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NYC/NJ initiatives coordinating volunteer efforts for Sandy's victims

Via WSJ.com: “…the Facebook page of NYC Service, a New York City government initiative which runs a year-round calendar of volunteer efforts, but is now helping to coordinate volunteers for Sandy’s victims.

  • NYCService urges would-be volunteers to email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with their name, email address and borough. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg described @NYCService in a recent tweet as the “best way” to help. The program is one of several retooled for the storm, or created to help harness an outpouring of concern, energy and money for storm victims. New York City public advocate Bill de Blasio has his own volunteer program, hosted on his website. His staff is collecting information on volunteers through a Google form. About 700 volunteers have stepped forward so far. “The need is considerable and is going to grow,” said Mr. de Blasio’s press secretary, Wiley Norvell.

  • Volunteers in New Jersey are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Alternate numbers, for when the hotline isn’t staffed, include 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471 or emails can be sent to Rowena.Madden@sos.state.nj.us.
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) takes donations to rescue and shelter animals affected by the storm. According to spokesperson Emily Schneider, the group’s efforts are currently focused in the New York City area, where nearly 240 animals are staying with their owners in pet-friendly Red Cross shelters. The ASPCA is also setting up a distribution center in Syracuse, New York with 4,000 sheltering units, which contain pet food, crates, food bowls, toys, and anything else an animal may need. They’re also standing with water rescue units should they be called.”
  • The Huffington Post – How To Help The Victims Of Hurricane Sandy
  • The Lower East Side Recovers community-powered disaster recovery

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