If you're in New York and need assistance locating Hurricane Sandy resources or want to volunteer to help, here are some links to get you started:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Website
This site has comprehensive info on applying for FEMA assistance, updates on gas shortages, warming centers and tips for cold weather, transportation (bridges, roads, subways, railways), food assistance, power outage updates, unemployment insurance and more.
Hurricane Sandy Recovery - Volunteer Opportunities
(Google Map with current Food Drives, Volunteer Opportunities in NY)
Food banks in New York City and Long Island need help with donations.
Below is the contact information for food banks in New York City and Long Island.
City Harvest: Donations can be made online at http://www.cityharvest.org/donate-funds/ or over the phone at 646.412.0643 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. To make a food donation, please contact: Racine Rodriguez at 347.443.8413 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Met Council: Text the word SUSTAIN to 20222 and reply YES to make a $10 donation directly to Met Council. You can also easily make your gift online (www.metcouncil.org). Volunteers are greatly needed to hand out food and water to seniors who are without electricity. Please call before you arrive, but participants should arrive at 171 Lexington Avenue and be prepared to climb stairs. Please bring a flashlight to use, there is no lighting. Please also bring bottles of water, batteries, apples and bananas to distribute to our low income seniors. There will also be a collection spot at 171 Lexington Avenue to drop off bottled water. If you would like to provide essential supplies to those in need, please ship them to the Met Council Food Warehouse at 5361 Preston Court, Brooklyn, New York 11234.
The pressing needs are currently for these items: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, toiletries, diapers, wipes, baby formula, canned vegetables and fruits, nuts, hand sanitizer, peanut butter, and parmalat milk. They are unable to accept additional items at this time.
Food Bank of NYC: The warehouse is located at Hunts Point Cooperative Market, 355 Food Center Drive Bronx, NY 10474. Phone: 718.991.4300. They need volunteers at their warehouse.
Island Harvest: The following items are needed: bottled water, vitamin water, healthy snack bars, peanut butter, crackers, pop-top food cans such as tuna and chili. If you would like to donate, please call the Emergency Food Collections Center at 631-873-4775. Donations can be dropped off on weekdays before 3PM at Hauppauge Warehouse, 40 Marcus Blvd, Hauppauge. You can also call the Emergency Food Collections Center at 631-873-4775.
Long Island Cares: Is accepting donations at The Harry Chapin Food Bank, 10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way), Hauppauge, NY 11788-2039. You can also call (631) 582-FOOD or email email@example.com.
Sustainable Long Island: You can make a donation at http://sustainableli.org/ or by calling (516) 873-0230.
United Way Sandy Recovery Fund
The United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund was established to address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia to address hurricane recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas. Text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation (standard data and messaging rates may apply).
United Way 2-1-1
Please encourage your family and friends affected by this storm to reach out to United Way 2-1-1 for assistance, and whether they are affected or not, 2-1-1 can help connect people with volunteer opportunities.
Visit www.211us.org to connect with your 2-1-1 online in your state and region and follow @211us on Twitter.
Superstorm Sandy: Resource Guide for AFT Members
- The AFT Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Fund—Donations go directly to affected members via their locals.
DonorsChoose.org—The AFT has donated seed money to help classrooms and schools devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Go to www.donorschoose.org/teachers/ to post your Superstorm Sandy project.
Or, donate to a project by using this link, www.donorschoose.org/AFT.
- First Book—The AFT has established a matching grant to provide new books to children affected by Superstorm Sandy.
New York State AFL-CIO
The New York State AFL-CIO is collecting stories how union members are helping out after Hurricane Sandy. Share your stories at: