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Hurricane NYC: Volunteering and fund-raising opportunities for families

Help the hurricane NYC victims get back on their feet by raising funds, donating supplies and participating in community service initiatives.

Volunteer opportunities

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


Hudson River Park
The superstorm uprooted the waterfront park's plants, ripped up its paving stones and dredged up soil from lawns and flowerbeds. Community volunteers have already removed debris; on November 10, the park needs help with re-soiling and mulching. To sign up, email volunteer@fohrp.org or call 917-661-8751. Sat Nov 10, time TBD. Hudson River Park. Free. All ages.

Art Resiliency Caravan Project
A team of artists is implementing art relief projects for children dealing with the traumatic aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Sat Nov 10 1:30–4:30pm. Gravesend Houses, 2793 W 33rd St at Neptune Ave, Coney Island, Brooklyn (347-658-9556, childrensmovement.org). Free. All ages.

Beam Center
The Brooklyn learning center is organizing groups of kids to help sort and organize donated goods at two OccupySandy hubs, St. Jacobi Church in Sunset Park and the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Clinton Hill. The volunteers will leave from the Invisible Dog and travel to the work sites by subway; kids are asked to bring a bag lunch and a water bottle. Sign up online or by phone. Mon Nov 12 8am–3pm. The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St between Boerum Pl and Smith St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (917-620-0491, beamcenter.org). Free. Ages 10 and up.

NYC Is My Backyard Does Compassion
Children join a volunteering expedition to an area affected by Hurricane Sandy, then use their experience as inspiration for a writing piece that will be published on NYC Is My Backyard's website. Plus, 100 percent of the admission fee will be donated to the American Red Cross. To register, visit nycismybackyard.com or call 646-504-7497. Mon Nov 12 10am–3pm. World Financial Center Winter Garden. $150. Ages 5–10.

Caring is Squaring
Budding artists create their own squares of decorative fabric, which teaching artist Cecilia de Corral will piece together into a series of collaborative quilts for families impacted by the superstorm. Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays through December 22 noon–5pm. Children's Museum of the Arts. Free with museum admission. All ages.

Who-ville Card Making
As part of "The Grinch's Holiday Workshop" at CMOM, little ones can craft Seuss-themed cards reaching out to families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Daily 10am–pm. Children's Museum of Manhattan. Free with museum admission. All ages.


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