As New York City deals with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy's devastation, the speedy, collective efforts of Occupy to create a grassroots relief operation have been nothing short of impressive.
Occupy Sandy is a community relief project to provide aid in neighborhoods hit hardest by the storm. Members of this group are from Occupy Wall Street, 350.org, interoccupy.net and recovers.org and they are recruiting volunteers and asking for in-kind donations.
If you're one of the lucky New Yorkers with power who are relatively unaffected by the storm and want to be part of a people's relief effort, we hope you find this information useful:
Occupy Sandy Relief NYC on Facebook: Several calls for volunteers and in-kind donations go out each day, mostly serving Red Hook, The Rockaways and the Lower East Side.
InterOccupy Website: List of needs and drop-off locations in Astoria, Far Rockaway, Fort Green/Clinton Hill, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, Harlem and the Lower East Side. Financial donations also accepted.
Occupy Sandy's Volunteer Network (read-only): Document for posting offers and needs in the five boroughs, upstate New York, New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut. Also includes a list of volunteer opportunities on the national and city level. IMPORTANT: This link is read-only, if you want to post your offer or need, please use this editable link instead. DO NOT use the editable link unless you are posting a need or offer, to keep traffic low.
There are several web pages on recovers.org that focus on needs, donations and real-time updates on volunteer opportunities for individual neighborhoods:
For myself and many other New Yorkers, Twitter has been utterly indispensable throughout the disaster. @OccupySandy is the official account for Occupy Sandy Relief NYC and @OccuWeather has been posting amazing eyewitness photo and video of Sandy since just before it hit. More needs, offers, news and volunteer opportunities are being posted on the hashtags #sandyvolunteer, #sandyaid, #sandyrelief and #sandyrecovery.
Lastly, this is quite wonderful.
New York City, our hearts are with you.
Photo by David Shankbone on Flickr, courtesy of Creative Commons Licensing.