Updates on how to help out with Sandy relief
As the weeks go by after the tragic disaster of Hurricane Sandy, people continue to need our help. Here is an updated list of ways to get involved and help out your community.
This years annual Sortathon will be held this Sunday, November 18th from 8am-8pm. It is a day for volunteers, friends and donors to come together to sort and pack hundreds of boxes bound for Haiti and Africa, as well as for our neighbors in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island who are suffering from the wrath of Sandy. There will be food, speakers and live music too! Register for the Sortathon here. For details about how the Sortathon works and what donations are needed go to the AFYA website.
AFYA is also working closely with a relief organization in the Rockaways to provide medical and humanitarian relief. There are several ways you can help. Download the Help Us (Help) Our Neighboors flyer to learn more.
*Ocean Breeze Angel Relief
We learned of this imitative after driving around Staten Island last Tuesday. We met Jean Laurie who along with some other women in their community that was devastated by the hurricane came together to form their own volunteer and donation efforts because nobody else was there to organize or coordinate relief efforts. Please check their facebook page for latest info.
Cartons of donations ship to their NJ intake location.
Attn: Jillian/Ocean Breeze Angel Relief/Staten Island
Victory Worldwide Transportation, Inc.
1045 Cranbury South River Road,
Jamesburg, NJ 08831
AS OF 11/15/12 ITEMS NEEDED:
1 apartment for a family of 4
1 minivan ($1000 or under in running condition)
LOTS and LOTS of large storage tubs with lids
Water resistant work gloves
Contractor Garbage bags
Folding tables & chairs
Large Ikea shopping bags
Plastic storage shelves
NEW XL & 2XL men's hoodies and sweat pants
Gift Cards from Home Depot/K-Mart/Shoprite/etc.
*For Volunteers who are working with residents, this is the most recent link to get Disaster Assistance.
*Rockaway Relief Weekend II
On Novemeber 17th and 18th Gin Lane, Saturdays Surf NYC, The Smile, Raise Cache, Whitmans, & Cantora Records have come together in an effort to help those affected by Sandy. It's a team of local New Yorkers working in tech, design, fashion, restaurant and hospitality industries who want to empower others like them to help our neighbors when they need it most. They will be working with a team at Rockaway Beach Surf Club on 87th Street who has assembled a community-run volunteer, donation and outreach command center to help clean out buildings, repair homes and deliver food, supplies, clothing and medicine to people in need. Transportation is provided and will be departing NYC at 9am from The Smile, 26 Bond Street (both days). RSVP for this event or visit Rockaway Relief for more information and updates.
*Waves 4 Water:
Rockaway needs our help as there is no consistent source of hot food out there for residents or police and sanitation workers who are working so hard in 12hr shifts. For now they have coordinated a food truck staffed by NYC restaurants for the next 2 months starting last weekend. Everyday there will be a balanced menu served from the truck serving people a steady availability of warm and healthy meals. So far they have: Sam Talbot from Surf Lodge, the Fat Radish, Spotted Pig/ Breslin, Back 40, L'artusi/ D'ell Anima, Peels/Freeman's, and Zach Lynd. Each restaurant will handle one day a week.
A site has been secured with 24 hr security that will house the truck and a container for supplies as well as the necessary NYPD and on the street distribution connections. All of this enables us to do outreach, getting food to people shut in or stranded in their apartments and homes.
They have infrastructure and great restaurants involved, but of course as with all things, $ is required to make the program run and get folks fed, that’s where YOU come in.The estimated expenses for the 2 month run are rapidly adding up. Please help by donating at the here. All donations are fully tax deductable.
*The Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) are taking action to support New York communities, by bringing people and organizations together on November 18 for a Day of Action for New York. They will be working with friends, partners and local community members, with the goal of mobilizing 1,000 people to make a meaningful difference in an area hard hit by Sandy. If you have any questions about the project, or for other ways you can support the Day of Action, please contact them here.
**If you are unable to join on Sunday and still want to help with recovery efforts, please continue to check the CGI website for ways you can show your support and get involved.
*FEED NYC Relief Fund
Donate to support organizations providing emergency meals to people in the hardest-hit areas of the city. 100% of the donations to the fund will go directly to local food banks.
*New York Cares Disaster Relief Efforts
Under a Memorandum of Understanding with the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), NewYork Cares is responsible for mobilizing spontaneous volunteers in response to disasters. As such, they are working around the clock to bring post-Hurricane Sandy aid where it is needed most. Here are some of their efforts. For more details go to their website.
For disaster relief volunteers:
Anyone interested in volunteering can register here and start signing up for hurricane response projects in need of assistance. New projects are being posted regularly and will only grow in number over the next week. New York Cares expects to have a variety of opportunities for groups to help as well. In order to receive information about these team projects as they become available, companies can contact NY Cares here.
With so many people homeless, without power, and having lost all of their possessions, NY Cares moved up the start date of their annual Coat Drive, launching it last week. They secured – for the first time – the participation of all three library systems, and as a result, every library branch throughout the city is serving as a public collection site. The NYPD – a longtime partner - also agreed to begin early collections at every one of their precincts.
*Last week Christy reached out to a fellow marathoner and mother from Staten Island. Read Jen's story and learn how you can help her and her family.
*For more resources regarding Staten Island relief from Hurricane Sandy go to SIlive.com.
**Sandy also affected areas outside of the US that are in need of help as well:
1Love is raising money to help Sandy victims in Jamaica
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