Solidarity Not Charity

Elizabeth Borda Nov 19, 2012

Within a couple of days of Hurricane Sandy, a massive grassroots relief effort was underway as activists with ties to Occupy Wall Street teamed up with existing community organizations to meet the needs of New Yorkers. More than three dozen community hubs have been set up across the city to dispense water, food and aid, and form work groups to help storm victims with clean-up. One of the main distribution centers is located at St. Jacobi Church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where volunteers help with everything from sorting through donations to transporting supplies to neighhorboods in need. Thousands of people have participated as volunteers with Occupy Sandy. Organizers say they expect to be active for many months to come.


Canned goods, bottled water and other provisions are available for anyone in need of supplies.


Heather stands with fellow volunteers as she takes a break from helping out as dispatch coordinator for vehicles and supplies.

Signs posted outside of St. Jacobi Church list the addresses of nearby recovery sites.


A volunteer communications team works together to find out what people need and organize the distribution of supplies.


Fabio Toscano hands out cleaning supplies to residents in Staten Island.


Cameran Hew helps move boxes of donated clothing. Occupy Sandy received so many items of clothing that they are now routing all future textile donations to the Salvation Army.



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