11-03-12
Ten Ways You Can Help After Hurricane Sandy

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: 800REDCROSS (8007332767); for Spanish speakers, 8002577575; for TDD, 8002204095. 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 1800HABITAT (4224828). 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) 355FOOD (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 MidAtlantic 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/hurricanesandyraisingmoneyforbreezypoint


7. CITY MEALS
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, CitymealsonWheels 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, nonprofits, and small businesses to get their information systems back online.
http://nytm.org/blog/entry/12012012/updateonnytechopportunitiestohelp


9. THE NEW YORK FOUNDLING
A network of communitybased 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
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