Now that things are getting back to normal, we've received several requests for ways to help out locally after the storm.
The map above shows evacuation zones and shelters. Click here for the interactive version. Locally, P.S. 166 has 20 evacuees, however, they didn't answer our call, so not sure if they are receiving volunteers or donations.
New York Cares is accepting volunteer applications through their website, especially if you've attended a New York Care orientation sometime in the recent past. Updates about where to volunteer will be updated throughout the day but for now potential volunteers should create an account so they can be contacted if they are needed.
John Jay High School in Park Slope, which was set up as an evacuation shelter, is looking for volunteers to work six to eight hour shifts helping out. They are also seeking belts and clothing for men and children.
The Red Cross is looking for volunteers to assist in shelters throughout the region. Shifts are 12-hours and volunteers work over multiple days. Training will be afforded to those without experience. Sign up by filling out an online application here. At this time, individual donations or collections are not accepted. Per the Red Cross: "The cost to sort, package and distribute these types of donations to disaster victims is usually greater than the cost of purchasing the items locally, and it is logistically impossible to distribute a wide variety of individual items in a meaningful and equitable way." Instead, make a financial gift via www.redcross.org, 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Team Rubicon has initiated "Operation Greased Lightning" and has dispatched response teams all over Sandy's path to help with removing debris. They are asking for donations to purchase supplies like chainsaws and gasoline.
The Food Bank For New York City has different ways for you to get involved: You can donate by texting FBNYC to 50555—or you can see if your local pantry or kitchen can use volunteers by going to the locator.
Don't forget about our furry friends! The Humane Society of the United States and American Humane Society are seeking donations to help rescue stranded pets and help animals in shelters.
If you safely weathered the storm and are able to donate time or money, please do so. Not all of our friends, family, and neighbors were so lucky.
To volunteer immediately, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, and borough. Someone will contact you with ways to help today and over the next week. The Red Cross is also looking for shelter volunteers; visit nyredcross.org for sign-up information. For opportunities in the coming months, go to newyorkcares.org.