Who would have thought that Doctors Without Borders’ first-ever operation on U.S. soil would be right here in New York City—in Far Rockaway? Nearly two weeks after Sandy, our neighbors still need help. Here’s what you can do this weekend and beyond:
#ConeyRecovers is looking for cleanup volunteers tomorrow at 9am. If you’re interested, please fill out this brief sign-up form. Meet at Tom’s Restaurant, located on the Boardwalk at the end of Stillwell Avenue (one block from the Coney Island-Stillwell Ave subway terminal), to sign in and get your volunteer assignment.
People’s Relief is URGENTLY seeking translators on Coney Island this weekend who speak Russian, Arabic, Yiddish, and Spanish to communicate with elderly and disabled people trapped in housing projects. Interested volunteers can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-326-6394.
PS/IS 288 in Coney Island was destroyed by the storm. Students need composition notebooks, two pocket folders, pens, pencils, sharpeners, any schools supplies really. You can drop off all donations to IS 228 located at 228 Avenue S, Brooklyn NY 11223 (718) 375-7635.
COJECO, a Jewish émigré community organization, is looking for volunteers to meet at the Shorefront Y (3300 Coney Island Ave.) any time between 10:30am-3pm Saturday to be dispatched to neighboring communities. Ritaly Rapaport is the on-site coordinator. If you have a group that can come with 3-4 people, gas and a car, call Eugene Klig at COJECO in the morning at (917) 744-2600 or email email@example.com.
The Coney Island community needs volunteers to help go house-to-house to clean up. Call Sea Gate Command Center at (718) 705-9666 if you can help.
PS 90 in Coney Island, which has now been relocated to IS 96, is in desperate need of supplies. Items can be dropped off at IS 96: Seth Low 99 Avenue P. Brooklyn, NY 11204. Specific needs include: shampoo, soap, sponges, feminine hygiene products, shaving cream, diapers, wet wipes, towels, bedding, socks, gloves, hats, underwear, jackets, kid’s clothes (sizes for ages 3-11, majority in mid-range), sweatshirts, shoes, gift cards are great, too (Target, CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, Visa check cards.)
Gerritsen Beach needs 100 electricians to help restore power. The city must approve the work before reconnecting the houses. They also have to worry about just staying dry and warm, so organizational efforts are floundering. If you’re an electrician, or someone with a bit of organizational savvy, get in touch with Kathy Ene ASAP.
If you’d like to volunteer with the Red Hook Initiative, please report to 480 Van Brunt Street (above Fairway), third floor. Volunteers will be assisting business owners with clean up from the storm, canvassing the neighborhood, and assisting with supply distribution. If you would like to provide a hot meal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to donate, you may do so online at www.rhicenter.org. (At this time they’re not accepting any more supplies.)
Occupy Sandy’s RedHook Volunteer/Distro Hub is in need of at least 25 volunteers today (Friday). Especially if you’ll be available this weekend and/or next week. Cars/Drivers also needed, & people with laptops. 83 14th St btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave (347) 699-6676. Also check out the Occupy Sandy site and Occupy Sandy Amazon Registry for additional ways to give.
On November 10th and 11th at 10am, BWAC needs more volunteers to put up, paint, and spackle new sheetrock. Anyone who is interested can show up to the office, located at 76 Degraw Street.
Visitation Church needs paper towels and toilet paper ASAP. 98 Richards Street, (718) 624-1572.
Brooklyn Brewery is accepting donations during all public hours this weekend to be donated to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Please bring non-perishables and baby supplies and put them on the donation pallets by the door as you enter.
Shore Fruit, in association with other Rockaway business owners and residents, has started a kitchen that gives out free hot meals throughout the winter. Volunteer Wednesday through Sunday, 9-5. No hot food dropoffs please. Email email@example.com.
7-11 Seagirt Blvd., a HUGE highrise complex of senior citizens, is still without power. Volunteers are urgently needed to bring water, food, and supplies to residents 711 Seagirt Ave/ off Beach 8th (entrance at Beach 9th). Contact Danny Zeltzer at (347) 604-0305 (please try to text – phone service is very spotty). Manpower (volunteers) & supplies batteries, flashlights, water, toilet paper, fresh fruit. Bring a back pack!