The Stakeholders Regional Volunteer Center  is working closely with our local partner agencies and national HandsOn Network to identify volunteer opportunities in the communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy to ensure a coordinated response. Please note that due to the number of people interested in volunteering, as soon as an opportunity is identified, it is filled. We are working with national and local partners to identify more opportunities in the midst of our current challenges, including transportation issues, lack of fuel in the area, identifying volunteer housing and massive power outages. These challenges make it difficult to get team out to assess the need and scope projects. While we are working diligently, please understand it may be a few days before we increase the number of projects in the impacted area.

 

In the meantime, there are additional ways you can engage now:

 

 

  • Donate supplies and materials by Partnering with us in our next delivery run:

If giving money to an organization isn’t your thing, or if you’d like to help in a more hands-on way, we have identified a partner who is helping us send a large moving truck later this week filled with more supplies. Here is a list of items we believe will be needed later this week:

 

  • Disposable utensils such as plates/bowls/cups flatware (sealed unopened bags)
  • Cleaning supplies such as gloves, bleach, soap, big trash bags, ammonia, mops, buckets, sponges, shovels, paper towels, disinfectant wipes
  • Tarps, carts, shopping carts, wheelbarrows to transport goods to homes.
  • Stick-up LED lights lights
  • Socks and underwear (new only; kids and adults sizes)
  • Baby supplies like diapers (including toddler sizes), wipes, etc.  (sealed unopened bags)
  • Basic first aid supplies like neosporin, aspirin, tylenol, ibprofen and other OTC drugs, nasal spray  (sealed unopened packages)
  • Dust / particle masks and work gloves
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Personal hygiene supplies, preferably small or single-use e.g. like soap, deodorant, toothbrushes/toothpaste, hand sanitizer, tissues, combs  (sealed unopened packages)
  • Power tools and small appliances e.g. microwave, toaster, etc (many were destroyed by floods)
  • Small books and toys in good condition (new or good condition) 

If you have, or wish to buy, any such items in good condition, please bring any and all such items to our maintenance shop located in the back of the 100 Great Oaks building (follow the signs when you enter the office park). If no one is there and weather permitting, you may leave items outside.

 

Note that based on currently available information there is an abundance of clothing. We therefore ask that you do not send clothing, coats or blankets. It is also too early to send furniture and furnishings as many homes are still uninhabitable.

  

If you can organize a large local collection here in the Albany area – perhaps at your community center or place of worship – please consider setting up a collection point and delivering to our shop later this week. Or, you can email me and we can organize for our truck to stop there. 

 

Future efforts / rebuilding:

Several of our employees are interested in doing hands-on work to help with rebuilding. We hope to arrange this in the coming weeks, in an organized fashion with a partner agency that can help with supplies, logistics, permitting, etc. If you or your employees have trade skills and would like to create a local team to join the rebuilding effort, please contact Dylan at dylan@rosenblumcompanies.com.

 

 

Donate to local relief effort by clicking here

United Way Sandy Recovery Fund

American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City Hurricane Relief Fund

Masbia Soup Kitchen

Food Bank for New York City

Tunnel to Towers Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund

Brooklyn Recovery Fund

 

We request that you do NOT self- deploy to the region without identifying an opportunity AND housing. Once volunteer housing becomes available, we will update our website with the information on how to book reservations.

 

 

 

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