Welcome to Repair the World’s 8 Nights of Sandy Service: volunteer projects, donation opportunities and tikkun olam ideas for the week of Hanukkah to help the individuals and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Keep track of all 8 nights here.
Hurricane Sandy devastated thousands of homes and apartment buildings across the eastern seaboard, leaving the families living in them without a place to stay. Some folks have friends or family to take them in until they figure out their next step. Unfortunately not everyone is so lucky. More than a month after the storm, nearly a thousand people still do not have a place to call home. And since most of New York City’s temporary evacuation facilities have now been closed, many of these people have to stay in hotels, upping financial and logistical hardships.
This Hanukkah, help out by offering a Sandy-stranded person a warm and cozy place to stay – your house! AirBnB, an online service that matches people seeking vacation rentals with hosts that have extra room, teamed up with NYC.gov to encourage potential hosts to offer free space (a couch, a guest bedroom, or a whole apartment) to people left homeless by the hurricane.
More than 1400 people have listed their apartments under AirBnB’s Sandy matching service. Their spaces are listed online with information about the available room, and a big $0 price tag where the price typically goes. (Like all AirBnB rentals, the terms and length of a stay are entirely up to the host, and safety is a priority – find out more here.)
If you’re able, join AirBnB and NYC.gov’s inspiring efforts, and open your home to someone in need. If you are not able, or don’t live in the tri-state area, you can also make a donation to help victims via Mayor Bloomberg’s Hurricane Relief Fund – 100% of proceeds go to relief organizations doing on-the-ground work.
Find more ideas for how to help people impacted by Hurricane Sandy in short and longer-term ways, and bring a bit of Hanukkah’s light into the storm’s darkness here.