Resources for Members of the Pace Community Interested in Helping in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
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PACE UNIVERSITY: Pace Cares Fund
The Pace Cares Fund will provide assistance to students impacted by Hurricane Sandy, either in the form of financial aid or housing support. Thank you for supporting Pace students during this difficult time. www.pace.edu/pacecares
NEW YORK CITY:
NYC Service is a fantastic resource that lists donation centers and volunteer organizations across the five boroughs. Distribution, cleanup, and donation information can be found here: www.nycservice.org/
New York Cares has a database of active service projects related to storm relief efforts. Volunteers will be sorting donations and cleaning city parks. New York Cares is also sponsoring an ongoing coat drive. Register to volunteer here: www.newyorkcares.org/volunteer/disaster/
The Food Bank for New York City is looking for donations to their emergency fund, as well as volunteers to help sort, repack, and staff food pantries: http://www.foodbanknyc.org/
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger has been updating their Facebook page to announce shelters and soup kitchens who need immediate help: www.facebook.com/NYCCAH
The Volunteer Center of United Way has compiled a list of Westchester-based organizations that are looking for volunteers. Available projects include park cleanup and sorting of donated goods; there is also an updated list of local donation centers and drives: www.volunteer-center.org/sandy
The winter holidays are fast approaching. In the wake of Sandy, many organizations such as the Food Bank for Westchester (www.foodbankforwestchester.org) and other local food pantries may see their supplies dwindle as they work to meet the seasonal demands for food and warm clothing. The Volunteer Center has provided the following information for volunteers who are interested in helping collect, sort, and distribute goods during the holiday season: www.volunteer-center.org/holiday
Many towns on Long Island have experienced unprecedented damage and devastation due to Hurricane Sandy. The Long Island Volunteer Center has seen an incredible show of support from those near and far looking to assist in the recovery process. They are working diligently to match volunteers to areas that need help most. Their website contains links to donation points and more information about local relief efforts. Register here to be contacted when a volunteer opportunity becomes available: http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org/
The Jersey Cares website has a searchable database of volunteer opportunities throughout the state. The projects listed provide both direct and indirect assistance to residents of Bergen County, Hoboken/Jersey City, and the Shore communities most in need: www.jerseycares.org/JC_Sandy_Relief
The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is also looking for donations and volunteers: www.njfoodbank.org/blog/news/5367/hurricane-sandy-relief
FINANCIAL DONATIONS & OTHER WAYS TO HELP:
Want to help but are unable to volunteer? Financial donations are welcomed at the following national organizations: American Red Cross (www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10), the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmy.com), Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org), the Humane Society (www.humanesociety.org), United Way of NYC (http://unitedwaynyc.org/), and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York (www.nyc.gov/html/fund/html/donate/donate.shtml). These organizations will use your gift to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected. Please note that many organizations are NOT able to accept individual donations or collections of items at this time because of the logistical costs that arise due to sorting, packaging and redistribution.
The New York Blood Center’s website keeps an updated list of upcoming blood drives and locations for their donation centers: https://support.nybloodcenter.org/sandy
On Twitter, #sandyvolunteer has been trending, and is providing real-time updates for local donation and volunteer needs.
The American Red Cross also has an app that lists local emergency shelters by zip code.