Even if you don’t live on the East coast, chances are you heard of Hurricane Sandy. It did some major physical and emotional damage to a lot of people, and many think it played a big last-minute part in the election this month.
Though the news coverage of it is dying down, that doesn’t mean everything for those hit is back to normal. I went to volunteer in Far Rockaway, New York last Sunday, where many still do not have basic things we take for granted on a daily basist: things like food, water, and electricity. If you live close to an area that has been affected, please take the time out to help. I promise, in addition to the fact that you’re helping people’s lives, it’s also a great workout and there are probably puppies to play with. If you don’t have the time to go out and lend a physical hand, there are also many places to make quick easy donations to help with relief.
Here are a few of the ways to help out and gain some major karma points / hugs. Also, if you have volunteered or donated through any other organization and would like them added to the list, comment below!
1. Purchase items from the faux wedding registry Occupy Sandy on Amazon
2. Do good via our friends at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) – they’re collecting non-perishable food for City Harvest through November 30th
3. Visit the NYC Service website to sign up for a variety of one-time or on-going opportunities
4. Donate Blood
5. Pick up a few of these charitable threads advertising NYC’s newest neighborhood SoPo – South of Power
6. Go to www.redcross.org or text ‘REDCROSS‘ to 90999 to donate $10.
7. Contact Red Hook Initiative for volunteer opportunities in Brooklyn
8. Visit Kevin Powell’s blog for a list of how to help with relief and resources
9. Donate via Humans of New York + Tumblr fundraiser
10. Find volunteer opportunities on New York Cares
11. Check out this article to see which restaurants are donating proceeds by serving up specialty hurricane cocktails & pre-fixe menus
12. Follow NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Twitter (@MikeBloomberg)