Sandy Relief Efforts: How to Help


The City of New York is asking everyone to use your time, passion, skills and willingness to help all New Yorkers in need following Hurricane Sandy.  Here are some ways that you can help:

Monetary Donations

The Mayor’s Fund is accepting financial donations from organizations and individuals to support hurricane relief efforts. One hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations.
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Food Donations

If you would like to donate food, please keep in mind that nonperishable items and water are of highest priority. To donate food items, please contact these organizations: City Harvest, Food Bank, Met Council.


Clothing and Goods Donations

For those interested in donating goods to support victims of Hurricane Sandy, please remember that cash is the most helpful form of donation.

If goods are all you have to donate, please consider donating materials directly to one of the following organizations that are partners with the City in its disaster relief operations. By donating to their thrift stores, you are helping fund their disaster relief services: Salvation Army, Housing Works, Catholic Charities.


Support Hurricane Sandy Relief with New York Cares

Hurricane Sandy response projects are being posted on a rolling basis. Sign up to volunteer now!


Hunger Relief

Volunteer thru NYCCAH to support community soup kitchens and food pantry serving New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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Read Hood Initiative

The Red Hook Initiative is currently acting as the center for hurricane recovery efforts in Red Hook, Brooklyn. They are providing meals and supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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New York Blood Center

In the aftermath of Sandy, NYC is in critical need of blood. New Yorkers are encourage to donate. Visit a Blood Drive near you »


Volunteer For A NYC Park

Volunteer to help clean and restore parks hit most affected by the storm.
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Distribute Food and Clothing in Broad Channel

Volunteers are needed as soon as possible to help sort out clothing and pass out food in Broad Channel. The town has set up a shelter in the American Legion Hall at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel, NY. Once you arrive, please ask for Marty Seeny.


Red Cross NY

The Red Cross is recruiting medically credentialed individuals to support NYC shelters. Learn more »


UJA Federation of New York Relief Efforts

Relief efforts are being coordinated through the UJA Federation of New York. Donate and essential items, help to translate in Russian or help to deliver meals to homebound seniors.Visit the UJA’s website for more information »


Sign-Up for Go Pass

Go Pass is a volunteer screening system that increases the capacity of organizations across NYC to address the City’s most pressing needs. Go Pass offers nonprofits a simple, easy and reliable process for volunteers, which reduces cost and enhances safety and security. Organizations accepting Go Pass will streamline and strengthen their background check process and will not need to check volunteers who already have a Go Pass. Register to be part of Go Pass today!


Donate School Supplies

PS 84 Jose de Diego School is collecting school supplies, food and household items for the families of children who attend PS 317 in Far Rockaway. Please donations can be made Monday-Friday from 7:30 am- 6:00 pm at to P.S. 84 located at 250 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Help ST Virgilius Church

Strong able bodied men and women are needed to strip water soaked carpets and other damaged furniture at St Virgilius Church. It is located on 16 Noel Road, Far Rockaway, NY. When you arrive, please ask for Father Richard Olmyer.



NYC Service is working with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to continually recruit a group of New Yorkers who can be called upon in case of an emergency. Volunteers have been critical in staffing evacuation centers and distribution sites during Hurricane Sandy and are essential to assisting our great City in times of need. Please email, if you are interested in being an EmergeNYC Volunteer.


Congregation Beth Elohim

Congregation Beth Elohim is looking for volunteers to donate, make food, or bring meals to Red Hook. Inquire now »


Support NYC OEM During The Relief Effort

OEM is always looking for new CERT volunteers who want to help their families, friends, neighbors and communities before, during and after emergencies. Learn more »