Seeing images from my Queens, NYC familia and friends, their social media updates and seeing images on the news of the impact of Hurricane Sandy on my beloved home city breaks my heart and brings me to tears. I acknowledge that I am suffering from selfish “mover’s guilt” over being in sunny, warm Los Angeles while my best friend has no power and is feeding her kids out of a cooler. It may make no sense to some but I genuinely wish I were there because being here makes me feel helpless.
My family and friends were relatively lucky – they are alive, they have their homes and their lives. But there are so many who were not so lucky. Today I saw reports from Staten Island featuring Latino teenagers going to get water, food, and warm clothes for themselves and their families. I learned of the mother whose babies were torn from her by rushing water.
It’s hard to know who to trust as requests for donations and volunteers come in. We know from the aftermath of Katrina and the devastating earthquake in Haiti that not every org does what they claim to do with monies, even/especially the big organizations.
The following list/call outs have not been verified by me but are from organizations whose work I have known personally and trust.
I will add as I find more and ask you to do the same, including requests from individuals.
Dia de los Muertos is not part of my tradition but remembering and revering my ancestors is – today I am thinking of all those lost during the storm, not just in NY but across the Northeast and in the Caribbean.
Click below the jump for requests/opportunities to help. Please add more in the comments or email us at email@example.com
Sisters and Brothers,
The National Guard and FEMA have arrived in Brooklyn but at least in Red Hook did not have anything to distribute to the people. Also, gasoline is very scarce so those of us who wanted to drive out to Brooklyn with supplies could not do so without getting stuck on the way there.
Therefore, we are asking:
1. In the morning, please help out where you can, I compiled this list from various emails:
Park Slope Armory
361 15th St.
Brooklyn Tech High School
29 Fort Greene Place
BROOKLYN – SUNSET PARK / FAR ROCKAWAY
If you want to volunteer in Sunset Park or Far Rockaway:
Please go to Jacobi Church in Sunset Park 5406 4th Avenue
We can coordinate volunteers to go to Far Rockaway to cook, clean, feed, pick up more supplies and do whatever else is needed.
If you have a cars full of ready to eat food, cleaning supplies, clothes, and/or volunteers, please go straight to Far Rockaway, at the corner of B113 and Rockaway Blvd. Or at the kitchen located at a restaurant called Veggie Island at 96th Street and Rockaway Boulevard.
You can go starting immediately. If you are going to Far Rockaway – please dress appropriately: warm clothes and boots!
To get the list of needs please visit www.interoccupy.net/occupysandy/
MEDICS ARE NEEDED IN FAR ROCKAWAY – If you do not have a car, please go to St. Jacobi Church 5406 4th Avenue and catch a ride to Far Rockway to address 112-34 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Contact: Diego at 516 225 7868.
Other Brooklyn Shelters looking for help: http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/brooklyn-hurricane-shelters-need-some-help/
MANHATTAN – CHINATOWN
46 Hester St Frnt A · New York
served more than 500 people yesterday to get their phones charged, to get food and supplies, and most importantly to get INFORMATION.
This is what they need immediately:
1) Donations. Specifically– food, water, flashlights, batteries (AA, AAA, D). We could use another generator and power outlets for people to charge things.
2) Volunteers. To help with outreach, distribution of supplies, and organizing/moving people. We anticipate more than double the amount of people to come through tomorrow. We’re also getting specific requests to check up on seniors and would like to be able to do that if possible. (Note: If you plan on coming through you will not have much ability to use your cellphone. Maybe texts, but not much else.)
3) Take action. Demand that the leaders of this City take responsibility for Chinatown/Lower East Side and other still impacted communities. Stop putting people over profits. The people of our communities deserve just as much attention as Wall Street and Times Square.
And of course, we can always use financial donations. Just today alone, CAAAV staff and volunteers used hundreds of dollars of our own money to buy flashlights and batteries. Please consider making a donation at http://www.nycharities.org/donate/c_donate.asp?CharityCode=1838&amount&designategift2.
If you have any questions or want to support, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are trying to get back to people as soon as we can, but we’re most likely able to respond after 8pm when we can get to a place with cell service. The best thing you can do is just come down and bring stuff/people with you.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012
TO ALL PSP ORGANIZATIONS, COORDINATORS, VOLUNTEERS & SUPPORTERS!
REGARDING THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE “SUPER STORM” SANDY!
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT OUR HARLEM/BRONX PEOPLESSURVIVAL PROGRAM (PSP); WILL BE PROVIDING A MUCH
NEEDED HURRICANE RESPONSE “SERVE THE PEOPLE DAY” ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH BROOKLYN’S “RED HOOK HOUSING PROJECTS” FROM (1PM-6PM)WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF WORK…………1) The preparation and delivery of both drinking water and lovingly “cooked” dishes/trays of food to be served hot to our sisters & brothers in Red Hook. (NO Pork Please)
2) The gathering and delivery of “Winter Gear Only” to be distributed to the elders, children & family survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
3) Toys, Games, Books for the children & Pampers/Luv’s/Huggies etc. for the babies.
4) The collection and delivery of “canned & dry food” for giving out to the people.
5) ON THE GROUND Volunteer Staff, Medical Cadre, Security,Vehicle Tr
ansportation, Financial & Material Support.
6) Street; Internet; T.V.; Radio & Print Media Outreach For ThisProject.More Details To Follow!
Outreach & Communications Coordinator
Peoples Survival Program