While remnants of Hurricane Sandy have disappeared from many New York neighborhoods, for the Rockaways, Staten Island, Coney Island, Red Hook, and other neighborhoods, recovery still feels far off. See below for opportunities to lend a hand or make a donation to support relief efforts.
To volunteer in Red Hook, visit redhookvolunteers.org. And support the work of the Red Hook Initiative, who stepped up following the hurricane to coordinate volunteers and donations on behalf of the people of Red Hook.
In Coney Island, volunteer opportunities are posted at coneyrecovers.org.
Congregation Beth Elohim continues to provide hot meals and other support to communities in Far Rockaway and elsewhere. Volunteer here for a shift this weekend or donate on their website.
Old First Reformed Church has partnered with the restaurant Two Boots to cook meals for neighborhoods that were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. Learn more about their efforts and sign up to help or donate on Old First’s website.
The Masbia Soup Kitchen was named one of Newsweek’s Heroes of the Hurricane, a much deserved honor. Masbia was at the Armory on day one with hot food for evacuees when they needed it most, and have since expanded their operation to other communities as well. Donate to support their work here.
The Brooklyn Recovery Fund is collecting donations to support the great nonprofits that are working across the borough to support their communities. Contribute here so they can sends funds where they are needed most.
Donate blood for New York Methodist, at Wesley House, Room 6E, 501 Sixth Street in Park Slope. Visit their website for hours and other details.
Occupy Sandy Relief is accepting donations and dispatching volunteers from St. Jacobi Church (5406 4th Ave at 54th St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn). Call 347-470-4192 for details.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio lists volunteer opportunities across the city on his website.
You can also sign up to volunteer at NYC Service, and someone will contact you with volunteer needs. And the New York Times lists volunteer opportunities on its website.
There's need in so many other areas as well. If you've been to places in those communities that are a good place for us to direct volunteer and donation energy, please let us know at lander [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov, and we'll spread the word.
In most cases, funds for repairs from storm damage will come through claims to your homeowners or renters insurance company. The New York Times offers this helpful advice on hurricane insurance claims.
Small business assistance
The City has implemented several programs to support small businesses recovering from the storm, including loans, office space, and sales tax exception. For more information, visit the City's small business website.
What does your neighborhood need? An improved park? Safer streets? New school technology? In participatory budgeting, you give your ideas and City Councilmember Brad Lander has set aside $1 million to fund them. And your votes will decide which projects get funded.