Grass Roots Hurricane Relief

As reports start to come in that train service and electricity are being restored to some parts of Manhattan, it is important that we don’t forget communities like Staten Island, The Rockaways, Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Red Hook that were all deeply affected and are still in states of emergency. The good news is that New York City is awesome, and grass roots organizations and small businesses have started providing extra help in this time of need. For example, the local foodies at Brooklyn Kitchen had to stop accepting donations earlier today because they were flooded with so many goods they couldn’t fit them all in two trucks. That said, there are still many people out there in need of serious assistance.

Here is a list of a bunch of different places (some very grassroots and some slightly more organized) where you can donate or volunteer at to help get relief to people who desperately need it without having to text 909 to the Red Cross.


The Drink
228 Manhattan Ave btwn. Maujer & Grand
Accepting donations of sandwich meats and bread in addition to any other general donation on November 1 until 4am. On November 2, they will be making sandwiches with the donations from 8am-11am and then driving to Brighton Beach to make drop-offs. They are specifically delivering to five 23-story buildings in Brighton Beach that have no power and are filled with elderly folks.

Beautiful Dreamers
326 Wythe Avenue, corner of South 1st
Accepting donations: Saturday, November 3 they will be accepting any and all donations to be distributed to the Rockaways, Red Hook, and Staten Island.

Williamsburg Church
231 Ainslie Street off Graham Avenue
Accepting donations of blood for New Yorkers in need from 10am-4pm on Saturday, November 3.

Bird Brooklyn
220 Smith Street (corner of Butler), Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
316 Fifth Avenue (btwn. 2nd and 3rd Streets), Park Slope, Brooklyn
203 Grand Street (btwn. Bedford and Driggs), Williamsburg, Brooklyn

All Bird locations will be accepting donations of the following for the Red Hook Initiative: all types of cleaning supplies, paper products, toiletries and hygienic products, candles, matches, flashlights, and batteries.

House of Yes
342 Maujer Street off Morgan Ave
Accepting donations: Friday, November 2, 8am-7pm; Saturday, November 3, 8am- 7pm; Sunday, November 4, 8am- 1am
Door is open, put your donations next to the table or on it in the front part of the space. We are working on diesel/biodiesel options now, so when the gas runs out we will still be able to make runs with your donations.

Loom Yoga Center
1087 Flushing Ave btwn. Knickerbocker and Porter Aves.
Accepting donations whenever classes are taking place; the drop off bag is outside so you can stop by at any time.

Bat Haus
279 Starr Street off Wyckoff Ave.
Accepting donations: 9am-9pm on weekdays (starting Monday, November 5) and Saturday, November 10, 12-7PM

Roberta’s Pizza
261 Moore Street btwn. Bogart and White Streets
Accepting donations: Monday-Friday 6-11pm; Sat-Sun 10 am – midnight

Park Slope:
146 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Local grass roots donation drive to bring food and supplies to the residents of Staten Island who have been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. We are still organizing details, so check back here for more info.
Accepting donations: Friday, 11/2 from 5pm-9pm; Saturday, 11/3 from 9am-4pm
Note: We are then going to drive the donations out to Staten Island Saturday late afternoon/early evening.]
In addition to donating goods, if anyone has access to a car with gas and could help us transport the collection on Saturday late afternoon, please get in touch.

The Prospect Park Alliance Walk-a-thon has decided to take the fund-raising efforts originally slated for Prospect Park and donate to Hurrican Sandy Storm Relief instead. They have already raised $40,000. If you want to walk or run, show up between 8 and 9am on November 3rd at 15th Street & Prospect Park West.

Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place off Eight Avenue
Accepting donations throughout the weekend and next week

Lower Manhattan:
Parlor Showroom is hosting a food drive to support the LES Girls Club.
7 Mercer Street (at Howard), 2nd floor in Soho
Accepting donations: on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8 and driving the food to the LES Girls Club at the end of each donation day. We will be preparing for the donations on the evening of Tuesday, November 6.
If you want to help be volunteering please email:

46 Hester Street in Chinatown
The Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence is accepting donations of water and other supplies. They need Mandarin speaking volunteers as well as food and batteries, flashlights and access to a copy machine. They would appreciate any help.

And finally, here is an insanely comprehensive list of major local organizations helping out.

Goods Needed for donations:
- personal hygiene/comfort goods (diapers, tampons, etc.)
- toiletries
- blankets (sealed, if possible)
- things to pass the time for kids (books, games, etc.)
- canned food [The most needed foods are: canned fruit, boxed milk, canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter in plastic jars, macaroni and cheese (packaged), hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)]
- fresh fruit
- latex gloves
- personal/baby wipes
- clothing, particularly warm and XL clothing (clean, used clothing is being accepted, but is not the most needed item, so if you are purchasing goods, purchase blankets instead)
- underwear, socks, bras
- trash bags
- cleaning supplies
- shovels

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