November 02, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Help

Rarely in life am I short on words. Honestly, I tend to have the opposite problem. But for once, I am simply at a loss. How do you react to this kind of mass devastation especially when nearly everyone you know seems to be directly affected in ways ranging from losing power to losing everything. I don't believe there are words capable of expressing such overwhelming shock, grief, and empathy for the people and places you know and love. Even a few of our writers have had their lives seriously impacted by Sandy's wrath. So, I won't even try to do justice to a storm that has had such a profound effect on millions, because the only things I have found to be suitable so far are either tears or action. 

I cannot stand sitting by watching the news and feeling helpless. So, I decided it was far more worthwhile to use my words to tell you how you can help by volunteering or donating money and/or supplies. I'm sure if you're a student or intern, your bank account is in need too, but please consider doing or giving what you can, even if it's just a few dollars or some old clothes. Countless people have lost their homes, their possessions,  their pets, family members, and even their livelihood.

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Local Help
If you are in the area affected by Sandy, you can find local shelters in need of supplies and maybe even volunteers. has compiled a list of shelters, phone charging stations, shelters, and other resources throughout the state, you can find it here. The New York Red Cross has information here on ways to help as well.

Salvation Army

This well-known charity organization provides meals, shelter, and other supplies. Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10.  Or donate on their website.

Red Cross

The Red Cross provides shelter, food, toiletries, medical help, clothing, and other much needed supplies. Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or donate online. You can also donate blood to help. 

Community Foodbank of New Jersey

Obviously, many people in the hardest hit area, many of which are in New Jersey, are in need of food. This organization works with the Office of Emergency Management and other nonprofits to coordinate efforts and reach those who need help. Donate online or donate $10 by texting FEEDNJ to 80888. 

MusiCares is a great charity, associated with The GRAMMY Foundation, that works to help musicians in need. Recently, they set up a specific relief fund for Hurricane Sandy. It will help music musicians with shelter, utilities, food, transportation, medical costs, clothing, instrument and equipment replacement, relocation and home repairs, and more. It looks as though the new fund is still in the process of being launched, however you can make a general donation to the organization online here.

New York Cares
A local volunteer group that works with many nonprofits in the are and is recruiting volunteers to help with recovery. Donate or sign up to volunteer on their site

Humane Society of the United States

Fortunately, most area shelters accepted pets, however not everyone who had to leave  or who lost their homes had the opportunity to bring their pets. The Humane Society Rescue Team is working to rescue pets in the area.  Donate online here

American Humane Association

Similarly, this organization is working to help animals that need rescue or shelter because of the storm. Text  HUMANE to 80888 to donate $10 or donate online here


Provides medicine, emergency kits, clean-up kits, and other supplies. Donate here

You can use Charity Navigator to verify and find information about most organizations you might consider donating to in order to ensure the organization is legitimate and not just a scam. 

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