Beyond ‘Restore The Shore': 7 Other Ways To Give Back To Sandy Victims

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There’s still plenty to be done for Hurricane Sandy relief, and there are many organizations making a huge difference in affected areas. Aside from MTV’s “Restore the Shore” efforts with Architecture for Humanity, here are a few other initiatives you can get involved with.

+ If You Want to Help Locally…

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…Check Out United Way.

United Way is seeking money for Sandy relief, and donations will go to local United Ways in the hit areas. Specifically, they will go to help locations that have been called disaster areas by FEMA. The website suggests different donation amounts, starting at $10, but you’re also able to enter a specific amount.

+ If You Want To Spread Love The NYC Way…

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…Check Out The NYC Mayor’s Fund, In Which 100% Of Proceeds Go To Hurricane Relief Efforts In NYC.

New York City is one of the places really hit bad by Hurricane Sandy, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is concentrating on getting the metropolis back in shape. The fund is helping people with super important immediate things, like food and water. If you heart NY, this is a great place to donate money and supplies.

+ If You Want To Support Another Jersey Org…

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…Check Out The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Fund.

We all know that Hurricane Sandy did major damage to the state of New Jersey. “Restore the Shore” is concentrating on helping the area where “Jersey Shore” is filmed and is a great way to help the Garden State. If you’d also like to donate to a fund that helps the state as a whole, please check out the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

+ If You’re Obsessed With Puppies…

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…Check Out The Humane Society.

If you’re like me, you’re wondering how all the animals and pets affected by Sandy are doing. We talked before about different ways you can help out animals who have been impacted by the storm, and one super easy way to help is to text ANIMALS to 20222. It will donate $10 to the Humane Society, which is the country’s biggest animal protection org.

+ If You’re All About A Grassroots Movement…

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…Check Out Occupy Sandy.

From the organizers of Occupy Wall Street comes Occupy Sandy. If you want to roll up your sleeves and personally volunteer with many other dedicated individuals, check out Occupy Sandy. You can fill out a registration form to volunteer, and the site updates you on what’s needed. It’ll let you know if specific areas especially need volunteers and what supplies are still needed and what they have enough of.

+ If You Want To Help All States Affected By Sandy…

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…Check Out The Red Cross.

The Red Cross is pretty much your go-to place for a natural disaster like this. Probably the easiest thing to do is text REDCROSS to 90999. That will donate $10 and funds get spread out across the area. The Red Cross says on its site that “a gift of any size supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross,” so don’t feel bad if you can’t give a lot. Every little bit counts.

+ If You Want To Support Our Vets…

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…Check Out Team Rubicon.

Unfortunately, even veterans have trouble finding jobs. But Team Rubicon makes the point of hiring vets to do emergency response in crisis situations. Hurricane Sandy def counts as a crisis, so getting involved with Team Rubicon would help Sandy relief AND ensure jobs for vets.

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