Sleek & Destroy, though based in Brooklyn, has not been overly affected by the hurricane. Some shipping has been delayed, but expect your orders to mostly arrive on time. In the meantime, our hearts go out to those in New York, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas still without power, water, and shelter. In an effort to put his unique talents to good use, Matthew has become involved with #HurricaneHackers: a space for gathering & sharing information, and organizing tech+social projects related to Hurricane Sandy.
If you’re able to help, there are several organizations that you can support or become involved with. Here’s a list of groups working on relief efforts.
American Red Cross:
- @RedCross on twitter
- American Red Cross on Facebook
- American Red Cross for Mobile Phones
- American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief and Donations - You can also donate to State and Local Chapters
- Find a Red Cross Shelter
- The Red Cross needs Blood Donations – donate blood in your area now
- You can also donate by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.
- The Salvation Army is working to feed people impacted by the storm. Donations can be made there by visiting here.
- Feeding America says that it is working to distribute some thousands of pounds of emergency food to hurricane victims. To donate, you can call 1-800-910-5524 or visit them online here.
- Medicine is also needed, and AmeriCares is working to provide what is needed by those impacted by the storms. Donate here.
- World Vision is distributing flood cleanup kits and personal hygiene items. Donate to them here.
- Save the Children is also out there trying to help relieve families affected by the hurricane. Donate here.
- Samaritan’s Purse needs volunteers. For information how to volunteer, click here.
- Hope for New York needs both volunteers and donations.
If you’re in New Jersey and want to volunteer to help clean up, there is more information available here.
NonsenseNYC has also collected together a fine list of people and projects that require aid, many that need actual labour, “not your donations or clicks”. Their latest newsletter began with, "The most important thing to understanding what’s going on is to actually go to the areas that need attention. People who need help will not always ask for it, or be able to ask for it. This is a do-it-yourself guide: call or internet if you can, but ultimately just go."
Here are some of their suggestions:
- Red Hook: Volunteers needed to cook food and coordinate aid. Come anytime from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and bring something to share. 767 Hicks Street, Brooklyn.Contact: Paulie Anne Duke, paulieanneduke]at]gmail.com.
- Coney Island: Coney Island USA’s flooded building needs help. They’re looking for people with dehumidifiers, fans, squeegees, mops, mop buckets, household heavy duty rubber gloves, respirators, paper towels, cleaning cloths, brooms, bleach, disinfectant. They’ll be accepting donations from noon - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They also need people to help with clean up. Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Avenue, corner of West 12th Street, Brooklyn. Contact: @ConeyIslandFun
- The Rockaways: Help the clean up effort in Rockaway, where houses were completely devastated by Sandy. Contact: Zack Tucker: 201 320 0226. Also: 95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Queens, near Beach 96th Street. Clean and serve food. Contact: Bobby at 718 772 3803.
- Lower East Side: The Henry Street Settlement has received an 18-wheeler of meals and donations. They need vehicles, bikes, and humans to help distribute: 265 Henry Street. Also: Some volunteers are going to set up an aid station at ABC No Rio (food and a portable generator for people to charge cell phones) today starting at 10a. 156 Rivington Street between Clinton and Suffolk. Also: GOLES needs help: 169 Avenue B, between 10th and 11th streets, goles.org.
- Chinatown: A strong community effort is happening over at CAAAV, a Chinatown-based community organizing group located at 46 Hester Street, between Essex and Ludlow. They are looking for volunteers. 212 473 6485.
- Citywide: The Red Cross needs volunteers who are able to lift 50 pounds and are comfortable working in stressful situations. Contact: staffing (at) nyredcross.org. Also: New York City Public Advocate’s Office needs volunteers. Sign up here to help.
- Twitter Page for Hurricane Sandy with Government and Weather Tweets
- Suggested Twitter Accounts to Follow broken down by state –using hashtag #SANDY as well
- Google Crisis Map with Shelter Info, Power Outage Information and More
- How to Use Twitter and Facebook without the Internet
- Jersey Shore Hurricane News on Facebook – to get info on immediate news and needs in New Jersey
You can also follow the relief effort as it’s documented across Tumblr.
November 03, 2012, 11:19pm