Don’t bother with the Red Cross. I did their 5 hour training last week only to be told they were all full up on shelter workers (but that there’s a “disaster everyday,” and they would love my continuing support!)
Brooklyn Based has this excellent piece on what to expect when volunteering at a shelter. Anyone with medical or mental health training is very much needed.
Sign up here to work a shift at the Park Slope Armory Shelter.
Via Brooklyn Based, here’s some intel on places that want your help right now:
John Jay HS in Park Slope, Brooklyn Tech in Fort Greene and the Park Slope Armory all need help on overnight shifts, which start at 8pm. You can drop by earlier in the day to sign up and ask about specific donation needs, which change day to day.
A list of area shelters and warming stations. Courtesy of the Mayor’s office.
* AirBNB has partnered with the Mayor’s office to offer free beds for those displaced by Sandy. Check out the listings here.