Massive #NYC & #NJ #SandyVolunteer Ops List |

November 3rd 4:30pm



1) There will be volunteer opportunities starting Saturday and Sunday at 10 am in Red Hook. Tasks will include clean-up and informational canvassing. Contact Carlos Menchaca at 415-350-3434

2) El Puente is accepting donations for hurricane victims in the Rockaways. They are looking for volunteers to sort and box donations at their headquarters in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Contact:

3) Contact the owners of the Brooklyn Kitchen to get involved with their relief efforts providing food and FEMA information to those in need—specifically, in the Rockaways. Learn More:

4) On Nov. 3rd (10am–4pm) and Nov. 4th (11am–4pm) the BWAC will be cleaning their gallery. The ground floor was completely destroyed and the upstairs is in need of painting and spackling. Please wear old work clothes and waterproof boots; bring work gloves if you have them. Contact to RSVP.

5) The Red Hook Initiative is currently acting as the center for hurricane recovery efforts in Red Hook, Brooklyn. They are providing meals and supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Learn More:

6) Congregation Beth Elohim is looking for volunteers to donate, make food, or bring meals to Red Hook. Contact:

7) St. Jacobi Church could use a hand at 5406 4th Ave. Contact: Ronnie 646-353-5194

8) American Legion Post 1404 at 209 Cross Bay Blvd is running out of food VERY quickly, and neither FEMA nor the Red Cross have arrived. If anyone can bring water, pre-cooked, quick heat,etc. food PLEASE do. (No electricity or running water.) If you can help, please come. They also need extra hands to sort clothes.

9) If you’ve got toiletries, socks, underwear or sweatshirts, you can drop them off at Good Co. (10 Hope Street, Williamsburg), Pour House (7901 3rd Ave, Bay Ridge), Mullanes, (S. Elliot & Lafayette, Fort Greene) and at 118 Freeman St. b/t Manhattan & Franklin, Greenpoint

10) The Corcoran is hosting a drive for kids displaced in two of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in the city, Breezy Point and the Rockaways. Clothes, diapers, and food can be dropped off at 125 7th Ave. Donations for kids can also be dropped at Steve Levin’s Office at 410 Atlantic Ave.

11) Union Pool is looking for musicians, artists, and generally creatively-minded people to help put together a benefit for those in the Rockaways. Contact them with ideas at as soon as possible.

12) The Meat Hook in Williamsburg is collecting supplies to serve hot meals to those stranded in the Rockaways, some of whom haven’t eaten in days. They’re also facilitating folks to sign up for FEMA relief. Stop by their store at 100 Frost Street to drop off items listed here.

13) Affinity Cycles (616 Grand Street, Williamsburg) is having a food and supply drive today and then riding the supplies down to the Rockaways on tomorrow (sunday)

14) State Senate Candidate Andrew Gounardes & Councilman Vincent Gentile have helped organize a children’s drive. Drop off all gently used toys, books and children’s clothing to either 7321 15th Avenue in Dyker Heights, or 351 87th Street in Bay Ridge. Goods will be given to children in Gerritsen beach et al who have lost everything.

15) Park Slope, Congregation Beth Elohim is running a huge volunteer drive that will continue for days to come. You can sign up here to donate, help make food, or run meals to Red Hook.

16) Folks in Park Slope can also donate goods at Postmark Cafe on 326 6th St. They will be accepting sugar, flour, 100% juice, canned fruit and veggies, canned tuna and chicken, soup, pasta sauce, rice, beans, boxed milk with a shelf life, cereal, oatmeal, coffee, and tea from 7am to 7pm (Saturday at 8am).

17) Help Prospect Park! Sign up for the November 3rd Walkathon or attend the Prospect Park Anniversary Ball on November 10.

18) Night Owls needed! Volunteering doesn’t end when the sun goes down, which is good, because the sun seems to be going down earlier every day. There have been plenty of volunteers during the daytime; overnight volunteers are needed at all shelters. Folks needed at John Jay, Brooklyn Tech, and Park Slope Armory. Volunteers at John Jay must sign up for shifts each day. The Armory is caring mostly for an elderly population, so those with experience are especially needed.

19) Speaking again of the Park Slope Armory, Masbia soup kitchen has been there providing hot meals to over 500 evacuees from adult care homes in flooded parts of the city. This has been a huge expenditure for this small non-profit. Help Masbia cover its costs.

20) Park Slope Jewish Center (1320 8th Avenue) has put out a call for the following items to help Red Hook and the Armory: any XL MEN’s clothing, XL Men’s Pants, XL Men’s Jackets, XL Men’s Shirts, XL Men’s Sweatshirts. Unopened pre-packaged food. Flashlights, batteries, candles are the most important items for Red Hook. Fresh fruit, non-perishables, soap, paper towels, wipes and diapers are great as well.

21) DUMBO’s Powerhouse Arena got rained on in a big way. Over two feet of water stormed the bookstore/event space, destroying store items and furniture with it, leaving the place stranded without flood insurance. However, Powerhouse is determined to re-open, and you can help with that! Donate to their efforts to clean up and restock. There’s also a Sandy Hates Books fundraiser on the horizon, currently scheduled for Saturday, November 17 from 12-8pm. Updates to come.

22) For those who want to help provide sustenance but have limited cooking abilities, hands will be needed to distribute free packaged meals and drinking water today at Coffey Park at 85 Richards Street in Red Hook 7:30am-12:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm. Bring your own bag to carry food and water.

23) The Park Slope Women’s Shelter (8th Avenue between 14th and 15th Street) needs volunteers to do any work necessary to keep the shelter running (laundry, helping with meals, etc.), for several hours at a time.

24) Veggie House: Contact: Katherine 917-821-3555 96th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd Not for supply drop-offs, volunteer only Requests for Volunteers at Veggie Island: Veggie Island needs 6-10 dedicated and experienced volunteers to clean out Veggie Island kitchen so that it can be transformed to a kitchen by Sunday. Volunteers should arrive ready to clean with their own gloves, mask etc. if possible. Please contact Katherine to see if they still need help.

25) Firehouse Hours of operation: 24 hours 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd Contact: Rockaway Waterfront Alliance: 718-327-5919 – (but we are uncertain that they have access to either one of these contact methods – JUST SHOW UP!) Requests for Volunteers at the firehouse: They are in need of PEOPLE 24/7. What they need are folks to: knock on people’s doors, help distributing meals, setting up a restaurant-style food station in the firehouse, digging people’s cars out of the sand, helping people get in and out of the Rockaways, etc. Keep in mind: there is NO electricity, access to gas, etc. But volunteers are urgently needed ASAP.

26) Nordeck Community Room 321 Beach 57th Contact: Keisha (347)393-1166

27) Volunteer and Drop-off Location 96th and Rockaway Beach Blvd

28) Volunteer and Drop-off Location St. Francis DeSailles, Beach 129th

29) Volunteer and Drop-off Location 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd

30) Downtown Brooklyn donation drop off point: NYCC 2-4 Nevins Street, 2nd Floor

31) Bushwick donation drop off point: Secret Works 10am - 8pm 59 Jefferson Street #301

32) Park Slope donation drop off point: Park Slope Armory YMCA Address: 361 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

33) Park Slope donation drop off point: New Hope Church 120/122 16th St btw 4th and 5th ave Pastor Craig: (718) 768-5275

34) Fort Green / Clinton Hill donation drop off point: 45 Waverly Avenue just off of Park Ave in Fort Green/Clinton Hill Hours: 10am-6pm


Coney Island:

1) We have a special need for volunteers who are able to help in Coney Island this weekend (11/3-11/4) - and Mon & Tues (11/5-11/6) from 12-5 PM. Sign up to Volunteer:

2) Volunteers who can access Brighton Beach: the Shorefront JCC has become a center for recovery efforts for Jewish communities in the area. Call 718-743-0575.

3) JASA is looking for able-bodied volunteers to carry food and supplies up 7+ flights of stairs to homebound seniors who’ve been trapped by the loss of elevator service. Email or call 212-991-6572

4) Iglesia el tabernaculo: 2769 stillwell ave Open until 7pm Requests for Volunteers at Iglesia el tabernaculo:
Volunteers are requested at Iglesia el tabernaculo. They have specifically requested an electrician. The site was completely flooded and they are hesitant to plug anything in until an electrician has confirmed it is safe.
Specific needs in Coney Island: non perishablegoods; crackers, chips, etc, no canned goods if possible; hot food; paper and plastic dishes, utensils; serving trays, sternos; winter clothes, hats, gloves; candles; toiletries; pet food Also, people still without power so candles, flashlights most appreciated


1) Sign up to volunteer in a Manhattan Park:

2) On November 3rd from 10–4, join fellow New Yorkers for a community clean-up at Stuyvesant Cove Park. Volunteers are needed to clear debris and to help start the rebuilding process. For more information email

3) The Bowery Mission could use a hand at 45-51 Ave D Contact: 212-777-3424 (Claude Nelson or any "operations manager" on duty. Open 24/7)

4) Nazareth Housing is looking for volunteers on 206 E. 4th street Contact: Michael Callaghan 212 477-7017

5) 6th St. Community Center 686 E. 6th Street between Avenue B and C Open 1pm-5pm Food drop-off and volunteers requested

6) GOLES (open 11/3 12pm-5pm) 169 Ave. B btwn 10th and 11th Specific Donation Requests at GOLES: NONE – GOLES is no longer accepting donations. Volunteer location only. Requests for Volunteers at GOLES: We need RNs and doctors who can write prescriptions on site at GOLES. Today we encountered many elderly people who said they were running out of their meds and needed new prescriptions. This situation will likely improve with power coming into the LES, but we cannot be sure.

7) Washington Heights donation drop off point: PS187 Cabrini and 187th St

8) Upper East Side donation drop off point: (drop off center for Rockaway/Breezy Point/Broad Channel donations) York Ave between 83 and 84th st

9) Upper West Side donation drop off point: 167 W 80th Street Contact: Monica @monicaomdec


1) Volunteers are needed as soon as possible to help sort out clothing and pass out food in the Rockaways. The town has set up a shelter in the American Legion Hall at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard, Far Rockaway, NY. Once you arrive, please ask for Marty Seeny.

2) Strong able bodied men and women are needed to strip water soaked carpets and other damaged furniture at St Virgilius Church. It is located on 16 Noel Road, Far Rockaway, NY. When you arrive, please ask for Father Richard Olmyer.

3) Sign up to volunteer in a Queens Park

4) Hurricane Sandy Response: Atlas Park Center Collection and Sorting Site-PM Shift: Sunday 3-8pm: Assist teams of volunteers with food and clothing collection, sorting, and loading at Atlas Park Center in Glendale, Queens. These donations will be transported by volunteer ambulance corps to Breezy Point, one of New York City's most heavily impacted areas from Hurricane Sandy. Some heavy lifting (up to 20 pounds) may be required. Sign up:

5) Astoria Donation drop off point: 23-74 38th St Leni 646-296-0070 Open until 7pm Sat and Sun

6) Astoria Matrix Fitness Club 43-60 Ditmars Blvd lower level of LaGuardia Shopping Center 718.267.8989 (please call ahead) open 7am - 8pm Saturday and Sunday

7) Sunnyside donation drop off point: 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205, M-F from 9am – 6pm. Sat 11/3 from 10am – 2pm



1) Sign up to volunteer in a Bronx Park:


Staten Island:

1) On Saturday at 9am, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis will be holding a clean-up in Staten Island. People will gather at the end of New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue which is located just east of New Dorp High School (465 New Dorp Lane). Volunteers should bring any tools that may have (rakes, shovels, push brooms, work gloves, trash bags). Those who are unable to work the clean-up can donate equipment (brooms, rakes, garbage bags, shovels) at Monsignor Farrell High School at 2900 Amboy Road. | Corner of New Dorp Lane & Cedar Grove Avenue 9am onwards, Sat 11/3 212-669-3571 (Nicole Malliotakis) Please note that Unitarian Church of SI no longer needs volunteers.

2) Crossroads Church: We will be working out of the Crossroads location as a place from which to organize then deliver by car/bike: food, cleaning supplies, towels, snacks, and information to residents in Midland Beach, New Dorp, Oakwood, Great Kills. We will be canvassing the community to figure out larger scale community needs including generators, tree removal, pumping, and other needs. Needs: car and bike deliverers, co-pilots, servers. 168 New Dorp Lane 11am-6pm ask for Gloria or Chad

3) Rab’s Country Lanes 1600 Hylan Blvd. in Dongan Hills Requests for Volunteers at Rab’s

4) Being surrounded by water and all, Staten Island got hit pretty hard. Disaster relief is being coordinated in Bay Ridge, where community organizers are collecting food, clothing, and non-perishable items to be donated to local shelters on Staten Island.

5) Donation drop off point: Farrell High School 2900 Amboy Rd.

6) Donation drop off point:Unitarian Church of SI 312 Fillmore St

7) Donation drop off point: Petrides 715 Ocean Terrace

8) Donation drop off point: 1200 Manor RD



1) Donation drop off point: ImageNation's RAW SPACE 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., NYC, bet. 121st & 122nd Sts Contact: 212.694.2887 Mon-Th: 10:30a-5:30p / Fri-Sun: 2pm to 8pm


NYC City-Wide:

1) Volunteer thru NYCCAH to support community soup kitchens and food pantry serving New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy. Contact NYCCAH Volunteer Coordination at 212-825-0028 ext: 211 to sign up.

2) The Red Cross is recruiting medically credentialed individuals to support NYC shelters.

3) Please contact your local blood center to schedule an appointment today:

4) OEM is always looking for new CERT volunteers who want to help their families, friends, neighbors and communities before, during and after emergencies:

5) Donate Blood, Contact the New York Blood Center to find the donation center nearest to you. Call 1-800-933-2566.


NEW JERSEY: Governor Chris Christie has arranged for an emergency volunteer hotline. For complete information, call 1-800-537-7397 or 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471.

Atlantic City:

1) The Atlantic City Rescue Mission is coordinating support for more than 300 homeless families in AC and others. website: off sites:,-74.550476&spn=0.50474,0.995636 Contact: (609) 646-4693. Ask for a Mission representative.

Atlantic City Rescue Mission’s shelter has relocated temporarily during Sandy and her aftermath and is operating very effectively from our host, Shore Fellowship Church in Egg Harbor Township. This temporary location will continue into the immediate future.

We do have some immediate needs listed below. If you want to help, or know someone who can, items can be delivered to one of 45 dropoff sites. Take your clothes, towels or underwear donations to one of our other drop-box sites and the Mission will pick them up in the next 3-5 days… Shore Fellowship drop-off is full. See our other drop-off sites for everything but food.

Phone lines are still not predictable. Email Chef Dave at to make food donations during the coming days and weeks.

If you know restaurants which can help and even donate, that would be wonderful. Ask for Mission Chef Dave, to assist on Food Relief. Or if you would like to make a contribution to our Emergency Assistance and Shelter Relief Fund, click here.


Heavy Duty Trash Liners
Latex Gloves
Coats for men & women
Styrofoam cups 8 oz
Drinking cups, 12 – 16 oz size
Personal / Baby Wet Wipes
Mens underwear large, XL, 2X
Men’s white socks
Women’s underwear (size 10 and up)
Socks for women
Socks for small boys
Toiletries: soap, razors, shave cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste
Board Games – checkers, chess, puzzle books

Cooked chicken parts, any type: fried, BBQ
Salad Mix
Sliced american cheese – 20 #
700 Cookies
Chips – Bags of individual servings of chips
Decaffeinated cold drinks
Desserts, individually wrapped
Soup for 360 – all one kind
Ground Coffee

We can be reached at Shore Fellowship at (609) 646-4693. Ask for a Mission representative.


Tom River:

1) Donation drop off point: Simply Sun Tanning 635 Bay Ave # 202-5 Toms River, NJ 08753

2) Donation drop off point: Simply Sun Tanning 1311 Rt. 37 W. Toms River, NJ 08755

Lyndhurst & Newark:

1) Donation drop off point: Lyndhurst Police Department 367 Valley Brook Avenue Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 Contact 201-939-2900 option #9 for more information. Specific Donation Requests at Lyndhurst Police Department: bleach, disinfectants, mops, brushes, and heavy duty garbage bags

2) Donation drop off point: New Hope Baptist Church 106 Sussex Avenue Newark, New Jersey Contact 201-939-2900 option #9 for more information. New Hope Baptist Church will be the central location for FEMA to distribute water and other supplies within the community.

3) Donald K Tucker Centre 23-35 Elizabeth Avenue Newark, New Jersey Contact # 973-242-0022 Requests for Volunteers at Donald K Tucker Centre: Looking for volunteers to cook and prepare food.

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