Helping out after Hurricane Sandy – more support needed

As New Yorkers begin to assess the damage left by Hurricane Sandy, we are learning about various ways for our community to get involved. Below are a few opportunities to volunteer and to make donations. If you know of others, please add them in the comments and share with others who want to help out.

Volunteers and members of the US Army National Guard Unit 827 Engineers hand out MRE’s to residents at a staging area located at the Al Smith Playground on Catherine Street this morning. (Bryan Smith/for New York Daily News)


The New York Blood Center is hosting emergency blood drives in all five boroughs. Find one near you to donate blood.

If you would like to donate money, The Office of Emergency Management has a list of organizations working on disaster relief in New York City that would benefit from your support. If your company would like to make an in-kind donation, learn more about how to do so here.

Many shelters also need supplies for people affected by the hurricane, including batteries, flashlights, and more. Check out Occupy Sandy to learn where and how to donate these items and how you can volunteer as well.


New York Cares is looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief. Sign up to get involved.

If you have tech skills, New York Tech Meetup and New Work City are looking for volunteers to help businesses get back online.

And if you are a health care professional, learn more about what you can do in the Medical Reserve Corps.

Know other ways to get involved? Share them in the comments.

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Comments (5)

  1. Ami Dar writes:
    November 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

  2. Ero writes:
    November 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    There’s a great organization in Red Hook, the Red Hook Initiative, that’s doing a lot of relief work right now- I know people on the board and staff, as well as some people volunteering for them, and I can vouch that donations to them will be well used.

  3. Meg writes:
    November 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

    What volunteer opportunities are there for Hurricane relief in New Jersey and Staten Island?

  4. […] you live in a community affected by Superstorm Sandy or any other challenging situation, volunteer. It’s highly likely you’ll meet others in the process who are interested in learning […]

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