A Guide To Pitching In For Sandy’s Cleanup [Updated x2]


Clean-up from Sandy is just beginning, and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a long, expensive process. If you happen to be in an area that was left unscathed by the storm and want to help out, we’re rounding up a few options, and will continue updating throughout the day with further information.

– Donate blood. Hospitals were particularly hard-hit, and the New York Blood Center is calling for donations — they need at least 2,000 per day to maintain their inventory. Information can be found here for donor center locations and scheduling.

– Both individuals and companies can register here for government updates on volunteer opportunities.

Americares is delivering relief supplies, and is accepting both donations and volunteers.

In addition to donations, the Red Cross is seeking volunteers at New York area shelters. If you’re over 16 years of age, can lift 50 pounds, and are “comfortable working with people in stressful situations,” reach out to staffing@nyredcross.org.

– Over on the measure we have info from City Councilmember Brad Lander on volunteer opportunities at Park Slope’s John Jay High School. Among other things, they’re holding a clothing drive. Follow him @bradlander on Twitter for ongoing updates.


United Airlines is Matching Red Cross Donations up to $50,000. That is so much money! Even if you’re not dropping 50k, an easy way to double your contribution.

– The public advocate’s office now has a specific site for Sandy cleanup volunteers. Register here:

– You can volunteer, donate, and even ask for help at the Lower East Side Recovers website

The Food Bank For New York City is seeking donations (cash and food) as well as volunteers. You can also text FBNYC to 50555 to donate from your phone. The Salvation Army is also asking for cash donations to keep its shelters running – text STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

– Still nervous about diving in? Brooklyn Based has a great post up on “What to Expect When You’re Volunteering,” with further info about Sandy relief.


– In addition to the Lower East Side recovers site, the same organization has specific recovery sites for Red Hook, Astoria, and Staten Island.

Follow Virginia K. Smith on Twitter @vksmith.


  1. One of the best things you can offer is going out with relief snacks and drinks easy to open and ready to consume by workers with dirty hands. Just front up to where ever workers are doing something and offer these free. They are a great treat and wonderful recongnition to the volounteers with too much to do than think of themselves. We did this during our own floods and it is one of the community things people still mention.


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