Recovery efforts continue throughout our city. In hard hit neighborhoods, I found neighbors helping neighbors on a scale that is quite remarkable.
When I visited Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village earlier this week, I went door to door with volunteers who were checking on residents - especially the elderly and disabled - to see if they needed anything. The same was true in high rise apartment buildings all over lower Manhattan, where volunteers were pitching in and sometimes climbing 20 flights or more.
I also visited the Village View complex in the East Village, single family homes in Western Queens, and the NYCHA Queensbridge Houses. Everywhere I've been, the spirit of cooperation and generosity has been truly inspiring.
In any crisis, some will need help and some will want to help others. Please see below for links you may find useful if you are in need or if you are able to aid your fellow New Yorkers. Please pass this information along to your colleagues, friends and family.
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF HELP:
To request assistance from the Red Cross click here. They can help you find an open shelter, locate a lost loved one, or provide a helpful recovery guide. They also have special services for military families.
Many New Yorkers are still having serious problems getting food and water. To learn about New York City food pantries click here.
You can get help filing a claim to FEMA or for disaster assistance services such as clothing, baby formula and diapers, and clean water
through Transit Forward.
You can find helpful flood recovery tips about returning home after the flood by clicking here.
IF YOU CAN LEND A HAND IN HELPING OTHERS:
The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers 16 or older to work 12-hour shifts at local New York City shelters.
Learn more by clicking here.
Find a way to volunteer or help in other ways through New York Service by clicking here. Volunteers are needed at Food Pantries. Give blood - blood supplies were critically affected by the storm. The New York Blood Center's Upper East Side location at 310 East 67th Street is open operating. Blood donations can be scheduled by calling 1-800-933-2566, or you can learn more by clicking here.
New Yorkers have proven again and again that when times are tough, we come together and pull through as one. If you need help recovering from Hurricane Sandy, ask your neighbors for a helping hand. If you can spare some time or food or even make a monetary donation, please don't hesitate to help those who are still suffering from the worst natural disaster New York has seen in years.
CAROLYN B. MALONEY
Member of Congress