As of this post, Catchafire’s NY headquarters are still without power. Nevertheless, we’re all back at work, albeit remotely, alone in our apartments, or in coffee shops, on our cell phones and laptops with spotty service.
Or in some lucky cases, small clusters: a few of our colleagues who live near each other have been meeting at designated apartments to work together. It feels better that way; we all need community right now and we all need to keep working.
We’ve been hearing some folks say they don’t know what to do, they feel helpless. We say: cut that out. There’s plenty. Today and when the dust settles.
- Follow Hope Mob CEO @ShaunKing and @Hope on Twitter. He is a clearinghouse of immediate needs that he live tweets, solving various crises as soon as he hears about them. He encourages people in need to email him directly at email@example.com.
- Donate your time by registering to join disaster relief volunteers. Here are some great organizations in Catchafire’s community of social good organizations that are accepting applications now: Long Island Volunteer Center, All Hands Volunteers, World Cares Center and The Bowery Mission.
- Get involved with local evacuation centers; many are in serious need of volunteers. HillSongNYC also provides a comprehensive list of shelters that need desperate help.
- Donate blood. Sandy forced many blood drives to cancel, leaving hospitals with a limited blood supply and the need is great. Find a location near you to donate.
- Donate clothing. Take a quick look through your closet, grab items that have been sitting there unworn for a year and share them with someone in need. It’s getting cold now and many are displaced from their homes.
- Donate food to local food banks.
- Check in with the Red Cross, as always.
When the dust settles:
We’ve been writing and calling to check in with our Community of close by Non-Profits, to hear how they’re doing. Like us, they’re scrambling to get back on their feet, so they can get back to the uninterrupted business of their missions — their very reason for being. This post from our friends at All Hands Volunteers says it well.
Of course we all want to help them. Isn’t that what always happens in a crisis? The floodgates of feeling and generosity open. Let’s not allow the lessons of Hurricane Sandy to blow away when life is back to normal. We have the golden opportunity right now, for a permanent shift, toward service-centric lives embedded in our DNA.
As our CEO Rachael Chong said: “we have the luxury to make a difference, the luxury to give back, and the luxury to do meaningful work. I refuse to take this for granted. I will take advantage of and LOVE every luxurious day. Please someone slap me if I don’t.”
So, keep checking back with us and with our amazing community of Social Good Organizations to see what they need, shop around on the Open Projects page. Apply to put your amazing skills and talent to work today. Go ahead — be selfish and give.
We’ll be posting more opportunities on Facebook and Twitter as they arise. You do it too: post on our wall and in the comments of this blog.
Let’s keep this going…