a network and hub for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in Staten Island
VOLUNTEERING IS GOOD/WORK!
BE SAFE: Wear safe and warm clothing, don’t lift above your weight, work at least in pairs. Please do not enter a building unless it has been assessed and determined structurally sound. Do not stay in outdoor clean up zones after dark.
BE RESPECTFUL: Remember, the people you are speaking and working with have been through a traumatic event that continues, please be patient, respectful, and understanding of their needs and time. Ask them what they need and do NOT throw away anything without asking first and suggesting they photograph anything of value.
DRESS FOR WORK: Clean up crews, please COME PREPARED to Work: Wear work shoes, gloves, warm clothes. Highly advisable to bring N95 Particulate Filter facepiece Respirator.
BRING SUPPLIES: Bring sharpies, pens, business cards or contact info if you wish to share, paper, snacks, medicines, charged phone/charger, full water bottle. Please bring extra heavy duty trash bags, gloves, masks, brooms, shovels, rakes, cleaning supplies!
STAY SANE: Do NOT give any of your own personal items away and keep well fed, hydrated, and calm. Don’t do anything you are not qualified to do! Bring a friend or two! Cheer each other on!
PROTECT CHILDREN: Any clean-up crew is going to turn away children because of dangerous conditions. It’s probably best to leave children under 12 with family or volunteer in other ways (sorting, food prep and serving, phone banking, canvassing, etc).
GET THERE: BY CAR: Fill up before coming on the island, bring cleaning supplies, and please park a bit away from affected areas to allow machinery, hauling, and transport.
If you have a car or truck and want to help transport donated goods & volunteers, link in by texting “@osdrivers” to 23559
ON BIKE: Best for transporting goods to affected neighborhoods, canvassing needs. Take bike on SI Ferry, No bikes over Verrazano, can’t go on buses
Info on how to get to Staten Island from NY, BK, Manhattan here.
If you are coming from out of the area, see this page for information on temporary volunteer housing.
Points north: transport for volunteers and supplies from St Jacobi Church, Sunset Park and 520 Clinton, please read about it here
WHERE TO VOLUNTEER IN STATEN ISLAND
Occupy Sandy Staten Island 551 Midland Avenue (us!):
Yellow Team Farid Kader 9178856537
489 Midland Ave: Community Hub needs volunteers and work crews. See Andre or Aiman
Zion Lutheran Church Graniteville 505 Watchogue Road
Salem Church West Brighton 634 Clove Road firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebuild SI Dongan Hills email@example.com 347-875-7505
St Clare’s Great Kills 110 Nelson Ave Nelson north of Edgewood M-F 9-3 week end 11-3 firstname.lastname@example.org (718) 554-8104
Talie Corp aka TEAM DETERMINATION Dongan Hills Father Capodanno & Slater Blvd