Friday, March 27, 2015

How to Help Victims of the East Village Explosion

from Fourth Arts Block - a Guide to Aiding your Community:

As I'm sure you are all aware, the tragic gas explosion yesterday has displaced many residents & businesses. We've been getting quite a few inquiries about how folks can help out. Some of the organizing efforts are still in process, but here are a few concrete ways you can chip in (from DNAinfo article):

► VOLUNTEER
LES Ready, a nonprofit based in the Lower East Side, is looking for volunteers to assist with longterm recover efforts for victims and their families. Fill out a form at LES Ready's website or email lilah@goles.org

► DONATE
Church of the Nativity, 44 2nd Ave., will be collecting clothes and funds on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The donations will be given to the Red Cross. 
They will also be accepting pillows and blankets for people who were displaced by the explosion and are currently staying in shelters.The Middle Collegate Church, at 112 2nd Ave., will be accepting monetary donations at the church's 11:15 a.m.worship.
The house of worship is currently acting as a base for the disaster's first responders. Next week, they expect to have more information on how locals can volunteer and donate to help the victims. For details, check its website in the coming days. 
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is accepting donations to assist those affected, here.
The Red Cross is also accepting financial donations through its website, here.  

We will share more information as it becomes available. Thanks!
Tamara Greenfield | Executive Director, FABnyc