How can I help? That's a question Long Islanders continue to ask as recovery from superstorm Sandy soldiers on. While donations -- money, food, household supplies -- are still needed, many relief organizations are seeking volunteers who can donate their time and energy. Needs vary from boxing up and delivering donated items to more physical manual labor at construction sites. If you're able to pitch in, call or email ahead to coordinate when and where your efforts are most needed.
WHAT'S NEEDED Volunteers to bag and distribute food
"In the aftermath of Sandy, Island Harvest has transitioned into emergency response mode, distributing food, water and personal-care items to thousands," says Nicole Kowaleski, vice president of development. Help is needed to sort through the items that are coming in -- volunteers with gas in their vehicles also are needed to deliver goods to distribution sites.
INFO 631-582-3663, ext. 109, licares.org
WHAT'S NEEDED People to answer phones and do data entry. Also, volunteers to sort and repack donated items (must be 16 or older)
Development and communications director Robin Amato says the organization is getting "tons" of donations that need to be sorted -- and it's being "flooded with calls from those needing help." Volunteers should register in advance.
Suffolk County SPCA
WHEN|WHERE Daily, 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy., building 16, Hauppauge
INFO 631-382-7722, suffolkspca.org
WHAT'S NEEDED Volunteers to assist in delivering pet food, help with administrative duties at the main office in Hauppauge.
The SPCA -- which until Sunday was operating a temporary mobile pet shelter in Farmingville for owners utilizing the Red Cross shelter at Sachem High School East -- says it isnow turning its focus to getting donations of pet food distributed to areas hit hardest by the storm. Its main office in Hauppauge also needs volunteer manpower for office work ranging from answering phones to handling food donations and filing paperwork.
ALSO Nassau SPCA is assisting in running the county's pet-friendly shelter. "We need help with the animals and people to drop off supplies," says staffer Gary Rogers (516-272-0017, nassaucountyspca.org).
WHEN|WHERE 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at various locations
INFO 631-422-4828, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT'S NEEDED Volunteers to help with construction of homes.
"We have four or five houses under construction," says Les Scheinfeld, director of development. Volunteer groups scheduled to help at job sites before the storm have had to cancel, leaving the organization in a bit of a lurch to keep progress going. Volunteers don't need to have any special skills but must be 16 or older to work at a construction site.