Still Occupying Sandy: Updates and Volunteer Needs

Last week Occupy Sandy volunteers and Rockaways residents represented their communities and made their voices heard by traveling by bus to the largest climate change rally ever in our nation’s capital. Those who were harmed by Sandy know that climate change is real and action must be taken stop the burning of fossil fuels. Thank you to everyone who helped encourage and support this trip, including those from YANAand the Rockaway Youth Task Force.

Meanwhile, back in New York, there are big changes with our Occupy Sandy network. The warehouse in Coney Island is up and running, and there is a new location in Staten Island.

We are saying a sad farewell the the Bay Ridge Kitchen as they prepare for their closing this Friday. Please stop by to help tomorrow, February 28 and Friday, March 1. The food has been delicious and has sustained our community over these past few months.

Please go to their facebook page and leave a thank you message

Please pick a location below to contact and discuss further ways to help over the next few weeks:



For more information Contact Goldi at
or 347-201-0670.
Weekend hours: 10am – 4pm.
All other times by appointment, please call or email us!
551 Midland Avenue, Staten Island
Verrazano Bridge to Hylan Blvd exit, SW on Hylan until a left on Midland, continue 1 mile until 551 on corner of Freeborn St.

Muck out work is continuous. Other work is for special projects including canvassing, deliveries, data entry, and phone banking. 10 volunteers needed during the week, 50 or more on weekends which is when we concentrate on our muck-out work. To volunteer during the week, please call or email us. NO DROP OFF DONATIONS!


Contact to make an appointment and get directions.
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 (There are no children in the warehouse, it’s just the name of the building).


Contact Shawn Carrié,
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.

YANA (You Are Never Alone)
Please contact Sofia at or call 347-644-YANA (9262).
Tues.-Sun. 10am-5pm (hours vary, please confirm)
Travel by personal vehicle recommended, bus and ferry service also available, see below.
112-22 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, licensed electricians and plumbers. You can also assist with muck-outs, winterizing, resident check-ins, neighborhood clean-up, case management and administrative data entry. Projects vary greatly on different days. In addition, there are also opportunities for volunteering remotely doing research, resident advocacy, and data management. Bring boots and warm clothes, we’ll provide the rest. Spanish speakers appreciated. Walk-ins are accepted but advance notice is preferable. 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.  Click here to donate. For volunteers interested in construction work or material donations, contact Aaron at or 347-831-5973

Contact by email or by leaving a voicemail at 347-465-7430.
The kitchen will be closing. Friday, March 1st is our last day.
Daily, 9am – 6pm. Stay any length of time.
The last time to arrive is 5 p.m.
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. Stop by to help on our last days, tomorrow, Thursday or Friday. Help 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.

SHEEPSHEAD BAY, or call 347-549-9708.
10am – 5pm, Daily
Accessible by Subway or Bus
Trailer at Emmons Avenue and Brown St., a 12 minute walk from Sheepshead Bay stop on the B/Q or right across from to B4 bus stop.

Sheepshead needs volunteers to help with mold remediation, prepping homes for mold remediation, debris removal, canvassing, community gardens work, and people interested in staffing the trailer. Supplies needed: contractor bags, tyvek suits, goggles, work gloves, nitrile gloves, wire brushes, 1 quart plastic spray bottles, cordless tools, 6 millimeter plastic sheeting, duct tape, heirloom seeds, a high capacity printer, canned goods, utensils, cups.  Languages: ***Russian***, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), Korean, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish. Please wear sturdy shoes and clothes you can get dirty.  Please sign up here.

Sign up to volunteer is required at
Arrive by 9:30am, Open most days (register for exact dates).
Pilgrim Church of Arverne, 74-16 Beach Channel Drive.

New Transportation Info! During the week, please find your way to the bast by public transportation. On weekends, R&R is now providing shuttle service promptly at 9am from the Howard Beach A Train, at 103rd St. & 159th Ave. Make a difference in the lives of a Rockaway family by removing mold from their home. We provide free mold removal to those affected by the storm. Many of our clients are elderly, can not afford to have it done, and are overwhelmed by the aftereffects of the storm. They need YOUR help! 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 warmly, with hard-soled shoes.  **Volunteers must sign up in advance, arrive by 9:30 am 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.

Contact Michelle Cortez:
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. For more information on this site see

Contact Aria at 718 869-0346,
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.

Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn at Devon St. and Gerritsen Ave.
Every Monday through Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. 

Local 79, along with other Building Trades Unions, will be asking any interested volunteers to join HEART 911 in finishing up houses in Gerritsen Beach, Bklyn that have already received “Rapid Repair” work. We will be sheetrocking and insulating the homes of Hurricane Sandy victims. We need laborers, carpenters, and other skilled workers. Contact Dennis Lee (347)712-1684

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

We are connecting 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:,


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:

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