Surviving Sandy

Westchester Magazine’s guide on where to both seek and offer assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Life remains trying and hectic for many in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Only this weekend did Westchester Magazine regain full capabilities with telephones, Internet, heat, and electricity. Call or stop by our office in Rye, and let us know how you and your loved ones are doing. Here at 2 Clinton Avenue we have power strips for charging your phones and electronic devices, land lines to make calls, and a WiFi signal. We’re open to your suggestions as to how we can improve conditions at this difficult time.

In addition, we are compiling an ongoing list below of Sandy-related assistance, including donation drop-offs, places to shower and recharge electronics, open gas stations, the latest government updates, and more. And for those who wish to help, we’re compiling a list of where and how you can do so.

This list will continue to be updated with information as we receive it. If you have Hurricane Sandy-related information you’d like to share with us, please send it to

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Where to Donate or Volunteer

American Red Cross

Pajama Program
(Donations of new, warm pajamas)

The Salvation Army
(800) SAL-ARMY

Sandy Fund 4 Kids
(School supplies)


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Chantilly Patisserie
135 Parkway Rd
(914) 771-9400
(It is receiving food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby items, and pet food.)


Lifestyles & Interiors by Lisa
4 Croton Point Ave
(914) 862-4163
(Cleaning supplies, large garbage bags, flashlights, and water)


Food Bank for Westchester
200 Clearbrook Rd
(914) 923-1100
(It requests financial and food donations.)

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Good Life Gourmet
108 Main St
(Requesting warm outerwear such as gloves, hats, diapers, blankets, and baby gear. Also, generators, batteries, flashlights, space heaters, etc)


Community Opportunity Center
105 Wildey St
(914) 631-7340
(24-hour warming shelter with power and food. It is also in need of child-friendly DVDs and volunteers to hand out food.)


Knights of Columbus Westchester Putnam Chapter & Conference
874 Franklin Ave
(Clothes and supplies)


White Plains
Furniture Sharehouse
Building No. 3
Loop Rd
Westchester County Airport
(914) 834-1294
(Financial and gently used-furniture donations)

UJA Federation of New York Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

(You can also deliver nonperishable food, water, batteries, and toiletries to the Sinai Free Synagogue, 701 Westchester Ave, White Plains, from 10 AM to 4 PM through Friday and to the UJA, 27 Radio Circle Dr, Mount Kisco, from 10 am to 4 pm through Wednesday.)

United Way of Westchester and Putnam
336 Central Ave
(914) 993-3713
(It can help connect Westchester residents with both needed services and volunteer opportunities. See also

Emma’s Ale House
68 Gedney Way
(914) 683-EMMA
(Collecting clothing, non-perishable food items, baby formula, toys, batteries, blankets, bottled water, pet supplies, and more)


Empire City Casino Yonkers
810 Yonkers Ave
(914) 968-4200
(It is open as donation site through Thursday for blankets, towels, coats, and food.)


Corporate Donations

The Empire State Relief Fund

The Volunteer Center for the Westchester and Mid-Hudson Valley region
(914) 948-4452


Where to Go for Food, Warmth, Shelter, Showers, Electricity, etc.

Chappaqua Crossing
480 Bedford Rd


Cortlandt Manor
Muriel Morabito Community Center
29 W Brook Dr


Mount Vernon
Macedonia Community Center
103 West 2nd St


New Rochelle
The Curtain Shop
541 Main St
(914) 636-8794
(It is offering charging Saturday 9 AM to 5:30 PM and Monday through Friday 9 AM to 6 PM.)

New Rochelle YMCA
50 Weyman Ave
(914) 632-1818
(Hot showers and charging)


Pace University’s Wilcox Hall
861 Bedford Rd
(Power strips and heat 9 am to 7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm on Wednesday)


Numi & Co. Rye Salon
99 Purchase St
(914) 921-6864
(Complimentary hair wash)


Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Rd,
(914) 472-3300
(Hot showers and charging)


Community Opportunity Center
105 Wildey St
(914) 631-7340
(Daytime warming shelter with power and food. Taking donations such as toiletries, blankets, cleaning products, etc.)


White Plains
31 Mamaroneck Ave
(914) 428-4220
(Coffee and power strips)

Digital Arts Experience
170 Hamilton Ave, Ste 100
(914) 644-8100
(Free WiFi and computer use)

Planet Fitness

33 S Broadway
(Hot showers. Bring personal supplies and identification. It is open Monday to Friday, 5 am to 11 pm, and weekends, 7 am to 7 pm.)

Theodore Young Community Center
32 Manhattan Ave
(914) 989-3600
(24-hour shelter with showers)

White Plains YMCA
250 Mamaroneck Ave
(Hot showers. Bring personal supplies and identification. It is open Monday to Friday, 5:15 am to 10 pm, Saturday, 7 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm.)

White Plains YMCA
515 North Street
(Hot showers. Bring personal supplies and identification. It is open Monday to Sunday, 8 am to noon.)


Multiple Locations
CVS (see website for locations)
(Many are offering free charging in-store.)

New York Sports Clubs
(see website for locations)
(Many are offering hot showers, charging, locker room use.)
Target (see website for locations)
(Many are offering free charging in-store.)


Recovery Contacts and Services

Better Business Bureau

(It offers tips on finding responsible businesses for recovery.)

Con Edison
(800) 75-CONED



Manhattanville College’s New York State Small Business Development Center’s Small Business Disaster Assistance Center
Berman Student Center, Room 005
2900 Purchase St
(914) 258-2412
(It is available 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and offers help to businesses with government loans and other troubles. Appointments are suggested.)


White Plains

Mental Health Association of Westchester
29 Sterling Ave
(914) 949-1212 (as well as other locations)
(It focuses on people with mental-health issues.)

198 Central Ave
(Starting Friday, representatives from Con Edison, FEMA, the Small Business Administration, social services agencies, and the Department of Health will be at the County Center from 8 am to 8 pm every day. Parking fees waived.)


Multiple Locations (Note: Many cable companies are offering credit for customers who have lost service due and will replace damaged equipment for free.)


(800) 255-7828



DISH Network

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),


(877) 669-6877

(866) 960-8606

State Farm
(800) 782-8332

Time Warner Cable:

(800) 531-8722

Verizon Fios:

Gas Buddy
(lists gas stations with reported fuel available)

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

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Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

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Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

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Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

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