I am trying to provide some information about how people can help Long Island families affected by this natural disaster. If you know of ongoing drop-off locations, local agencies where people can volunteer or donate, wishlists for local agencies, or Facebook groups helping to coordinate relief efforts, please contact me: Candace@NaturallyEducational.com
Local Long Island Agencies and Charities
- Volunteer 4 Long Island Adopt-a-Family: has about 40 families on Long Island in desperate need of help to get back on their feet after the Hurricane. If you would like to donate directly to a family in need, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-624-1322 and ask for Jeanine. Or go to: http://www.facebook.com/groups/97247585550 She has identified about 40 families in need at this point. My daughter’s girl scout troop has adopted 1…wish I could adopt them all!
- Camp Bulldog at Lindenhurst: This grassroots organization, founded by a Girl Scout coordinator and teacher, is helping the community rebuild itself. They are in DESPERATE need of gift cards to Home Depot and Lowes. Please Contact Debbie CAMPBULLDOG631@gmail.com or visit HelpLindy.com or connect on Facebook.
- Adopt a Family Affected by Hurricane Sandy or provide Thanksgiving for a Family (through Family-to-Family)
- Long Island Cares – Harry Chapin Food Bank – Hurricane Sandy Relief Food Drives and Drop-Off Sites
- Brookhaven Town Department of Housing and Human Services – accepting donations for distribution to Red Cross Evacuation Centers and Warming Centers located in Brookhaven Town, and residents who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donations of towels, diapers, cleaning supplies, yard tools, masks, gloves, storm supplies, baby items, toiletries, pet supplies, clean blankets, lightly worn or new clothing, batteries, hand warmers, water, non-perishable foods, board games, crayons, coloring books, toys and more can be dropped in the lobby at Town Hall located at One Independence Hill in Farmingville. Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, call 631-451-6600.
- Long Island Volunteer Center – They seem overwhelmed with matching needs with volunteers but if you have special skills, I think it would be worthwhile to contact them.
Facebook and Other Social Media Coordination