Put Your Time, Money, and Energy Here: Hurricane Sandy Recovery Resources
If you like NY and NJ as much as we do, here's a list of ways you can help affected communities get back on their feet.
Lower East Side Recovers – Offer assistance (time, money, donated items) to the downtown Manhattan community.
Red Hook Recovers – Ditto for the Brooklyn neighborhood.
OccupySandy – Coordinate neighborhood recovery and see a list of places where you can donate much-needed supplies.
NYC Department of Parks & Recreation – Aid in clean up and recovery in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx.
CAAV – Work with Asian communities primarily in Chinatown.
Rockaway Relief — A group of local New Yorkers are gathering volunteers to help clean up the Rockaways.
Red Cross, Salvation Army, American Humane Society – Give monetary relief to via text.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Donate directly to help reach hungry New Jersians.
Fund for Trees – Help replace destroyed trees at The New York Botanical Garden.
The Mayor's Fund – Give toward hurricane relief as well as civic innovations and school gardens initiatives.
Waves For Water (W4W) – Gather disaster relief for families of surf-based coastal communities (like the Rockaways).
Masabia – Help get fresh, low-sodium meals into soup kitchens.
Brooklyn Recovery – Text 'Brooklyn' to 25383 to donate $10 to the fund, a joint effort between the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
Google Crisis Map — Emergency shelter locations, recovery centers, transit tracker, and more.
WNYC's Storify – Live updates for Sandy recovery.
Port Authority NY and NJ – For current transport news, updates, and alerts.
Elmo – Everyone's favorite muppet explains the hurricane to kids.
More Hands-On Ways to Help
Give cash. It's the most efficient method of donating.
Give blood. To schedule a blood donation, visit redcrossblood.org.
Be patient. And don't forget. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many weeks or months.
We'll be adding to this list as the weeks go on. Please let us know about your favorite resources in the comment section below.