Ways to Contribute to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort in New York

February 14, 2013

As we respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the most urgent needs are for money and helping hands.

Middle Church will continue to accept donations for the It Takes a Village Fund. This fund will offer certificates to our neighbors to shop at Trader Joe's for food and supplies. You may donate online here (indicate "It Takes a Village Fund" in the Notes field) OR send a check to Middle Church, noting "It Takes a Village Fund" in the memo area.

Occupy Sandy has created Occupy Sandy's Wedding Registry where you can buy needed items that will be shipped directly to the community in need. Follow this link to donate to the wedding registry.

The Mayors Fund To Advance New York City promises to distribute 100% of the monies to vetted organizations and vetted needs/purposes.

Helping Hands
Middle Church is returning to the Rockaways with volunteers on Saturday, February 23rd to work with the Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck. We only have space for 14 volunteers, so RSVP to Alisa Joyce at ajoyce@middlechurch.org by Thursday, February 21st at 10:00 AM. 

We will be returning to New Orleans for a Mission Trip February 17-23, 2013. For more information, including costs and how to register, please click here.

Join Habitat for Humanity for an upcoming volunteer project in Brooklyn or Staten Island! To volunteer, please email volunteer@habitatnyc.org and put the date and location you are signing up for in the subject line. Volunteers must be available for the full shift indicated.

Staten Island – Demolition Work (Ages 18 & up)
Scope of work: Demolition of homes affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Dates available: February 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 26, 27 and 28, as well as March 1. Weekday shifts last from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must wear long pants and thick-soled, closed-toed, non-skid shoes or boots (no sneakers or shorts).

Staten Island – Painting (Ages 14 & up)
Scope of work: Revitalize and paint a community center.
Dates available: February 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sneakers are allowed for this project.

Brooklyn - Painting (Ages 16 & up)
Scope of work: Painting Habitat-NYC homes (indoors).
Dates available: February 8 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must wear thick soled non-skid shoes or boots for this project.

Brooklyn - Painting (Ages 14 & up)
Coney Island
Scope of work: Revitalize and paint a community center.
Dates available: February 13 & 14. Each weekday shift lasts from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sneakers are allowed for this project.

Organizations with relief work opportunities and other listings of ways to help are listed below in the Related Links. 

For questions about access to power, food and other frequently asked questions after the storm, see these resources:
Office of Emergency Management:
WNYC News: "Your Post-Sandy Questions, Answered" 

The Middle Church staff social worker, Richard Schwartz, offers skilled support during weekly office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To connect, call the office at (212) 477-0666 and ask for Richard Schwartz or write a confidential email to rschwartz@middlechurch.org.

Related Links:

American Red Cross in Greater New York (520 West 49th Street, 877-733-2767) External Link

Astoria Recovers External Link

Huffington Post: Hurricane Sandy: How To Help & What You Need To Know (UPDATES) External Link

Interfaith Assembly for Homelessness and Housing External Link

Lower East Side Recovers External Link

New York Cares External Link

Occupy Sandy External Link

RCA Church World Services External Link

Red Hook Recovers External Link

Staten Island Recovers External Link

WNYC News: How to Help | Sandy Recovery External Link

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