The National VOAD community of trusted agencies is working to identify opportunities for providing assistance to communities impacted by the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. This is a significant national disaster--each day new emergency needs are identified. Your help is needed! Here’s how you can make a difference now:
HOW TO DONATE:
To donate in-kind items, please post an offer of the goods on the National Donation Management Network and choose the state where you would like to make an offer.
VOAD members and emergency management authorities will review your offer and advise you if more action is needed.
Please confirm what is needed BEFORE taking action!
Here are some tips on donating in-kind goods:
• Donate in-kind goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations.
• Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
• Confirm needs by contacting the voluntary organization of your choice before starting to collect.
If you volunteer to host a collection, please do so with the answers to these questions:
• What is needed?
• Where is it needed?
• Do they have a way to receive and distribute it?
• How do they want it packaged and shipped?
Clothing, household items, and food are best provided by well-funded voluntary agencies and not through the expensive process of collecting, sorting, packaging, transporting, receiving, sorting, and distributing of goods. Everyone is moved when they hear the news that disaster has struck a community. By learning and practicing the best ways to donate and volunteer, we can all make a huge difference in the lives of those affected.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER:
Due to continuing transportation and fuel challenges, as well as on going power outages, it is difficult for disaster relief organizations to receive and train new volunteers at this time. Please understand it may be a few days before needs in the impacted area are fully understood and organizations now helping on the ground can begin to receive, train and house additional volunteers.
In the meantime, there are additional ways you can help:
New York Cares, New York City
Long Island Volunteer Center, Long Island, NY
Volunteer Center Serving Westchester and Mid-Hudson Valley
Jersey Cares, Newark, NJ
Pass It Along, Sussex County, NJ
Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Hackensack, NJ
United Way of Northern New Jersey, Morristown, NJ
Serve Rhode Island, Rhode Island, RI
Boston Cares, Boston, MA
Volunteer Alexandria, Alexandria, VA
Volunteer Fairfax, Fairfax, VA
Volunteer Arlington, Arlington, VA
Greater DC Cares, Washington, DC
While immediate opportunities to volunteer in the affected area may seem limited, please remember that the recovery effort will continue for many months and volunteers will be needed throughout this time. Thank you so much for your willingness to support the affected communities!