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Ways To Get, Give Help For Sandy Victims In NYC

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Following is a partial list of ways to get and give help for victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York City.

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Immediate Help:

Call 311 if you or someone you know is in immediate need of food, water, or other emergency assistance.

New York City resources: Visit

Federal resources: Visit

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Call 1-800-621-3362 or visit Find a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center near you at

• The State Department of Financial Services has a 24/7 disaster hotline for Sandy-related insurance questions and complaints: 1-800-339-1759. offers listings for free housing for New Yorkers made homeless by Sandy.

To report fraud related to Sandy: Call the National Center for Disaster Fraud, toll-free, at 1-866-720-5721 or email

• The New York Federal Reserve has set up an information page for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at

Legal Aid: LawHelp/NY ( has compiled a list of disaster and recovery assistance at:
For Spanish-language information, visit

Donations & Volunteering:

NYC Service and NYC Service On Facebook

New York Cares (donations) and volunteering opportunities:
New York Cares Coat Drive: The organization is collecting new or gently-used coats at the following locations through December 31:
- Every New York City Police Precinct (24 hours a day)
- Every library branch in the New York Public Library, Queens Library, and Brooklyn Public library systems (during open hours)
- The New York Cares Warehouse, 157 West 31st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday)
- New York Care's office, 65 Broadway (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Citi Pond at Bryant Park, 41 West 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues (Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to midnight)
- New York Penn Station - LIRR concourse (weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.)
- Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center - 2, 3, 4, 5 subways, lower mezzanine (weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.)
- Jamaica Center Subway Station - main entrance (weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.)
- Grand Central Terminal - Track 17/Graybar Passage (weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., December only)

Send Checks To:
Mayor's Fund To Advance New York City
253 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10007

New York City Firefighters Disaster Relief
Send checks to:
New York City Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund Inc.
c/o Uniformed Firefighters Association
204 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

• The New York City Police Foundation ( and FDNY Foundation ( are helping more than 2,000 first responders who were severely affected by Sandy.

NYC Blood Center

Aidmatrix Network for Humanitarian Relief

UJA-Federation of New York

American Red Cross

New York Road Runners

Volunteer for NYC Parks

Food Bank Of New York City

United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund, also $10 donations can be made by texting the word RECOVERY to 52000. Promote the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund with the Twitter hashtag #sandyfund.

• "SBA Cares" -- fund by New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association
Mail checks to:
Theresa Ashton
SBA Emergency Event Coordinator
35 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
Call 1-212-226-2180 or email for more information.


Disaster Chaplaincy Services

Team Rubicon

Habitat For Humanity Of Westchester.

After the Storm: Sandy Recovery Info (Facebook group)

Google Crisis Map: 2012 Sandy NYC

Occupy Sandy Relief

The Lower East Side Recovers

Staten Island Recovers

Astoria Recovers

Red Hook Recovers

Rockaway Recovery

The Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation

Councilman Brad Lander's storm relief for Brooklyn

• Follow #SandyVolunteer on Twitter for more ways to help

• iTunes/App Store: Hurricane Sandy Relief

Staten Island University Hospital

Queens Library Foundation

Salvation Army

• For corporations, organizations, restaurants and others able to donate food, water or supplies, please send an email to

• For financial donations:
- Online: Visit
- By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Text-to-Give: Text the word STORM to 80888, and confirm the donation with the word “Yes”
- By Mail: Checks may be designated and made payable to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA, 30301

• City Distribution Sites:

- Rockaways: Conch Playground – 51st Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard; Hammel Playground – 84th Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard; Red Fern House Playground – Redfern Avenue & Beach 12th Street
- Astoria: Hallets Cove – Vernon Blvd & 30th Road

- Coney Island: Surf Island Playground – West 25th Street & Surf Avenue
- Red Hook: Coffey Park – 85 Richards Street

- Chelsea: Chelsea Park – West 27th Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues
- Lower East Side: Vladic Playground – East 10th Street, between C & D Avenues; Al Smith Playground – Catherine Street, between Cherry & Monroe Streets; Hamilton Fish – Pitt Street & East Houston Street
- Other: Grand Street Settlement Houses – 413 Grand Street; Confucius Plaza on Division Street

Staten Island:
- Parking Lot – corner of Mill Road & New Dorp Lane
- Empty Lot – corner of Yetman and Ylon Boulevard

Community/Faith-Based Groups:


• Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (Lower Manhattan): 1-212-965-1151

• Betel Bar and Kitchen (51 Grove Street): Collecting batteries, flashlights, water, winter clothing, baby food and diapers, cleaning supplies.

• City Councilman Dan Garodnick (211 East 43rd Street, Suite 1205): 1-212-818-0580, coordinating volunteer efforts.

• The Church of the Covenant, (310 East 42nd Street): Currently seeking canned food, bottled water, toilet tissue, feminine products, diapers, baby wipes, batteries, plates, forks. Baby food is especially needed. Will also take gently used coats and sweaters.

• Halloween Too: Take Back The Fear (Saturday, November 10): Lower East Side merchants collect candy to distribute to young trick-or-treaters who missed Halloween,

• Hudson Guild Community Center (459 West 26th Street): 1-212-760-9830,

• Jewish Community Center in Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue): 1-646-505-4444, volunteers needed to sort through donations.

• Maravel Arts Center (445 West 45th Street): 1-646-434-2745,

• Molly Pitcher's Ale House (1641 Second Ave., Manhattan): Collecting household supplies, construction tools and clothing on Sunday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and other weekends in November. For more information, visit or follow @UESdropoff on Twitter.

• New York Dream Center (245 8th Ave. #187):


• New York Yankees (Yankee Stadium, Gate 2 at 164th Street and Jerome Avenue):
Bring non-perishable food and household items, clothing, batteries, hygiene products, medical supplies, baby supplies, pet food and plastic and paper products to Yankee Stadium’s Gate 2 entrance at any time through the end of the week, 24 hours a day.


• Red Hook Initiative (Red Hook): 1-718-858-6782,

• Red Hook Food Vendors Association:

• Gerritsen Beach Cares: Anyone who has a winterized camper or RV to give to a family is asked to email


• American Legion Hall (209 Crossbay Boulevard, Broad Channel): 1-718-474-5029

• Aroma31 Restaurant (33-20 31st Avenue, Astoria): Dropbox outside the restaurant is collecting clothes and canned goods.

• Bethel AME Church (1504 Beach 11th Street, Far Rockaway): Food pantry

• Christ Tabernacle Church & Assemblyman Mike Miller's office (83-91 Woodhaven Blvd.): 1-718-496-2515.

• Pro-Tek Surveillance, Inc.

• Rockaway Beach Surf Club and Lava Girl Surf (302 Beach 87th Street, Far Rockaway):

• Sikh Cultural Society (South Richmond Hill): 1-718-441-0513.

• Silver Gull Beach Club (1 Beach 193rd Street, Far Rockaway): Donations distribution center.

Staten Island

• The Dresch Family Fund
c/o TD Bank
126 Page Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10309
This helps family members of George and Angela Rose Dresch, the father and daughter whose bodies were found blocks from their home in Tottenville.

• Arena Sports Bar (4916 Arthur Kill Road, Prince's Bay): 1-718-966-6150, Accepting donations.

• Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund: Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund:

• El Centro del Inmigrante (1546 Castleton Avenue): 1-718-420-6466,

• Operation Sandy Claus (holiday toy collection for children affected by Sandy):

• Mike "Loco" Hoffman ( is organizing free cleaning and demolition services on the east shore of Staten Island. To help his cause, email him at

• Salvation Army (2052 Clove Road): Accepting clothing donations.

• Staten Island Board Of Realtors: Housing listings in the borough for storm victims at

• Where To Turn:

• Large donations (truckloads, shipping containers) can be sent to the New York Container Terminal at 300 Western Avenue. Call 1-718-816-2000 to coordinate delivery.


• Cardinal Timothy Dolan has called for a special collection to be taken up at all parishes within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Baptist Convention of New York's Disaster Relief Fund

NYPD Donation Drive

To help assist New Yorkers citywide in areas worst affected by the hurricane, the New York City Police Department will collect non-perishable food, clothing, and other donations in the parking lot of 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens, which can be accessed from 109th St. & Rockaway Blvd. near JFK airport.

Uniformed Community Affairs officers will be accepting the donations daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then delivering the items to locations citywide impacted by the storm.

Money cannot be accepted.

Anyone who wants to give is urged to donate canned goods, canned milk, bottled water and other non-perishables; paper products, personal and baby care products, trash bags, cleaning products, linens and towels, flash lights, batteries; clothing for colder weather.

For more information, visit!/NYPD/posts/379085022168286.

Help Animals and Pets:

Humane Society of the US

American Humane Society

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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