As the devastation from super storm Sandy stretches into its second week, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is encouraging volunteers to determine where their help may be needed before heading out to ensure their safety and that precious resources are not wasted.
County Executive Mangano said organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Island Harvest and Long Island Cares, may need volunteers to assist with manning shelters, food and clothing distribution, and emergency assistance as the effects of the storm linger. However, he advised that it is best to coordinate those efforts.
“The response to Sandy has been remarkable. So many businesses, organizations and individuals have come forward to assist with helping the less fortunate victims of this terrible storm. Not only are they making donations and contributions but also volunteering to work long hours, under difficult circumstances to assist others with whatever they need; from essentials like food and water to clothing and blankets, to a place to charge their electronic devices,” said the County Executive. “I want to ensure that these resources are being used to the best advantage and individuals who may want to help others, know where their help would be best utilized.”
The Long Island Volunteer Center, a New York State-designated Regional Volunteer Center, is coordinating local efforts as well. Those interested in volunteering should visit the Center’s website atand fill out a registration form. The Center will then assess where the need is most dire and make the appropriate assignment.
Emergency workers are also attempting to coordinate efforts to distribute the donations of food and clothing that are being dropped off at various distribution centers. To volunteer for the American Red Cross, call 516-747-3500; the Salvation Army, call 516-485-4900; Island Harvest, call 516-294-8528; and for LI Cares, call 631-582-3663, ext. 119.
For more information on storm recovery, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/hurricane or follow Ed Mangano on Facebook and Twitter.
Non-Emergency Hotline 1-888-684-4274