens, and cooking/prep duties. We are trying to coordinate hot meals out there for the week. There is a spreadsheet and already a long list of volunteers on all fronts to facilitate that. E-mail Michele@unlocal.org if you are interested.
There are charging stations popping up at churches and street corners. More are needed and the distribution centers are mostly without power. If you can set up a generator, do it!
Specifically, the church on Beach 38th Street and Beach Channel Drive needs a generator. If they can get it, they can have power to their gym and have an indoor place where people can be together. Ask for Jimmy.
Requests from Beach 87th Surf Club, 302 Beach 87th Street (opens at 10am tomorrow):
Flashlights/lanterns that run on batteries, Batteries, Candles, Blankets (!!!), Socks, Mops, Cleaning supplies (sponges, laundry detergent, bleach - SMALLER BOTTLES ARE BETTER), fresh food (especially fruits & vegetables!), canned food, gas
Requests from Rockaway Youth Task Force, 321 Beach 57th St, needs canned food after 10am tomorrow and everyday.
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, at the firehouse at Beach 59th and Beach Channel Drive needs a generator, lights, and a PRINTER. Ask for Jeanne. **Note that the Firehouse at Beach 59th Street is no longer accepting donations.
Post Office at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 59 needs hot food to distribute in the daylight hours, as well as batteries, blankets, candles, flashlights and a generator, gas, and power strips.
People will need things out there for a long time. If youd like to donate to a place where we can guarantee things will get distributed in the coming days, bring the following items to the Gowanus Studio Space, 166 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215. You can also mail things (ATTN: RELIEF), but money is quicker: Batteries, Flashlights, Non perishable food, Firewood, Blankets, Duraflame Logs, Charged Power Tools, Industrial Trash Bags, Hand Tools, Water, Generators, Pumps, Toiletries, Cleaning Supplies, Diapers and wipes
Where to send it: donate to CAAAV; they are supporting direct efforts by distrbuting financial resources on the ground immediately to folks in Rockaway via a distributed network of trusted community based organizations: http://caaav.org/take-action/donate-to-caaav
Doctors, RNs and other folks who can write or deliver Rxs are still needed at every food/goods distribution point. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org who is coordinating these efforts.
- Feeding America accepting donations to purchase food, water and other supplies for storm victims.
- AmeriCares accepting donations.
- Personal hygiene items are being provided by World Vision. To donate, click here.
- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, calling for special collection for storm relief at parishes in New York City and north through the Hudson Valley.
- For unofficial ways to find help, jump on Twitter and search for #sandyvolunteer.
For more from the Red Cross or to donate, visit www.redcross.org.
For local Red Cross chapters:
- American Red Cross of Camden and Burlington Counties
- American Red Cross of Central New Jersey
- American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey
- Jersey Coast Chapter
- New Jersey Crossroads
- Southern Shore Chapter
- South Jersey Chapter
For more from the Salvation Army or to donate, visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster
For local Salvation Army chapters:
- Salvation Army of Greater New York
- Salvation Army of New Jersey
- Salvation Army of Southern New England
NEW YORK CITY
- Notify NYC accepting money, goods, services and volunteers.
- Food Bank For New York City accepting donations and volunteers
- Check Service NYCs Facebook page for other volunteer opportunities.
- JCC in Manhattan collecting items for those in shelters, offering volunteer opportunities.
- Citymeals-on-wheels is looking for people to help deliver food to the many seniors in need around the five boroughs.
- Hudson River Park is looking for volunteers to help with cleanup and repairs.
- Food Not Bombs Manhattan office was flooded, and needs volunteers to help coordinate outreach.
- Red Hook NYC Recovers lists sites around Red Hook Brooklyn that need food, volunteers or other support. They update their list on a regular basis.
- Astoria Recovers, a recovery blog, has a list of local sites in need of assistance.
- Staten Island Recovers is another community recovery site with a list of places to help out.
- Lower East Side Recovers is also connecting volunteers with those in need.
- The United Jewish Federation of New York has an extensive list of volunteer opportunities in Westchester, Long Island, Staten Island, Brooklyn and more.
- The Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) has a variety of ways to volunteer and help.
- The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is accepting donations. You can log on to donate, or call (908) 355-3663 ext. 203, or donate $10 by texting FEEDNJ to 80888. The food bank is also soliciting food donations of canned foods, shelf-stable milk, cereal, baby food (note: no glass jars, please) and diapers. For a list of locations, click here.
- JerseyCares has a wide variety of disaster relief volunteer opportunities in Hoboken, Atlantic City, Belmar and more. Click here to see the list.
- The United Way has numerous volunteering opportunities across New Jersey. A simple way of looking for opportunities near you is to click here and search for the United Way nearest to you.
- Click here for the Christie administrations guide to getting help & advice about recovering from Sandy.
If youre interested in helping animals find safe haven and good care after the hurricane, the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association have teams working on the problem and they need your help. Donations are especially needed to help rescue stranded pets and aid animals currently in shelters.
If you are in need of disaster relief services, check out our comprehensive guide here.