In the wake of devastating Hurricane Sandy, much of New York was left flooded and without light. Here at GoGirl Finance, several of us did experience power outages and damage, however we’re all incredibly lucky and continue to think of those who weren’t as fortunate. It’s heartbreaking. Now, as we begin the recovery effort, many of us are left wondering how we can help, particularly if not located in the New York Metropolitan Area. Of course, as is true with any donation you make, it’s important to ensure the organization is legitimate. There are a plethora of sites that are collecting donations for Sandy; we’ve put together a list of several that will allow you to give responsibly, with the comfort of knowing your money and time is being put to good use. If you have any additional suggestions, please leave them in the comments section.

The American Red Cross is in need of blood donations and financial contributions.

Samaritan’s Purse is helping in New Jersey by accepting financial donations and by mobilizing volunteers.

Staten Island Recovers is a community-powered disaster recovery site for the borough of Staten Island. You can specify whether you have a need, want to give, or want to volunteer.

Astoria Recovers – Similar to Staten Island Recovers, you can specify whether you have a need, want to give, or want to volunteer.

Occupy Sandy

The Tunnels to Towers Foundation  is looking for financial contributions. You can also donate $10 via your phone, by texting keyword RESTORE to 80888.

The Humane Society is working to help animals affected by Sandy, and is in need of monetary donations.

The Mayors Fund to Advance New York City has set up a special place where you can donate directly to Hurricane Sandy. Funds will be used for immediate needs and long term recovery.

If you are in New York, healthy, and looking to volunteer in person (there is a great need for volunteers), follow the Mayor’s Office on Twitter for updates about upcoming volunteer opportunities. You can also consult the Occupy Sandy webpage for information about where people are needed.

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