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Friday, November 9, 2012

Some Volunteer Options Post-Sandy

Having been to Coney Island I can attest to their need for help. A pal suggests you go to


Volunteer Sign-ups for the The Park Slope Armory!  

Thank you to the 1000s of volunteers who have helped thus far!  Your efforts are impressive and so appreciated.   Alas, as the days go on, our needs continue.  The Shelter is asking volunteers to sign up for specific jobs each day.   Take a look at the jobs we need and please sign up!   In particular, we need folks who speak Spanish and Russian.   Shifts last 4 hours and go 24 hours a day.  Please click on the following web link to go to the signup sheet:

To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.  Thanks in advance for volunteering!

  • Park Slope Armory is located at 361 15 street between 7th and 8th avenues.
  • This shelter houses about 300-350 people from nursing homes in the Rockaways. Mostly a senior population, many with health challenges.  
  • Volunteers shifts last 4 hours and go all day and all night.  ( Double shifts are welcomed and encouraged!)
  • Things to know:  Where comfortable clothes, no photos and no kids (sorry).   
  • Questions:  nightshiftatthearmory@...
PLUS, from assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs office some very interesting options:

1. Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs and Midwood High School :   Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs and Midwood High School are accepting donations of the following supplies: Flashlights, D batteries, buckets, mops, work gloves, rubber gloves, towels, industrial garbage bags (often called compactor bags), chapstick, hygiene products, baby wipes, gift cards, and more; they are not accepting clothes at this time. Donations can be dropped off at Assemblywoman Jacobs’ District Office (2294 Nostrand Avenue between Avenues I and J), Monday-Friday from 9-5 PM or at Midwood (2839 Bedford Avenue ) during school hours. Financial donations can also be made out as checks to the Midwood High School Parents Association.

1.   Flatbush Shomrim: The Flatbush Shomrim is seeking monetary donations as well as new items with tags , including children’s toys, toiletries, diapers, baby wipes, sanitary napkins, new coats, etc. The items will be distributed in hard hit areas throughout New York City and can be brought to 2298 Nostrand Avenue between Avenues I and J from 9:30 AM -10:00 PM.


1. Masbia Soup Kitchen: Masbia is looking for both donations and volunteers to help feed thousands of senior citizens displaced by the storm. For more information about volunteering, please log on to, or contribute to Masbia’s cost of food at .

4 .       Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) : JASA is looking for volunteers to help seniors trapped in their apartments because of the Sandy, as well as those who have not received their regular meal deliveries due to the storm. Volunteers should be willing to carry supplies up 7-20 flights of stairs during daylight hours. For more information, contact Jacob Stolar at 212-991-6572 or

5.       The Jessie-Streich Kest Fund: A fund has been created to honor the life and memory of Ditmas Park resident Jessie Streich-Kest, who was struck and killed by a falling tree during last week’s storm. Contributions in Jessie’s memory will go to the Sean Casey Animal Rescue, an organization she cared deeply about. Donations can be made online via YourCaring at, or via Facebook at
DonateToTheJessieStreichKestFund; checks can also be mailed to: Jessie Streich-Kest Fund, c/o the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, 241 Water Street, 3 rd Floor, New York, NY 10038.

  6.       Michael Pergola, South Midwood Resident: Michael Pergola of South Midwood is collecting batteries, flashlights, candles, instant coffee and other goods which he will shuttle to hard hit areas of the city. Contributions can be brought to his home at 783 East 21 st Street between   Glenwood and Farragut Roads . He can be reached at 917-685-5679 or at for more details.

  7.       1199SEIU Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund: 1199 SEIU is asking for monetary donations to support its members who are struggling in the aftermath of the storm. To contribute, log on to

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