We, like the rest of you, have been horribly saddened by the devastation that Sandy left in its wake. Much of lower Manhattan is still without power, many of our community members have been stranded or had their homes and offices destroyed, and there are increasing calls for volunteers, food, and help. The NY tech community is one of the most caring and generous communities we know so we're inviting everyone with some spare time or extra goods to come join us for the NY Tech Sandy Volunteer Day tomorrow, Saturday the 3rd! For those of you who want to pitch in and help the community, here's how you can join us:
- Look at The Causemopolitan, Brokelyn and WNYC to find a volunteer effort in your community that still needs help. There are groups coordinating volunteers for everything from donating food to cleaning out waterlogged basements in nearly every borough.
- Find a friend! Post where you're going and when to the NY Tech Volunteer Facebook Page to see if any other big-hearted hackers nearby want to come along! Volunteering's always more fun with a crowd.
- Tell the world! Post to NY Tech Volunteer Facebook Page or tweet with hashtag #nytechhelps about your efforts. We'll be re-posting and sharing the news of all of your hard work with the world.
DataKind is going to be bringing food, supplies, and our sheer brawn to Jacobi Church in Red Hook tomorrow morning. Come join us if you're in the area and want to come help out!
If you're not interested in swinging a shovel, the fantastic New York Tech Meetup and New Work City are organizing IT/tech volunteers to contribute their skills to people who lost so much in the flood. Sign up to give your tech skills to the greater good!
NYC has given so SO much to the tech community and it's up to us to give back. Let's dig in together to get our city, our community, and our home back on its feet!