DONATE QUALITY REUSEABLE GOODS AND SERVICES:
Hurricane Sandy Relief
If you are interested in supporting Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by donating food, clothing, housing, other goods, or your time, please visit NYC Service for full details and updates. Quick summary for relief-related donations:
- To donate food items, please contact: City Harvest, Food Bank NYC, The Met Council.
- To donate clothing or other select goods, please contact: Salvation Army, Housing Works, Catholic Charities, Goodwill Industries.
- To donate new or gently used winter coats, contact: New York Cares.
- To donate free or reduced cost housing, please email email@example.com or visit www.airbnb.com/sandy.
- To review and fill specific in-kind needs posted by additional non-profit organizations, visit the AidMatrix.
NYC’s Animal Care and Control (AC&C) centers rescue approximately 43,000 homeless and abandoned animals each year. Donate dog and cat canned food and toys, pet carriers, pet beds, aquarium tanks, disposable feeding trays, thick blankets and towels, laundry detergent, bleach, among many other things. All donations to AC&C are tax deductible as permissible by law. For a complete list of items in need, visit www.nycacc.org/wishlist.htm.
Materials for the Arts, a program of the Department of Cultural Affairs, provides over 2,800 cultural organizations and public schools with supplies they need and helps to preserve our environment by distributing reusable goods. Some items in constant demand include paper, posterboard, and frames. For pick-up and drop-off information, call (718) 729-2065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Extra volunteer hands are always needed to help staff the warehouse!
Baby, Children's and Maternity Items
The City's Family Justice Centers serve victims of domestic violence and their families and provide the help they need to begin to rebuild their lives. Baby products, maternity clothes and toiletries are always in demand. For more information on how to make a donation, please call (718) 250-5113 for the Brooklyn Center; (718) 575-4545 for the Queens Center; (718) 508-1222 for the Bronx Center; or visit the donation page on their website to learn more.
The Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence provides an environmentally safe way to dispose of old wireless cell phones and to help victims of domestic violence. Cell phones and accessories from any carrier can be donated at any Verizon Wireless store. The phones will be refurbished or sold through the Verizon's HopeLine Recycling Program to support domestic violence services. A portion of funds received through this program will help support the City's Family Justice Centers in Brooklyn and Queens. For store locations and additional information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
The City's Family Justice Centers accept non-perishable food items for their clients. Appropriate food items - such as canned goods, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, or crackers - are often in high demand at the Centers. For more information on how to make a donation, please call (718) 250-5113 for the Brooklyn Center; (718) 575-4545 for the Queens Center; (718) 508-1222 for the Bronx Center; or visit the donation page on their website to learn more.
Furniture, Household and Office Equipment
Materials for the Arts distributes donated new and reusable furniture and equipment to public schools and organizations throughout the five boroughs. Most wanted items include: chairs, especially office chairs; computers (no more than 4 years old) and related items including scanners, printers, and fax machines; projectors, screens and video equipment. Other in demand household items include irons, dishes, silverware, vases, lamps, wallpaper and decorating supplies, and miscellaneous items such as ladders and telephones. For pick-up and drop-off information, please call (718) 729-2065 or email email@example.com.
Tickets to Sports & Cultural Events
The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation provides free programs and activities for kids in every borough. Tickets to sports and cultural events are a wonderful enhancement to their programs. To donate, please contact Betsy Smith at (212) 360-1366 or Betsy.Smith@parks.nyc.gov.
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME:
NYC Service connects individuals and groups to meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout the City. Visit their website to find an opportunity best suited for you.
To make a monetary donation to public programs supported by the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City click here.
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