Rockaways, Queens

This page will be updated regularly with current needs and volunteer requests in the Rockaways. If you have information we need to know, please contact

Neighborhoods in the Rockaways are in different stages of recovery and needs vary accordingly. Contact the locations listed below for the most current information.

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We are in the process of rebuilding YANA (You Are Never Alone), a worker training center destroyed in the storm and reborn as Occupy Sandy’s first relief site in the Rockaways. We need volunteers interested -and ideally skilled- in construction, but anyone willing to get dirty will be put to good use. Please wear boots and appropriate clothing; safety gear will be provided.

The YANA relief site also dispatches volunteers throughout the peninsula, to do everything from clean up and gutting to donation distribution. If you are interested in helping, please contact them or just head out to YANA and see how you can help.

Transportation to Rockaways

  • 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.
  • From the Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue station on the 2 and 5 train, regular Q35 service operates to Rockaway Park-Beach 116 Street.
  • From the Parsons-Archer station in Jamaica on the E, J and Z trains, regular and limited-stop Q113 service operates to Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway as well as Seagirt Boulevard.
  • FERRY service runs on weekdays from 34th street and Wall Street in Manhattan to B108th st in the Rockaways — full schedule here:



    So you’re looking to volunteer, huh? Well have we got an opportunity for you! Put on your dirty clothes and lets get to work in the Rockaways.

    Volunteers work intimately with residents, picking through flood damaged belongings, gutting out flood damaged residences and tackling the threat of potentially toxic mold. It’s people helping people to pick up the pieces of a life, and with each person working, each couch thrown away, each wall pulled down, a little more healing, peace, friendship and light enters the world. Few experiences can compare. So sign up, spread the word, and most of all – VOLUNTEER!

    Please note: At this time we cannot accept volunteers under 16 years old at any time. We may be able to accommodate 16-18 year old volunteers, with explicit parental permission, on a case by case basis. Please email us if you have questions about 16-18 year old volunteers.

    Sign up here to volunteer

    Returning volunteers, click here to login and schedule your next shift.

    If you have any questions call 718-714-8173 or e-mail

    Do you need your home cleaned out? Call 347-461-4632 or E-mail