Published On: Mon, Nov 19th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath: Where and How to Volunteer and Donate This Thanksgiving

Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath disrupted the lives of thousands of people and communities.  This Thanksgiving, if you can volunteer and/or donate to people and families in New York City, there a number of places and ways to help.

Volunteers and donations are needed in hard-hit areas like the Rockaways and Coney Island, before AND after Thanksgiving.



BKGirlsGiveBack is looking for volunteers to prepare/serve Thanksgiving dinner for those who have been  impacted by Hurricane Sandy as well as first responders.

Bay Ridge Cares is preparing Thanksgiving meals for distribution on Wednesday, Nov. 21st and is need of volunteers and monetary donations.

Greenpoint Church is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 21st and is need of volunteers to prepare food Monday through Wednesday next week.

Two Boots Brooklyn is collecting funds and is in need of drivers on Thanksgiving day to deliver supplies to hard-hit areas including the Rockaways, Garrison Beach and Staten Island. To volunteer as a driver call Sara at 732.619.0483

Far Rockaway community members are organizing a Thanksgiving dinner for residents of the hard-hit neighborhood at Brian Piccolo Middle School. They are looking for prepared food and volunteers – call Robin at 631.264.4980 to get involved.

‘Extreme Chef’ winner Terry French along with the group Chefs for Life is holding a Shore up the Shore fundraiser to provide a Thanksgiving feast to those affected by Sandy in the Rockaways.

Catering company Jessica Alfreds Homemade is hosting a Thanksgiving for Sandy Survivors at St. Marks Church on Nov. 22nd (Thanksgiving Day) starting at 1pm. She’s collecting donations, food and volunteers to cook. Alfreds is hosting the event for those in need along with a group of friends. “I can’t fix the disaster, but a home-cooked meal is a powerful way to start a little healing,” she says.

OpenTable, along with Food Bank of New York and the Food Network, is hosting “Our Table Is Yours, Thanksgiving Dinner For Hurricane Sandy Relief” at Cipriani Wall Street for 1,000 guests on Wednesday, Nov. 21st.

Staten Island
Promaster Gourmet on Staten Island is collecting prepared food to distribute to Sandy victims on Thanksgiving day.

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To volunteer in Coney Island, visit (Spanish and Russian translators needed).

Your NYC Government at work:
Why aren’t there any Red Cross shelters in New York City, when one of the primary efforts of the relief organization is to set up shelters in disaster areas?  Read more at CNN Money/Fortune.

This, from the New York Times, is worth a read:

Hurricane Sandy, the cliché of the moment goes, created a city of haves and have-nots; those New Yorkers with power and heat and the many other assurances of modern life, and those without. But the storm simply made plain the dividing lines in a city long fractured by class, race, ethnicity, geography and culture. And in reminding of these divides it stirred a measure of hope they could be bridged.

Those coming to them for relief worry that their helpers are taking some voyeuristic interest in their plight, treating it as an exotic weekend outing, “like we’re in a zoo,” said one resident of a Rockaway project — echoing a complaint often heard in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina — as volunteers snapped iPhone photos of her as she waited in line for donated food and clothing.

Read the full article at the New York Times.

If you know of other locations in need of volunteers and/or donations, please contact us



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