10+ WAYS YOU CAN HELP AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

ETA: ONTD SUGGESTIONS





1. AMERICAN RED CROSS -
THE RED CROSS IS PROVIDING SHELTER, CLOTHES, SUPPLIES, FOOD AND BLOOD, AS NEEDED, FOR THE VICTIMS OF SANDY.  TEXT THE WORD "REDCROSS" TO 90999 TO DONATE $10 TO AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER RELIEF.  PHONE: 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767); FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS, 800-257-7575; FOR TDD, 800-220-4095. HTTP://WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/


2. NEW YORK CARES -
THIS LOCAL NYC PROGRAM IS "THE CITY'S LARGEST VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION, RUNNING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS FOR 1,300 NONPROFITS, CITY AGENCIES AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS." IT IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH SANDY RELIEF EFFORTS, AND IS ALSO RAISING MONEY.HTTP://NEWYORKCARES.ORG/DONATE_NOW/


3. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY -
HABITAT, AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION, HELPS THOSE IN NEED REBUILD THEIR HOMES AFTER DISASTERS SUCH AS HURRICANE SANDY. TO MAKE A DONATION CALL 1-800-HABITAT (422-4828). PRESS "0" WHEN PROMPTED AND REPRESENTATIVES WILL TAKE YOUR DONATION INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE. HTTP://WWW.HABITAT.ORG/


4. COMMUNITY FOODBANK OF NEW JERSEY -
THIS GROUP COORDINATES EFFORTS WITH THE STATE'S OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, AS WELL AS WITH STATE AND LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED, CALL THEM AT (908) 355-FOOD (3663), EXT. 243. HTTP://WWW.NJFOODBANK.ORG/


5. HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES -
MANY PET OWNERS WERE ABLE TO TAKE THEIR PETS WITH THEM, BUT FOR THOSE WHO WERE NOT, THE HUMANE SOCIETY'S ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM IS ASSEMBLING STAFF AND EQUIPMENT TO HELP RESCUE PETS IN THE MID-ATLANTIC AND NORTHEAST. DONATION LINK -HTTPS://SECURE.HUMANESOCIETY.ORG/SITE/DONATION2?DF_ID=11020&11020.DONATION=FORM1&S_SRC=WEBDN_SANDY_WS102912


6. BREEZY POINT FUND RAISER -
ONE OF THE MOST BADLY DAMAGED COMMUNITIES IN SANDY'S WAKE IS BREEZY POINT, QUEENS. CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY STUDENT MATTHEW PETRONIS CREATED A FUNDRAISING PAGE TO HELP HIS COMMUNITY REBUILD.  HTTPS://WWW.WEPAY.COM/DONATIONS/HURRICANE-SANDY-RAISING-MONEY-FOR-BREEZY-POINT


7. CITY MEALS -
IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE SANDY, CITYMEALS-ON-WHEELS HAS BEEN TAKING EMERGENCY MEASURES TO ENSURE NEW YORK’S HOMEBOUND ELDERLY HAVE ACCESS TO FOOD. VOLUNTEER AND DONATE HERE: HTTP://WWW.CITYMEALS.ORG/


8. NY TECH MEETUP -
NY TECH MEETUP IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP SCHOOLS, NON-PROFITS, AND SMALL BUSINESSES TO GET THEIR INFORMATION SYSTEMS BACK ONLINE.
HTTP://NYTM.ORG/BLOG/ENTRY/12-01-2012/UPDATE-ON-NY-TECH-OPPORTUNITIES-TO-HELP


9. THE NEW YORK FOUNDLING -
A NETWORK OF COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE GREATER NEW YORK CITY METROPOLITAN AREA WHICH PROVIDES HAVENS FOR CHILDREN WHOSE SAFETY IS AT RISK WHILE ALSO OFFERING SUPPORT TO STRENGTHEN FAMILIES. THEY CURRENTLY SERVE OVER 11,000 CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN ALL BOROUGHS INCLUDING SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS.HTTP://FOUNDLINGSANDYRELIEF.MYDAGSITE.COM/


10. FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY -
A NETWORK OF OVER 1000 PANTRIES AND KITCHENS IN THE CITY, NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND MONEY DONATIONS. GO TO WWW.FOODBANKNYC.ORG

ONTD SUGGESTIONS
Sorry for the lateness of my adding these suggestions in. I didn't know this post was approved and fell asleep.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who contributed to this post. THE REASON I love ONTD is the commenters; we talk gossip about celebs and sling precious amounts of shade in the name of stan warfare but all the while we're cognizant. ONTDers, you all are smart, fun, you try, and truly care. Thank you all for sharing your resource of knowledge.


A) These 21 Sandy-Displaced Dogs And Cats NEED You To Adopt And Foster Them!

http://gothamist.com/2012/11/02/urgent_adopt_or_foster_these_dogs_a.php#photo-1

B) A Facebook page for lost pets

https://www.facebook.com/SandysPets?sf6893082=1

more suggestions on how you can help pet owners here

C) To volunteer in NYC
Distribution:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/foodandwater.html

Find out where you can help:

http://www.nycservice.org/

D) OCCUPY WALL STREET HAS TRANSFORMED INTO OCCUPY SANDY
From their site:
Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street, 350.org, recovers.org and interoccupy.net.

http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/

E) If you buy or sell stuff from eBay, they'll donate 10% or more to the charities they have listed:

http://donations.ebay.com/charity_event_73.html?_trksid=p5197.m622&_trkparms=%26clkid%3D3239386184093530042

F) A MEGA LIST of ways to get involved.
There are a lot listed but PLEASE click the link below which connects to the thread with the ton of suggestions for places where you can donate your time and/or money.

http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/73274890.html?thread=12920182794#t12920182794

G) This is from the MEGA LIST above but I wanted to pull out a couple of links.
I'm not trying to say these things more important than the others but people might be looking for this specific information but not expect to find it here.

FOR VOTERS AFFECTED BY SANDY:
http://www.wnyc.org/articles/its-free-country/2012/nov/01/explainer-superstorm-sandy-and-election/ - polling places for ny/nj

NYC Temporary Unemployment (including due to lost transportation/closed job)
http://www.labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/ui/P814.pdf -

FEMA
1-800-621-3362

H) RESCUE LIVES IN HAITI
From the site:
Haiti is reeling from Hurricane Sandy, even as it struggles to recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake. International Rescue Committee teams are distributing tarps, flashlights, water and other emergency supplies to assist thousands of children and their families.
*OP NOTE: They also have a general breakdown of how your money is spent. For every dollar you donate, $.93 goes to programs and just $.04 to administration.

https://www.rescue.org/donate/rescue-lives-haiti/


I) HUFFPO MEGALIST
There are 20+ organizations here on their list. A lot of them are places where you can donate money. But I'm sure some navigating around on the sites they link to will give opportunities to volunteer.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/hurricane-sandy-how-to-help_n_2022488.html

J) JERSEY SHORE HURRICANE NEWS on Facebook
From their page:
A bottom-up, two-way news outlet, JSHN is news for the people, by the people. JSHN covers breaking news, traffic, and weather. "News you can use." JSHN is also a community resource (events, missing people, lost animals, etc).

https://www.facebook.com/JerseyShoreHurricaneNews/info


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