Volunteers Needed: Join GoodwillNyNj to Help Sandy Victims in NY & NJ

Help us help others – volunteer to sort donations headed to victims to Hurricane Sandy! We are dealing with an enormous volume of donations right now from people and groups who want to donate to storm victims. As reported, our stores are providing up to $50 worth of clothing and household goods per family member for free to people whose property was damaged by the flooding. We also are providing materials specifically needed at the storm shelters where we can.

The storm was devastating, but we will survive. GoodwillNyNj is here to help, whether you’re looking to rebuild or volunteer.

As a result, we need volunteers to help with processing.We are working out of three locations, two in New York City, one in New Jersey. We need 8-10 volunteers at each location, and would appreciate it if you’d help spread the word. Volunteers should be physically strong, able to lift, carry and bend without problems and not allergy-prone. Potential volunteers can contact Jose Medellin at jmedellin@goodwillnynj.org.

The locations needing volunteers are:

  • Goodwill Van Dam Outlet, 47-47 Van Dam Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
  • Goodwill NY Headquarters, 4-21 27th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102
  • Goodwill NJ Headquarters, 400 Supor Blvd., Harrison NJ 07029

Even if you can’t volunteer, you can donate. Click to read more about how to get involved in helping Goodwill help those affected by Sandy:

Yesterday we posted about our relief partnership with WPLJ and Modell’s, collecting clothing donations (jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves, etc) and much-needed essentials (toilet paper, toothbrushes, washclothes, hairbrushes, etc) for those affected by Sandy. We’ll be taking those donations at the locations listed HERE in New York and New Jersey through Monday, November 19th.

In addition to the GoodwillNyNj/Modell’s/WPLJ efforts, we’ll also be accepting Sandy donations at these 3 Goodwill locations:

  • Goodwill Van Dam Outlet, 47-47 Van Dam Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
  • Goodwill NY Headquarters, 4-21 27th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102
  • Goodwill NJ Headquarters, 400 Supor Blvd., Harrison NJ 07029

Furthermore we are now working with the NYC Emergency Response Office to distribute donations from our stores. We’re currently seeking a single organization to deliver fresh sets of warm clothes to all 15 of the remaining shelters in NYC to get these warm items to people in need as soon as possible. Once we have an organization on board, we’ll be delivering:

  • 6000 sets of adult clothing (assorted sizes of sweat pants, sweatshirts and socks)
  • 1000 sets of kids clothing (assorted sizes of sweat pants, sweatshirts and socks)
  • 300 sets of warm infant clothing (assorted sizes)
  • 1000 towels

For those who suffered loss of property during the storm, our stores are offering a $50 per family member (present or not) shopping credit to help you and yours rebuild. For details and more information, visit http://www.goodwillny.org/news-events/content/goodwill-relief-hurricane-sandy-victims

Finally, we are still holding blood drives with the American Red Cross. For more info on those drives, their dates and the locations, please email us at goodwillnynj@gmail.com.

We wish you and yours warmth, hope and healing during this time. Take care and be well.

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