Hurricane Sandy--or, technically, Post-Tropical-Storm Sandy--swept through New England on October 29, 2012. The historic and catastrophic hybrid storm had already caused unimaginable devastation in New Jersey and New York. In New England, coastal communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island were particularly hard hit. Four Connecticut counties have been declared federal disaster areas. If you're a New Englander who, like me, was lucky to be spared the worst of the storm's fury, or, if your heart is in New England and you'd like to assist with storm recovery efforts, here are some ways to help:
Serve Rhode Island is coordinating volunteer efforts to clean up and rebuild Rhode Island communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Complete this online form to be notified of opportunities to lend a hand.
larger efforts to provide needed care items and medical supplies to areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Financial donations can be made online. Call toll free, 800-486-4357, to learn about volunteer opportunities in Connecticut.
SoundWaters is a non-profit that protects Long Island Sound by educating the public, particularly student groups, about this natural resource. The organization's teaching vessel, a three-masted schooner, survived Superstorm Sandy, but sadly, the SoundWaters Coastal Education Center in Stamford, Connecticut, suffered an estimated $100,000 in damages. Donations are being gratefully accepted as the organization seeks to rebuild and replace valuable equipment that was lost.