After the Storm
This morning I woke early and immediately reached for my phone. I wanted to check in with family and friends who lived in the path of Hurricane Sandy, aka the Frankenstorm. So far, those I love seem to be alright. A family I love lost their Staten Island home. Other friends had near misses of trees landing inches from their cars, roofs, porches.
But I can't help thinking about all those who might not have anyone checking to see that they made it. The more than 50,000 New York City residents who have no place to call home.1The 12,000+ inmates in the Riker's Island prison who are consistently ignored for evacuation plans2. The Haitian people who still haven't recovered from the January 2010 earthquake who now face another climate crisis. And the thousands, if not millions, of people living in poverty who may not have the insurance coverage or resources they need to repair damage from the storm.
It's easy to feel powerless.
I asked East Coast friends for suggestions of grassroots groups that will focus on helping those most impacted by the storm. Here is there growing list of suggestions:
The Lower East Side Recovers- This is a recovery organizing site for New York's Lower East Side in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The site allows people to offer/request assistance, and is coordinated by the folks at Occupy NYC and community organizations on the ground. https://lowereastside.recovers.org/
Coalition for Homeless- helps the homeless population of NYC. http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/
Lambi Fund of Haiti- a group in Haiti of people who work together toward economic justice, democracy and alternative sustainable development in Haiti. http://www.lambifund.org/
John Jay High School in Park Slope, which was set up as an evacuation shelter, is looking for volunteers to work six to eight hour shifts helping out. They are also seeking belts and clothing for men and children.
Ny Communities for Change. http://www.nycommunities.org/
Please share additional ideas in the comments.