New Resources for Sandy Disaster Relief

In addition to the resources previously posted on this blog, here is more information on helping in the Sandy recovery effort, and places to go for help. Many of the web sites below are bright and shiny new. These include some with hyper-localized, croud-sourced neighborhood information but also the state-wide Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

The first part of this list was put together by Star-Ledger staff, available on NJ.com. See additional information and help guides for people recovering from storm damage and outages, and for people to help, here.

Among the places requesting help, including local, state and national:

  • The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has been established to raise funds and resources to help New Jersey families impacted by the devastation of the storm. Donations can be be online at www.SandyNJReliefFund.org or mail checks to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, PO Box 95, Mendham NJ 07945-0095. For more information e-mail: info@sandynjrelieffund.org
  • To donate to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, go to redcross.org, call (800) RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to place a $10 donation which will be applied to your phone bill. To volunteer, go toredcross.org.
  • To volunteer with the Salvation Army or to make a donation to Hurricane Sandy relief, visit salvationarmynj.org, or call (908) 851-9300. Donations can also be sent to P.O Box 3170, Union, N.J., 07083 with NJ Hurricane Sandy Relief in the memo line.
  • To contribute to the United Way, visit UWSandyRecovery.org.
  • Newark’s Covenant House is caring for children evacuated from Atlantic City. It needs supplies (fuel, groceries, clothes, diapers) or donations. To assist, e-mail jscozzo@covenanthouse.org.
  • To give to Boys & Girls Club hurricane relief, Text BeGreatNJ to 20222 and $10 will be added to your phone bill. Checks can be mailed to: Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey, 822 Clifton Ave. Clifton, NJ 07013. Indicate “Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund” in the memo line.
  • The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is in need of meals in a can; canned fruit, vegetables and soup; peanut butter, granola bars; shelf-stable milk and cereal. Donations can be dropped at the FoodBank, 31 Evans Terminal, Hillside. Contributions can be made online at CFBNJ.org/helpnow.
  • Union Beach is accepting donations of food, toiletries, clothing and blankets. Donations may be dropped at the municipal building, 650 Poole Ave. and at the Union Beach Firehouse 1, 1110 Union Ave.

Additional resources:

Guidestar.org has a list of recommended charities for international Hurricane Sandy relief efforts here. You need to register on the site (you can do so for free or buy a membership) before you can access the site, which has information on most nonprofits throughout the country. Note, the list doesn’t include some of the newest, local ad hoc organizations, listed above. This is a good place for doing research on established nonprofits.

 

Some other very localized information resources for volunteering and giving:

Staten Island Recovers is a good resource for very localized information on giving, volunteering, and travel instructions on how to get to Staten Island to volunteer, including how to get there (via car, bike and other means) and what to bring.

Also see Redhook Recovers, https://redhook.recovers.org/, Astoria Recovers https://astoria.recovers.org/, and the Lower East Side Recovers https://lowereastside.recovers.org/ sites. There is some very good hyper-localized info on these sites.

More localized info for other New York City locations is available at http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/.

Facebook members can also share recovery information on the Jersey Shore Hurricane News page. Originally created for Hurricane Irene, it is a place people can share all kinds of related to disaster recovery, including specific, local information on gas stations and recovery sites.

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