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Volunteers Joann Cann, left, of Centereach and Rebecca

Volunteers Joann Cann, left, of Centereach and Rebecca Dooley of Melville help prepare Island Harvest tables set up at Farmingdale State College on Route 110 to accommodate those who have been left homeless and in need of food, shelter, and basic necessities. Other organizations, like the American Red Cross and Bethpage Credit Union, were also there to provide hot meals and drinks. (Nov. 7, 2012) Credit: Johnny Milano

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.


Island Harvest

WHEN|WHERE 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays at 40 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge, and 875 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale

INFO 631-873-4775,

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.


Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank

WHEN|WHERE 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, 10 Davids Dr./Harry Chapin Way, Hauppauge

INFO 631-582-3663, ext. 109,

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,

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 is now 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,

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk

WHEN|WHERE 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at various locations

INFO 631-422-4828,

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.

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