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Weekend Pick: Volunteer to Help with Hurricane Sandy Recovery

By November 2, 2012

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After much debate, the 2012 ING New York City Marathon has been canceled to allow for resources to focus on the city's recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

You can pitch in and help your fellow New Yorkers:

1) New York Cares Hurricane Response Volunteer Opportunities -- You can join New York cares to pitch in on Hurricane Sandy recovery projects. If you are already a New York Cares volunteer (and have attended orientation), you can search for projects this weekend and sign up immediately. Projects include helping to sort donated clothing and food, checking up on residents of neighborhoods without power,  cleaning up hard-hit areas and parks, and more. If you've never attended a New York Cares orientation, you can quickly create an account to see Hurricane Sandy projects and volunteer your time (you will still have to attend orientation to volunteer for non-Sandy projects).

2) Staten Island Recovers -- This site lists opportunities to help with Sandy recovery efforts in Staten Island. You can give your time or donate clothing, food, baby supplies, and other critical items.

3) Occupy Sandy -- This offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement is dedicated to helping neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. There is a special page with information about how to help in New Jersey.

4) Red Cross -- You can donate money to the Red Cross to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Go to www.redcross.org. You can also mail a check to: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013. To donate by phone, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or give up to $10 by texting the word "REDCROSS" to 90999.

If you know of other ways to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey, please share in the comments.


January 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm
(1) John says:

I would recommend the All Hands Volunteer group if you would like to help victims from Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island. As of mid-January 2013, they still need volunteers. You can reach them on the web site at http://www.hands.org or on facebook. The email address for volunteers is: sandyresponse@hands.org. The contact person is Jessica.

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