photo via Cup of Jo.

As I am writing this in the warmth of the Texas sun, I cannot help but feel for my friends and colleagues in the NE regions effected by Sandy. So many fitness and a library friends live in that region and it’s hard to want to help but not know exactly how. So I’ve decided to compile a list of ways those outside help the librarians, librarians, and the communities in which the serve.

From Manhattan User Guide:

“You can volunteer with the City by emailing NYC Service with your name, email address and borough.

Through Lower East Side Recovers, community-powered disaster recovery. Request or offer assistance.

Gael Greene writes that Citymeals-on-Wheels needs New Yorkers to volunteer and funds to restock through the weekend. Call 212.687.1234 or email They also could use some volunteers with cars.

Donations are needed for our stricken neighbors in Hoboken.

Disaster Assistance is available from the government for homeowners, renters and businesses. Remember to photodocument damage.

The Red Cross needs donations for its Sandy response.

The NYC Public Advocate‘s office is signing up volunteers.

Donate blood to the New York Blood Center, 800.933.2566.”

From Lifting Librarian Lauren B: NYC Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City: Hurricane Relief

From Lifting Librarian Alma R-M: How to help those in Staten Island

Robin Hood: a comprehensive site to help with recovery efforts

Urban Libraries Unite’s Children’s Book Drive for libraries and children effected by Sandy

If you know of any other organization that is in need of volunteers or donations, please send an email to bethany.tschaepe (at)

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