Thank you so much for wanting to help with Sandy Relief (via the True North website). Your love for your neighbors in tough times is beautiful. And if you're facing losses, we're praying for you, too.
As the responses come in, we're receiving many more offers of help than requests for help! If a need arises that seems like a good fit for you, we'll contact you individually. But there's plenty to do out there, so we want to point you to some local organizations that are working to help Sandy victims.
An important note: We can't specifically endorse these organizations. We haven't worked directly with all of them. But given the emergency circumstances, we thought we'd pass along the leads we had, and trust you to find the right fit.
Soon the media coverage will move on to some other story, and the need for people with hearts like yours will be even greater. I hope you'll find a great place to plug in and serve where most needed. Whatever you do, I pray you'll meet God there and come out amazed.
Cheers & love,
[True North graphic designer, community group leader for JustLove]
PS If you end up serving with any of these groups, please email me with your stories and experiences! We'd love to know how it goes.
This local ministry (based in Bellport) regularly gives away truckloads of food and supplies in Coram, Patchogue, Riverhead and elsewhere. A list of their most urgent needs is http://www.lighthousemission.net/Lighthouse_Mission_Inc./Urgent_needs.html. They regularly ask for volunteers. For updates, you can follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lighthouse.mission.The latest news from them: "Lighthouse Mission is DANGEROUSLY low on food & funds. Will you help? You can donate funds to us through our website. www.LighthouseMission.net (PayPal link on the right side)"
INTERFAITH NUTRITION NETWORK (THE INN)
The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) takes donations at their Mary Brennan INN at 100 Madison Ave. in Hempstead. They don't have phone/internet yet but they're open. They accept nonperishable food, sandwiches, in-season clothing, baby items, personal care items, new socks and underwear. You can also donate funds at https://www.the-inn.org/donate.html.
Island Harvest is one of two major food banks that supplies the food pantries and soup kitchens of Long Island. You can register to volunteer at http://islandharvest.volunteerhub.com/SignIn.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDefault.aspx. For updates, follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/islandharvest. Their current greatest needs: "1. Please consider making a financial contribution today on our website, www.islandharvest.org, or contact Nicole Kowaleski at (631) 873-4775 or (516) 610-8452. 2. Hold a fundraiser and/or food drive in your community! Contact a local business or organization. 3. If you haven't already, please register as a volunteer. This site contains the most up-to-date volunteer needs. We encourage you to check it regularly."
LONG ISLAND CARES/THE HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK
Long Island Cares/The Harry Chapin Food Bank is Long Island's other major food bank. Follow them on Faceboook at http://www.facebook.com/LICares. You can register to volunteer with them at http://www.licares.org/LICpages/Volunteer.html
LONG ISLAND COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
The LICC sometimes need volunteers; call to inquire. Their offices in Hempstead, Freeport, and Riverhead have power, phones, and internet access and are open to assist people with food, clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and household items at:
Hempstead, in Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church, 516-565-0290,
Riverhead, 407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210, and
Freeport, 450 N. Main Street, 516-868-4989.
The Red Cross needs volunteers at shelters on Long Island and in the city, and they will provide training for anyone who can help. To volunteer for this, call 347-687-4611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details about other places needing help can be found on website for the Long Island Volunteer Center atwww.longislandvolunteercenter.org.