New Jersey Community Recovery Network

We are currently organizing a coordinated relief effort for New Jersey areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are actively seeking detailed information from communities and individuals in need of either supplies or volunteers.

Please fill out The Community Needs Register Form and make sure to get your friends in other communities to do the same. We have a growing network of committed volunteers and supply lines, but we need solid information on specific needs & capacities to handle volunteers & donations so we can ensure our resources are being distributed well.

Organizations or municipalities requesting aid may be publicly listed here and/or in social media – unless you specifically request otherwise – while requests from individuals for personal aid or volunteers will be kept strictly confidential and only shared with potential donors or volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer or coordinate a group of volunteers please go to this page.

If you have urgent questions, please also email

Organizers Conference Call

We host regular conference calls for anyone interested in helping to organize and coordinate this effort. Calls are currently being held every Monday at 9pm EST. This will be the schedule for the foreseeable future. You must register to receive the dial-in number and PIN. All you need is an email address.
Register for Call

Volunteer Registration

Fill out this form if you want to volunteer to help the effort in NJ or NY

Resources for Volunteers and people impacted by Sandy

This is a resource library of safety information for volunteers that you can access online. We are actively building this resource. Many of these documents would be helpful to print and distribute among other volunteers and storm victims, if you have access to a printer.

Supplies Needed

You can view an up-to-date list of our most urgently needed supplies on Occupy Sandy New Jersey Amazon Registry Pages

Public Comment from Occupy Sandy New Jersey on CDBGDR Action Plan

[This statement was agreed to on 3/18/13 by the consensus decision of Occupy Sandy New Jersey’s weekly organizers’ call through Calls happen each Monday at 9pm EST and are open to public participation.]

March 18, 2013

To whom it may concern,

We are writing to express our serious concerns in response to the proposed Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan compiled by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for the disbursement of $1.8 billion in federal funds. The action plan makes mention of some admirable intentions, but it also reveals and highlights the State’s lack of real action in many critical arenas. We recognize that this particular action plan is limited to only the initial dose of federal funding and is thus focused on federally mandated requirements, but we nevertheless are troubled by certain items and the general lack of specifics in this plan, the most thorough explanation of New Jersey’s long-term recovery goals yet to be released to the public.

First and foremost, the plan makes plain the utter failure of the State to include adequate input from the people of New Jersey. Leaving aside the federally-mandated 7-day public comment period (and the lack of public meetings around this plan during the comment period), simply by detailing the level of “citizen participation” to date (section 6.9.1), the plan makes clear that the voices of New Jersey residents themselves have been largely absent from the discussion, although those of the private sector, various lobbyist associations, universities, and other elite voices have been heard. As a case in point, the only way for residents to have their voice heard on this plan is to send comments to an e-mail address, excluding those without ready access to the Internet. Where are the State-sponsored public assemblies, town hall meetings, or educational workshops? Where is the outreach? How can the State claim to have been “in constant communication with its residents” when our organizers encounter storm survivors every day who say they have been left out in the cold, without so much as a knock on the door?

Beyond the lack of input from storm survivors themselves, the plan also fails to create any avenues for local decision-making about long-term recovery priorities or practices. The proposal outlines a top-down approach that is sure to continue ignoring the voices of countless New Jerseyans (including immigrant residents, both legal and undocumented, who are absent from the “Citizen Participation Plan” from word one). We believe that the State should be encouraging local municipalities to create their own detailed “Action Plans,” and facilitating the process, so that the hardest hit communities themselves can drive their own recovery, not Trenton bureaucrats and private developers.

We are also troubled by the lack of any clear plan to rebuild sustainably or to use any federal funds to focus on the most important mitigation effort above all: putting an end to global climate change. Section 6.3 notes that the State “has had several meetings” with various organizations “to develop a plan for encouraging sustainable community initiatives and implementing green building, energy efficiency and storm hazard mitigation measures,” but there is no timetable laid out for the development of said plan, nor any clear path forward. Also, mentions of “sustainability” in the plan are limited to housing construction, which ignores the need for rebuilding a public infrastructure—including a decentralized alternative energy system—more sustainable than that which was destroyed, or for prioritizing more sustainable development over less sustainable projects (since funds are generally to be doled out on a “first-come, first-served basis, the first applicants will be prioritized, not those with the best, most sustainable development plans). Millions of dollars are already earmarked for public relations campaigns urging visitors to come to New Jersey and encouraging residents to “Buy Local,” both of which are indeed important to the economic future of the State, especially in the short term, but why will there be no public relations campaign detailing the links between human behavior—in New Jersey and elsewhere—and the increased intensity of storms caused by climate change? The plan itself is supposed to “account for and address sea level rise” (section 6.2.1), but how can this be done without addressing the root causes of sea level rise?

Furthermore, as a group of activists committed to social justice, we are especially worried about how people with low incomes, homeless people, people with disabilities, people of color, and immigrants will fare once this plan is put into effect. We are concerned that the “Blight Reduction Pilot Program” (section could be selectively used to help developers push low-income individuals and families out of certain neighborhoods. We are also particularly concerned about the lack of due consideration in the plan for people who rent their homes, who are not to be provided with compensation for lost property (even as business owners are to be compensated for lost income [section 2.4.5]) and for whom there will be far less housing assistance provided (in comparison to homeowners). Renters begin the process with many disadvantages, so their needs should be given priority, not minimized, by any governmental recovery plan. The same “first-come, first-served” basis mentioned above is very likely to result in the further marginalization of people who come to the process with disadvantages, since people who are well-connected (both literally and figuratively) will be in a much better position to know about these programs and to know how to apply.

The plan rightly acknowledges that the bulk of the data used in the State’s assessments is incomplete, yet no concerted effort is to be made by the state to solve this problem. There will be no door-to-door canvassing, nor even a statewide program to encourage municipalities to gather and pool their own data. Since so much of the data used by both the federal and state governments has been gleaned by loan applications to the Small Business Administration, and tens of thousands of storm survivors never applied to for the SBA loan, nor ever will, this main source of data is fundamentally flawed. When it comes to the unmet needs of individuals and families—from much-needed home repairs to trauma counseling—the State’s analysis is woefully incomplete and inaccurate. New Jersey must do a far better job of determining the true extent of the damage caused by Sandy if it is ever to begin to repair it.

Finally, from working in the communities hardest hit by the storm, we have come to realize just how hazardous this storm has been to so many residents in terms of both physical and mental health, and yet the section (2.5.4) on public health and mold—which remains a hazard not just in moldy homes but on the streets of many communities, especially in low-income neighborhoods with a high concentration of still-unremediated bank-owned properties—is incredibly superficial, with just a few paragraphs acknowledging these problems. Unmet mental and emotional health needs are not mentioned at all. There is also no mention of food sovereignty, which is especially important given the lack of access to healthy, organic, local food in many communities. Most of the donated food distributed to communities throughout the recovery is highly processed and of poor quality. We call on the State to develop a comprehensive plan to support residents’ health and well-being, with special attention paid to food sovereignty, mental health support, improving air quality and combatting mold.

Overall, we believe that the plan falls short in a number of areas. It focuses on traditional “economic revitalization,” including support for tourism and small businesses, but it leaves out home-based businesses and takes no steps to build a green economy. It pays lip-service to the public health disaster caused by the storm, but offers no real public health plan and ignores mental health. It deals with housing, but focuses on property owners while leaving renters and the traditionally marginalized on the sidelines. Unfortunately, given the lack of public input throughout the recovery process, none of this is too surprising.

We call on the State of New Jersey not only to amend this plan, but to redouble its recovery efforts across the board with a renewed focus on traditionally marginalized people, sustainable development, and local decision-making. Working together we can build a better, stronger New Jersey in the wake of the disaster, but only if we set the right priorities—and those must come from the people themselves.


For more information, please contact one of these OSNJ organizers:

Dylana Dillon, 802-598-6880 or

Nate Kleinman, 215-264-0446 or

Dawn DeLuca, 917-892-1132 or

Drop-off and Volunteer Locations

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Supply Delivery Newark

106 Sussex Ave. Newark, NJ 07103
Updated Jan 30, 2pm

Details: Urgent: Vols needed at 106 Sussex Avenue in Newark to deliver supplies to homebound families

Contact: Email:
Celly: @OSNJnewarkvols
Phone: (609) 318-4271
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New Hope Baptist Church

106 Sussex Avenue Newark, NJ 07103
Updated Jan 30, 2pm

Status: Food; Baby Items (formula, wipes, diapers); Women's feminine products, Undergarments ?No used clothing at all please.

Details: Help with unloading; filling orders; organizing donations� Urgent needs: Baby Formula Water Food� Warm Clothing - especially baby/adults�

Times: 24/7
Volunteers starting at 11am
Contact: Email:
Celly: @OSNJnewarkvols Phone: (609) 318-4271
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Long Beach Island/Manahawkin Hub @ King of Kings Church

1000 N. Main St. Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Updated Jan 30, 2pm

Status: NEEDED: Non-perishable food items. Baby supplies (food, diapers, formula, clothing). Childrens' clothes. Medical supplies. Waterproof bins. URGENT: Safety equipment & muck-out equipment (OSHA N95/N92 FACEMASKS, waterproof boots, waterproof work gloves, hazmat suits and/or heavy-duty overalls, tarps, waterproof plastic bins, crow-bars, headlamps, batteries).

Details: NEEDS/REQUESTS: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers are needed all day for lots of SORTING & PACKING, and some local distribution of goods and services. King of Kings Church has fielded a huge and impressive operation. They have heated showers in a trailer behind their gymnasium, which is full of clothes. Their sanctuary is full of food and supplies, and they have a medical clinic complete with free doctors' hours. They are working with other organizations in the area to help Long Beach Island recover from its devastation. As their capacity grows, volunteers will be needed for other tasks, but for now there is a great need for packing, sorting, and local distribution. There is also a need for ORGANIZERS to come help streamline this massive operation. If you're interested in temporarily relocating to the area to organize on behalf of Occupy Sandy, please contact to arrange local housing.

Times: Open all day
Contact: Email:
Celly: @OSNJLBIvols
Phone: (609) 318-4271
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Church of Grace and Peace

1563 Old Freehold Road Toms River, NJ 08755
Updated Jan 30, 2pm

Status: Items needed/volunteer info/hours of operation can be found on website:, click on Hurricane Relief banner

Details: NEEDS: Non perishable food items, PB&J, Shelf Life Milk, Cleaning Supplies (trash Bags, brooms, mops, rubber gloves), sporicidin disinfectant VOLUNTEERS: 2 orientation sessions: 7:30AM & 12:30PM. Volunteers are then assigned to their tasks.

Times: Opens 7:30am
Contact: Josette at 732-349-1550 ext 211
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Monmouth County Sandy Relief Hub

Updated Feb 17, 2pm

Details: We are in need of VOLUNTEERS for three things:
1) We need more organizers and Long Term volunteers to get trained on the ground for our kitchen crew and gutting crew.
2) We need DAY volunteers to come and help our gutting crew who have been on the ground doing tons of demolition daily for the last month. THEY NEED SUPPORT from 9 - 5 to help run more crews to meet the needs of the towns we are working with (now keansburg, keport, union beach, hazlet, and the highlands).
We are also looking for 5 kitchen volunteers and 10 gutting volunteers for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
DONATIONS -- we need P100 and N95 masks with respirators, work gloves, tyvek coveralls, work boots, and sporicidin disinfectant in addition to stoves washer dryers and household items. couches tables furniture televisions tables dishes pots and pans.

Contact: Email:
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North Vineyard Church

370 North Street Teterboro, NJ 07608
Updated Feb 17, 2pm
Times: Saturdays: Volunteers MUST attend a brief orientation session held at 8:00am OR 12:30pm.
Tasks will include insulation removal/installment, floor removal/installment, wall removal/installment, general demolition. Much of the work is done outdoors, so wear warm work clothes - Tyvek Suits & protective masks will be provided.
Weekdays: Ongoing work, volunteers needed for various projects, including construction and canvass.
Contact: Contact info:
Let us know which orientation you are attending!
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First Presbyterian Church (Manasquan)

16 Virginua Avenue Manasquan, NJ 08736 (Enter through glass doors in parking lot)
Updated Feb 19, 12pm

Details: Muck outs, Clean outs, Light construction
Dress for heavy work in layered old clothing & work boots, feel free to bring your own hand tools if you can.
Must register on our site so that we know how much work to schedule.

Times: Saturdays @ 9 AM Sharp