We have already seen the brilliant resiliency and generosity of New Yorkers in the past 48 hours. Below are ways that you can continue to help your neighbors, communities, and city. This is not a comprehensive list of all organized ways to help, but it is a good starting point to lend a hand.
1. Our partners at CAAAV need your help in Chinatown. From 10am to 5pm every day (until we hear otherwise), they will be organizing volunteers and receiving supplies at 46 Hester Street. They need: flashlights, batteries, food (perishable and non-perishable), and bottled water. More information can be found on the CAAAV Facebook page.
2. Council Member Brad Lander's Hurricane Response Site
Get updates on volunteer needs in Brooklyn's 39th District
3. NYC Service
Click the link for more information, or email nycservice [at] cityhall [dot] nyc [dot] gov with your name, email address and borough to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
4. Occupy Sandy Relief NYC
Visit this site developed by Occupy activists to respond to needs neighborhood-by-neighborhood.
5. NYC Hurricane Zones
Enter your address here to find the closest shelter to you and reach out to see if they are in need of volunteers.
Also, please consider visiting nursing homes in your area, elderly residents on your block, and other spaces where people might just need some company after the storm. Let's counter isolation wherever we can.
Thank you for all the inspiring ways you support those around you. Our movements are built in many ways, and your care for your community members is a crucial part.
Marjorie Dove Kent
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice