Local Ways to Volunteer After Hurricane Sandy

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. 

P.S. 166 - QUEENS
33-09 35 Avenue
Shelter capacity: 27
Current residents: 20
(718) 786-6703
Here are some other ways we found on other great NYC sites. Feel free to comment below with other options:

From Gothamist:

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.

This Google crisis map shows area Red Cross shelters and NYC evacuation centers. Borough President Marty Markowitz Tweeted this information earlier urging people to help.

The Mayor's office is asking volunteers to register at NYC Service.

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.

From DailyCandy.com

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 nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov 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.

To give money, visit salvationarmyusa.orgredcross.org, and aidmatrixnetwork.org.

The Humane Society is accepting donations (humanesociety.org). Follow @humanesociety on Twitter for volunteer opportunity updates.

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Comment by Celvyn Morada on November 5, 2012 at 7:47am

Does anyone know if the Powhatan Democratic Club is still taking donation today or tomorrow??

Comment by Erika A. on November 3, 2012 at 3:43pm

Thanks for all the information...Will pass it on

Comment by Peter Horowitz on November 2, 2012 at 2:14pm

I am accepting donated items at my office at 25-28 Broadway in Astoria.  Items will go to those in need in Long Beach, NY. http://myastoriarealestate.com/2012/11/astoria-drop-off-for-donatio...

Comment by Alla K on November 2, 2012 at 1:48pm

Hello All,

I stopped by PS 166 to offer my help yesterday and was advised that the space is no longer in use as a shelter.

They are not in need of volunteers, FYI...save your gas

This is a great resource for volunteer opportunities; http://hfny.org/hurricane/#needs

All my best.


Comment by Sandra on November 2, 2012 at 1:41pm

In addition:

In Astoria:
To help out storm victims in the Rockaways and Breezy Point area donate:

Blankets, shirts, socks, sweaters, jackets, sneakers
Non-Perishable Food (such as Canned Soup, Canned Food)

Drop-off location:
Powhatan Democratic Club
41-05 Newtown Road, Astoria
Friday night 6:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday 1:30pm-4:30pm
Sunday 12pm-3pm

In Glendale:
The owner of The Shops at Atlas Park is teaming with the office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley to accept donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy through Sunday night.

Donations started Thursday, and will be collected at Atlas Park Mall in the old Borders next to Chili's from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through this Sunday.

Here are other links with ways to help:





Comment by City Harvest on October 31, 2012 at 2:08pm

Ryan thank you for all the great suggestions! In addition City Harvest is seeking volunteers to help distribute food for hungry New Yorkers at our Astoria Mobile Market.

City Harvest recently opened a Mobile Market at the Astoria Houses. Our Mobile Markets are open-air, bimonthly distributions of fresh fruits and vegetables free of charge to residents of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) programs and surrounding areas .

We recruit volunteers to help bag up produce and distribute it to market participants based on their family sizes. It's a lot of fun and definitely is a great way to start the day.
We are in need of volunteers on  Saturday November 3rd from 9AM-11AM at The Astoria Houses are located on 7-1 Astoria Blvd and the market takes place at the Astoria Houses Basketball Courts.
If interest please contact Brittany Erdman at berdman@cityharvest.org.  Must be 18 or older to participate!



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