Feeling as helpless as the rest of the country when it comes to helping Hurricane Sandy victims? Check out the list below of legit ways to help.
The first thing to remember is to volunteer and donate responsibly! Check FEMA for more information.
American Red Cross
President Obama and nominee Mitt Romney have both been encouraging folks to donate to the Red Cross.
Text the word REDCROSS to 90999, and a $10 donation will be made toward shelter, food, emotional support and other kinds of assistance for victims of the storm.
You can also volunteer by contacting the Red Cross Spontaneous Volunteer Director of Volunteer Administration Leslie Fletcher at email@example.com, (215) 405-8558 or (267) 246-4521.
The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas.
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Feeding America is providing food, water, and supplies via food banks and soup kitchens.
AmeriCares is deploying emergency workers to deliver medications and supplies to those affected by the storm. Tetanus vaccines are being made available, as well as personal care kits through AmeriCares.
Organization Philabundance is experiencing a food shortage, and is in need of dry food donations as well as financial donations.
Humane Society of the United States or the American Humane Association
World Vision and Save the Children
Team Rubicon and Samaritan’s Purse
More Ways to Help
New York City public advocate Bill de Blasio has a volunteer program – he and his staff are collecting information on volunteers through a simple form. “The need is considerable and is going to grow,” said Mr. de Blasio’s press secretary, Wiley Norvell.
John Jay High School in Park Slope was set up as an evacuation shelter and is looking for volunteers to work six to eight hour shifts. They are also seeking clothing for men and children.
The NYC Service Facebook Page posted this message:
“There will be various ways to volunteer to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – Want to Volunteer? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address and borough. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise.”
AlleyCat – a pet organization in Atlantic City – is looking for volunteers. “We will definitely be looking for volunteers to assist with recovery once we get access to the city. If you live in or near Atlantic City and want to help, please contact us at email@example.com or 240-482-1980, ext. 330.”
The New York Blood Center is in desperate need of blood donations.
The Food Bank For New York City is accepting donations – donate by texting FBNYC to 50555.
New York Cares is accepting volunteer applications through their website.
Also, the Huffington Post has a live stream of volunteer efforts being broadcasted so check those out if you get a chance.