With the devastation that Hurricane Harvey unleashed in Texas, Long Islanders are reminded well of the gravity that disaster brings to entire communities in both the short and long terms. Several drives for monetary donations, as well as for physical donations, are underway and in the planning stages in order to bring relief directly to communities in need. Friends of Long Island groups understand first-hand how it is a bottom-up approach that best serves communities in the relief and recovery process, and will be partnering with organizations that helped us in the past on Long Island so they can help others, as well as targeting grassroots organizations to provide assistance.
When disaster occurs, the most important thing is to get cash to the affected region first-and also to know where donations are going. While well-intended, shipments of material goods in the immediate wake of disaster can clog up infrastructure, manpower, and storage that are critically needed- it is best to wait to send physical items until there is a collaborative effort with those on the ground to assess actual needs. There will be initiatives upcoming that we will communicate and will need your support for.
Here are some links where you can donate financially, with the funds going to good use in the relief process. These organizations had a positive presence in recovery and were well received on Long Island post-Sandy:
Friends of Long Island
Friends of Long Island groups and partners will be assisting organizations on the ground, targeting their specific needs with physical items, financial donations, and mentoring. You can donate to Harvey recovery by clicking here, and check out the Friends of Long Island Facebook page for updates.
All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities. Their vision is to demonstrate the power and value of volunteer service through the tangible work done, the hope it brings to suffering communities and the transformative experiences it provides for volunteers.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service organizes and trains volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications. They were a great organization on Long Island post-Sandy.
CWS’s work began in 1946, in the aftermath of the Second World War, with a mission to feed the hungry and help those in need. They were very helpful providing cleanup materials and other assistance post-Sandy
Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat Suffolk assisted greatly post-Sandy on Long Island.
When disaster strikes, Islamic Relief USA responds immediately to get vital resources to survivors as quickly and efficiently as possible—like what they are doing now for Hurricane Harvey survivors. Islamic relief helped our communities post-Sandy.
Beginning on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 donations of nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items will be accepted at the following locations between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays:
Island Harvest Food Bank
15 Grumman Road, West, Suite 15450, Bethpage
Hauppauge Distribution Center
40 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge
Uniondale Distribution Center
875 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale (at the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility)
Beginning Thursday, August 31,2017 the following Nassau County Parks will also be collection sites from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Christopher Morley Park Administration Building
500 Searingtown Rd., Roslyn
Eisenhower Park Golf/Driving Range
1899 Park Boulevard, East Meadow
Cedar Creek Park Administration Building
3340 Merrick Rd, Seaford, NY 11783
Grant Park Administration Building
1625 Broadway, Hewlett
Island Harvest has been a continual supporter of needs on Long Island and beyond.
They provide a lifeline for Jews and non-Jews in distress, at home, in Israel and across the globe. Whether it’s missiles raining down on Israel’s south, a violent conflict in Ukraine, Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast or an earthquake in Nepal, Federation is there to help — and to rebuild. This organization directly funded recovery on Long Island post-Sandy.
Through generous donations from people like you, Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who operates LDS Charities, provides aid to people around the world without regard to cultural or religious affiliation. Known locally as the “Mucking Mormons”, LDS helped thousands of residents throughout Long Island.
The Long Island Volunteer Center works to provide support to, and promote and advocate for, volunteer service on Long Island. LIVC was designated a New York State Regional Volunteer Center in September 2011 to raise the profile of volunteerism on Long Island and increase volunteer engagement. LIVC was and continues to be an asset to our area. You can see volunteer opportunities in Texas, as well as on Long Island, by visiting their website.
NECHAMA is a voluntary organization that provides natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services nationwide. Through the years they have brought comfort to disaster survivors by training and mobilizing thousands of volunteers to help communities after floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. NECHAMA helped immensely on Long Island, Friends of Long Island will be partnering with the organization for recovery efforts in Texas.
Portlight Strategies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work
Team Rubicon’s primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible. Team Rubicon helped greatly post-Sandy. A Long Island native and FoLI affiliate, Maj. Keith Grant, was a former board member for Team Rubicon.
You can find other vetted ways to donate here. Once there is an assessment of needs and capacity, Friends of Long Island will support recovery efforts in Texas, as we have done in other regions, while assisting our residents here on Long Island. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org