Hurricane Sandy: How To Help & What You Need To Know (UPDATES)

10/30/2012 04:10 pm ET | Updated Oct 31, 2012
  • Craig Kanalley Senior Editor, Big News & Live Events, The Huffington Post

There are many ways you can help Hurricane Sandy victims, and we're going to round up as many as we can below.

We're organizing tips below by neighborhood as well as city or region. This is for all affected areas of Hurricane Sandy. Some of these are extremely timely requests and tips.

We'll also round up the latest info you need to know -- for anyone in areas impacted by Sandy.

Please send tips in the comments below or on Twitter with the hashtags #howtohelp #sandy. Thank you!

11/14/2012 5:53 PM EST

Momofuku Hosts Benefit For Shuttered Brooklyn Restaurant

The famed Asian fusion chain is hosting a benefit to help Governor, a Dumbo-based restaurant that was shuttered due to the storm.

From DNAinfo.com:

Space is limited to 30 seats, and the event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 17. Purchase a ticket here or make a direct donation to Governor here.

11/08/2012 6:05 PM EST

Help New York Cares Collect 50,000 Coats For Sandy Victims

New York Cares plans to donate 2,000 coats on Nov. 13 to Sandy victims in need and aims to collect a total of 50,000 coats. From a press release:

New or gently used coats can be sent or delivered directly to our warehouse, located at 157 West 31st Street between 6th and 7th Avenue. We will now be open this Saturday. Drop off your coats Monday through Saturday. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additional resources for coat collection can be found in our resource library.

11/08/2012 12:38 PM EST

Help Occupy Sandy

Occupy Sandy is bringing volunteers and critical resources to areas hit hard by the hurricane. Find out how you can volunteer here and donate here.

11/06/2012 11:14 AM EST

Donate Supplies To NYC Sandy Victims

Met Council, one of New York's largest human services agencies, is collecting much-needed supplies for Sandy victims throughout the five boroughs. From a press release:

"Drop off centers are open for item collection at 171 Lexington Avenue and 315 West 61st Street in Manhattan. A third collection will open this Wednesday, November 7th at 351 East 61st Street in Manhattan. We also have a location in Staten Island at 460 N. Brielle Avenue on the grounds of Seaview Hospital. Items that are most needed at this time include kosher food, water, toiletries, new towels, new coats, paper towels, gloves, garbage bags, and cleaning supplies. Detailed information on hands-on volunteer opportunities will be made available as soon as possible."

11/05/2012 6:53 PM EST

Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit that provides design and construction efforts to disaster-stricken areas, has created a six point reconstruction plan for the storm's hard hit areas in New York and New Jersey. The organization has outlined ways to get involved.

From its site:

"Right now the need is relief and recovery but very soon it will be long term reconstruction. Beyond the large scale water and wind damage we need to think about upgrading and restoring in a more sustainable and resilient manner. We want to make sure that communities are built back better and are already responding to a number of enquiries from affected areas."

11/05/2012 6:48 PM EST

Help for elderly

Schools in Park Slope are being used as shelters for the elderly.

From Park Slope Parents:

"We are collecting money for bulk buys of supplies like underwear, socks, towels, water, ice etc. For Brooklyn shelters and evacuees -- we realized when the folks at the John Jay shelter told us that they needed 600 pairs of underpants a day that a more focused effort was needed!"

11/03/2012 7:24 PM EDT

Help for New Jersey as Nor'easter looms

The owners of New Jersey's NJ Skateshop are desperately trying to collect winter clothes for neighbors without heat and members of their community who were left homeless by Hurricane Sandy, as a Nor'easter is forecast to hit the stricken area next week.

11/03/2012 7:23 PM EDT

How Marathoners Can Help

From New York Road Runners:

NYRR had already secured busses for 40,000 people to be transported to Staten Island on Sunday morning. Marathon runners are a worldwide, strong-willed & spirited community always ready to do something big. So let us do something huge. Bring us to Staten Island on Sunday morning and let us help. Let us fill up the bags passed out at the expo with layers of warm clothes we were planning on tossing to the side of the bridge at the start of the marathon and any other relief items we can donate. Let us help donate, clean, assist those in need, and still be a part of the Starting Line of something big and something to be proud of. NYRR, spend the dollars you are wasting on keeping the expo open, the dollars wasted on paying additional employees to staff, MC, and do random tasks at an Expo for a race that is not happening, and use it to help those who lost their homes and businesses. Take the manpower of the volunteers working at the Expo and bring those hours out to Staten Island to put their time where is matters more.

11/02/2012 6:25 PM EDT

Help For Rockaway

UES: Rockaway Relief accepting donations at 85th & 2nd Ave at Molly Pitcher's bar. They really need hardware supplies (Hefty bags), as well as the use of a truck. They're also collecting food, clothing, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.

11/02/2012 4:45 PM EDT

Sea Gate, Brooklyn, New York: Volunteers Needed

From UJA-Federation of New York:

Volunteers needed today to help with clean up and debris removal from Seagate, this was one of the hardest hit areas and needs the most help.

Please go to Abraham Residence at 38-11 Surf Ave or 39-15 Neptune Ave in Brooklyn to our low income housing site to help our seniors clean up their homes. This was the evacuation zone and they need a lot of man power to get back up and running. It is cold out so please dress warm and bring a flash light (there is no power). If possible please bring water to give out to the seniors.

Drivers and cars with gas are also needed. We need help running errands and getting supplies. If you can bring your car please do so and help our seniors get access to food, water and medication.

Please feel free to just show up anytime before 3pm and look for Dena. If you have questions you may call Dena at 917-592-2456. The service is spotty so please only call if absolutely necessary and leave a message.

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