Sandy Relief: What's Needed Now

A continually updated list of where to donate and volunteer to help survivors of Superstorm Sandy.


Updated Jan. 4, 2012

It's been more than two months since the hurricane-turned-superstorm hit, and most of the city has returned to normal. But in areas hit by Sandy, suffering is still acute. 

Here is a list of how to help, which we will continue to keep as current as possible.

Please add your own suggestions and updates in the comments to keep this list as current as possible.



Grace Church often organizes work trips to the Rockaways and other hard-hit areas to assist residents to clear out their homes and basements devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  E-mail johnmusco@gmail.com to find out about upcoming trips. Let them know if you have a car.

Occupy Sandy This group has a large and well-organized volunteer operation. Sign up to be a volunteer at the main page and then get trained at either their Clinton Hill or Sunset Park locations.  

NYC Service This page on NYC.gov offers links to a wealth of Sandy-related volunteer opportunitites.

Coney Recovers Needs volunteers in Coney Island

Project Hospitality Needs volunteers in Staten Island

Team Rubicon Needs volunteers in the Rockaways

WNYC has a list of volunteer opportunities



Item/Food Donations:

AidMatrix Companies or organizations with access to a large volume of items to donate to the disaster relief effort can use this site to match a posted need or make a general offer of supplies. 

Give Blood Giving blood is incredibly helpful right now. For more information visit the link. 



Cash Donations:

Whether you live 10,000 miles from the Atlantic coast or 10 blocks, money is the most efficient way for you to help. It allows aid organizations to buy exactly what's needed at bulk prices, and to pay for specialized staff. 

Here are organizations to consider giving to. Please add your own suggestions in the comments.

The New York Times Neediest Cases has a special fund for Superstorm Sandy survivors

The Action Center in the Rockaways

The Red Cross

Occupy Sandy

The Brooklyn Recovery Fund 

Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City

Coney Recovers

Project Hospitality in Staten Island

Team Rubicon in the Rockaways

Carole G. December 02, 2012 at 06:51 PM
VERY IMPORTANT Community Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4rth at PS 32 re: Gowanus http://carrollgardenspetition.blogspot.com/2012/12/very-important-community-meeting-this.html
Sharen McKinney-Alston December 04, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I would also like to add that Tzu Chi is an organization that has given $600 debit cards to many of those (thousands at this point) who were adversely affected by Sandy. My church, Concord Baptist Church hosted them on Thanksgiving Day, and I personally witnessed over 600 people who came from Red Hook, Canarsie, & Coney Island receive this monetary assistance along with blankets and other supplies. They deserve recognition for their selfless compassion to so many who have suffered at this time. Here's their website: http://www.us.tzuchi.org/us/en/


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