Join Settlement Houses in Helping Communities Recover from Hurricane Sandy

UNH's network of settlement houses and community centers across the City served on the front lines in preparation of Hurricane Sandy and have been working non-stop to provide relief for their community residents. Even while some agencies lost power , they continued to distribute food, water, and other donated items to those in their neighborhood, serving as central hubs for relief for residents during a hard time. 

We will continue updating this page as the needs of our member agencies and their community residents evolve in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Please check often for volunteer and donation needs from settlement houses across the City!



CAMBA's food pantry is responding to the needs of Brooklynites affected by Sandy. Their food pantry is accepting:
Donations can be dropped off at: 1) 1720 Church Avenue, 2nd Floor; 2) 885 Flatbush Avenue, Room 202; 3)19 Winthrop Street; 4) 2103 Kenmore Terrace; 5) Park Slope Women's Shelther - 1402 8th Avenue. Contact 718-282-3082. 

Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach

Shorefront Y, located in Brighton Beach, worked tirelessly to bring essentials to hundreds of senior citizens who are trapped in their apartments without heat, electricity, and water. FEMA is using their facilities as a Disaster Recovery Center. FEMA representatives are here daily helping everyone with their claims, questions, and more. 

They are still in need of volunteers who don't mind getting their hands dirty to help elderly and others who cannot do this alone. Many basements and first floor apartments are still filled with damaged furniture and debris caused by flooding. 
Please contact Alla Vaynshteyn if you are interested at 718-646-1444 ext. 333 or 


 Chinese-American Planning Council

The CPC Jacob Riis Child Care Center in the Lower East Side's "Zone A" was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. They are now in need of replacement office supplies, such as the following:

Please call 212-533-9138 to schedule a drop-off at the 108 Avenue D location. 

They also have an Amazon Baby Registry up if people would like to donate but are unable to come down to the center to make an in-person donation.  The registry can be found at

For Non-profits:

The New York City Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program will provide critical funds in the coming months to bridge the gap between expenditures needed to support the recovery from Hurricane Sandy and anticipated revenues such as grants, pledges, contract reimbursements, FEMA and insurance payments. Learn more here:

Latest News 

UNH Member Agencies Help NYC Communities Recover from Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, November 06, 2012
UNH members acted heroically to address the multiple needs of their communities and of our City's most vulnerable people. See below some media stories about the agencies in UNH's network and the amazing work they did and are continuing to do in a time of great need.

Please visit our Volunteer and Donation Needs page for updated information about what UNH's member agencies need at this time. 

WNYC: On the Lower East Side, A Woman Emerges From a Dark High Rise for the First Time

UNH member Henry Street Settlement delivered meals and cooked food from their headquarters that would have otherwise gone bad to serve the residents of the Lower East Side during the week-long power outage. 

NY1: Supplies Arrive for Chelsea Residents
UNH member Hudson Guild partnered with The National Guard, Salvation Army, and NYPD to distribute vital resources to community residents. 

WNET: Serving Seniors During Hurricane Sandy

Staff members from UNH member Queens Community House worked through the storm to ensure that seniors who depends on delivered meals were not left hungry. 

NY Daily News: Readers Sound Off on Hurricane Sandy and its Aftermath

Executive Director of UNH member Sunnyside Community Services, Judy Zangwill, wrote a letter to the editor detailing the barriers staff overcame to ensure the safety of homebound seniors who use SCS services.  

Wall Street Journal: Feeling Forgotten After the Storm
UNH member Henry Street Settlement continues to help the battered Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. 

Sheepshead Bay Blog: The Doctor is in at Shorefront Y
UNH member Shorefront Y, located in Coney Island, has a doctor on hand to see children who need medical attention during this time when many residents do not have power.