Lend a Helping Hand

Following this devastating storm, Pace students have been asking how they can help. The CCAR and SDACA have compiled a list of volunteer and donation opportunities for students to to get involved with post-Sandy relief efforts. >>Read More

Relief Efforts for Post-Sandy

Information compiled by Community Action & Research/Student Development and Campus Activities

There are many requests from students on how they can help those in need due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Below is a brief list of volunteer and donation opportunities available:

FINANCIAL–there is an immediate need for financial help. The following organizations are raising money to provide shelter, food, emotional support, and much more to those in need:

1. American Red Cross–Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. They are NOT able to accept items at this time due to logistical costs associated with sorting, packaging, and distribution.

2. The Food Bank of NYC–Text the word FBNYC to 50555 to donate

3. Mayor Bloomberg just announced that those who wish to contribute to the city’s relief efforts may do so by donating to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

4. iTunes has added a donate button located on the main iTunes store specifically for Sandy relief.

BLOOD DONATIONS–Sandy has forced the cancellation of more than 325 blood drives in 13 states and Washington, D.C., resulting in a shortfall of more than 11,000 blood donations.

1. Check New York Blood Center for donation centers in your area.  The closest location to Pace’s Pleasantville Campus is 525 Executive Blvd in Elmsford.

2. Red CrossVisit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

VOLUNTEER YOUR HELP IN NEW YORK

1. If you live in NYC, or are able to safely get to locations within the city, check out NYC Service (or on their Facebook page) to register your skills and be connected with volunteer organizations or projects that need your help.

2. New York Cares (the organization we work with on Paint A School Day) is compiling a list of volunteer needs in the area.

3. The Food Bank of NYC is also looking for volunteers and financial donations. You can see if your local pantry or kitchen can use volunteers by going to the locator.

4. On Twitter, #sandyvolunteer has been trending, and is providing real-time updates for local donation and volunteer needs.

VOLUNTEER YOUR HELP IN NEW JERSEY

1. If you live in (or would like to help out in the rebuilding of) New Jersey, call 1-800-JERSEY-7 to register as a volunteer.

2. Those hit hardest are looking for volunteers with special skills and experience, such as military service or medical training.

3. On Twitter, #sandyvolunteer has been trending, and is providing real-time updates for local donation and volunteer needs.

Check out these links for further information on how you can help:

Red Cross
CNN’s Tips on Relief Efforts
Volunteer Center–Westchester
Salvation Army

In the coming weeks, there will be an increased need for hands-on volunteers to staff shelters, hand out food and clothing at distribution centers, and work to clean up/rebuild entire towns. When we get word of local organizations looking for volunteers, we will be sure to pass that information on to you. If you know of any other ways to provide assistance, please contact ccarplv@pace.edu with the information.

If you are a student organization who would like to host fundraisers or donations, please visit Student Development and Campus Activities (Kessel Student Center), but please understand physical donations (clothes, etc.) will take some time to identify organizations and transport options.