Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

Hey, remember when we picked that fight with Sandy? She was a brute. We deployed 350 TR volunteers to the eastern seaboard and led 10,000 spontaneous volunteers to pick up after the storm. For six weeks, our teams in the field busted their tails during Operation: Greased Lightning, our largest operation to date. One year later, we reflect on our work and thank those who helped us provide relief to the communities of Rockaway Beach, NY and Union Beach, NJ.

Hurricane Sandy gave TR volunteers another opportunity to serve.

Hurricane Sandy gave TR volunteers another opportunity to serve.

It was during Operation: Greased Lightning where we were introduced to Palantir Technologies, and a year later,  we continue to revolutionize disaster response as members of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Our work, however, is never finished. Last weekend, volunteers from Regions 1, 2, and 3 organized service projects and revisited areas still in need of rebuilding, including American Legion Post 351 in Seaside Heights, NJ.

Air Force veteran Lourdes Tiglao digs in during a service project at American Legion Post 351 in Seaside Heights, NJ.

Air Force veteran Lourdes Tiglao digs in during a service project at American Legion Post 351 in Seaside Heights, NJ.

We’re not interested in meeting any of Sandy’s relatives, but should one pay a visit, TR Nation remains on standby.


TR Sandy FEMA report

New York Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Resources

New York Hurricane Sandy
Disaster Recovery Resources

  • For general help or referrals in New York City, call 3-1-1. 
  • For assistance outside of New York City (Long Island & Hudson Valley), call 2-1-1. 
  • Residents of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester should consult the Hudson Valley 2-1-1 Disaster Assistance Guide:
  • Residents of Nassau and Suffolk should consult the Long Island 2-1-1 assistance guide:
  • FEMA information:, (800) 621-3362


New York City Department of Aging

DFTA’s mission is to work for the empowerment, independence, dignity and quality of life of NYC’s diverse older adults and for the support of their families through advocacy, education, and the coordination and delivery of services. Goals: To foster independence and individual choices, confront ageism and promote opportunities for older people to share their leadership, knowledge and skills. To inform and educate the general public about aging issues, including services, supports and opportunities for older New Yorkers and their families. To be a catalyst for increased resources to enhance and expand programs and services for older New Yorkers. To ensure the provision of quality services fairly and equitably to older New Yorkers. To enhance and expand effective, productive partnerships with consumers, advocates, private and public organizations. To recognize the value of all staff and encourage their creativity in building the Department’s capacity for continuous improvement.

  • 2 Lafayette St 6th Floor, New York, NY 10007
  • Call 311


Animal Care and Control of New York

Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) is the largest pet organization in the North East, with an estimated number of 44,000 animals rescued each year. As a not‐for‐profit organization since 1995, Animal Care & Control has been responsible for New York City’s municipal shelter system, rescuing, caring for, and finding loving homes for homeless and abandoned animals in New York City. AC&C facilities operate in all five boroughs.

  • 326 East 110th Street  New York, NY 10029
  • 212-788-4000


Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first humane organization established in the Americas, and today has more than one million supporters throughout North America. A 501 [c] [3] not‐for‐profit corporation, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in animal‐assisted therapy, animal behavior, animal poison control, anti‐cruelty, humane education, legislative services, and shelter outreach. The New York City headquarters houses a full‐service, accredited animal hospital, adoption center, and mobile clinic outreach program. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York’s animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series “Animal Precinct” on Animal Planet. For more information, please visit

  • 520 8th Ave 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018
  • 212-876-7700


Bideawee is a 106‐year‐old humane agency that saves thousands of homeless cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies every year. Since 1903, Bideawee has provided housing, food, and medical and behavioral care to help formerly abandoned, abused, and neglected pets find and keep new homes and families. Our services for pets support them through every stage of their lives, from fostering and adoption at our New York City and Westhampton (Long Island) locations to our Pet Memorial Parks at our Westhampton and Wantagh (Long Island) sites. Bideawee’s veterinary practices in Westhampton and New York City care for both resident pets and the pets of private clients. In addition, we offer services that foster greater appreciation and respect for the value of companion animals at all three locations, such as pet therapy and our Reading to Dogs program that helps children overcome literacy challenges.

Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) promotes the safety and well-being of all animals that are or may be adversely affected during a disaster. Respond to the needs of those who provide emergency and supportive care to animals during all phases of a disaster. Promote the inclusion of the animal component in all federal, state and local government disaster plans, and those developed by the general public, by engaging in an ongoing process of proactive education and mutual awareness of the needs of animals in disasters. Encourage cooperation with other animal protection organizations, veterinary associations, disaster relief agencies, and government officials.

Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, founded in 2002, is a coalition of more than 140 animal rescue groups and shelters that are working with the City of New York to find homes for every cat and dog in the city who needs one. Its goal: to transform New York City into a no‐kill community, where no healthy or treatable dog or cat is killed merely because he or she does not have a home. Among the Mayor’s Alliance programs that are moving NYC toward its no‐kill goal are high‐profile collaborative adoption events; the Alliance transport van program that transports animals from the city’s Animal Care & Control (AC&C) shelters to no‐kill organizations that find them permanent homes; the Picasso Veterinary Fund that pays for extraordinary, life‐saving medical care for sick or injured animals transferred from AC&C to other Alliance Participating Organizations for adoption; and promotion of spay/neuter programs, including the Maddie’s Spay/Neuter Project in NYC, which is administered by the Mayor’s Alliance.


Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey

Distributing clothing vouchers to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Please bring your FEMA number with you to your local store or call for more information on these vouchers.

  • Main office: Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey, 4–21 27th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102
  • 718-728-5400

Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs


Partnering with various organizations to provide medical equipment and supplies to those with functional medical needs/disabilities. Those seeking items can participate in this program by making contact with either their local Independent Living Center (locations listed at or a TRAID-in center (locations listed at

Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York

The Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York’s (CIDNY) goal is to ensure full integration, independence and equal opportunity for all people with disabilities by removing barriers to the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the community.

  • 841 Broadway, Suite 301, New York, NY
  • 212-674-2300


Domestic Violence and Abuse

Safe Horizon

Safe Horizon’s mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

Faith Communities

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response

To serve the poor and hurting where ever and when ever needed in Jesus name.

  • 1529 Morris Ave, Bronx, NY 10457
  • 1-877-227-2702

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Community Service, Disaster Relief

  • 909-447-7799
    • 34 Howard St., New York, NY 10013
    • 212-965-1151
    • 60 E. Williston Ave., East Williston, NY 11596
    • 516-873-6888

Tzu Chi Manhattan Service Center

Tzu Chi Long Island Branch

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

As a service agency, and as a coordinator of other Catholic agencies, Catholic Charities uses its commitment to service as a vehicle for the promotion of participation and involvement of people in the service of others. By bringing people together to know, to experience and to reflect upon the needs and the issues of their local communities, the agency seeks to raise consciousness, to encourage input and involvement in addressing needs and to generate responses that draw people together and promote the caring, unity and witness which characterizes the Catholic ministry of service.

Brooklyn Community Center

Queens Community Center

Catholic Charities of New York

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York seeks to uphold the dignity of each person as made in the image of God by serving the basic needs of the poor, troubled, frail and oppressed of all religions. We collaborate with parishes, as well as non‐Catholic and Catholic partners, to build a compassionate and just society. Through a network of administered, sponsored and affiliated agencies, Catholic Charities delivers, coordinates, and advocates for quality human services and programs touching almost every human need.

  • 1011 First Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10022
  • 888-744-7900
  • 212-419-3737 (for immigration-related questions only)

Church World Service

Christians working together with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.

New York Conference of the United Methodist Church

The New York Annual Conference through the grace of God embodies a beloved community of hope, building up a healthy body of Christ, with heart warmed United Methodists in mission for the transformation of the world.

New York Disaster Interfaith Services

NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) faith‐based federation of human services providers and charitable organizations who work in partnership to leverage resources and provide disaster readiness, response and recovery services to the most vulnerable communities affected by disaster in New York City. NYDIS’s principle recovery program is the New York City Unmet Needs Roundtable, which brings together donors and case management agencies to financially assist those impacted by a disaster, provide emergency assistance, and ensure victims’ long‐term recovery in cases when all other means of assistance are no longer available.

  • 4 West 43rd Street Suite 407, New York, NY 10036
  • 212-669-6100

New York State Catholic Conference

The NYS Catholic Conference presents the Roman Catholic Bishops of the eight New York State Dioceses in matters of Public Policy. In each of the diocese, a Catholic Charities Organization makes decisions regarding disaster relief on a case‐by‐case basis. Local parishes are also involved in providing direct services in response to disasters. Matching grants for large‐scale disasters may be obtained from the National Catholic Disaster Relief Office. Counties Served: Manhattan, Bronx, Richmond, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provides funds and dispatches advisors‐members of a national Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT) on request of disaster‐affected Presbyterian Church (USA) middle‐‐level governing bodies (presbyteries) to help them develop response and recovery programs. The nature and scope of presbytery programs vary depending on disaster needs. The PDAT advisers identify and empower leaders to assume responsibility for disaster response and recovery operations and provide training and other assistance in development of these operations.

Salvation Army ‐ Greater NY

The Salvation Army is an international, faith‐based charitable organization with a simple mission: to help those in need without discrimination.

UJA‐Federation of New York

UJA‐Federation cares for those in need, rescues those in harm’s way, and renews and strengthens the Jewish people in New York, in Israel, and around the world.

United Sikhs

Recognize Human Race as One

  • POB 7203, New York, NY 10116, USA
  • 646-688-3525 or toll-free 1-888-243-1690

World Vision New York

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Financial Assistance & Help for Homeowners

Community Development Corporation of Long Island

Offering an emergency home repair loan fund that is available to assist homeowners with loans up to $5,000 for homeowners whose incomes are under 120% of the area median income, roughly at or below $129k for a family of four.

Disability Funders Network

Serves as a resource for grantmakers and community groups to increase and strengthen institutional giving to disability communities.  Grants from the DFN Rapid Response Fund will be disbursed directly to non-profit organizations with the capacity to affect the greatest need among hurricane victims and/or evacuees with disabilities.  Initially, the grants from the fund will focus on immediate needs.  The average amount of one grant is $5,000.


National Donations Management Network – New York

This portal is designed to make it as easy as possible to donate financial support, product donations or to volunteer your skills and time to the nonprofit organizations that most need it.

Emergency Boiler Repair

The Department of Environmental Protection will issue an Emergency boiler work permits. A completed permit application must be filled with the DEP within 30 day   of receiving a temporary emergency work permit.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York

$1 billion in Disaster Relief Funding available to 340 community based lenders to help rebuild in the states of New York and New Jersey.  The funding is available to be used as immediate “gap funding”.  The $1 Billion CLP commitment can be used for any residential lending activity for households whose incomes are at or below 115% of the area median income.  The funds can be used for Public/Private infrastructure projects, such as roads, utilities, and sewers.

FEMA Financial Assistance

There are three ways to apply for assistance (deadline: January 28, 2013):

  • Apply Online at
  • Apply via a smartphone at
  • Apply by Phone:
    • Call (800) 621-3362.
    • Call TTY (800) 462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities.

The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator allows individuals to search for DRCs nearest to their location. DRC Locator also provides additional information about each DRC, such as hours of operation, services offered, and driving directions to the DRC.

Governor Cuomo’s Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund

This is a grant and does not require repayment.  The grant can provide up to an additional $10,000 for Survivors who have already qualified for FEMA Housing Assistance and received the Max Grant of $31,900, and the FEMA award did not cover the full cost of making essential repairs.  This funding cannot duplicate assistance received from other governmental agencies or insurance. Residents will be automatically referred to this program.

  • 855-697-7263

NYC Mayor’s Office

New business Recovery Zone and other initiatives to help small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Contact: Marc LaVorgna or Julie Wood at 212-788-2958 or Patrick Mancie (NYCDEPC) 212-312-3523. Examples: free office space, supplies, and other office services.

Operation Hope

Assists individuals with the short, medium and long term economic and financial challenges following a disaster. Free financial services includes, Disaster Recovery Budget, paying mortgages on destroyed home, home inspections and repair contracts, assistance with Creditors, referrals to Government and private agencies, replacement of documentation, insurance claims assistance and recovery seminars and financial case management.

  • 888-388-4673 (HOPE)

SBA Loan

see FEMA assistance in “Housing” section


Locations where prepared food is available:


Food Pantries

Listing for all food pantries within New York State (100+)

Food Bank for New York City

Food Bank for New York City recognizes 25 years as the city’s major hunger‐relief organization. Working to end food poverty and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low‐income New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs, the Food Bank’s initiatives focus on direct services, food sourcing and distribution, education and nutrition, financial empowerment, disaster relief and policy and research.

  • 212-566-7855
  • (Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Ulster) 845-534-5344
  • (Westchester) 914-909-9605
  • (Nassau/Suffolk) 631-582-3663

Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

Food Bank of Westchester County

Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank

New York State Feeding America

The NYS Network provides a central location and established system to allocate emergency food and services. The NYS Network provides combined resources of a large existing food inventory, warehousing expertise, accessible warehouse space, certified warehouse personnel, fleets of refrigerated trucks, and expansive volunteers.

  • 800-771-2303 (National Office)
  • (Putnam, Sullivan Ulster, Orange, Rockland) 518-786-3691
    • Orange County 845-294-5124
    • Putnam County 845-628-2006 Ext 115
    • Rockland County 845-942-5791 ext 14
    • Sullivan County 845-791-6023
    • Ulster County 845-340-9170
    • Westchester County 914-476-2700 ext 210
    • Suffolk County 631-789-9546
    • Nassau County 516- 483-1110
    • NYC boroughs 3-1-1

Regional Food Bank of North Eastern NY

Food Stamp (SNAP) Assistance or Replacement

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Catholic Charities Community Services

Health and Mental Health

Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies

The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc. is the umbrella advocacy organization of New York’s behavioral health community, representing over 100 non‐profit community based behavioral health agencies that serve more than 350,000 clients in the five boroughs of New York City and its environs Founded in 1972, The Coalition is membership-supported along with foundation and government funding for special purpose advocacy training and technical assistance projects.

Disaster Chaplaincy Services

Disaster Chaplaincy Services is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose purpose is to assure skilled and appropriate interdisciplinary spiritual care for all people affected by disasters in the New York tri‐state area. We do this by recruiting, screening, orienting, training, educating, deploying and supervising chaplains on behalf of the religious communities of the tri‐state region.

Disaster Distress Hotline

Disaster Psychiatry Outreach

Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO) mission is to alleviate suffering in the aftermath of disaster through the expertise and good will of psychiatrists. To fulfill this mission, DPO responds to catastrophes and provides education and training in disaster mental health to a range of professionals in the healthcare, public health and emergency management sectors.

F.E.G.S Health & Human Services

Disaster case management, crisis counseling.

  • 516-496-7550

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services provides a comprehensive network of mental health and social services for individuals and families at every stage of life. Leaders in the field of human services, we proudly serve New Yorkers of all faiths, races and cultures.

  • 135 West 50th St, New York, NY 10020
  • 212-582-9100 or toll-free 1-888-523-2769

Mobile medical van locations

Mobile medical vans staffed with primary care providers who will be able to provide medical care and distribute commonly prescribed drugs are now available at several locations in the Rockaways, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.

Nassau County Department of Health

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

To protect and promote the health of all New Yorkers.

  • 4209 28th St, Long Island City, NY 11101
  • Call 3-1-1

New York State Psychological Association Disaster Response Network

To assist victims and their families, front-line intervention agencies (rescue, police, fire, etc.), secondary victims, and the general public, who may be involved in natural, accidental or man-made crises and disasters.

Project Hope Crisis Counseling

Suffolk County Department of Health

Warming centers


Housing Works

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

  • 57 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • 347-473-7400 or TTY 212-925-9560
    • 631-471-1215 ext 19 (Suffolk County)


Community Development Corporation of Long Island-

FEMA Rental Assistance

Offers funds to rent alternative housing for a limited period of time while repairs are being made to dwelling. Residents should apply by calling FEMA hotline at 1-800-621-3362 or register online at . Complete application process.  Homeowners may also apply for SBA loans for additional assistance.


See Transitional Sheltering Assistance (below).

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Foreclosure protection, mortgage insurance, home rehabilitation, Section 108 loans.

Nassau County Department of Social Services

New Yorkers with property to rent to storm survivors

DHOPS Team at

NYC Department of Homeless Services

Operates emergency housing, shelters, hotels, SOR (Single Occupancy Residence)

NYC Housing Recovery

You can get assistance with locating rental apartments if the hurricane displaced you from your home. The rental apartments are:

  • in privately owned and managed rental buildings
  • for short or long-term lease
  • located in all five boroughs
  • market-rate or income restricted

The terms of the lease and type of housing will depend on your household’s specific needs. The supply of this housing is limited, and the majority of housing is located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. The City is working to expand the number of housing units across all boroughs. You should register with FEMA before registering for the NYC Housing Recovery program.

NYC Housing Recovery Portal

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, many New Yorkers across the City are unable to stay in or return to their homes. This has created a demand for immediate, short-term and long-term housing in a real estate market that is very tight and has extremely low vacancy rates. NYC Housing Recovery Portal helps impacted New Yorkers learn about housing options and provides guidance on how to pursue them on their own or with help from the City.

New York Mortgage Coalition

To create and protect affordable home ownership in the New York Metro area

  • 50 Broad St Suite 1125, New York, NY 10003
  • 212-742-0762

NYC Buildings Dept

Fees Waived for Hurricane Sandy Repair Work

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg has signed an emergency order waiving all Department of Buildings application and permit fees for repair work to buildings damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Information for property owners and licensed professionals:

NYC Rapid Repairs

NYC Rapid Repairs is a FREE program to help residential property owners affected by Hurricane Sandy make emergency repairs. These emergency repairs will allow residents to stay in their homes so that they can complete more permanent repairs and finishes.  Emergency repairs include permanent or temporary restoration of heat, power and hot water, and other limited repairs to protect a home from further significant damage. A homeowner must first register for NYC Rapid Repairs. The City will then schedule an appointment for a qualified NYC Rapid Repairs Team to make certain repairs for all eligible homeowners.

NYC Restore

Helps New Yorkers in the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy get access to important information and services to help them recover. NYC Restoration Centers provide the following types of assistance:

  • NYC Rapid Repairs*
  • Food and Nutrition Assistance
  • Temporary Housing Information
  • Health and Medical Benefits
  • Business Restoration
  • Counseling Services
  • Financial Assistance
  • Personal Records and Information

*NYC Rapid Repairs is a new program to send teams of contractors and City inspectors to neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy to quickly repair damaged homes.

Putman County Housing Corp. Carmel

Putnam Northern Westchester Women Resourses Center Inc.

Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program

Enables families to remain in, or return to, their homes, as a form of shelter while permanent repairs are completed.

  • Nassau County STEP: Call 888-684-4274
  • Suffolk County STEP: Call 888-774-7633
  • NYC (Rapid Repair): Call 3-1-1

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA)

Participating hotels and motels:

Immigrants and Refugees

New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for more than 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees.

Jobs and Unemployment Assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Jobs

Legal Help

Disaster Legal Services (DLS)

Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of legal services to the indigent. Founded in 1876, the Society provides a full range of civil legal services as well as criminal defense work, and juvenile rights representation in Family Court. Our core service is to provide free legal assistance to New Yorkers who live at or below the poverty level and cannot afford to hire a lawyer when confronted with a legal problem.

  • 199 Water Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY0
  • Disaster relief hotline 888 663-6880

Legal Services NYC

Legal Services NYC provides free high quality legal help in civil matters to low‐income people throughout New York City.

  • 350 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, New York
  • Citywide Sandy Recovery Hotline 347-592-2411, operates 10-3 M-F
    • Call 3-1-1
    • (Long Island and Lower Hudson Valley) Call 2-1-1

Muck Out/Debris Removal


Outside of NYC


Community Service Society

The mission of the Community Service Society is to identify problems which create a permanent poverty class in New York City, and to advocate the systemic changes required to eliminate such problems. CSS will focus on enabling, empowering and promoting opportunities for poor families and individuals to develop their full potential, to contribute to society, and to realize social, economic and political opportunities.

  • 105 E 22nd Street, #401, New York, NY 10010
  • 212-254-8900

Small Businesses

Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information

New York City, including the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), is coordinating a set of services to assist small businesses in recovering from Hurricane Sandy. For more information, please call 311 and ask for NYC Business Solutions.

New York State Financial Assistance small business loan

Businesses in NYC should apply to the NYBDC through the NYC Department of Small Business Services Business Solution Centers. For more information, please visit or call 311 and ask for “NYC Business Emergency Loan.” Businesses outside of NYC should apply to the NYBDC through their local NYS Small Business Development Center. To find your local Small Business Development Center, visit

SBA Loan

see FEMA assistance in “Housing” section


Great Kills Ferry schedule

The City has launched a temporary commuter ferry service from Great Kills to Manhattan, serving some of the communities most damaged by Sandy.

Rockaway Ferry schedule

Seastreak continues to operate a temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan.

Voluntary Organizations

American Red Cross in Greater New York

The American Red Cross in Greater New York is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It accomplishes this mission through services that are consistent with its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross movement.

World Cares Center

World Cares Center fosters safe and effective disaster preparedness, response and resiliency within communities. World Cares Center (WCC) collaborates with community groups, municipalities, and relief agencies to more effectively integrate and utilize community volunteers, to prepare citizens to safely participate in their communities’ emergency response, and to foster recovery and resilience in those communities affected by disaster. Building on lessons learned from past disasters and from its collaborative partners, World Cares Center delivers unique educational and resilience‐building services through its Disaster Preparation & Trauma Mitigation program.


Long Island Volunteer Center

(Nassau, Suffolk)

New York Cares

New York Cares meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

  • 214 West 29th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY10001
  • General line 212-228-5000, Project sign-up hotline 212-402-1101

Occupy Sandy

Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to distribute resources and volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy.


Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation Headquarters

Volunteers can begin showing up at 8:30am. Those wishing to help victims gut and clean out

homes, as well as other various needs, are welcome. 8:30am-5:00pm daily (until further notice for hurricane relief efforts). Contact:

  • Anthony Navarino,- Hurricane Sandy Relief Coordinator
  • 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306
  • Office: 718-987-1931
  • Fax: 718-987-3909
  • Cell: 917-607-7408


Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Hurricane Relief Center

10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily. Open for hurricane victims from Zone A; must show Identification or FEMA registration. Volunteers for Center can show up starting at 8:30am. Stock shelves, obtain goods from stock for walk-ins, make deliveries to victims’ homes as needed, unload trucks.

  • 2271 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306

Team Rubicon – Hurricane Sandy Homeowners

Team Rubicon in Process of Transitioning Hurricane Sandy Operations to Long-Term Recovery Organizations

Team Rubicon (TR) has been graced with overwhelming support from the communities we have served in response to the havoc Hurricane Sandy wrought upon the Eastern Seaboard.  We’ve made friends, developed partnerships, and grown as an organization because our services have been welcomed by citizens, local & federal agencies, and other relief organizations.  

TR is comprised of over 6,000 military veterans and first responders who work on a volunteer basis. We operate by bridging the critical time gap between large natural disaster and conventional aid by deploying small, fleet-footed emergency response teams. That said, TR does not specialize in long-term recovery.  After over three weeks of service, TR is now in the process of transitioning operations to two partners who specialize in long-term recovery. Both Americorps and NY Cares are assuming control of TR operations and will be in full control by December 3rd, when we end our Hurricane Sandy mission. This transition is being conducted in coordination with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and involves TR training AmeriCorps and NY Cares volunteers to sustain the excellent services entrusted in us by many.

Operation: Greased Lightening has been TR’s largest mission to date. Since October 29th, TR deployed Veteran Emergency Response Teams (VERTs) from Boston to Washington D.C., including a sizable mission led by our New Jersey team in Union Beach and Ocean County. TR eventually consolidated our response in the Rockaways. As with many other disaster responses and in keeping with our model, TR was among the first national non-profits to deploy into the affected areas. With only seven full time staff, we are proud that our partnerships and structure allowed us to process and manage over 10,000 spontaneous volunteers.  

We’d specifically like to thank those Hurricane Sandy partners, for without them we could not have conducted such a successful response. In no particular order, they include: JetBlueBrooklyn BouldersThe Clinton Global InitiativeThe Home DepotGoldman SachsPalantir TechnologiesISTAT AirlinkMeal Kit Supply, MassifUrban AmericanBullardUS Safety, Verizon Wireless, GoalZero, East View Geospatial and many more. Because of these partnerships, to date, TR has completed over 700 work orders in the Rockaways in addition to search and rescue operations, route clearance, shelter and emergency operation center staffing.

Press Release: More Than 1,000 Volunteers Unite for ‘Day of Action’ to Help New York City Victims of Hurricane Sandy

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 19, 2012
Contact: Clinton Foundation Press Office, 212.348.0360

More Than 1,000 Volunteers Unite for ‘Day of Action’ to Help New York City Victims of Hurricane Sandy

The Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, with Team Rubicon, NYC Service, and New York Cares, mobilize more than 1,000 participants to join President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton in a day of volunteer service in the Rockaways

New York, NY – On Sunday, November 18, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) brought more than 1,000 volunteers to the Rockaways in Queens to participate in “A Day of Action for New York,” an effort to bring relief to one of the areas hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy. Joining President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, volunteers spent more than 5,000 hours clearing debris, cleaning out flooded basements, cleaning the beachfront, and distributing disaster relief supplies and coats to aid in the recovery of a community still reeling from Sandy’s devastation.

“The impact of Hurricane Sandy has devastated families and communities along the East Coast, including many right here in New York City,” said Chelsea Clinton. “Yesterday, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative were able to bring people and organizations together for a Day of Action for New York to aid in recovery efforts. By working with friends, partners, and local community members, we were proud to be able to make a small but meaningful difference in an area hard hit by Sandy.”

The Rockaways, an 11-mile peninsula in Queens facing the Atlantic Ocean, was one of the areas most impacted by the storm. Thousands of residents experienced extensive damage, including loss of power and homes destroyed by floods and fires. Recovery has been slow for the many victims still without heat, power, and running water.

On Sunday, more than 1,000 volunteers, including staff, supporters, and friends of the Clinton Foundation, and CGI members and commitment makers, worked at locations throughout the Rockaways. More than 500 volunteers helped home-owners clear debris with Team Rubicon, a CGI member whose CGI commitment includes engaging veterans and military family members in 1.5 million hours of volunteer service in communities nationwide by July 2013. The remaining volunteers, in coordination with NYC Service and New York Cares, worked at the Key Foods and St. Francis Church distribution sites to hand out emergency supplies and canvass door-to-door to provide crucial information to residents. Volunteers were also dispatched to Rockaway Beach to help with park cleanup efforts and to Peninsula Library to help distribute winter coats.

In addition to the immediate response to Hurricane Sandy, the Clinton Foundation and CGI recognize that most disaster response involves a multi-year effort and will continue to explore the long-term challenges of how to best coordinate efforts, forge partnerships, and strategically respond to the devastating effects of man-made and natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Through its ongoing focus on “Resilient Cities,” CGI is looking for new ways to strengthen infrastructure and be better prepared to protect vulnerable populations from the rising sea levels, droughts, and increased frequency of storms that coincide with climate change.

Please visit to learn of other ways to support disaster relief efforts or commit volunteer hours in your own community.


About the Clinton Foundation

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Bill Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Since 2001, President Clinton’s vision and leadership have resulted in more than 4.5 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment; more than 15,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning environments; and more than 33,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities. And President Clinton has redefined the way we think about giving and philanthropy through his Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). To date, CGI members have made nearly 2,300 commitments, which have already improved the lives of more than 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.1 billion. For more information, visit

About the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at more than $73.1 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit

NYC Service

The NYC Civic Corps is the signature initiative of NYC Service, which was launched by Mayor Bloomberg in April 2009 to meet his State of the City pledge for New York City to lead the nation in answering President Obama’s national call to volunteerism. NYC Service is meeting its goals to make New York City the easiest place in the world to volunteer, target volunteer efforts to address the most pressing local challenges, and promote service as a core part of what it means to be a New Yorker. NYC Service aims to drive volunteer resources to six impact areas where New York City’s needs are greatest: strengthening communities, helping neighbors in need, improving education, increasing public health, enhancing emergency preparedness and protecting our environment.

Since its inception in April of 2009, NYC Service has engaged over 2 million New Yorkers in a wide range of volunteer activities, from beautifying neighborhood blocks, to providing tax assistance to low-income families, to volunteering to teach free fitness classes at City recreation centers, to coating rooftops with reflective white paint to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. NYC Service oversees 25 new or expanded volunteer initiatives and the comprehensive website, located at, has made it easier for New Yorkers to find opportunities to make a difference. More than 560,000 unique visitors to the NYC Service website had access to over 5,700 volunteer opportunities.

New Yorkers can find opportunities to serve their communities by visiting or by calling 311.

New York Cares

New York Cares is New York City’s largest volunteer organization. Founded 25 years ago, New York Cares runs volunteer programs for 1,200 New York City nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools across the five boroughs. Last year, 54,000 New York Cares volunteers served on hands-on volunteer projects helping 400,000 New Yorkers in need. New York Cares offers a full range of volunteer programs that meet critical social needs, including helping children learn to read, preparing meals for homeless and housebound people, helping low income students get into college, and much more. For more information, visit

TR on WNYC: Veterans Lead Sandy Relief in the Rockaways

TR in Stars and Stripes: Hundreds of vets lend a hand in Sandy relief

Stars and Stripes

By: Leo Shane III - Nov. 10, 2012

The official New York City Veterans Day festivities take place Sunday in Manhattan, but members of Team Rubicon have been holding their own parade in Queens for the last week.

These volunteers — all skilled U.S. veterans — have been walking the main routes of the Rockaways, having traded their camouflage for uniforms of dirty jeans and group-issued T-shirts. The streets are clogged for their procession — but with storm surge sand and downed tree limbs, the remnants of SuperStorm Sandy and the nor’easter that arrived a week later.

Almost 400 veterans have joined the disaster relief organization’s efforts in the region, helping with search and rescue, shelter setup, aid logistics and basic cleanup.

“It’s our biggest effort to date,” said William McNulty, co-founder of Team Rubicon. “The size and the scale of the damage down there is so huge. There are still blocks down there that haven’t seen much help. So we’re doing all we can to get to them.”

The group formed in 2010, with the goal of creating a rapid-response disaster relief team of U.S. veterans. They’ve sent volunteers to Haiti to work alongside Marines in earthquake recovery efforts; cleanup crews to Missouri and Texas after tornadoes; and evacuation teams to Louisiana after several hurricane landings.

Team Rubicon is established in the relief world, coordinating its efforts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state emergency response officials.

Matt Pelak, director of strategic partnerships for the group, said the group wants to be the go-to for difficult missions: “We know we can get them done, and quickly.”

The veterans get a chance to revisit the experiences that shaped them in the military and be part of a team on a mission.

And Team Rubicon makes the most of those military connections. Veterans are uniquely suited for hard-to-handle disaster response jobs because of their military skills and discipline.

“They’re used to adapting and overcoming any problem, usually in much more dangerous situations than these,” Pelak said. “They’ve worked with limited supplies and uncomfortable conditions. They’ve been trained to solve problems quickly.”

Veterans also have natural leadership skills, Pelak said. That’s important in situations like the Rockaways, where many community members want to help their neighbors but are unsure where to start.

Team Rubicon crews there have been setting up missions, plotting plans of attack and coordinating work with locals and other aid workers. For example, one group of workers gets sand off the street while another clears out a block’s worth of flooded basements.

At night, the veterans share space with evacuees at local shelters.

It’s exhausting and unpleasant work, but Pelak said, “Our veterans love this, and they keep coming back for more. We have to tell them when to stop working, or they’ll keep going all night.”

That sense of mission and purpose is another driving force behind the organization, McNulty said.

“We hear from guys who still have a desire to serve, but they don’t have an outlet for that now that they’ve left the military,” he said. “It’s a chance to be part of a team again, to be part of something bigger than yourself.”

McNulty said after each day’s work, volunteers gather for a wrap-up session: part after-action report, part lessons learned, part personal reflection. The results are both practical and moving.

Last week, veteran Rob Ulrey, team leader for the group’s relief efforts in Brick, N.J., shared his wrap-up report online, and his excitement of recapturing the feeling of his days in the Army.

“Our line of vehicles resembled a military convoy we all once knew,” he wrote: “Our precision, attention to detail, and willingness to work in austere conditions with no specific information paralleled a life we once lived. It all seemed to be coming back to us now, the esprit de corps, the caring for one another and watching our sixes.”

Pelak said the response from disaster victims who learn that veterans are providing aid is overwhelming.

“They see these veterans back in the community, and they see that they still have an important place there,” he said. “One elderly woman our guys were helping in Missouri found out they were veterans, and she told them, ‘Now I know what angels look like.’ ”

The group has a volunteer database of about 5,000 veterans throughout the country, on call for any disaster. McNulty said a small corps of group leaders checks credentials, then preps volunteers when an event occurs.

For the East Coast efforts, that meant flying people and power tools across the country at a moment’s notice. Eventually, the organization hopes to have prestocked response trucks positioned across the country, but that will take more time and money.

Officials had to delay a Team Rubicon fundraising gala in Los Angeles so they could respond to the New York/New Jersey disaster, and they relocated the L.A. headquarters staff 2,500 miles east to coordinate the work.

Team Rubicon hasn’t set an end date for their work around the region. Many homes are still too storm-damaged to occupy, and many communities have basic infrastructure needs.

“We’ll be there as long as we need to be,” Pelak said, “as long as we have veterans who want to work.”

For more information on Team Rubicon — how to volunteer or donate — visit their website.

Twitter: @LeoShane

Press Release: Veteran Organizations Join Forces to Respond to Hurricane Sandy


Media Contact:
Kristin Robinson

Veteran Organizations Join Forces to Respond to Hurricane Sandy

 NEW YORK CITY, November 8, 2012 – This Sunday, Veterans Day, hundreds of military veterans from across the country will descend on New York City to help rebuild communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Working street by street, home by home, these veterans will lead relief efforts in the hardest hit areas of Rockaway Beach, NY.  Throughout the day, they will conduct debris clearing, home repair, and post-disaster damage assessments for victims of the storm.

Military veterans chose to serve in part because of the desire to dedicate themselves to a cause larger than their own and that desire for service does not stop when they take off the uniform.  The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy presents veterans with an opportunity to continue to serve while employing the skills they learned in the military.

“These men and women are uniquely qualified and motivated to step up and make a positive impact in our country–especially in times when fellow Americans are in deep need,” said Mike Erwin, Army Major, Founder and Executive Director of Team Red, White, & Blue.  Skills such as decisive leadership, teamwork, risk mitigation, and emergency medicine make military veterans uniquely qualified for disaster response.

“When our country needs us, veterans respond.  And whether we are fighting overseas or serving alongside our neighbors here at home, the country knows that they can count on veterans, because our mission continues,” said Eric Grietens, Navy SEAL, Founder and CEO of The Mission Continues.

The country’s leading veteran service organizations are joining forces for this important service project. While Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, is planning and organizing the event, each veteran service organization will mobilize and deploy its own volunteers.

“Though the organizations involved in this event have varying areas of focus; Sandy has made us realize what we all have in common: the desire to serve,” said Peter Meijer, Member of the Board of Directors, Student Veterans of America.

Participating in this day of service is Team Rubicon, Give an Hour, The 6th Branch, The Mission Continues, the Pat Tillman Foundation, the Headstrong Project, Got Your 6, Student Veterans of America, and Team Red, White, & Blue.


About Team Rubicon: Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit

About Give an Hour: Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of August 2012, Give an Hour has approximately 6,500 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam—with more volunteer mental health professionals joining its network every day. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. Give an Hour has already provided over 70,000 hours of free service, valued at more than $7 million. To learn more, visit or

About The 6th Branch: The 6th Branch is a nonprofit organization utilizing the leadership and organizational skills of military veterans to execute aggressive community service initiatives at the local level.  The 6th Branch is creating a national model of a Veteran Sponsored Community (VSC) through Operation Oliver, an indefinite commitment to revitalize the Oliver neighborhood of Baltimore City, an area known for vacant homes, poverty, and crime.

About The Mission Continues: The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit organization that challenges post-9/11 veterans to find renewed meaning and purpose in civilian life through six-month community service fellowships with nonprofit organizations of their choice. We believe veterans are among our country’s greatest assets and that though service, both in the military and at home, they have the power to inspire our nation. The Mission Continues does not offer charity; rather, we challenge returning service members to utilize their tremendous skills and leadership in our communities. As a result, veterans are empowered to transform their own lives and their communities through service. To learn more about The Mission Continues, visit:

About the Pat Tillman Foundation: Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy and pay tribute to his commitment to leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing educational support and resources to veterans, active servicemembers and their spouses. Inspired by Pat’s attributes of leadership, passion for education and spirit of service, the Foundation annually awards educational scholarships through the Tillman Military Scholars program. Since the Foundation’s inception, over $5 million in educational support has been invested in individuals committed to a life of service both in an out of uniform, including over $3.2 million awarded to 230 Tillman Military Scholars nationwide. For more information, visit For more information on the Tillman Military Scholars program, please visit

About the Headstrong Project: At the Headstrong Project, our mission is to provide comprehensive mental healthcare to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. We develop, fund, and create highly collaborative platforms to provide and reduce barriers to care. Our programs are fully scalable, evidence based, validated, confidential, and bureaucracy and cost free to military veterans and their families.

About Got Your 6: Got Your 6 is a campaign designed to change the conversation in America such that veterans and military families are seen as civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate our community.  The campaign combines the reach and resources of the top American entertainment studios, networks, guilds and agencies with the expertise and commitment of more than two dozen non-profit organizations. Got Your 6 also enjoys the partnership of organizations such as Goodwill Industries and The Mission Continues.  Through an extensive media footprint and a set of substantial service commitments, Got Your 6 will ensure successful reintegration of veterans into civilian life.  For more information, visit  Be the Change, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the organizing body and fiscal agent for Got Your 6.

About Student Veterans of America: SVA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of student veteran organizations on college campuses globally. SVA’s mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. For more information, visit us at and check out our YouTube Channel.

About Team Red White and Blue: Team RWB is a non-profit organization that seeks to help and empower wounded veterans and their families as they reintegrate back into their communities upon exiting Active, Reserve, or National Guard service. For more information about Team RWB, visit

Press Release: Team Rubicon Mobilizes Hundreds of Veterans for Superstorm Sandy Relief

Team Rubicon Mobilizes Hundreds of Veterans for Superstorm Sandy Relief

Media Contacts:

Kristin Robinson
(913) 568-8043

Mike Lee
(847) 899-2236

NEW YORK, November 5, 2012 – With Veteran’s Day just days away, Team Rubicon (TR), a veteran service organization that repurposes the ready-made organizational and operational skills of military veterans for disaster relief, is mobilizing hundreds (with a goal of 1,000), veteran volunteers to lead Superstorm Sandy relief efforts in hard hit New York and New Jersey. Embarking on its boldest, most ambitious mission yet, Team Rubicon has activated all 10 of its regions; putting the call out for any and all interested volunteers to step up to help TR meet this challenge. Veteran volunteers will be broken up into small, fleet-footed teams based on skill and identified post-disaster relief need.

Team Rubicon teams are currently working street by street, home by home, leading the charge for post- disaster damage assessments, debris management, and emergency coordination support to local government. Local municipalities have assigned Team Rubicon to the most devastated areas, given its experience in natural disaster relief in the U.S. and abroad. TR provided relief after tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Joplin, and after Hurricane Irene, among others. It has also responded to several international natural disasters such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods during the same year.

By repurposing the skills (teamwork, decisive leadership, risk mitigation and management, logistics, emergency medicine) of returning military veterans, the Team Rubicon model is one that addresses two challenges – inadequate disaster response and poor veteran reintegration – by using each to solve the other. Veterans are an untapped resource, and have the skills and experiences necessary to be effective in disaster response.

Team Rubicon co-founders Jake Wood and William McNulty, both veterans themselves, know too well the desire to continue to serve once separating from the military. “Ninety-two percent of veterans returning from war say continued service is important to them. We have a desire to help here at home, to serve our communities. This particular mission allows us to give hundreds of veterans that opportunity, while helping those most affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Jake Wood, Team Rubicon president and co-founder.

Editor’s Note:
Team Rubicon co-founders Jake Wood and William McNulty will be on-site in New York and New Jersey and available for interview. Veteran volunteers will also be available for interview. Please contact Kristin Robinson (913) 568-8043,, or Mike Lee, (847) 899-2236, to schedule.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. TR offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit