OC Community: How to Help Post-Sandy

BY Rory Satran | Fri. November 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM | OC
With downtown New York still in the dark and much of the East Coast struggling to repair damage from Superstorm Sandy, it's time to pitch in and help out. We were inspired by the social media calls to action from our Opening Ceremony book co-editor Ken Miller, who has tons of information on relief efforts in the NY area. Ken gave us this exhaustive list of ways to participate and make sure people in distress are getting the help they need.

City Meals on Wheels needs assistance delivering meals to elderly people without electricity. This includes people who are trapped in high-rise buildings without electricity to power, so make sure to bring a flashlight. Getting involved is quick and easy––stop by 355 Lexington Avenue (at 40th Street) and ask for Sheila. Call (212) 687-1234 or check for additional info at

Tribeca Chabad has been organizing groups of people to check on residents without power in the downtown area. Call (212) 566-6764 and ask for Chana or email

CAAAV in Chinatown is accepting donations and assistance at 46 Hester Street. You can find them online at

Momofuku is hosting three events to benefit the American Red Cross: at Má Pêche (15 W. 56th Street) and Café Boulud (20 E 76th Street) in Manhattan, and Noodle Bar (382 Metropolitan Avenue) in Brooklyn. For more information on the events, visit

Ali Forney Center for LGBT in Chelsea suffered tremendous damage during the storm. The space was a place where vulnerable LGBT youth could receive food, showers, clothing, medical care, HIV testing and treatment, and mental health and substance abuse services. Find out how you can help these kids here.

You can find additional volunteer and donation listings at

Brooklyn Tech High School (at Dekalb and South Elliott) in Fort Greene and the Park Slope Armory (at 8th Avenue and 14th Street) are both acting as refugee centers for about 1,000 people displaced from the Rockaways. You can simply stop by and offer to help.

The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost Street and Meeker) and Pilgrim Surf (68 N 3rd and Wythe) in Williamsburg are both coordinating donation runs to the Rockaways. You can drop off canned foods, heavy duty trash bags, clothes (large sizes preferable), and offer to help out.

Masbia is cooking meals that will be served to displaced and needy people. You can find info at

The Rockaways have been particularly hard hit––for up-to-date info you can check

PS1 curator Klaus Biesenbach is organizing relief efforts for the Rockaways. You can stop by the museum to drop off donations or offer assistance.

Do you want to volunteer or donate? Please e-mail with your name, email address, phone number, and borough or call 311. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise. Those who wish to give cash donations to assist New Yorkers who suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy should visit the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Those who wish to donate goods and services should visit Aidmatrix.

Most importantly, don't worry if you only have a little time to offer or a few small items to donate. Every little bit helps!