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Volunteer City: How to Help Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Everyone says it, but for us it's actually true: We are all New Yorkers. Let's get to work.

People want to help. But in times of crisis like these, the question is often: "How?"

Well, lots of ways, it turns out.

Considering the catastrophic loss our city has endured in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in terms of life, property and vital infrastructure, the need for volunteers has never been greater.

Here is a list of places that are either directly helping victims or connecting people to organizations that do. If you are looking for volunteers, feel free to spread the word in our comments section. You can also email paul.leonard@patch.com or laurene@patch.com.

Let's get to work.

Masbia
Please consider emergency donation now to Masbia. They are feeding 500-plus evacuated seniors: https://www.masbia.org/donate.asp.

There is a Masbia location on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park.

Red Hook Recovers
This is a recovery organizing site for New York's Red Hook neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The site allows people to offer/request assistance, and is coordinated by the folks at OWS and community organizations on the ground: https://redhook.recovers.org/

City-sponsored services
Want to Volunteer? Please email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address and borough. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise.

One of the city's 76 shelters, including Forest Hills High School
If nothing else, one can always just show up at a local site and volunteer there: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hurricane_shelters.html.

Liliana De Jesus November 01, 2012 at 03:21 PM
St. Margaret Church, in Middle Village, is collecting towels, sneakers and clothes, new or old, for a shelter with Breezy Point residents. If you have anything to donate, you can take it to the church at 2:30 p.m. today.

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