Walking around Park Slope, it's easy to forget that there are still lots of people struggling in the city right now, days after Hurricane Sandy swept through. Here's what you can do to help them:
In Park Slope, there are two emergency shelters: at John Jay High School (237 7th Avenue), and the Park Slope Armory (361 15th Street). They've been accepting donations, and volunteers willing to work 6-8 hour shifts (especially overnight) are needed. PS 249 (18 Marlborough Road) is also serving as a shelter, and is accepting donations. Clothing (for adults and children), coffee, cups, and toys are all needed.
Park Slope Parents has partnered with the Old Stone House to launch the Neighbors in Need Hurricane Drive, so you can donate electronically.
The Red Hook Initiative is also coordinating relief and support efforts. They can be contacted at 718-858-6782, and their office is at 767 Hicks Street.
There's an effort underway to helo clean up Sheepshead Bay.
To donate food and flashlights to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, contact them at 917-975-5623. To help transport donated items to shelters in The Rockaways and South Brooklyn, contact councilmember Steve Levin's office at 718-875-5200.
NYC Service has been a great resource for those looking to help out. If you email your name and borough to firstname.lastname@example.org, they'll be in touch. This Facebook page is also a good volunteer resource.
To donate food (in plastic and cans only), here is a map of local places accepting donations. To donate batteries, contact the AARP's toy donation program at Createthegood@aarp.org. Postmark Cafe (on Sixth Street between 4th and 5th) is also accepting non-perishable items, and food, clothes, and diapers are being collected at the Corcoran office on Seventh and Carroll.
Over at Congregation Beth Elohim, they're looking for volunteers to help prepare food to be brought to the armory. Candles, batteries, flashlights, water, and non-perishables for Red Hook shelters are also being collected there.
To donate blood, drop by Methodist Hospital at the times specified in the link.
The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers.
UPDATED: Local Aly Walansky will be hosting a stoop sale Sunday at noon on Berkeley between Sixth and Seventh. Crates full of unopened beauty products will be for sale (pay what you can), and all proceeds will go to the Red Cross.
Trinity Grace Church (on Fifth between 12th and 13th) is accepting donations and organizing supply donations. New Hope Church (on 16th between 4th and 5th) is also accepting donations.
A great way to stay up to date on ways to help out locally is to keep track of the Brooklyn CB6 Twitter page. If you learn of other ways to help out, please leave them in the comments below.
Photo: The Rockaways, Nathan Kensinger