It goes without saying that for those of us on the more fortunate side of the country, our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy today. But there are many ways you can help, whether it be financially or through volunteer work. Here’s how:
Cash or Goods?
FEMA recommends donating cash, rather than unsolicited goods, since agencies can then funnel the funds to where they need it most. But if you would like to donate goods, be sure to donate to a trusted agency and check that agency’s need list before donating. How do you know where to donate cash or goods? You can donate to The Red Cross or The Salvation Army, which provide immediate help to those in need. FEMA also recommends donating to the National Donations Management Network, or checking National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a state-by-state list.
How to Volunteer
If you’re interested in volunteering with the Red Cross, make sure you meet the requirements listed here. If you do, complete the Volunteer Application. For those in the New York area, send your contact details to NYC Service and they will let you know as need arises. Other FEMA-recommended volunteer groups include NVOAD, Corporation for National & Community Service, Citizen Corps, and Network for Good.
To help with Hurricane Sandy relief in Haiti and Cuba, CNN suggests donating to Operation USA or the International Medical Corps.
Helping Animals in Need
The American Humane Association and the Humane Society of the United States both have teams on the ground working to aid distressed animals.
For more ways to help, see this list from CNN.
Source: CNN, Jezebel