Power has returned to most areas of New York after the hurricane. Now that we are connected and watching news, many of us are just becoming aware of the extent of damage to property and lives. And they want to help.

Organizations are taking donations to help those in need. If you would like to lend a hand as a volunteer, there are many opportunities to get involved in clean up, repair, rebuild and distribute supplies.

NYC Service matches people to volunteer opportunities throughout the five boroughs of the city.

One hundred percent of donations made to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City will support immediate aid needs including water, food and hygiene supplies.

Food Bank for New York City makes it easy to help feed those who rely on their services by making tax-deductible financial gifts to their emergency response efforts on their website.

The Food Bank of NY also has a critical need to fill the gap between professional emergency relief and community needs. Essential projects in their long-term recovery efforts include distribution warehouse repacks and kitchen & pantry services. Volunteers must be over the age of 18, but may be as young as 16 when accompanied by a parent volunteer. Register to volunteer here.

Community Food Bank of New Jersey is accepting financial donations via their website , or by calling (908) 355-3663 ext. 243. A 10$ donation can be made by texting FEEDNJ to 80888 on your mobile phone. They are taking donations such as canned goods, cereal, diapers and shelf-stable milk. Their website lists drop off locations and also includes information on how to volunteer.

The United Way has announced a regional fund for the hardest hit communities along the eastern seaboard. You can donate at uwsandyrecovery.org or on your mobile phone by texting RECOVERY to 52000.

Recovers.org will match volunteers and donations such as clothing, batteries, food and water. They have disaster recovery websites for the following communities: Lower East SideAstoriaRed Hook and Staten Island.

Occupy Sandy Relief is a coordinated relief effort to distribute resources and volunteers to help neighborhoods and residents affected by the hurricane. They are taking donations and coordinating volunteers through their Rockaways and New Jersey websites.