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Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

The destructive impact of Hurricane Sandy can be felt throughout New York State and will continue to be felt for weeks to come. New Yorkers always come together in times of crisis and we are asking for you to consider supporting one of the following organizations on the front lines of the relief efforts.

  • The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is accepting financial donations to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. One hundred percent of donations will be dispersed directly to relief efforts and organizations. Donations can be made online at www.nyc.gov/fund and checks can also be made out to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City with Hurricane Sandy in the memo line and sent to: Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, 253 Broadway, 8th Floor, NYC, NY 10007. For further information please call (212) 788-7794.
  • New York Cares is offering volunteer opportunities for those who would like to donate their time. Sign up on their website to help various clean up efforts at the Gowanus Warehouse in Brooklyn, Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx, and Randall’s Island Park in Manhattan, or to sort clothing at the Housing Work’s warehouse. You can also donate clothing and other non-perishable items through the New York Cares Coat Drive which was launched this week.
  • NYC Service aims to direct volunteer resources to address the City's most pressing challenges. Identified as one of the six impact areas of NYC Service, helping neighbors in need has risen to the top of the list after Hurricane Sandy. The initial response from New Yorkers wanting to help has been nothing short of inspirational; the relief and recovery efforts will be an ongoing process that will need continued support in various ways. In addition to tapping into the power of the people through volunteer efforts, we are focused on pushing monetary donations, as well as food, clothing and goods, to areas of need. Please visit www.nyc.gov/service for a full list of ways that you can get involved and help to restore this great city. For more information please call 212-788-7550.
  • The Red Cross of Greater New York expects this to be a large, costly relief response across several states, one that continues for several days, and they are asking for our help now. The best way to donate is to make a financial gift. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to get prepared and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected.
  • New York Blood Center is asking for post-hurricane emergency blood donations. Though hospital needs were met, and donors found the NYBC facilities that were able to remain open, the unprecedented disruption depleted the blood supply to the point where a significant recovery effort is necessary. To find an upcoming emergency blood drive nearby, visit their website.
  • City Harvest, Citymeals-on-Wheels, and The Food Bank for New York City are also great outlets for support and are all currently on the road delivering meals to relieve some of New York’s hardest hit areas. To make a food donation to City Harvest, contact Racine Rodriguez at (347) 443 8413 or rrodriguez@cityharvest.org; to volunteer, contact Brittany Erdman at (516) 287-0170 or berdman@cityharvest.org. Citymeals-on Wheels does not need any more volunteers this week but is accepting donations on their website. The Food Bank for New York City is accepting both donations and volunteers; please visit their website to contribute and learn more about volunteering.
  • Safe Space, an organization that serves vulnerable children and families throughout Queens, is providing much-needed help to nearly 250 families in Far Rockaway (including more than 500 children). If you would like to help these families, Safe Space's most urgent needs are financial donations to help purchase food and water supplies. Donations of non-perishable food items and water are also helpful. Complications from the storm have left Safe Space's communications systems impaired, so if you are able to help, please directly contact Safe Space President Christine Molnar at (917) 621-6913 or molnar.christine@gmail.com. For more information, please visit their website.
  • Staten Island Recovers is spearheading the relief movement in the borough of Staten Island. Staten Island residents are in need of food deliveries, generators, tree removal, pumping and much more. Visit Staten Island Recover’s website or call (347) 934-9927 to learn how to make and drop off donations of any kind.
  • Historic Battery Park took the full force of Hurricane Sandy as it hit Lower Manhattan on Monday evening. The park survived an unprecedented storm surge of 13.88 feet of sea water. The Battery Conservancy’s most urgent challenge is the loss of their offices at One New York Plaza — which was completely submerged in flood waters. The Battery Conservancy is seeking temporary office space and financial support. Visit The Battery Conservancy's website for more information. You can also support all of the city’s impacted parks through the City Parks Foundation through their website.
  • The Business Improvement Districts (BID’s) that serve the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy will be cleaning up debris and helping restore our city’s business districts for days and weeks to come. For more information on their efforts, please visit their websites at: Downtown Alliance, Union Square Partnership, Flatiron/23rdStreet Partnership, East Midtown Alliance and the Grand Central Partnership. And if you are looking for temporary office space, please visit the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) or the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
  • NY Tech Meetup and New Work City have joined forces in response to Hurricane Sandy. Together, they have over 800 volunteers who are offering tech-related assistance with hurricane recovery needs, as well as helping to locate co-working space for individuals and companies who have been displaced. For further information, check out their website.