Please feel free to share with your social media networks, and add to the list in the comments. God bless everyone!
FINAL UPDATE, 11/11 >> Tomorrow will be two weeks since Sandy changed many lives forever. I’m making this the final update to this post since there are people and groups out there who have since organized, mobilized, and built a following to keep Staten Islanders updated on a moment to moment basis, and they’re doing a much better job than I could on this little blog. I commend them, and thank them for their tireless service to their fellow residents.
People have thanked me for what I’ve done here, but it pales in comparison with the volunteers working back breaking hours gutting out damaged homes, or spending days handing out supplies, or making deliveries. I’m just sitting behind my laptop. I am thrilled that my connections were able to connect relatives and friends with the help they needed, or get information to people who didn’t have the power or internet connection to stay informed. And I’ll keep the updates coming on Facebook and Twitter. For the best up-to-the-minute information, I’d recommend heading to Facebook and following:
Stay strong, Staten Island! And may God bless us all!
UPDATE, 11/8, 11:00 a.m. >> We’ve weathered yet another storm (!), but already we’re thawing out, and looking forward to a few days of warmer temperatures. I can’t marvel enough at the incredible efforts of our local politicians. They are not only accessible to people’s questions, suggestions, and needs, but they are tirelessly making sure that progress is getting made. Keep up the great work, SI leaders!
To drive, sort items and unload vehicles. Report to Midland Beach (981 Capodanno Blvd.).
Movement Church, based in Castleton Corners, is looking for volunteers to clean out destroyed homes. Volunteers can report to Hett Avenue and Marine Way. For more information, call 718-812-9894 or 718-216-941
Project Hospitality is seeking volunteers and donations. People can register as volunteers, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Project Hospitality, 100 Park Ave., Port Richmond, to help receive donations and restock the organization’s storm-damaged warehouse.Donation Sorting
Ariana‘s, which has been using an unfinished room at 192 Ebbitts Street, between Hett and Roma avenues as a dining hall for storm victims, needs volunteers to help cope with the influx of donations.
A 24-hour hotline has been set up to help find lost pets on Staten Island due to Sandy. The number is 347-573-1561.
On Friday beginning at 9 a.m. Lowe’s is teaming up with Feed The Children and will have trucks with food, cleaning supplies and water at the Staten Island Lowe’s store on Forest Avenue.
Gateway Church (200 Boscombe Ave.) needs the following: generators of all sizes, contractor bags, bleach, other industrial cleaners, push brooms, mops, coated work gloves, and other clean-up supplies. They will also be organizing a team to go out to designated works sites this Saturday at 9 a.m. For details and to find out how you can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE, 11/6, 8:30 a.m. >> As everyone tries to pitch in and get back to a routine, despite the dropping temperatures and fears of another storm, many are heading out to vote today, too. Happy Election Day! Here’s what else is going on today…
If you’re not sure where to vote, text “nycvotes” to 877877. Displaced New Yorkers can vote at any polling site.
Email for help
As per Michael Grimm: It’s not always easy to ask for help, but there has been an overwhelming amount of generosity. You may email SISandyDonations@gmail.com and we can discreetly assist you in getting new clothes, food, and items you need.
Manual Laborers for the “Silver Tape” Crew
Stationed at 80 Marine Way off of Ebbits Ave. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for manual labor, can report to that location and ask for Pastor Steve Martino of the Movement Church. Tell them you were sent by Frank Recce and want to have silver tape on your arm so you can be dispatched in a crew of 5-10 people to do manual labor. Our group serves its main purpose between the hours of 8am and 4pm.
Mobile medical vans staffed with primary care providers will be able to provide medical care and distribute commonly prescribed drugs at two of the City’s Disaster Assistance Service Centers on Staten Island.
Miller Field – 600 New Dorp Lane (next to New Dorp HS), 10:00am – 1:00pm
Mt. Loretto – 6581 Hylan Boulevard at Sharrotts Road, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Clothes Donations Available for Pickup
3986 Amboy Road in Staten Island has 100s of bags of clothes, food, jackets baby stuff for anyone to just pick up for yourself or to pickup and distribute. Just go in and get what you need. Everyone has been sorting the items by sizes.
IS 24 in Great Kills in need if school supplies. Backpacks, paper, etc. Can drop directly at school.
IS 75 will also be collecting backpacks, notebooks, and pencils, as well as sneakers, boots, and shoes in all children’s sizes.
>> UPDATE, 11/5, 9:30 a.m. It’s a new week, and a slight return to some normalcy for many. Some schools are reopened, people are making the long commute to their jobs using modified public transportation, and the cleanup continues. No new updates as far as new places to volunteer, but I’ll post as I hear about any. Stay strong everyone!
Organized Cleanup Crews
Sign up for the FB “event” to Rebuild Staten Island. They are organizing crews to deploy to specific homes that are requesting help.
Ship Some Supplies
For out of state people who want to help, consider shopping off of this CollegeBound Cares registry. In case you’re not aware, I work for The CollegeBound Network, so this is a legit way to help. Shipping will go to CB, and items will be directly brought to people in need.
Great Kills Cleanup
Via Nicole Malliotakis: Trying to get help to move boats from people’s property and supplies and hot meals to families in need. You can join me there OR head to Oakwood Beach (Guyon Ave and Mill Road) where we were Sunday cleaning up. Plenty of work to do so please try to bring supplies like shovels, rakes, garbage bags, gloves and just do your thing. Thank you.
>> UPDATE, 11/4, 2:30 p.m. The massive cleanup efforts continue… here’s what’s going on, along with some new resources to keep on helping.
Cleanup volunteers needed at these Midland Beach locations:
Hunter off Hylan
No more clothes for now…
As per James Oddo: Thank you everyone for your generosity and willingness to help your fellow Staten Islanders. Right now, we are seeing a shift in the items that are needed. There is less of a need for food and clothing at the moment, and a much bigger need for batteries, flashlights, gloves, cleaning products, and anything else that can be used in the clean up. These items can be brought down to Miller Field next to New Dorp High School.
Spreading the Word
- If you know of a volunteer effort, add it to the crowd map here: http://
- Follow After the Storm: Sandy Recovery Info on FB
- Follow Staten Island NYC Living on FB
Hot meals for those affected by Sandy at Holy Rosary Church from 12-6 today only. 80 Jerome Avenue, 10305
New Dorp HS is taking phone orders if people need stuff. Then making deliveries. Call 718-667-8686 They have loads of stuff that is coming in steady and no one is picking it up.
Food, blanket and water distribution centers
The locations on Staten Island are (1) Mill Road and New Dorp Lane and (2) Father Capodano Boulevard and Hunter Avenue. These locations will be open from 1PM – 5PM.
- Sea Gate is in need of cleaning supplies. Bring to: Surf Ave and West 37th Street.
- Volunteers and donations of outdoor brooms, shovels, work gloves, industrial dust pans: report to Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue (9am-4pm), @ Tom’s Restaurant
- Coney Island needs donations of hats, gloves, socks, blankets, diapers, baby food, water and non-perishable food at these dropoffs: MCU Park at Surf Ave and W 17th; W 33rd and Neptune; W 5th and Neptune Ave
>> UPDATE, 11/3, 11:00 p.m. A long, exhausting but very productive day for the thousands of volunteers who literally got down and dirty today to help with the clean up efforts. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep tonight as we turn back the clocks, and get ready to get out and help tomorrow. I’m praying I can fill up my gas tank in the wee hours of the morning so I can get out and help some more, too. Goodnight, Staten Island!
From what FB friends are sharing, there seems to be enough clothes thanks to an abundance of donations. Hang onto your clothing donations for now. I’m sure in the coming weeks, you’ll hear about neighbors and friends who need more. What’s needed most right now:
- Food that doesn’t have to be cooked, beyond snacks.
- Personal toiletries
- Cleaning supplies: garbage bags, gloves, masks
- Flashlights, batteries
Volunteers will be meeting tomorrow at 599 Father Capodanno Blvd. at 9 a.m. to cleanup. Aside from extra volunteers, they need plenty of supplies: mops, disinfectant wipes (paper towels, rags, windex, etc), bleach, children’s Motrin, Batteries (especially size D), Flashlights, heavy duty garbage bags, toothbrushes, Advil, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, pens, pet food-cat and dog, diapers, baby food, baby formula, first-aid items, band aids, Ben Gay, ace bandages, and work gloves.
Mount Loretto is in need of the following: shovels, batteries, candles, flashlights, water, tape guns & tape, formula (ensure), blankets, coats, work gloves, masks, cleaning supplies, baby food, pampers, toiletries, paper goods, bins and boxes.
Historic Old Bermuda Inn will be offering free lunch all next week Monday through Friday.
Beyond the Borough
In Gerritsen Beach, there will be a bus running from 1:30 to 9pm today to take people to Resurrection where Michael’s Restaurant just donated a ton of food!! The bus is a city bus (free) and will be making stops at the Cort Club, St James and the Vollies to pick people up and will be looping ALL day! There are also blankets, clothing, and toiletries for anyone who needs it.
A Rockaway Emergency Plan
Volunteer teams on Sunday will meet at St. Francis: 219 Beach 129th Street at 10 am.
One team will be our “Boots on the Ground Team.” This team will go out into the community to help residents. Wear old clothes, bring work gloves if they can and wear old shoes or rain boots. Dress warm and in layers. Wear sunglasses or other glasses if you can to protect your eyes from dust. We will have a quick meeting with a safety expert from Hurricane Katrina and then I’ll give out assignments. Look for me- Jaime Jordan Didora- on the steps of the small hall at 10 for the meeting and assignments.
The other team will help with distributing and organizing donations at St. Francis de Sales gym. That team will be organized by Nicole and Meghan Courtney. They will also have a meeting at 10 am at the gym front door.
>>UPDATE, 11/3, 10:45 a.m.: Here’s what’s going on around Staten Island today. God bless everyone!
Church at the Gateway (200 Boscombe Ave) will be another collection site today in need of supplies (blankets, flashlights, food, cleanup items).
Cleaning Supplies Needed
Crossroads Church on New Dorp Lane no longer needs any clothing or food donations. However, they are still collecting brooms, gloves, trash bags, and cleaning supplies.
St. Joseph’s by the Sea will be open from 12-4 p.m. today for anyone who needs a hot shower or to do laundry. They will also be a collection site and need volunteers.
Gift Card Drives
Gift cards to distribute to families and organizations in Staten Island.
Send them to:
New Dorp Christian Church, 259 Rose Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306, Attn: Cathy Whittier.
Staten Island Parent, 1200 South Avenue, Staten Island New York 10314
NYS has temporary fuel trucks The Armory 321 Manor Road Staten Island to provide free fuel to emergency vehicles and the general public. There is a 10 gallon limit per vehicle. Cars can fill up directly off of the truck. NOTE: Be careful. As of a little while ago, my husband said tensions were high, and police presence was needed to stop line cutting. If any government or law enforcement officials are reading this, please send over some help.
Monetary donations to directly benefit area victims:
>> UPDATE, 11/2, 9:30 p.m.: Thanks so much for everyone who’s messaged me asking how they can help. If you’re from outside of Staten Island and wanting to send a care package, please send to: CollegeBound Cares, 1200 South Avenue, Ste. 202, Staten Island NY 10314. We’ll make sure items go directly to those in need.
Quick favor: As I went out today, it broke my heart to see so many weary people waiting for hours in line in front of a local laundromat, with garbage bags full of clothing. I’ve made it my personal mission to get the Tides Loads of Hope Truck to visit Staten Island. Tweet @Tide and @TideLoadsofHope, and post to their Facebook page. They made a stop in New Jersey today, which I’m sure was so appreciated by our neighbors over the bridge. But, we would love some cleanup help, too!
Here are some more efforts being put together for tomorrow. Rest up, and have a warm, safe night!
Anyone in need of care packages, such as first aid kits, toiletries, etc. should contact Andrea Tappin at 718-815-6560 or go to Beacon Christian Community Health Center, 2079 Forest Ave.
Many supplies are waiting to be distributed at Senator Lanza’s offices at 3845 Richmond Avenue. A lot of drop offs were made, but no one is coming to get anything because they don’t know it’s there.
Richmond Valley Veterinary Practice is now a central drop off location for the local animal shelters. Any type of pet food, beds, bowls or blankets will be taken, please no medication. Anything can be dropped off at Richmond Valley Veterinary Practice, 4915 Arthur Kill Road.
Clean Up Efforts
Volunteers who want to pitch in with the cleanup effort in beach communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy can meet this Saturday and Gather at the end of New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue at 9 a.m. From there, workers will be dispatched.
Those who are unable to work the cleanup are urged to donate equipment — brooms, garbage bags, rakes, work gloves and shovels. For more information, email nysassembly email@example.com.
My fitness friends at CKO Great Kills at 4255 Amboy Road are collecting nonperishable items, clothing, cleaning supplies to distribute to victims from 12 -2 p.m.. Check their Facebook page for more info.
I’ll keep the updates coming as I get them. In the meantime, check out these other sites that are also sharing information about donation centers and clean up efforts.
>> UPDATE, 11/2: Since I posted just an hour and a half ago, I’ve read about many more ways to help. I’m seriously choked up as I watch my community come together to help each other. Tragedies like this bring out the best in people. I haven’t seen this kind of compassion since 9/11. Let’s keep it up everyone! <<
St. Joseph/St. Thomas
Accepting non perishable food donations 50 Maguire Avenue
80 Marine Way at the corner of Hett has set up a donation center on their lawn. They are collecting non-perishable food, water, clothing, socks, etc.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis will be holding a cleanup effort tomorrow at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be meeting at the end of New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue. You are asked to bring whatever tools you can, such as rakes, shovels, push brooms, and work gloves.
Friends in Bay Ridge Brooklyn:
Need: Food (Bread, peanut butter, applesauce, water, fruit, cereal, cereal bars, baby formula); blankets, scarves, gloves, hats, socks, flashlights, batteries, etc
Drop off at Councilman Gentile’s Office, 8703 3rd Avenue
Also needed: DRIVERS with cars and gas willing to deliver to various locations
Call the office and speak with Sara 718-748-5200 ext 205
Dry Ice Distribution
Con Ed will continue providing dry ice, at Great Kills Park and at Mt. Sinai United Church at 15 Pike Street
MY OLQP school community:
Need: New socks- children and adult, underwear- any size, coats and gloves, blankets and comforters, pillows, jugs of water, large garbage bags, any monetary donation.
Also: Looking to form “crews” that will help our families clean up on an “as needed” basis after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. Please email the Family Association at firstname.lastname@example.org, for information on where items can be dropped off, and how to help.
New Dorp Baptist Church // New Dorp Christian Academy
Accepting donations tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at 10 a.m., and are also in need of volunteers to help sort (259 Rose Avenue).
CHURCH AT THE GATEWAY, 200 BOSCOMBE AVENUE
Clothes (socks, underwear and warm clothing), blankets, towels, food (best if non-perishable and “ready to eat”), water bottles, and…clean up equipment (brooms, work gloves, garbage bags, rakes, and shovels…
Clothing Donations at our Sand Lane Church (207 Sand Lane) Saturdays and Tuesday from 11 to 1. Also we will be taking donations for food at the Rectory (80 Jerome Ave) Mon to Fri. From. 9am to 8pm Sat from 9am to 6pm and Sun 9am to 1pm
Two Disaster Recovery Centers on Staten Island today. Locations are: Miller Field and 6581 Hylan Boulevard (Mount Loretto)
Accepting donations at 1200 South Avenue, Staten Island, NY
Rab’s Country Lanes (1600 Hylan Blvd.)
Collecting today from 12-4 p.m.
St. Theresa School Family Guild
Hosting a Halloween fundraiser event at Party Jungle (630 Sharrotts Rd.) from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Donations for shelters and monetary donations needed.
St. Christopher (130 Midland Ave.)
Donation and help center
For OLQP/Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Victims
Need clothes, diapers, flashlights, batteries, cleaning supplies, non perishable foods.
Drop off centers:
SOUTH SHORE: 284 MACE STREET
NORTH SHORE: 63 LAFAYETTE AVENUE- SECOND FLOOR
CALL: 347-874-3364 for info
For Redhook Victims
In need of: donations of pre-prepared food (including food for children), candles, utensils such as spoons and bowls, jugs of water, flashlights, batteries, power strips, toiletries, paper towels, and paper for printing fliers. Toiletries, toothpaste, batteries, toilet paper, soft blankets (fleece, not wool) and clothes.
Dropoff: 610 Henry till 3 PM or directly to the Miccio Center located at 110 W 9th Street
Disclaimer: This information is just a compilation of FB and other social media postings. I cannot confirm that all of it is completely accurate.