The last few weeks have been as different and trying for area residents as any in recent memory and there are thousands of people throughout Staten Island and in New York City that want to help. The list has grown exponentially since the last time we reviewed the area opportunities to help so whether you want to donate, volunteer or offer assistance directly to afflicted families, check out the list below.
Staten Island Recovers - http://statenisland.recovers.org
The Staten Island page on Recovers.org provides a number of resources to help coordinate donations and volunteers. Instead of blindly donating when you don’t know what real victims need, this site provides an outline of what resources are needed by specific people and where volunteers are needed from day to day.
Occupy Sandy - http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/
The resources used by the Occupy Wall Street movement have been repurposed to provide communications, distribution and coordination among volunteers throughout New York, especially in Staten Island. You’ll find a list of donations needed in Staten Island and the rest of the NY/NJ area as well as many of the volunteer meetups being coordinated by the group.
New York Legal Help - www.mynewyorklegalhelp.com/hurricanesandynyassistance/
The New York Legal Help site offers a comprehensive list of resources for anyone who needs assistance with insurance claims, state or federal assistance, contractors or other disaster related legal issues such as being unable to work.
Treasure Your Island - http://www.treasureyourisland.com/index.php?page=71
Treasure Your Island is a community operated website that offers a number of tools to help find the resources you need following the storm. This page in particular is loaded with free resources including food and water distribution, meal sites, supplies, medical care, charging stations and phone centers, grief support, and more. For victims of the storm or for those looking to offer assistance this is a powerful resource.
If you know of any other resources that can help the victims of Sandy or if you are coordinating relief efforts on the island and would like us to include your efforts on this list, leave a comment below.