Post # 1
I don’t know why but this storm has hit me pretty hard. I don’t know if it’s because I am older and now understand the damage that is going on, but I really want to help. I really want to go back east and help clean up. I don’t know what the first step is? I have tried researching it, and was wondering if anyone was a Red Cross volunteer? I live in Nevada and would have to fly…would they fly me out if I volunteered to help?
Post # 3
Have you tried contacting your local Red Cross? I don’t know about other locations. But my church is doing a water drive for the Red Cross. But there may be other places you can volunteer through beside the Red Cross. I know during Hurricane Katrina, my church in New Orleans had linked up with other churches across the US for the Vietnamese and that was how they had volunteers. But unfortunately, they do not pay for you to fly out there because after all you are volunteering.
Post # 4
Just a heads up that a lot of shore areas and north jersey are off limits due to dsngerous conditions. There are small local organizations helping collect supplies and volunteer to work at shelters.
Asbury Aid is an example of a small organization helping tne communities, you can find Them on Facebook. Things are really bad, the state can use any help they can get….
Post # 5
Red Cross will not pay for your flight if you wanted to volunteer. You’ll also need to make a minimum time commitment; it was around 4 weeks of service when I volunteered post-Katrina.
If you want to volunteer and can’t afford the trip, consider organizing a food/supplies drive locally then donating what you collect (read their rules on bulk donations as they’re quite particular, and with good reason, because when you’re trying to feed hundreds of people, odds and ends don’t really help); donate blood; if you are part of a church or if your office/work are like-minded, adopt a church or an elementary school in the region and focus your efforts on caring for them; you can also help out at your local ASPCA because the animals left behind are being taken to shelters all over the country, and those shelters need all the help they can get!!
Post # 6
sometimes charities will have a drive where you can go to your local dollar store, Wal-Mart, Target, etc., purchase basic toiletry items (or even clothing and non-perishable food) and donate it right there at the store. They will have a box, booth, or a truck set up specifically for this purpose.
I did this when Katrina hit — went to the dollar store and bought shampoo, deoderant, tampons, chapstick, and took it to the truck that was headed to New Orleans.
Go to the Red Cross’ website or maybe even the United Way. Also Google “relief effort” in or near the closest major city to you. There may be a smaller or local charity where you can help. The newspaper or news channels may also have information.
Post # 7
Most likely the red cross will tell you the best thing you can do is to donate money. They rather that over food or small items because then they have to pay to get the small items there and organize the logistics.
With money they can buy in quantity and get better deals for goods etc. Youll notice on the home page that it even says your financial donation will make the biggest impact.