Sandy Weekend Updates 11/9 to 11/11

The G and L trains are back in service, increasing some mobility around the city and as another weekend approaches when more folks may have time to volunteer, we thought we’d again collect updates of the latest drives, sites, developments, and info for feminists in NYC looking to lend a hand! As before, email any additions to forthebirdscollective@gmail.com or add to the comments section!

DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERING THIS WEEKEND:
The Ali Forney Center (AFC) works with LGBTQ Young people without secure housing. This Saturday, our youth are coordinating a volunteer effort designed to support the residents in Red Hook who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We are collecting specific supplies at our drop-in site that Red Hook has indicated they need this Saturday!  if you want to drop off the following items: blankets, warm socks, hats, gloves (both winter gloves and work gloves) batteries, flashlights and cleaning supplies, including; disinfectant wipes, laundry detergent and bleach.  We will be collecting and sorting these supplies on Saturday November 10, from 11:30am until 1:30pm.   If you would like to donate, please plan to bring items to 757 4th Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets), ground floor, in Brooklyn. AFC youth, volunteers and staff and will organize supplies and deliver them to Red Hook.

The Coney Island community needs volunteers to help go house-to-house to clean up. Call Sea Gate Command Center at (718)705-9666 if you can help.

The Gowanus Houses are using 420 Baltic Street as a staging area.They’re still without power, so they need batteries. They can also use toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, and hygienic goods. Call Marguerite Scott of the Tenants Association at (646)330-7449 if you want to donate supplies.

Donate your apartment or space to temporarily house families displaced by Sandy on Airbnb.

Relief Bulletin to print and bring/distribute to those in need of information and updates.

Park Slope Armory emergency shelter still taking volunteers for shifts

Red Hook Initiative still taking volunteers

CAAAV still taking donations and volunteers

Updates for all locations from Occupy Sandy Hub [including Staten Island]

Supply Drive and Fundraiser Saturday In Williamsburg

#SUCKITSANDY art crawl fundraiser Friday in DUMBO

FUREE updates on supporting the residents at the Gowanus Houses

MENTAL HEALTH OPTIONS:
Social Workers Needed to Volunteer Christine Quinn, Speaker of the City Council, and the city’s Department of Homeless Services and Department of Health, has made a special request for LCSWs and LMSWs to volunteer at emergency shelters around the city. People at the shelters have a range of needs, from mental health and crisis counseling to help coordinating services and benefits. Staff at the shelters may also need social work support. The need for volunteers is immediate. Interested and available social workers should call 347.396.7950 to volunteer. The greatest need is to cover the overnight shift, which is from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am.  Shifts are preferably 12 hours.

NIP Integrative Trauma Treatment Center –Available for those Affected by Hurricane Sandy The NIP Integrative Trauma Treatment Center, a provider of sliding-scale trauma treatment, is available to treat people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath.
To learn more, make an appointment, or make a referral: please contact 212.582.1566, ext. 8713, or visit the NIP Integrative Trauma Treatment Center webpage.

Action Alerts and Notes about Secondary Trauma from Audre Lorde Project

Sliding Scale Accupuncture, Massage, Yoga at Third Root Community Health Center

Ryan NENA Community Health Clinic (sliding scale health care)

SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE:
If you receive food assistance and were affected by Hurricane Sandy in NYC, you will receive 50% additional assistance this month with no need to apply – your account will be receiving the benefit this week (week of Nov. 5th) automatically. For more info and to see if you are eligible, see this link.

CAAAV Legal Clinics for Sandy Survivors

Apply for FEMA assistance.