Volunteers Needed, Project Sandy with All Hands

From All Hands Volunteers:

Volunteer Signup

“When Hurricane Sandy swept up the Northeast coast on October 29, it wiped out hundreds of homes and wrecked entire neighborhoods. All Hands arrived quickly in this densely populated area, moving from community to community to assess where we could help most effectively.

Those who were able began clearing debris from their homes and businesses, but the challenges continue to be daunting, with local response efforts severely impacted by gas shortages, power outages and dropping temperatures.

There is great need in the affected communities, and they are overwhelmed by the amount of destruction and necessary rebuilding to recover. There are a vast number of volunteers who have stepped forward from the region to help and we are on the ground to start coordinating them for service in Staten Island and Rockaway. Because of damaged infrastructure and the number of displaced families, there is no capacity to house volunteers, so we are reaching out to volunteers in the local area who have transportation to and from the project sites at this time.  We are also currently providing agency coordination support in New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Our greatest need, in order to swiftly and effectively empower volunteers to serve, is cash. This money will go toward purchasing tools, fuel, housing, transportation and coordination efforts. We have experienced team leaders and are leveraging their expertise. While we don’t have immediate spots for volunteers coming from outside the affected area, we will let you know should that change. To sign up, especially if you are local, please click here.

How else can you help?

To put it plainly, deploying volunteers effectively takes money.  If you can’t join us on the ground, you can still make a real difference in one of the following ways:

o    Donate to the Hurricane Sandy Response Fund

o    Organize a fundraising event

o    Set up a custom fundraising page, then send your family and friends your personal endorsement of All Hands along with your fundraising page url

o   Text RESPOND to 80088 to contribute $10 (AT&T and Verizon only at this time)

We are in place and in action. Please support us today.

-All Hand Volunteers”

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Supply Drive, Burlington Area (11/8/12)

Fabulous way to help from afar, thanks to Amanda for organizing!


Hundreds of thousands are still without power and heat, and with temperatures dropping and snow in the forecast the wrath of Hurricane Sandy is still very very real and life threatening. It breaks my heart to see my homestate in pieces but know that in time, we will rebuild and recover if we all come together.

I’ll be driving down to New Jersey this weekend to visit family and volunteer and am determined to leave Vermont with no space in my car. I am collecting donations and will be delivering to drop locations.

Drops and shelters are in desperate need of the following:

  • cases of water
  • blankets
  • baby formula/food
  • diapers
  • flashlights
  • batteries
In addition the following are also needed:
  • NEW personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, tampons, etc.
  • NEW socks and underwear
  • non-perishable foods, peanut butter, etc.
  • new or lightly warn winter jackets, layering, sweatshirts, sweatpants, thermals etc.
  • clean up supplies: work gloves, rubber gloves, dust masks, plastic containers to salvage items from homes

If you live in the Burlington area and would like to donate please contact me on twitter @amandawormann. I will be leaving on Friday and can coordinate a pickup location on Thursday.

Please also consider donating to the Red Cross. This is the easiest way to help the recovery process especially if you live far away and are looking for ways to help. You can donate by texting REDCROSS to 90999 and a $10 donation will be automatically deducted from your cell phone bill. You can also donate through their website here. 

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More Ways to Help (11/6/12)

Westchester County

Family to Family

Clothing and Food Drive Ardsley, NY

Dropoff Point, Mahopac, NY

New York Metro Region

New York Rescue Mission Sandy Fund




New Jersey

***You can find your polling place by texting WHERE to 877877 and follow the prompts afterward.

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Resources for Helping NYC Area Recover

Many parts of the greater New York region are still in need of significant help. Parts of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester remain without power. Lots of grassroots groups have popped up to support these areas and offer a number of ways to help from volunteering to sending donations of diapers, blankets or other key items.




Donation Information for Regional Funds

To make a donation or to learn more, visit www.UWWP.org. Checks can be made out to “United Way of Westchester and Putnam – Disaster Recovery Fund” and mailed to the United Way of Westchester and Putnam at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, NY, 10606.

Donations to Newark: 973 733 4311

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Race to Recover Fund

Another option for giving:

NYRR, in partnership with the Rudin Family and the ING Foundation, has established the “Race to Recover” Marathon Fund to aid New Yorkers impacted by the storm. Over $2.6 million has been raised, including a $1 million donation by NYRR. We are asking you to join us by making a $26.20 donation, or whatever you can afford, to help bring recovery and hope to those communities and families most affected. Proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy Relief, administered by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. You can also donate to the relief effort through NYRR’s fundraising platform, CrowdRise, which includes the American Red Cross and other charities.

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Volunteers Needed, Brooklyn

Sandyhelp.org is organizing spontaneous volunteers interested in helping out in Sandy affected areas of Brooklyn. Three ways to get involved:

1) Meet every morning at 799 E. 8th St, Brooklyn, NY at 11am. Come with
supplies, food or anything else you can do. Also, if you know any suppliers that can donate, that would be great. People are very excited to be involved in this project.
There are many volunteers that come with cars, so we are carpooling to destinations.

2) Get people to like our page on facebook: www.facebook.com/sandyhelp.org

3) Make a donation so we can buy supplies for the people in dire need:

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Volunteer Opportunity Map: NYC Region

Great map with volunteer opportunities by location and volunteer skill set. Can also add new volunteer opportunities.


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