Points of Light Message on Volunteering in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy
In this week's Points of Light "NewsFlash" e-newsletter, Points of Light's Disaster Services Director, Kellie Bentz, shared the following message. We thought you would find helpful it helpful as the response to Hurricane Sandy continues to unfold.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, volunteers are stepping up to help those who have lost so much.
Points of Light and HandsOn Network affiliates on the east coast have engaged more than 3,000 volunteers over the past five days. We're also working with partner agencies to set up volunteer reception centers and identify additional ways volunteers can help meet the needs in hard-hit communities while ensuring a coordinated response.
We are working with national and local partners to identify [volunteer] needs.
Due to the overwhelming number of people interested in volunteering, as soon as opportunities are identified, they are quickly filled. We are working with national and local partners to identify needs while dealing with transportation problems, lack of fuel and volunteer housing, and continued power outages. Please understand it may be a few days before we can assess needs and increase the number of volunteer opportunities in the impacted areas.
In the meantime, there are critical ways you can help now.
- Register your interest to volunteer. By registering with our affiliates, you will receive up-to-date information, including when new volunteer opportunities are posted.
- Donate in-kind supplies and materials.
- Donate funds to support local relief efforts.
- Host a local fundraiser and donate the proceeds.
We ask that you NOT self-deploy to the impacted region
As the damage and needs are assessed, we ask that you NOT self-deploy to the impacted region at this time. Given the current challenges, if you do deploy you should have an opportunity and housing identified prior to arriving. As volunteer housing becomes available, we will update our website with that information.
We have a long way to go, but we are making progress. Thank you so much for your concern and your help.