Ways You Can Help Hurricane Sandy Victims, From Volunteering to Donating

If you're among the lucky who weren't affected by Hurricane Sandy, it's likely that you have friends, loved ones, co-workers or stood in a long line for a bus this morning with people who are dealing with the damage left behind. Below, a list of ways to help. We've also included a few organizations accepting relief support donations as well as ways to help the Humane Society, the ASPCA and Adopt NY rescue and care for stranded pets. (See our list of Sandy benefits and fundraisers here.)

-- Get in touch with the shelters and evacuation centers in your area. Here's a map. These centers may need different things -- extra hands, clothing donations, etc. -- so call ahead to see what they need. 

--The Brooklyn Recovery Fund, dedicated to helping areas of the borough hit by Sandy, including Red Hook and the Coney Island area among others, is seeking donations. You can also text 'Brooklyn' to 25383.

--Occupy Sandy has emerged as a key player in Sandy relief efforts, spreading the word about donation and volunteer opportunities via Twiter and their website. They're accepting donations as well. 

--Brooklyn Based points us to volunteer opportunities at The Red Cross, who need volunteers over 16 and who can lift up to 50 pounds. They must also be 'comfortable working in stressful situations.' If you can help, email staffing@nyredcross.org.

--The Red Cross is in need of blood donations due to cancelled blood drives.

--The New York City Public Advocate's Office is also in need of volunteers --  fill out this form which includes times you're available and neighborhoods you can travel to.

--The Atlantic has a thorough roundup of ways to help, including making food donations or volunteering your time at The Food Bank for New York and the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

--Gothamist also has an extensive list of volunteer opportunities and ways to help. NY Cares is accepting applications for volunteers (it's even better if you've gone to a NY Cares orientation meeting in the past year) and both The Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Society are in need of donations to help rescue stranded pets.

--The ASPCA is accepting donations to help with rescue missions for pets that were stranded or injured during Sandy.

--Adopt NY needs donations to help get rescue groups caring for Sandy-displaced dogs the resources they need, including dog food, kitty litter and litter boxes, leashes, harnesses, crates, etc. See a full list of needed supplies and how you can help here.

--You can also find out about various volunteer opportunities via NYC Service over the next week. Email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address and borough.

--The Salvation Army is taking donations for Sandy relief efforts.

--United Way is taking donations for recovery efforts in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia.

--Unicef is accepting donations for aid in Haiti, which has serious flooding from heavy rains brought by Sandy, displaced residents and destroyed crops. 

charity:water has a donation drop off point for hurricane relief at the Soho Grand Hotel.
Bring new or gently used products to 310 West Broadway between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Needed items:

Socks - wool, thick
Dust masks
Waterproof shoes
Rain boots
Gloves - latex
Extension cords
Batteries  - D batteries mainly
Toilet paper
Cleaning supplies
Heavy duty garbage bags
Baby care products
Baby formula
Warm woolen clothes
Plastic cutlery - plates & cups

Above: Hurricane Sandy destruction in Breezy Point, Queens. Credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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