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Sandy Relief Nov 5

Hurricane Sandy Relief: How You Can Help

[left: Brewmaster Oliver, NY State Assemblyman Joe Lentol & Steve Hindy address the crowd at The Brewery on Nov 5 // right: food and supplies donated by guests]

UPDATE // DEC 5 A big Thank You to all who attended and poured beer at the Drink For Good fundraiser. We sold over 200 tickets and raised $10,000.

UPDATE // NOV 16 Details are all set for the NYC Brewers Guild produced Sandy relief fundraiser “Drink For Good: A Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraiser” — buy tickets here!

UPDATE // NOV 13 Restore Red Hook aims to raise funds to help the small businesses of Red Hook, Brooklyn reopen their doors as soon as possible after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Read more here and make a donation if you can!

UPDATE // NOV 13 Help Red Hook Winery recover from Sandy by buying their wine!

UPDATE // NOV 12 We are accepting adult & children’s cold medicine and more (see below) for the Rockaways. Truck leaves Wednesday morning. Deliver 10am-5pm to our warehouse on Berry St b/w N10 and N11 St.

UPDATE // NOV 12 This Wednesday at Union Pool FROM BROOKLYN, WITH LOVE presents “A Benefit Mixer for Hurricane Sandy Relief Projects” focused on educating the public on relief efforts and giving volunteers a chance to relax, socialize and and discuss what’s been done and what needs to be done. $15 donation includes a drink from sponsors, including Brooklyn Brewery, and snacks from El Diablo Tacos. All proceeds go to the World Cares Center. More info here.

Wednesday, November 14th @ 8pm
Union Pool
484 Union Ave. @ Meeker Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

UPDATE // NOV 9 We will be accepting donations during all public hours this weekend to be donated to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Please bring any and all of the foods listed below and put them on the donation pallets by the door as you enter. Items to be donated include:

+ Canned (pop top) or boxed soup
+ Peanut butter and Jelly
+ Crackers
+ Juice or milk boxes
+ Tuna Fish
+ Coffee/tea/sugar

And especially for kids:
+ Baby food
+ Formula
+ Baby supplies/wipes/diapers (size 5 especially)
+ Snacks for kids

For more information on how to help out, please see our previous updates.

UPDATE // NOV 7 For those interested in volunteering to help clean up the hardest hit areas, we’ll be providing training sessions to ensure that we send down organized and prepared teams. There are safety and health concerns and we want volunteers to be prepared. The sessions — “Operation Muck Out” provided by World Cares Center* — will take place here at our Tasting Room on Thursday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 13. 7-8pm will be Team Leaders Training for those who want to get pointers on how to prepare and lead a team to help homeowners clean up, and from 8-9pm we’ll provide basic safety information and other practical information to prepare you to aid in clean up. RSVP to Carla at We hope to have information on our first volunteer excursion in the next few days.

[*World Cares Center was founded shortly after 9/11 after seeing a need to bring together various agencies and community-based organizations in a safe and collaborative environment. They focus on putting organization to the chaos of post-disaster relief efforts and offer education to community members on how to channel their goodwill into effective disaster volunteerism.]

UPDATE // NOV 6 Last night at the brewery we took the occasion of having a house packed with friends who came out to celebrate the release of our latest Brewmaster’s Reserve, There Will Be Black, to raise some money and collect supplies to aid those affected by Sandy in the Rockaways area of Queens. We raised over $2,500 and filled four pallets with food, blankets, clean socks and hats, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items for the World Cares Center disaster relief organization. You can donate money directly to their relief efforts here.

Below is a list of the most needed items to donate — Brooklyn Brewery is a donation center for these items ONLY. Please come Mon-Fri from 10am-5pm to our warehouse on Berry St b/w N10 and N11 St.

+ Rubber gloves — all sizes
+ Work Gloves — all sizes
+ Protective goggles with venting holes on the side
+ Tyvek suits
+ Hammers with claw
+ Crow bars
+ Large plastic buckets with handle
+ Respirators — N95 ONLY

+ Shovels

+ Garden sprayer

Our official full-blown Sandy fundraiser is happening here at The Brewery on Tuesday, December 4 put on by the NYC Brewers Guild. Confirmed breweries currently include Sixpoint, Kelso, Shmaltz, Bronx Brewery, Lagunitas, Founders, Peak Organic, Ommegang & Empire Brewing. More details TBA.

In the meantime see the below information via EWVIDCO on how you can help out now:

“Our neighboring communities are still in need of donations and assistance after Hurricane Sandy. There are several ways that you and your business can get involved.

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF COLLECTIVE NORTH BROOKLYN BUSINESSES: There is a meeting on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:00pm at Union Pool to discuss and define the goals of a business collective to assist with the relief after Hurricane Sandy. If you are interested in becoming involved but unable to attend, Union Pool has updates on other relief efforts on their twitter page:

DONATION COLLECTION AT MALIN LANDAEUSMalin Landaeus, located at 157 N 6th Street, between Berry St & Bedford Ave, is collecting donations to be sent to Redhook and Rockaway. They are collecting hot food, thermos mugs, flashlights, batteries, blankets, socks, towels, hand and foot warmers, bottled water, cleaning supplies and construction garbage bags. Check the Facebook event for collection times this week at:

DONATION COLLECTION AND VOLUNTEERS AT CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION: Councilman Levin has coordinated for a temporary drop off location for relief supplies at the Church of the Ascension, located on 122 Java Street.  The church will be collecting supplies on Monday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 6th from 8am until 8pm. For drop off updates  and other scheduled times at the church please check:

INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITIES: Occupy Sandy has regular updates on volunteer locations and supplies needed across the five

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER/DONATE: Consider making monetary or item donations to an organization that is on the ground responding to Hurricane Sandy (list provided by Lincoln Restler):

Area Organization Contact Disaster Relief Services
Staten Island Project Hospitality Rev. Terry Troia 718.448.1544 x103 Services to shelters: towels, food clothes, toiletries, non-perishable blankets
Staten Island Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation N/A Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
LES / Chinatown Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV) Helena Wong 718.220.7391 Distributing food, water, and volunteer efforts
LES / Chinatown Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) Damaris Reyes – 212.358.1223 Essential services: towels, food clothes, toiletries, non-perishable, blankets
Rockaways Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation Patricia Simon – 917.345.3642 Outreach to residents in need of food, clothing, and door-to-door assessment of needed services
Rockaways Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Jeanne Dupont 917.975.5623 Hurricane recovery efforts include distribution of food, water, flashlights
Gowanus Houses FUREE Coordinating volunteers in five large buildings without power
Red Hook Red Hook Initiative Janice Mcguire – 917.885.3826 Donations support supply distribution, serving hot meals, and volunteers
  • Theresa S.

    That’s awesome! I’m a blogger as well and am using crowdrise to raise money for the Hurricane Sandy Victims. I love seeing so many people involved in giving back. If you’re interested, you can check out my site. There will be a button in the upper right hand corner that will take you directly to my crowdrise fundraiser page. All proceeds directly and immediately go to the Red Cross. Thanks again for posting this. I think people are starting to forget that people still need our help.

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