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Doing his part: A Ditmas Park resident helps remove some tree debris at East 16th Street and Ditmas Avenue.
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Many Brooklynites are being called back into work, but if your office is still closed and you’re starting to go stir-crazy, there are plenty of ways to help the cleanup and recovery effort around the borough.

The city has put the call out that it is looking for volunteers in all of its shelters. Most don’t have phone numbers, so you have to just show up and see what they need:

• Park Slope Armory (361 15th St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Park Slope).

• NYC College of Technology (300 Jay St. between Tillary and Johnson streets Downtown)

• Brooklyn Technical High School (29 Ft. Greene Pl. between Dekalb Avenue and Fulton Street in Fort Greene).

• John Jay High School (237 Seventh Ave. between Fourth and Fifth streets in Park Slope).

• IS 136 (4004 Fourth Ave. at 40th Street in Sunset Park).

• PS 249 (18 Marlborough Road between Caton and Church avenues in Prospect Park South).

• IS 187, 1171 (65th St. between 11th and 12th avenues in Dyker Heights).

• FDR High School, 5800 20th Ave. at 58th Street in Midwood.

A map of city shelter is available at

The Red Cross is holding a blood drive at its Brooklyn Donor Center (120 Lawrence St. between Willoughby Street and the Myrtle Avenue Promenade) open for walk-ins on Thursday, 9 am–7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm.

The Red Hook Initiative is distributing hot meals and supplies to residents of the Red Hook Houses, who remain without power. The help the group assist neighbors in need, drop off flashlights, batteries, soap, paper towels and non-perishable food at group’s headquarters (767 Hicks St. between Huntington and W. Ninth streets), or call (718) 858–6782 to get involved.

NYCares is compiling a list of places that need volunteers. Starting Thursday, the group will begin matching volunteers with opportunities based on participants’ skills and location. Potential volunteers should fill out the form at

—Danielle Furfaro

Updated 5:36 pm, July 9, 2018
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