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How to Volunteer

By Lisa M. Collins

And as we reported, Red Hook was hit fairly hard by the storm, with lots of flooding. Many people there are still lacking power, heat and running water. Supermarkets are closed. The Red Hook Initiative is collecting donations for people in need, in the Red Hook Houses and beyond.

Update Tuesday, Nov. 6: How to help:

* Volunteers are needed at the Red Hook Initiative to cook food and coordinate aid. Bring food and supplies to share from 10 am to 10 pm. The Red Hook Initiative is located at 767 Hicks Street at 9thStreet in Red Hook. Please visit for more information.

*Norton Records’ Warehouse in Red Hook needs helps pulling damaged records out of wet boxes, throwing things away, cleaning walls etc. The Van Brunt Street warehouse will be open from 11am to 11pm for volunteering. Please email for more information.

*Pave Academy Charter School in Red Hook needs help moving desks, furniture and other supplies to its temporary location at PS 15 in South Slope. Please email or call (718) 858-7814 for more information on how to help.

*Please drop off supplies (blankets, candles, flashlights, bottled water, food, batteries, diapers, gloves, shovels, trash bags, winter clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, etc.) to the following locations:

Visitation Church in Red Hook
98 Richards Street at Verona Street
(718) 624-1572
Hours of drop off: 11:30 am to Sundown

South Brooklyn Community High School in Red Hook
173 Conover Street at Wolcott Street
(718) 422-1900

The Red Cross Distribution clinic at Coffey Park in Red Hook
Verona Street at Richards Street

Church of Saint Luke & Saint Matthew in Clinton Hill
520 Clinton Avenue at Fulton Street

(718) 638-0686
Hours of drop off: 9 am to 9 pm


The PTA at PS 29 Elementary School on Henry between Kane and Clinton is helping in this effort. Today, you can bring the following to the PS 29 play-yard, for pickup at 3:30 p.m.:

Mainly needed, according to PS 29 volunteers: batteries, flashlights, non-perishable food and asthma inhalers. Also:

Food: Vegetables (the community center is cooking a hot meal), canned goods, cereal, milk, etc. * Gallons / bottles of water * Flashlights and batteries * Candles * Clothing * Games and books for kids.


The city hurricane shelter at Brooklyn Technical Community College, at Jay Street at Tillery (walk down Court to Jay and take a right), is looking for volunteers. Some 500 seniors and people with disabilities – many from Red Hook and the surrounding areas — have recently checked into the shelter, and there is an urgent need for volunteers.

According to a posting on Bococa Parents, from a mom who got the shelter staff on the phone: “duties might include administrative assistance checking people into the shelter, company for people staying there and providing assistance for people with their physical comfort.

“A previous request went out for playing cards, crosswords and pens, jigsaws and other entertainment suitable for seniors.”

Meanwhile, State Sen. Daniel Squadron, who covers Carroll Gardens and the surrounding area as well as lower Manhattan, suggested folks who want to volunteer send an email to:, with your name, email address, and borough

You can also visit the Red Cross’ website to volunteer.


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