As New York, New Jersey, and much of the Eastern Seaboard struggles to deal with the destruction, power outages, flooding, and gas shortages left in Sandy’s wake, many of us are looking for ways to help. With the help of Twitter and the interwebs, we’ve pulled together a variety of options—there’s something for everyone, whether you’re in New York or Nebraska, and whether you’re looking to donate time, cash, or perhaps even airline miles.
Workers toss ruined foodstuffs at Fairway Market in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (Photo: Time.com)
- Help the New York Parks Service clean up parks in four of the five boroughs.
- In Brooklyn, help unload supplies and sort donations at the Park Slope Armory or the Red Hook Initiative.
- If you have tech skills, sign up with NY Tech Meetup and help schools, non-profits, and independent businesses get back up and running.
- Staten Island was hit harder than almost anywhere else. Learn how you can donate food and non-perishable food items.
- Go to Staten Island Recovers for more ways to help.
- Volunteer with the City by emailing NYC Service at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address and borough.
- Donate blood. The New York Blood Center is in desperate need. Find a donation center near you.
- Eat pork buns and compost cookies for a good cause. Momofuku (and the many other restaurants) are donating profits from their food to the Red Cross. Learn more here.
Not in the area? There are plenty of ways to help.
- Donate to the Red Cross. While the organization is no longer accepting clothing, food, or supply donations, they do need monetary support. Donate on their website or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation.
- Donate to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, which will go directly toward helping Brooklyn residents and businesses.
- Donate to the Salvation Army, which is helping victims in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and West Virginia. Contribute on their website or by “Storm” to 80888.
- Many airlines are matching customer donations or rewarding donations with airline miles: for example, Delta has donated $100,000 to the Red Cross and allowing members to donate their SkyMiles to the cause. Click through for a list of participating airlines.
Know of other volunteer and donation opportunities? Tell us in the comments.