Volunteer Efforts

Sponsoring Organization: MillionTreesNYC
Volunteer to help distribute mulch and teach your neighbors about the benefits of tree care during NYC Parks' MULCHFEST event on January 12 and 13 by attending this orientation session!
Come out and volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Marine Park to remove invasive plants from the forest. This work will help restore the ecosystem and improve habitat.
Come find out why wetlands are important to our local ecosystem and all the services they provide. Volunteers will help remove large and small debris.
Please join Natural Areas Volunteers in storm cleanup of the woodlands of Conference House Park. Age 11 and older.


Steve Hills, right, a volunteer from Long Island who said he wasn't affected by super storm Sandy, hands out antibacterial wipes at a distribution point in the Rockaways, a neighborhood that was hit hard and is still without power in the wake of the storm.


Tips to keep in mind for Volunteering
  • Start collecting essentials, such as batteries, bottled water, nonperishable kosher food, and other items for people hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Start collecting replacement items for books, schools supplies, and other possessions damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
  • Start assembling emergency kits with travel-sized toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and conditioner for distribution.
  • Start assembling portable Shabbat kits with challah, grape juice, and candles for displaced members of the Jewish community to celebrate Shabba.
  • Invite young children to create fun, festive greeting cards to people hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.
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The Department of Labor will assist local communities to identify and hire workers. Individuals who are interested in applying for a job under this grant are encouraged to contact the Department of Labor at 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365) or by visiting www.labor.ny.gov/sandyjobs . Individuals can also visit their local Disaster Recovery Center or One-Stop Career Center.

All individuals must be unemployed to be eligible. Once hired, workers will earn approximately $15 per hour to work on short and long-term projects. The work will include cleaning and repairing damaged public structures and property in each of the nine counties declared disaster areas. 

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Volunteer Opportunity Friday 11/16 or Saturday 11/17

The CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities, University Student Senate, United Leaders of CUNY (SEEK & CD), Ernesto Malave Leadership Academy, the CUNY student governments and clubs/organizations have partnered with the University for relief efforts this coming weekend. 

Please join us on FRIDAY, November 16th in Staten Island for a united student relief effort to help the people hit hardest. We will visit Staten Island on Friday (11/16) and Rockaway on Saturday (11/17) . . .and we will provide you with food and the transportation to take you there and back!   We look forward to seeing you there.
 
When: Friday, November 16th 9:30AM-4:00PM
Breakfast served from 8:15-9:15am

Where: Bus Pick-Up/Drop-Off
CUNY Central Office for Student Affairs
Conference Room
101 West 31st Street, 12th FL
New York, NY 10001
 
So, if you'd like to help, please sign-up right now:  


Please wear warm clothes (that may be ruined or get dirty) and water resistant closed-toe shoes. We will provide you with the necessary safety equipment like masks, protective eye wear, work gloves, vinyl and latex gloves.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!
Contact us at:
 
Thank you,
 
Steven A. Rodriguez, Chairman
CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities
E: steven@cunycoalition.org


When a crisis takes place, our instinct is to instantly respond — to extend a helping hand. Together, we can alleviate some of the suffering of our fellow New Yorkers who are still without power, food, and other necessities.


To learn about more volunteer opportunities in the coming weeks to help people devastated by Hurricane Sandy, please fill out a form and someone will contact you shortly. Or, donate to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

Volunteer (Hurricane Sandy Relief Collection and Drive)
Date: Ongoing
Location: Food Warehouse of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, 5361 Preston Court, Brooklyn
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is requesting the following essential items to be sent to its food warehouse: toothbrushes, toothpaste, toiletries, diapers, wipes, baby formula, canned vegetables and fruits, nuts, hand sanitizer, peanut butter, and shelf-stable milk. Please note: these are the only items Met Council is accepting.

Volunteer (Russian-Speaking Community Worker)
Date: Friday, November 2 – Friday, November 9, 2012 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) 
Location: Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, 3049 Brighton 6th Street, Brooklyn
Contact: For additional information, contact Anna Bronfman at .
Russian-speaking volunteers are needed to translate. Volunteers will help Russian-speaking clients access emergency services from the Shorefront Y during this difficult period.

Volunteer (Cleaner/Sweeper)
Date: Friday, November 2, 2012 until Friday, November 9, 2012
Locations: 3601 Surf Avenue and 3163 Brighton 6th Street, Brooklyn
Contact: To register, contact Jacob Stolar at 1.212.991.6572 or 
Two senior centers in Brooklyn need help to clean and sweep debris out of the common spaces in their facilities, in order to resume senior-lunch programs and other vital services.

Volunteer (Hurricane Sandy Relief Collection/Drive)
Date: Ongoing until Friday, November 9, 2012
Location: J-Teen Leadership Office, UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester, 701 Westchester Avenue (Suite 203E), White Plains
Contact: For more information, contact Abbe Marcus, Director of J-Teen Leadership, at 1.914.328.8788 or .
J-Teen Leadership is collecting supplies for the local Westchester community and beyond, benefiting the homeless. In light of Hurricane Sandy, your assistance is needed now, more than ever. Bring the following supplies to the drop-off site listed above: warm clothing, hats, gloves, new socks, blankets, and toiletries (including shampoo, soap, combs, razors, and feminine-hygiene products).

Volunteer (Hurricane Sandy Relief Collection and Drive)
Date: Through Friday, November 9, 2012 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Location: Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, 1466 Manor Road, Staten Island
Contact: For additional information, please visit sijcc.org
The Jewish Community Center of Staten Island needs volunteers to collect and/or donate non-perishable groceries, diapers, and baby formula, which will be distributed to local food pantries. Please note: Although the JCC is officially closed, the agency will be collecting all items on-site.

Volunteer (Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort)
Date: Through Friday, November 9, 2012 (10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Location: Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview
Contact: For additional information, contact Sue Tregerman at 1.516.822.3535.
The Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center needs volunteers to drive to the homes of seniors to check on them.

Friendly Visitor (Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort)
Date: Ongoing starting Monday, November 5, 2012
Location: Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview
Contact: For additional information, contact Sue Tregerman at 1.516.822.3535.
The Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center needs volunteers to bring food to local clients, as well as offer companionship and a helping hand.

Volunteer (Distribute Emergency Items to Homebound Seniors)
Date: Ongoing
Locations: Jewish Association Serving the Aging at 161 Corbin Place, 3161 Brighton 6th Street, and 3601 Surf Avenue, all in Brooklyn
Contact: Meeting times are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Elaine Rockoff at  or .
Donate and distribute emergency items to homebound seniors at the Jewish Association Serving the Aging. The Jewish Association Serving the Aging needs volunteers be distribute supplies to frail seniors in Coney Island, who are unable to leave their apartments, since elevators are not working, and they are unable to walk up or down seven to 20 flights of stairs. Some supplies may be provided by JASA but volunteers are encouraged to bring flashlights and blankets. Emergency supplies, such as water and nonperishable kosher food, are also needed.

Volunteer (Donate and Distribute Emergency Items)
Dates: Sunday, November 4 – Thursday, November 8, 2012 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Location: Jewish Community Center of the Greater Five Towns, 1012 Central Avenue, Woodmere, Long Island
Contact: For more information, contact Cathy Byrne at 1.516.569.6733.
The Jewish Community Center of the Greater Five Towns is providing people affected by Hurricane Sandy with home visits, food packages, Shabbat meals, counseling, and entitlement assistance. Crisis Center services will be available. The JCC of the Greater Five Towns will need the following items donated to their food pantry: paper goods and plastic-ware, cooked Kosher meals, chickens, eggs, cereal, canned soup, canned beans, juice boxes, diapers and other baby products, and dog and cat food.

Volunteer (Donate and Distribute Emergency Items)
Dates: Monday, November 5th – Friday, November 9th (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) 
Location: Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, 3450 DeKalb Avenue, Bronx
Many of the seniors served by the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center in the northwest part of the Bronx are without power — and have no emergency supplies. The agency needs volunteers to donate and distribute non-perishable foods (preferably canned or in jars), batteries (AA and AAA), bottled water, and individual-sized boxes of shelf-stable milk. 
When entering the building, volunteers should mention they have a donation for senior- center clients.

Volunteer (Purchase and Distribute Emergency Items) 
Dates: Ongoing
Location: Apartments and houses in South Brooklyn. 
Contact: For additional information contact Lisa Klig at . (Please write "volunteer" in the subject line. In the body of the message, please provide your name, phone number, and e-mail address. You will receive specific addresses when you reply.)
Volunteers are needed to bring food, water and supplies to seniors trapped, without electricity, on the upper floors of high-rise buildings in the southern part of Brooklyn. The Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations will reimburse volunteers for all items purchased. Volunteers will deliver these items, door-to- door, as well as offer comfort, assurance, vital information, and other services. Rideshare opportunities are available if interested.

Donate Essential Items for Breezy Point and Other Affected Areas at Samuel Field Y
Dates: Ongoing
Location: 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck
The Samuel Field Y is requesting donations of the following essential items to be sent to Breezy Point: baby items (diapers, baby wipes, clothes and blankets), clothing items for all ages (socks, underwear, winter jackets, sweatshirts, pants, hats gloves, scarves, shoes and sneakers), shampoo, batteries, soap, feminine hygiene products and other items. Volunteers can drop these items off at beginning on Monday, November 5th between 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Volunteer (Emergency Supplies Drive)
Date: Tuesday, November 6th (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Location: B'nai Jeshurun, 257 West 88th Street, Manhattan
Please restrict your donations to the following key items: cleaning supplies, work gloves, bleach ammonia, heavy duty brooms, heavy-duty mops, heavy-duty plastic bags, contractor bags, scrub brushes for scouring mold, dust masks and respirators, cleaning gloves (like those for dish washing), rubber boots, Clorox wipes, long-handled squeegees, tarps, buckets, hoses, warm blanket,s water, Vaseline, hand sanitizer, flash lights, and disposable cameras (for photographing damage for insurance companies and FEMA). 
We do not need additional clothing donations at this time.

Help Brooklyn Area Seniors Get Medications – Met Council
Dates: Monday, November 5th – Friday, November 9th
Volunteers who have vehicles are needed to help local homebound seniors pick up their medications and other critical supplies. Volunteers who would like to help with this effort should meet at the Abraham Residence at 38-11 Surf Avenue or 39-15 Neptune Avenue, in Brooklyn. Arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Ask for Dena.



Donate Supplies through the Friedberg Jewish Community Center
Dates: Monday, November 5th – Friday, November 9th
Location: 15 Neil Court, Oceanside
Help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy by donating men's and women's clothes. Coats, jackets, and undergarments are needed in all sizes. Donated items should be dropped off at the Friedberg JCC.

Volunteer (Food Drive)
Dates: Monday, November 5th – Friday, November 9th (open each weekday, except Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
Location: WSCAH (West Side Campaign Against Hunger), 263 West 86th Street, Manhattan
WSCAH (West Side Campaign Against Hunger) is accepting donations of packaged, non-perishable food.

Volunteer (Relief Drive)
Dates: Monday, November 5th – Friday, November 9th (Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Location: Temple Israel of the City of New York, 112 East 75th Street, Manhattan
Temple Israel of the City of New York is collecting toiletries of all kinds to be shared with those displaced by the hurricane. On Friday, the synagogue will conduct a challah drive from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Volunteers will also prepare sandwiches for hurricane victims, which will be served at 5:30 p.m., before the start of Friday evening services.

Volunteer (Relief Efforts)
Dates: Monday, November 5th – Friday, November 9th
Location: Hillel at Baruch of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, 55 Lexington Avenue, Suite 3-250A, Manhattan
Contact: For more information, contact Luanna at  or Sgula at .
Hillel at Baruch will be collecting the following items for victims of Hurricane Sandy: batteries, bottled water, non-perishable kosher goods, school books and other supplies, travel-sized toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and conditioner.

Volunteer (Food Pantry Collection)
Dates: Ongoing, beginning Monday, November 5th
Location: Bronx Jewish Community Council, 2157 Holland Avenue, Bronx
The Bronx Jewish Community Council’s food pantry is completely barren. Volunteers are needed to donate food or conduct food drives at their schools, house of worship, or businesses. Suggested list of items: breakfast cereal, non-perishable milk, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna, crackers, pasta, rice, canned soup, tomato sauce, salad dressing, dried fruits, raisins, prunes, and other non-perishable items. All food items should be dropped off at the agency.

Volunteer (Hurricane Relief Collection)
Dates: Monday, November 5th – Friday, November 9th
Location: Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester, 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville
The Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester will serve as a collection site for donations to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Please drop off any donations in the main lobby. Requested items include: mops and brooms, cleaning supplies, flashlights and batteries, gift cards to Home Depot, blankets, diapers, wipes, baby formula, non-perishable food items, toiletries (shampoo, soap, combs, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and feminine-hygiene products), household goods (pots and utensils), warm clothing (children and adult), boots and new socks, and jackets, gloves and hats.

Volunteer (Tri-Borough Collections)
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is collecting the following items to distribute for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island and Far Rockaway: bottled water, new blankets, paper goods like toilet paper and paper towels, cleaning products, flashlights and lanterns, batteries (AA, D, C) and non-perishable foods (preferably kosher).
Drop-Off Locations in Manhattan
Tuesday, November 6th – Friday, November 9th (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), 171 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan
Tuesday, November 6th – Friday, November 9th (10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), 315 West 61st Street 
Wednesday, November 7th – Friday, November 9th (10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), 351 East 61st Street
Drop-Off Locations in Brooklyn
Tuesday, November 6th – Friday, November 9th, Trump Warbasse Recovery Center, 2770 West 5th street, Coney Island 
Tuesday, November 6th – Thursday, November 8th (10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.), Masbia, 1372 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn (collecting propane only)
Drop-Off Location in Staten Island
Ongoing, Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, 1466 Manor Road

Volunteer (Hurricane Relief Collections Supervisor) 
Dates: Tuesday, November 6th – Friday, November 9th (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Location: Various Sites 
Contact: To determine a location, contact 
, using the subject line, ITEMS DRIVE. 
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty needs volunteers to help supervise and sort through items donated for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. There are limited slots available.

Volunteer (Washing Dishes in Kosher Kitchen)
Dates: Tuesday, November 6th – Friday, November 9th (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
Location: Masbia, 1372 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, 
Contact: Please call 1.718.972.4446, ext. 210 (or just walk in)
Volunteers are urgently needed to wash dishes at Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen. Last week, Masbia prepared more than 3,000 meals to feed displaced residents in Coney Island. The soup kitchen needs hard-working adults who are willing to wash pots and sheet pans, as well as perform other tasks. Volunteers will make it possible for Masbia to continue to feed victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Volunteer (Collection and Distribution)
Dates: Ongoing
Location: Trump Warbasse Recovery Center, 2770 West 5th Street, Coney Island 
Contact: Please contact Jacob at 1.917.710.6081 for sign-up, times, and dates.
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty needs volunteers to help collect and distribute donations, and perform other miscellaneous tasks. Met Council is also accepting donations of dry food and water.

Volunteer (Collection and Distribution)
Dates: Ongoing
Location: Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, 27-16 Healy Avenue, Queens
Contact: For questions, call hotlines at 1.718.327.8608 or 1.917.727.7306.
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty needs volunteers to help collect and distribute items at Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, as well as participate in clean-up efforts throughout the community. Please bring cleaning supplies. There is no need to register or confirm. This drive will be operating continuously. Volunteers are needed at any hour.

Volunteer (Food Pantry)
Dates: Ongoing
Location: Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, 1466 Manor Road
Contact: For times and dates, contact Sarah Cohen at 1.718.698.2016. 
The Jewish Community Center of Staten Island needs volunteers to help with collection and distribution at its food pantry, as well as participate in clean-up efforts throughout the community.

In addition to the above listed volunteer opportunities, we encourage you to consider these volunteer opportunities with the American Red Cross, NY Cares, and Repair the World, who are serving as communitywide hubs during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.



Donate Food and Emergency Supplies at UJA-Federation Offices in Westchester
Dates: Ongoing
Locations: White Plains Office: 701 Westchester Avenue, White Plains/ Northern Westchester Office: 27 Radio Circle Drive, Mt. Kisco, from10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Contact: For more information, contact Donna Divon at  or 1.914.761.5100 ext. 130.
(Please call the Mount Kisco office at 1.914.666.9650 before dropping off.)
UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester is mobilizing a communitywide food and emergency-supply drive. The following items are being requested: baby food, boxed milk, coffee creamer, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat and vegetables, cereal, cookies, crackers, coffee, teas, hot chocolate, pasta, rice, instant potatoes, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, soup, tomato sauce, vinegar, oil, salad dressings, raisins, prunes, dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toiletries, diapers, wipes, baby formula, hand sanitizer, batteries, heavy-duty trash bags, work gloves, and flashlights. Kosher food is appreciated.

Check In With Seniors in Far Rockaway JASA
Location: Meet at 125 Beach 19th Street, Far Rockaway
Contact: Elaine Rockoff at  or .
Volunteers are needed to check in on seniors living in the Far Rockaways. Volunteers should be willing to walk to nearby residential towers and climb stairs. Volunteers should bring flashlights and blankets. Emergency supplies, such as water and nonperishable kosher food, are also needed. Meeting times are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


More resources can be found at:

The FEMA website (http://www.fema.gov/)
The American Red Cross Greater New York Region (http://www.nyredcross.org/)
If you would like to assist your neighbors, please remember that Citizen CUNY is an easy way to find volunteer efforts (www.cuny.edu).


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