If you depend on Twitter for information, as I do, you’ve probably seen the reports of devastation across New York City and wondered what you can do to help.
If you haven’t had time to do the searches, or are just bewildered, this collection of charities that are taking money and volunteers may help you get started.
As a note, I haven’t vetted these charities or organizations. They are reputable. They’re also also listed in no particular order.
- New York Cares: This charity is working with the Office of Emergency Management. You can donate through their site, newyorkcares.org, or by texting iCARE to 85944 for $10. If you want to volunteer, you can sign up for their email list; they’re updating projects through the weekend.
- New York Road Runners: The New York Road Runners in Support of Staten Island are packing up backpacks with diapers, flashlights and other necessities and running them through Staten Island on Sunday. The NYRR is the group that organizes the NYC Marathon and they’re also donating to New York cleanup efforts with the supplies and generators they gathered for the marathon. Kudos to the NYRR for turning a controversy into a change for generosity.
- The Committee Against Asian-American Violence: CAAV is working in immigrant and refugee communities. They were able to provide food and electricity to hundreds of people. This came to my attention via Alexis Goldstein.
- Occupy: Has several ways to contribute, including donating and volunteering through their central site, interoccupy.net/occupysandy. For the latter, you can sign up online and they’ll send you information.
- Staten Island Recovers: This local group is also run by Occupy.
- WNYC has a great list of volunteering opportunities by neighborhood.
If you want to volunteer, it’s easier with the Staten Island Ferry back up and running (remember, the Staten Island Railway is not in service and there’s limited bus services—check MTA.info). Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who told the Staten Island Advance what is most needed are “blankets, diapers, flashlights with batteries” and “especially… cleanup equipment’—is organizing a cleanup for the East Shore on Saturday. You can email her at email@example.com.
City Councilman James Oddo’s office also tells us of three places that can use volunteers—St Christopher’s Church (from the ferry, take the S78 or S79 to Midland Avenue), Rabs Country Lanes (from the ferry, take the S79 to Liberty Avenue then walk North on Hylan Blvd to Raritan Ave) and Crossroads Church at 168 New Dorp Lane (from the ferry, take the S76).
- You can donate supplies (flashlights, garbage bags, blankets) to the drop-off locations listed by the Staten Island Borough President.
- The Red Cross: You can donate through iTunes (really) or on their website at www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy. You can also text “red cross” to 90999 to donate $10 - but really, you should be donating more than $10.
- The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City: I had never heard of this fund before Sandy, so a big hat tip to The New York Times (and their list of charities) for suggesting it. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to help, as the Huffington Post suggests.
- The Episcopal Church is providing Hurricane Sandy relief services to affect dioceses.
- Race2Recover is offering a way to donate hotel rooms that would have been used for the Marathon to evacuees and displaced New York residents.
Articles and sources with more ideas on how to help
- Gothamist has food banks and other places that need help.
- The Huffington Post has an extremely thorough, comprehensive and useful list of charities helping not just New York, but also Cuba and Haiti.
- Barry Graubart has more details on volunteering for the Red Cross and United Way.
- The Wall Street Journal also has a great list of phone numbers and suggestions.