Hurricane Recovery: Ways to Help Sunday

Hurricane Recovery: Ways to Help Sunday

Here are some ways you can help out with hurricane relief efforts today (Sunday, November 4) at the two evacuation shelters in Park Slope, in Coney Island, and in Red Hook:

Park Slope Shelters

The Park Slope Armory shelter (361 15th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues) needs volunteers who can work at least an 8 hour shift, longer would be great. Shifts start at 8 AM and 8 PM. You need to be comfortable working with the elderly, disabled, and other people with special needs and you cannot bring your children. If they have too many volunteers, you may be turned away, so be prepared for that. 

The John Jay High School shelter (237 7th Avenue, between 4th & 5th Streets) needs day, evening, and overnight volunteers this weekend (especially, but not only, people with medical training). You need to be able to dedicate at least 6-8 hours and cannot bring your children.

There are also (at least) two bake-sale fundraisers you can stop by:  The MS 51 Talent Relief Fundraiser (featuring jugglers, actors, singers, dancers and musicians) from 11 till 2 in front of MS 51 (5th Ave btw 4th & 5th Street), and at 438-444 12th Street from 12 - 4 pm.

And Park Slope Parents are doing another day of collecting/distributing supplies from 10 am - 3 pm at Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground at 5th Ave btw 3rd & 4th Streets, more here.

Coney Island

Much of Coney Island is still in bad shape following the hurricane. City Councilmember Domenic Recchia is coordinating volunteers on Sunday, from 11:30 AM - 6 PM. Meet at 2770 West 5th St, Room 4C (near the F Train Neptune Avenue stop) and they will send you to wherever you are needed most. On Saturday, volunteers went door-to-door checking on residents, distributed supplies, cleaned up streets, and distributed flyers with information.

On Sunday afternoon, volunteers are also meeting at 25th & Surf and 36th & Mermaid in Coney Island.

On Sunday afternoon, donations of the following items are much needed at 2770 West 5th St, Room 4C (near the F Train Neptune Avenue stop):

  • Adult diapers
  • C & D batteries
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Blankets
  • Bread
  • Powdered Milk


Coney Island Generation Gap is also accepting and distributing donations for Coney Island residents in need:

  • FOOD
    • canned goods
    • water
    • They REALLY need hot food to feed about 1500 people daily, MOSTLY SENIOR CITIZENS
    • socks
    • gloves
    • scarfs
    • hats
    • sweaters
    • hoodies
    • rubber boots
    • blankets
    • toilet paper
    • medication needs for seniors

PLEASE CALL Pamela Harris, Executive Director of Coney Island Generation Gap, at 917-592-2719, or email her at kimosobbe [at] optonline [dot] net if you can bring any of these items out there way, or volunteer some time. You can also mail material or monetary donations to Coney Island Generation Gap, 2904 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224 

Red Hook

There is still a huge need for your help in Red Hook (and thank you to everyone who has already volunteered). Here are several opportunities over the weekend:

I am very happy to report that the Office of Emergency Management has set up an office in Red Hook at 402 Van Brunt Street where you can volunteer.

Visitation Church, at the corner of Richards Street and Verona Street is now a donation site in Red Hook, 10am - 5pm on Sunday. The following items are needed:

  • Flashlights
  • Candles
  • Batteries (C and D are best)
  • Paper towels
  • Paper products
  • Toiletries
  • New blankets
  • Diapers

The Police Athletic League Miccio Center, at 110 West 9th Street in Red Hook, is also accepting donations for Red Hook. Please drop off the following items on Sunday:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Blankets
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights

Red Hook Initiative has been doing amazing work this week on behalf of this community in need. They would still appreciate volunteers (at 767 Hicks Street) and donations of hot, prepared food (If you plan to bring a meal, send an email to food [at] rhicenter [dot] org). Call 718-858-6782 for details. RHI is also accepting contributions toward hurricane relief efforts in the community,click to donate here. 

Cobble Hill drop-off: You can also drop off supplies for Red Hook Initiative (cans of beans, bags of dried beans, ground coffee, bags of rice, canned fruits & veggies, blankets, coats, and warm clothes) at the Cobble Hill Think Tank at 274 Court Street (across from the Cobble Hill Cinema).



There's need in so many other neighborhoods as well, as course, with heartbreaking scenes continuing to come in from Breezy Point, Staten Island, and many other neighborhoods.  If you've been to places in those communities that are a good place for folks from our communities to direct volunteer and donation energy, please let us know at lander [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov, and we'll spread the word.

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