Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Help, Get Help

November 28, 2012 12:58:48 PM PST
Sandy's aftermath is being felt all over the city, from massive flooding to devastating fires. As the area begins the difficult recovery process that will take place over the next several days and weeks, organizations across the city and beyond are seeking both volunteers and monetary donations for relief funds.



Impacted residents in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut can apply for federal assistance. Affected residents must register with FEMA by phone or online to access that aid. To register by phone, residents can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY line for people with speech or hearing disabilities is 1-800-462-7585. The line is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. To register online, applications may be completed at


NYC Restore helps New Yorkers in the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy get access to important information and services to help them recover. NYC Restoration Centers are open from 8 AM - 8 PM daily. NYC Restoration Centers are located at these addresses:

Coney Island
Our Lady of Solace
2866 W. 19th St.
Brooklyn, 11224

SSA Building
10 Bouck Ct.
Brooklyn, 11223

Far Rockaway
10-01 Beach 20th St.
(At Cornaga Ave.)
Queens, 11691

Staten Island
1976 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, 10306

Click here for more information and additional locations.


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Airbnb announced the launch of a new platform to help connect victims of Hurricane Sandy with free housing options. Airbnb is now providing a platform to connect those who are eager to offer free housing to those who have been displaced by the storm. The entire process will be free, but Airbnb will still provide customer service, insurance for hosts and other services. New Yorkers can now list their homes and extra space easily and immediately, and people who are looking for a place to stay can access these free spaces via Airbnb's Donated Sandy Housing Directory at The Mayor made the announcement at City Hall.



Red Cross food distribution centers are open on Long Island for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The locations are as follows:

  • H Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Highway, Hauppauge
  • Riverhead County Center, 210 Center Drive, Riverhead
  • Mastic Fire House, 1088 Mastic Road, Mastic
  • Nickerson Beach Park, 880 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach
  • Cedar Crest Park, 3340 Merrick Road, Seaford
  • Christopher Marley Park, 500 Searingtown Road, Roslyn


    If you are able to leave your home safely and want to help, here are options for volunteering your time, as well as some options for donations.


    The Red Cross
    (800) 733-2767 (RED-CROSS)

    • The American Red Cross is reaching out for people to help in several ways, including providing assistance in shelters, providing support in Red Cross warehouse and helping with distributing needed supplies. For more information, visit our page dedicated to the organization's cause.


    1. Text ABC to 90999 to give $10 to the American Red Cross
    2. Visit
    3. Phone: 1-800-HELP-NOW

    United Way
    (703) 836-7112

    • The United Way has officially launched an initiatve in which 100 percent of the money raised will go to help victims of Sandy. To donate, visit or text "RECOVERY" to 52000.

    The Humane Society
    (202) 452-1100
    • The HSUS is providing critically needed animal sheltering assistance for animals and families who evacuated their homes because of Sandy. To support The HSUS's work in the Sandy recovery efforts, please donate at the organization's website, call (866) 720-2676 or text "ANIMALS" to 20222 and donate $10 to support The HSUS Disaster Relief Fund. Standard messaging and data rates apply.

    World Care Center
    (212) 563-7570
    • Visitors to the organization's website and fill out a disaster volunteer application to get involved.



    An organization has been established to help Sandy victims restore damaged photos. For more information, please visit

    Adopt A Family Facebook Page

    New York City Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund
    New York City Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund Inc.
    C/O Uniformed Firefighters Association
    204 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
    PHONE: 646-839-6535.

    Food Pantry Donations (New Jersey)

    Center for Food Action

    New York Cares
    (212) 228-5000
    • Those interested can click on the front page to find out how to get involved with the relief effort. There is also an option to support the organization's Sandy relief efforts by texting "iCARE" to 85944 to donate $10. Reply "YES" to confirm after sending the message.

    Jersey Cares
    (973) 424-1091
    • Visit the organization's website to register for Sandy recovery projects. Jersey Cares will then reach out to you when the projects are in place.

    Tunnel to Towers Foundation
    • Those wishing to donate funds through the Tunnel to Towers Foundation can send a personal check made out to the T2T Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to:

      T2T Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306

      Donors may designate where they would like their funds to go on the Memo line -- NY Relief, NJ Relief, etc. You can also go donate online and donate at

    Long Island Volunteer Center
    (516) 564-5482

    • Visit the organizations website and complete an individual profile to register for Sandy recovery projects. The center will then reach out with instructions and a specific place to go.

    New York City Service
    (212) 788-7550
    • Those interested should send an email to the address listed above with his or her name, email address, phone number and borough or call 311.

    Food Bank NYC
    (212) 566-7855
    • Through the website, those interested have the option to either donate money ($35, $60, $120 or another amount of one's choosing), donate food or volunteer.

    Volunteer Center (Westchester)
    (914) 948-4452
    • Through the organization's website, those interested can find how to get involved with Adopt-A-Family, give blood or become a a community emergency response team member.

    Island Harvest
    (516) 294-8528 or (631) 873-4775
    • Through the organization's website, those interested can make a donation or by calling the numbers listed above. Communities are also encouraged to hold a fundraiser or food drive within their own community by contact local businesses or organizations. After the arrangements are confirmed, register your event by visiting this site. Also, donations of food, cleaning supplies, water, and other nonperishable items are needed at the following Island Harvest locations:

      Island Harvest Food Collection & Distribution Center
      40 Marcus Blvd.
      Hauppauge, N.Y. 11788
      Hours: Weekdays, 10:00am-3:00pm

      Island Harvest Uniondale Warehouse (behind the Holly Patterson extended care facility)
      875 Jerusalem Ave.
      Uniondale, N.Y. 11553
      Hours: Weekdays, 10:00am-3:00pm

      In addition, the organization is sponsoring a "Turkey and Trimmings Collection Campaign," in which those interested can drop off frozen turkeys or non-perishable goods at area Panera Bread stores and Bristal Assisted Living North Hills. For more information, visit this site.

      New York Urban League
      (718) 442-5579
      • The NYUL is taking up donations to deliver to a distribution center for Hurricane Sandy victims on Staten Island, located at 6 Van Duzer Street. The organization is looking for lightly worn clothing and shoes, baby and adult diapers, deodorant, water, batteries and socks

        The drop off location is at:

        204 W. 136th St.
        Between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem

        Items can be donated from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday and from 9:00am to noon on Saturday. The Staten Island pick up location will be open from noon to 5:00pm on Saturdays and 1:00pm-5:00pm on Sundays. Additional pick-up days will be announced.

      Brooklyn Recovery Fund
      (718) 246-6886
      • The fund is a joint effort of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. It will provide support to Brooklyn's nonprofit organizations working with the communities and individuals most affected by Hurricane Sandy. Those who want to contribute can do so here.
      Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

      The Catholic Charities in Brooklyn and Queens are in need of both volunteers to be part of a clean-up crew to help restore parish-based food pantries and program sites and donations. To see where you can drop off materials and what items are needed, visit this page.

      Archdiocese of New York

      Cardinal Timonthy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has called for a special collection to be taken up for Hurricane Sandy victims this weekend at all of the collective parishes in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties. Checks should be sent to the Chancery Office. The distribution of the monies that are received will be administered by the Cardinal's Office and a report will be made available to our donors. For more information, contact the parish nearest you.