South Nassau Hurricane Relief   Leave a comment

It can be hard to know where to find help, where to donate, and where you can volunteer. Here’s a rundown of what I know as of now (November 12, 2012)*. I’ll be working as much as I can to keep this list current. Email me with corrections or additions please! This list contains both evangelical church groups, non-profits, and Occupy Relief groups. (Before you go out, I would suggest you call and make sure the information you’re looking at is current.)

The Bridge Church in Malverne (1 Norwood Avenue, Malverne, NY 11565) – They are accepting donations of these items only:  coats, hats, gloves, scarves, baby food/formula and diapers/wipes. You can volunteer with (or receive help from) their Mobile Soup Kitchen every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Long Beach. Finally, if you need assistance, or know someone who does, please call the church. Contact them at (516) 561-8101 or mainoffice@thebridgeli.com.

The Vineyard Church in Rockville Center and Lynbrook (Denton Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563) – The Vineyard church is partnering with the international aid organization Samaritan’s Purse (run by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son). Organized crews of volunteers meet at the Lynbrook location at 7:30am and 12:30pm Monday through Saturday for orientation and then leave in crews to fulfill work orders. The work orders come from those in need that reach out to the church or vice versa. If you need sand dug out, mold remediation, a roof repair, a downed tree removed, or ruined furniture, appliances and carpet carried to the curb, they can do any of these things. To volunteer just show up at the times above. If you need assistance, or know someone who does, please call the hotline at (516) 568-3980. A volunteer will fill out a work order based on your need, someone will come to assess your home, and if at all possible, a team or workers will be sent out to work. There is no charge for this service. Preference is given to the elderly, disabled and those without insurance, but others may be helped too, so don’t hesitate to call. Rental property can be cleaned out, but for repairs to be made, you must be the homeowner.

Freeport Recreation Center (130 East Merrick Rd, Freeport, NY 11520) – Hot showers are available between 6:15am and 10pm. The Red Cross in this location is accepting and providing food and clothes. You can contact them at (516) 377-2314.

Church of the Transfiguration in Freeport (87 S. Long Beach Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520) – They are serving hot meals (sandwiches) from noon to 2pm Monday through Saturday, and dinner from 3:00-5:00pm. You can contact them at (516) 379-6226.

Word of Life Fellowship in Freeport (80 West Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520) – Shelter on a first come, first served basis (6:00pm to 9:00am), with preference given to families with children. Also hot coffee, etc. They are collecting and distributing outerwear, blankets, and nonperishable food. Contact them at (516) 546-3344.

First Baptist Church of Freeport (195 Pine Street, Freeport, NY 11520) – You can donate water and non-perishable food here. Call the church to let them know of needs, especially in Freeport. They are also providing shelter for volunteers coming from a distance. Work crews are going out daily. Contact them at (516) 379-8084.

Rockville Centre Recreation Center (111 N. Oceanside Rd, RVC, NY 11570) – Donations of most items (clothes, cleaning supplies, food, etc.) are being received between 9am-6pm M-F. You can contact them at (516) 678-9238.

Postscript:  These don’t apply to South Nassau County, but I wanted to include the one because of the Occupy connection, and the other because shelter is harder to find. If you have friends and family in the boroughs, this is how to find help for them:
“Occupy Sandy” (the Relief arm of Occupy Wall Street) –  You can help by donating your time with feet on the ground, or material items that they insure will get to the places needed most. For information go to: Go to  http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/ If you can’t volunteer your time you can help by making a financial donation at https://www.wepay.com/donations/occupy-sandy-cleanup-volunteers. For more information simply google “Occupy Sandy.”

The Queens College (65-70 Kessena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367) – They are providing shelter in their gym and dining hall. Contact them at (718) 997-5000.

*I want to thank my wife Martha Ramirez for all the hard work compiling this list. Any errors or omissions are my doing.

Posted November 12, 2012 by occupyevangelicals

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