Working on the front lines in
the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy has been an effort made by thousands
of volunteers from New York and across the country. Beauty/fashion expert and founder of grassroots charity GLAM4GOOD, Mary Alice Stephenson, is one of those volunteers. In addition to spearheading the drive for donations of clothing, food and money to areas hardest hit by the storm, specifically in the Rockaways and
Breezy Point sections of Queens, she’s delivering the items in the back of her car to several points of distribution located there. Mary Alice, who photographed the above images of Rocky Point just days after the storm, is calling out to the beauty community to help provide hurricane victims the essentials they need to survive.
“They need manpower, the basics
and money. They do not need beauty products, but they do need soap and shampoo.
The volunteering and money is what will help,” she said, adding that many
beauty companies are staying in touch with her to follow up on how victims’ needs will
evolve. “The victims are literally scraping out the inside of their homes and
putting it on the street.”
Mary Alice invites those
looking to volunteer to visit Glam4Good’s Facebook and Twitter page. CEW, which last week made a
donation to the Food
Bank of New York’s Super Storm Sandy Emergency Response Fund on behalf of the beauty industry,
also suggests the following places to contribute, which can be found on CBS.com:
– Feeding America accepting
donations to purchase food, water and other supplies for storm victims.
– AmeriCares is accepting donations.
– Personal hygiene items
are being provided by World Vision. To donate, click here.
– Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, calling for
special collection for storm relief at parishes in New York City and north
through the Hudson Valley.
– For unofficial ways to
find help, jump on Twitter and
search for #sandyvolunteer.
For more from the Red Cross or to
donate, visit www.redcross.org.
For local Red Cross chapters:
– American Red Cross of Greater New York
– American Red Cross on Long Island
– American Red Cross of
Camden and Burlington Counties
– American Red Cross of
Central New Jersey
– American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey
– Jersey Coast Chapter
– New Jersey Crossroads
– Southern Shore Chapter
– South Jersey Chapter
– Connecticut Chapter
– Metro New York North Chapter
For more from the Salvation Army or to
donate, visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster
local Salvation Army chapters:
– Salvation Army of Greater New York
– Salvation Army of New Jersey
– Salvation Army of Southern New England
NEW YORK CITY
– Notify NYC accepting money, goods, services and
– Food Bank For New York City accepting donations and
– Check Service NYC’s Facebook page for other volunteer
– JCC in Manhattan collecting items for those in shelters,
offering volunteer opportunities.
– Citymeals-on-wheels is looking for people to help deliver
food to the many seniors in need around the five boroughs.
– Hudson River Park is looking for volunteers to help with
cleanup and repairs.
– Food Not Bombs’ Manhattan office was flooded, and needs
volunteers to help coordinate outreach.
– Red Hook NYC Recovers lists sites around Red Hook
Brooklyn that need food, volunteers or other support. They update their list on
a regular basis.
– Astoria Recovers, a recovery blog, has a list of local sites
in need of assistance.
– Staten Island Recovers is another community recovery site
with a list of places to help out.
– Lower East Side Recovers is
also connecting volunteers with those in need.
– The United Jewish Federation of New York has an extensive
list of volunteer opportunities in Westchester, Long Island, Staten Island,
Brooklyn and more.
– The Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) has a variety
of ways to volunteer and help.
– The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is accepting donations.
You can log on to donate, or call (908) 355-3663 ext. 203, or donate
$10 by texting FEEDNJ to 80888. The food bank is also soliciting food donations
of canned foods, shelf-stable milk, cereal, baby food (note: no glass jars,
please) and diapers. For a list of locations, click here.
– JerseyCares has a wide variety of disaster relief
volunteer opportunities in Hoboken, Atlantic City, Belmar and more. Click here to see the list.
– The United Way has numerous volunteering opportunities across New
Jersey. A simple way of looking for opportunities near you is to click here and search for the United Way nearest to you.
– Click here for the Christie administration’s guide to
getting help & advice about recovering from Sandy.