As we slowly recover from Hurricane Sandy, the need for volunteers has increased. If you are interested in volunteering time, food or other resources, there are many ways you can help.
Occupy Sandy Recovery
Several different organizations involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement have coordinated their efforts to help those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. The InterOccupy Hub website contains helpful information and updates around efforts to distribute resources and volunteers to different areas throughout New York and New Jersey.
You can follow Occupy Sandy on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on volunteer opportunities, donation drop off locations, and current on the ground updates. You can also learn more about ways to help by following the #OccupySandy and #SandyVolunteer hashtags on Twitter, created to coordinate information around relief efforts by those involved. Occupy Sandy also created SandyAid, a public list of group accounts tweeting efforts related to Hurricane Sandy. Through these social media channels you can find many opportunities to get involved, from volunteering for neighborhood clean-ups to driving hot meals to families without electricity.
If you can’t volunteer, you can still help those affected by Hurricane Sandy by donating greatly needed resources. Here are a few ways you can donate:
- Donate blood to the New York Blood Center.
- Donate to the Red Cross or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Donate to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Efforts.
- Through the CUNY Campaign for Voluntary Charitable Giving you can donate to specific charities that are directly involved with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
- Donate annual leave to impacted CUNY employees.
For additional ways to help those in need, see CUNY’s Hurricane Relief page. If you know of any other organizations or efforts around Hurricane Sandy recovery, please add them in the comments below or contact the community team at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add them to this page.
CUNY SPS just posted about a volunteer opportunity this weekend: http://spsnewsandnotes.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2012/11/13/volunteer-opportunity-help-our-hard-hit-neighbors/.