POLITICS
11/14/2012 01:12 pm ET

Hurricane Sandy: How To Help, Volunteer And Donate

Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy swept across the East Coast, there's still plenty of rebuilding to be done. Here are some of the ways you can help out.

The big organizations: You can make a donation through the Red Cross, AmeriCares, the Salvation Army or Save the Children. You can also consult the websites of Goodwill, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Corporation for National & Community Service to see a list of state and local agencies coordinating recovery efforts. The group World Vision is also helping to distribute food and supplies. Jersey Shore Hurricane News on Facebook has been posting various donations that are being sought by groups along the storm ravaged Shore.

Local efforts: Occupy Sandy is collecting supplies and donations and leading a series of grassroots efforts, including dispatching people for on-the-scene work, in New York and New Jersey. The group is also running a registry of needed supplies through Amazon. The Bay Ridge Cares Kitchen is preparing hot meals for people in hard-hit New York neighborhoods and is looking for drivers, cooks and grocery donations. The Bowery Mission is collecting donations to help house displaced New Yorkers.

The website for New York Cares has a frequently-updated list of volunteer opportunities around New York City. The advocacy group United Neighborhood Houses also has a list of locations in need of supplies and assistance. Jersey Cares is providing a similar service for communities in New Jersey.

The New York City YMCA is collecting donations to go toward school supplies for affected NYC schoolchildren. Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn is coordinating supplies and volunteers. The Long Island Cares food bank, the Brooklyn restaurant chain Two Boots and the Public Theater in lower Manhattan are also collecting supplies.

For animal lovers: You can check the Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue website for information about giving a temporary home to displaced pets. Adopt NY is collecting pet food and supplies. And the Facebook page of Sandy Fosters is helping to match foster volunteers with animals and families in need, as well as steering volunteers toward animal shelters where they can help.

Through HuffPost: We're accepting donations of clothes and blankets through our Sew for Sandy project.

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