Houses of worship increase post-hurricane outreach
As of Thursday, several houses of worship stepped up outreach efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Congregation Beth Elohim (Reform/Park Slope) received a huge response to its call for volunteers to prepare meals for disaster shelter residents. According to an email report as of 4 p.m, on Thursday, 600 were fed yesterday. Moreover, more than $1,000 was raised to cover the cost of meals and supplies to local shelters. However, $5,000 still needs to be raised to cover the costs for the remainder of this week.
Congregation Beth Elohim has also emailed a list of volunteer opportunities for meal preparation and delivery. More than 100 volunteers are needed each day in various time slots to prepare lunch, people with vans are needed to deliver lunches to the Armory, through Sunday, November 4. Runner of supplies to Red Hook are also needed.
Volunteers are being asked to bring with them a loaf of bread and dozen hard-boiled eggs. Those preparing and serving meals are also asked to cover their hair in according with the New York City health codes.
A collection drive is also being conducted for candles, batteries, flashlights, water and non-perishables for Red Hook shelters. Two cars per day are needed to take these supplies to the shelters. Those who can volunteer in any way may contact the Temple via:[email protected].