Occupy Sandy: Volunteer Opportunities as of 2/15/13

In the parts of our city where Sandy flooded homes and businesses, residents and volunteers are hard at work in a race to obliterate mold before the spring.

There is more.

Occupy Sandy coordinators are stepping up again with a new warehouse, continuing to provide over 2000 meals a day, and giving legal assistance. The best way for you to be a part of these efforts is to look at the list below and contact one of the sites or projects below.

For more info about all sites and to sign up GROUPS please call 347-770-4520 or occupysandyvolunteers@gmail.com.

In this email you will find:

  1. NEW! Occupy Sandy Warehouse in Coney Island: Volunteer by appointment only to remediate mold TOMORROW or sign up to be a recurring Delivery Drivers.
  2. Occupy Sandy Bay Ridge Kitchen: Help prepare food this weekend and every day until the end of the month: Be a food prepper, driver, lead cook or floor manager.
  3. Occupy Sandy Legal: Fight for justice alongside a legal team that believes a better world is possible.
  4. Sandy Storyline Project: Use your technical and/or creative skills to find and share new stories of survival and resilience.
  5. Brooklyn Relief Sites at Red Hook and Sheepshead Bay: Help is needed and these sites are accessible by subway.
  6. Rockaways Relief Sites at YANA, Respond and Rebuild, The action Center, Smallwater.
  7. Staten Island  at 1128 Olympia St.

Visit inspiring communities and join them in equitable and sustainable rebuilding.

Occupy Sandy Kitchen, Bay Ridge

  • Daily, 9am – 6pm. Stay any length of time.
  • St. John’s Church, 461 99th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
  • Take the R train to 95th St. stop. Walk south on 4th Ave, make a left on 99th Street.

Consistent healthy food food brings people together and gives stability when times are uncertain. Next week, we will be transitioning out of the space. This kitchen is wrapping things up soon (stay tuned for details) but for the next few weeks needs YOU to prep food, cook, drive deliveries, clean, and help manage the operation (Lead Cooks and Floor Managers needed!) Walk-ins are welcome, groups by appointment, and we take all ages.

Contact by email sandybayridge@interoccupy.net or by leaving a voicemail at 347-465-7430.

Occupy Sandy Warehouse

Contact childswarehouse@gmail.com to make an appointment and get directions.

Day of Mold Remediation

  • Saturday, 9:15am – 5pm

Responsible, hard workers need to help us prepare our own space with a little mold remediation on the second floor. Get a ride from 520 Clinton Ave (between Atlantic and Fulton, near the C train). Also option of meeting in Coney Island.

Delivery Drivers

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am-5pm

Are you a New Yorker with a drivers license? If you like driving large vehicles, even trucks on occasion, this is the place for you. Drivers are needed Tuesdays and Thursdays and we are hoping to find a few people who can make a commitment to come back regularly on one or both of those days weekly. We have a 15 passenger van that you will be using to make deliveries of supplies to and from the warehouse. Transportation to the warehouse will be available from Clinton Hill at 9:30am (for Coney start time of 11am). Contact Lev at childswarehouse@gmail.com. (There are no children in the warehouse, it’s just the name of the building).

OS Legal

The OS Legal team is made up of committed volunteers who organize together to provide both direct service and legal information to Sandy survivors. We are on the front lines of the fight for an equitable and fair recovery process. Please contact OS Legal if you have experience or interest in legal issues: occupysandylegal@gmail.com.

Sandy Storyline

Weekly meeting, Monday 7pm at 122 Java St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Near Greenpoint G)

We are connect with educators, media makers, storytellers, and activists all over the city and Northern New Jersey. Storytelling is a powerful and important part of building power and spreading awareness. We are looking for people to help on our education team, our exhibition team, and media makers to collect stories and present them both online and offline. With billions of dollars in funding coming to NYC, Sandy Storyline is a platform to share personal stories and insights and help influence the impact of the recovery funding.

It is best to call or email to tell us what you are interested in and we will connect you with the right people: info@sandystoryline.com, www.sandystoryline.com.


Red Hook

Open 12 Noon Daily
Accessible by bus and multiple Subway trains!
360 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook.

Walk-ins are welcome and volunteers are needed daily for canvassing, demolition, computer work, legal, repair work. Wishlist: people with construction skills, computer skills and laptops and smart phones. Take the B61 bus toward Red Hook from either the A/C/F/R/2/3/4/5 trains from Downtown Brooklyn, or the D/N/R/F/G trains from 9th Street. Contact Shawn Carrié, shawn@redhookcoalition.org.

Sheepshead Bay

10am – 5pm, Daily
Accessible by Subway or Bus
Trailer near 3076 Emmons Avenue, (at Brown St.) 12 minute walk from Sheepshead Bay stop on the B/Q or right across from to B4 bus stop.

Sheepshead needs help with muck-outs, debris removal from homes and yards, demolition, distribution of supplies to residents and resident, work orders or needs assessment in the trailer, on foot or phone. Languages: ***Russian***, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), Korean, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish. lease wear sturdy shoes and clothes you can get dirty.

Please sign up here.  email:  sheepsheadbayrecovers@gmail.com, or call 347-549-9708.

For groups of 5 or more you can also sign up through NY Cares by contacting maggie.bernhard@newyorkcares.org for more information.


YANA (You Are Never Alone)

  • Tues.-Sun. 10am-5pm
  • Travel by personal vehicle recommended, bus and ferry service also available, see below.
  • 112-34 Rockaway Beach Boulevard Rockaway Park

We are currently rebuilding YANA, so volunteers with construction experience or willing to do manual labor are in high demand. Wishlist: carpenters, builders, electricians and plumbers. You can also assist with muck-outs, winterizing, resident check-ins, neighborhood clean-up, case management and administrative data entry. Bring boots and warm clothes, we’ll provide the rest. Spanish speakers appreciated. Walk-ins are accepted but advance notice is preferable.

Projects vary greatly on different days. From the Rockaway Boulevard A station, regular limited-stop Q53 bus service operates to Rockaway Park-Beach 116 Street, as well as Q52 service to Arverne-Beach 69 Street.

Transportation info available here. For more information contact sandyrockaway@interoccupy.net or call 347-644-YANA (9262).

Click here to donate. For volunteers interested in construction work or material donations, contact Aaron at aadickerson@gmail.com or 347-831-5973

Respond and Rebuild

  • Sign up to volunteer is required at respondandrebuild.org
  • Arrive by 9:30am, Open most days (register for exact dates).
  • Pilgrim Church of Arverne, 74-16 Beach Channel Drive.
  • (NEW TRANSPORTATION INFO!) R&R is now providing shuttle service promptly at 8:45pm and 9:15 pm from the Howard
  • Beach A Train, at 103rd St. & 159th Ave.

Help with mold remediation in the Rockaways. It’s tough, physical work, and we’ll provide you with all the safety gear and tools you’ll need. Just bring a bag lunch and dress warm, with hard-soled shoes. **Volunteers must sign up in advance, arrive by 9:30am for a safety training, and stay all day. ** Your commitment allows us keep our promises to residents who have often been wait-listed and let down by others throughout this process. Teenagers 16+ are welcome to participate. (16 & 17 yr olds must have a parental consent form signed). Registration for all R&R volunteers is required by 5pm on the day prior to volunteering.


  • Open everyday except Mondays, 10am – 3:30pm
  • Travel by personal vehicle recommend, bus service also available.
  • Rockaway Beach, 183 Beach 96th street

Help with muck-out as jobs come in, serving food, coordinating and cleaning up the site.

Driving – Cross Bay Bridge from Howard Beach to beach 94th Left on Shorefront Parkway Right on beach 96th. Accessible by public transportation via the A train and Q53 bus.

Contact Michelle Cortez: Volunteer@smallwater.org, and for more information on this site see smallwater.org.

The Action Center

  • Open 10am – 4pm Daily
  • Travel by personal vehicle is recommended, some bus service available.
  • 5710 Beach Channel Drive

Volunteers will be performing supply intake & distro activities, e.g. unloading supply trucks, unpacking boxes, organizing supply rooms, distributing supplies. Specific tasks, per day, vary. Drivers needed. Work gloves, boots and warm winter wear, strongly suggested for all volunteers. Sam Doe (center director) and Nelson (site coordinator) are ground contacts for volunteers to connect with upon arrival. Contacts: 718 869-0346 or adoe196701@aol.com.

Staten Island

  • 1128 Olympia
  • Monday and Friday 11am-4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
  • (Closed Tues – Thurs)

Personal vehicle recommended, all accessible by ferry/bus. Staten Island needs help with muck-outs, canvassing, deliveries, and administration at hub. Note, the free store is closed. If you are driving, take the Verrazano bridge and exit at Hylan Blvd. Drive SW on Hylan, left on Greeley, left on Olympia. and the hub is on the right. For more information Contact Goldi at Sandy1128Olympia@gmail.com or 347-201-0670.

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