How to Help, Post-Sandy – November 2

A couple of days ago, in the hours when Superstorm Sandy was still raging, I listed a number to text to give $10 immediately for aid to the Red Cross (see October 30). Since then, all kinds of volunteer groups — organized and otherwise — have sprung up to do everything from give away hot dogs at a food truck to giving blood.

I’ve just been aggregating some of the things I’m seeing online right now to try to have a more central place for people to find ways to volunteer, and also to get supplies they might need. People with power and texting and phone abilities, try to pass the word on!

But more importantly, please, please, please add any and all information you have here on the ONE GOOD DEED blog in the comments section below this post.
I realize this list is miniscule, but it’s a start, and it would be so great if you would all join in. Thanks you.

Folks have been asking about donation sites on Staten Island, this is what I have for you:
Food, water, clothes, blankets, flashlights, batteries–whatever anyone can donate will be accepted at these sites.
St. Christopher’s Church Community Center, 136 Midland Avenue 10306
Cespino-Russo Post, 200 McClean Avenue 10305
International Christian Center, 1501 Richmond Avenue 10314
St. Clare’s Church, 110 Nelson Avenue 10308
Project Hospitality, 100 Park Avenue 10302
(with thanks to Eugenia Pakalik)


767 Hicks Street. Flashlights, candles, matches, power strips, water, baby items ie. diapers and wipes. Any help works miracles!
(via RedHook Initiative)


Staten Island residents: drop off donations at Rab’s Country Lanes (1600 Hylan Blvd, near Midland Beach); they’re coordinating w/ Red Cross.
(with thanks to Colleen Lindsay)


@NYCParks needs your help to recover from #Sandy. When & where you can volunteer:
(with thanks to @TimeOutNewYork)


We are distributing meals and water in 13 locations throughout the city. Locations and distribution times: per @MikeBloomberg)
@sandyvolunteer Here’s an overview on Disaster Unemployment Assistance just announced by @NYGovCuomo:


Need to vote early in Manhattan? Absentee rules have been pushed back. You can through Monday. Go to 450 West 33rd 212-460-0503. I think they are open 9-9. Please let people know.
(via Christina Haag)

Go to this Facebook page to join the growing numbers NYC Marathon runners who are developing plans to volunteer and donate instead of run in this Sunday’s race:
We are still looking for medically credentialed health professional volunteers.
(via Red Cross NY)

NYC | Donation drop off point for Broad Channel: American Legion 209 (cont)


Fantastic map for NYC volunteer opportunities:,-73.947258&spn=0.249837,0.601501

(via Alyssa Pichardo @shamdoogle)

Blood Mobile is outside until 6:30 Friday in #BayRidge. (@ Greenhouse Cafe)

Some important Twitter handles to follow for updates, news, and ways to volunteer:
@sandyvolunteer Hurricn Sandy Relief
@redcrossny New York Red Crosse
@MikeBloomberg NYC mayor
@ChrisCQuinn NYC City Council Speaker
@GovChristie Chris Christie of New Jersey
@NYGovCuomo Andrew Cuomo of New York

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16 Responses to How to Help, Post-Sandy – November 2

  1. Please help the Ail Forney Center in Chelsea, a drop-in spot for homeless LGBT youth. Donate here:

  2. @Sandyvolunteer update from Saturday afternoon, November 3:

  3. if you were running in the NYC Marathon, and would like to help folks on Staten Island Sunday in lieu of the race, please check out this Facebok page:

  4. Btw, confirmed that the ‘fema’ call for volunteers is some scummy lowlife attempt to exploit others misery, in other words SCAM. Please remove. Sorry!

  5. St. Christopher’s School, Staten Island
    Please spread the word to those that have no power/internet access and are in need…… Come to St Christopher’s Community center on 136 Midland Ave. We will be cooking and serving meals all day and giving out donations that we receive, starting at 10:00 am. Please come and either donate or pick up what you need. Donations of blankets, water, food, etc are all needed (please hold off on bringing clothes until after Tuesday)
    (via Michele Karlsberg)

  6. Marth says:

    Volunteer Opportunities
    As we head into the weekend, here are some things you can do in your local area to help with Sandy recovery efforts:

    The Connecticut Red Cross is asking interested volunteers to email with their phone number and email address. The Red Cross will then contact them with further information about how they can help.

    The NBC Connecticut Storm Relief Drive will be held on Sunday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of IKEA in New Haven, at 450 Sargent Drive.

    The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is seeking donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and clean blankets.
    There are five local drop-off locations for these contributions:
    The Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, 374 Broad Street, New London from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    The Hampton Inn, 300 Long Hill Road, Groton
    The Residence Inn, 40 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic
    The Comfort Inn, 48 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic
    United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, 283 Stoddards Wharf Road (at the corner of Route 12), Gales Ferry from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    Long Island

    Long Island Volunteer Center is coordinating volunteers for Hurricane Sandy recovery projects. Please register on their site, complete a profile, and they will contact you with volunteer opportunities.
    New Jersey
    Volunteers in New Jersey are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Alternate numbers, for when the hotline isn’t staffed, include 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471 or emails can be sent to
    Jersey Cares is also coordinating volunteers for Hurricane Sandy recovery projects. Please register with Jersey Cares and they will contact you when projects are in place.

    New York City
    The New York City agency NYC Service is coordinating volunteers for various relief projects in New York City. Those who wish to volunteer click here. As opportunities arise, NYC Service will contact you.

    The Food Bank for New York City is looking for volunteers—sign up on their website for more information.

    The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation are looking for volunteers to aid in clean up and recovery this weekend. For more information and to review the list of parks and playgrounds below that are in need of assistance this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, click here.

    The UJA Federation has set up volunteer opportunities for this weekend. To find out more, click here.

    *You can make a $10.00 donation to the American Red Cross. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Full Terms:

  7. ATTENTION STATEN ISLAND FRIENDS AND FAMILY….IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF CLOTHES, FOOD AND SUPPLIES….Senator Lanza’s office is loaded with supplies waiting to be distributed. 3845 RICHMOND AVENUE. Please Staten Island, tell your neighbors. A lot of drop offs were made, but no one is coming to get anything because they don’t know it’s there.

  8. NYC | List of confirmed open gas stations in the city: 833 4th Avenue (corner 30th St, Brooklyn). 914 Coney (cont)
    (via @sandyvolunteer)

    Free packaged meals and drinking water will be given away at Distribution Centers in affected areas. Supplies will be distributed by members of the National Guard.

    Please SHARE! Support distribution centers starts today.
    Distribution Centers will open:

    * Thursday, Nov. 1 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
    * Friday, Nov. 2 from 7:30am – 12:30pm
    * Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 from 9:00am – 1:00pm

    We ask that you bring a bag of your own to carry food and water. Supplies are limited, so please use this service only if you reside in an affected area and have limited resources due to the hurricane. You can also call 311 for information about other distribution locations around the City.

    * Conch Playground – 51st Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd.
    * Hammel Playground – 84th Street and Rockaway Beach
    * Redfern Houses Playground – Redfern Avenue and Beach 12th Street
    * Hallets Cove – Vernon Blvd. and 30th Road

    Coney Island
    * Surf Avenue Playground – West 25th Street and Surf Avenue
    Red Hook
    * Coffey Park – 85 Richards Street

    * Chelsea Park – West 27th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues
    * Confucious Plaza – Central Plaza on Division Street
    Lower East Side
    * Vladeck Playground – East 10th Street between Avenues C & D
    * Al Smith Playground – Catherine Street between Cherry and Monroe Streets
    * Hamilton Fish – Pitt Street and East Houston Street
    * Grand Street Settlement – Corner of Stanton and Pitt Sts. (water only)

    New Dorp
    * Parking Lot – Corner of Mill Road and New Dorp Lane
    * Corner of Yetman and Hylan Blvd

  10. The Gothamist reporting all sorts of events coming up post-Sandy — some of which will even put a smile on your face:

  11. Sign up here to volunteer for #Sandy relief efforts:
    (via @NYCMayorsOffice)

    PLEASE HELP! We NEED volunteers to help us reach out to the elderly and disabled. If you can come to 321 Beach…
    (via @RockawayYouth)

  12. From Hudson Valley resident Eric Steinman, via Facebook:

    ATTENTION Hudson Valley People: Spread the word. We will be collecting canned food, water, formula, diapers, batteries, bathroom supplies, coats, gloves, blankets, bottled water, and flashlights to fill a box truck to be delivered to New Jersey.

    Saturday, November 3rd, 10 AM till the truck is full

    Please come to World Challenge All Stars parking lot, 35 Patrick Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. It is a right at the light just before Noxon Road. There will be signs.

  13. @NYBloodCenter for blood drive at BK Borough Hall Wed. Nov. 7, 10am – 4pm. Appointments,1-800-933-2566

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