How Tourists to NYC Can Help with Hurricane Sandy Relief
Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey last week, donations have been pouring in and we've been telling you how to contribute to the relief. Still, there's quite a lot of help needed on the ground and it's not jut locals pitching in; tourists are helping out, too.
After last weekend's NYC Marathon was canceled, runners who had traveled to the city from around the world filled backpacks with supplies and dispatched to Staten Island, the Rockaways, and other hard-hit areas to aid in the cleanup. Other visitors to NYC have followed the runners' lead this week by donating their time and money while in town.
For those who want to swap out an afternoon of sightseeing for volunteering, there are plenty of organizations looking for support. New York Cares has a list of Sandy-related volunteer projects, including park clean-up and blanket distribution. Other short-term volunteer opportunities include sorting and distributing food at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel, supporting Brooklyn soup kitchens, and cleaning up parks throughout all five bureaus.
To see a full list of organizations looking for volunteers in New York, visit nycservice.org.