Occupy Wall Street and 350.org have teamed up with Recovers.org, a disaster relief platform, to help coordinate response to Hurricane Sandy. OWS states on its website that they are launching support pages at Recovers.org for individuals to give help or post a need. At the interoccupy.net hub, users can make financial donations to victims, volunteer their efforts or locate an emergency shelter.
OWS has called on anyone with “experience in or tools for medical and psychological services, electrician work, plumbing, construction, financial or legal services, debris and tree removal, childcare, transportation, senior services or language skills” to sign up at one of three current sites in the Lower East Side in Manhattan, Red Hook in Brooklyn and Astoria in Queens—all of which are along the waterfront and experienced flooding.
Drop-off points have been established throughout Brooklyn where people can drop off candles, flashlights, batteries, water, food, or other amenities, RT.com reports.
In New York City, 750,000 people remain without power, large areas are still submerged under water and at least eighteen people have been killed, including the daughter of New York Communities for Change’s Executive Director Jon Kest. Jessie Streich-Kest and Jacob Vogelman were killed when they went outside to walk their dog during the storm.
Occupy volunteers started their effort in the Lower East side and have been moving through New York’s five boroughs, along with members of 350.org and Recovers.org.
Individuals who want to get involved in the effort are encouraged to use the hashtah #SandyVolunteer, or if they are in search of assistance, #SandyAid. Interested parties can also use the Occupy Sandy Relief NYC Facebook page. To receive text alerts for volunteer opportunities, text @OccupySandy to 23559. (Image from Facebook/OccupySandyReliefNyc)