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Friday Morning Call for Volunteers, Donations

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Volunteers at Henry Street Settlement are organizing supplies this morning.

We’ve received many inquiries from folks wanting to volunteer their time and donate money and supplies. Here are a few requests for help that we have gathered; send details of other efforts to info@thelodownny.com and we will keep the list going.

  • The Educational Alliance has been visiting seniors door to door, delivering water, food and information and will be at it again today, including hot meals. They can use donations of the following items: bottled water, blankets, gloves, canned kosher soup,  AA, D and 9-volt batteries, flashlights, lanterns, battery-powered radios, baby wipes and Russian language newspapers.  Items should be dropped off at their office at 232 E. Broadway between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today. More details about the effort from their newsletter. They are also accepting financial donations here.
  • The Henry Street Settlement will also be focusing on visiting home-bound seniors today and needs help unloading a large amount of supplies delivered by FEMA yesterday. Just show up at their headquarters, 265 Henry St. any time today. More details on their Facebook page.
  • The Occupy NYC-backed effort, LES Recovers, is publishing a running list of needs on its website. They are seeking volunteers to knock on doors to distribute supplies and information at the following locations and times: GOLES, 171 Ave B between 10th & 11th St. Friday & Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; CAAAV, 46 Hester St. Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Smith Apartments, 46 Madison St. Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Made in the Lower East Side is another good resource for volunteer efforts. Their list for today includes: gathering supplies such as flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food and water at drop-off locations at CAAAV, 46 Hester St., and East Village Access, 242 E. Second St. (between Avenue C and B) between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Council Member Rosie Mendez’s office is also coordinating door-to-door drop of water and supplies today. Volunteers can report  to her office at 237 First Avenue Suite 504 (14th street) any time after 10 a.m.
  • The Bowery Mission, 227 Bowery, is desperate for gasoline to run its generators. They are also seeking donations of groceries and ready-to-eat meals like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, beverages, blankets and clothing. Details here.
  • As we mentioned earlier, gallerist James Fuentes is organizing a private effort to deliver provisions to residents of the East River Housing complex.
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