Long since the flashlights and granola bars were doled out, new challenges await our Sandy-affected neighbors--like regaining a sense of normalcy.
Here are a few groups in it for the long haul (and happy to solicit your help in the following ways).
Proper nutrition Aside from the initial devastation, the Rockaways are also at a disadvantage since they are so far removed from modern conveniences like grocery stores. The Shore Soup Project--which has made fresh, locally sourced meals available to its neighbors through daily deliveries--just launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a pay-as-you-can restaurant and community kitchen on the peninsula.
Youth advancement To bring a bit of needed joy to local children, Pitch In for Baseball is busy getting area Little Leagues (like the hard-hit Staten Island group) ready for the spring season. In terms of education, the Rockaways’ Plate Lunch Food Truck (from the Beastie Boys’ Mike D) plans to expand its efforts soon and create a youth mentoring group.
Economic support As worthy as volunteerism and donations are, sometimes good old-fashioned patronage is what many affected areas need most. Make plans to visit newly reopened Red Hook restaurants, like the Lobster Pound and Kevin’s. While you’re there, pop by artisanal jewelry boutiques like Metal and Thread and Erie Basin.