How to Help in Fairfield After Superstorm Sandy [Updated]

A list of who needs donations, cleanup and volunteer opportunities, and more. Are we missing a cause, benefit, or opportunity? Tell us in the comments.

[Editor's Note: This post was updated on Thursday, Nov. 15, to reflect events that have passed and new volunteer/donation opportunities for the weekend of Nov. 16 - 18.]

As power restoration wraps up in Fairfield, residents have been asking how they can help their neighbors in Superstorm Sandy's aftermath -- particular those neighbors in the devastated beach area.

From local volunteer and donation opportunities to those beyond Fairfield County (such as New Jersey and New York), Patch has details on who needs help from their neighbors.

Let us know in the comments thread of other organizations seeking donations or volunteer/cleanup opportunities in Fairfield and throughout the region.

Fox Street Sandy Cleanup

After last Sunday's successful cleanup that kicked off at Jennings Beach, another cleanup has been organized for Saturday, Nov. 17. Interested volunteers shoud meet at 9 a.m. on Fox Street (parallel to Veterans Park). The cleanup will benefit elderly residents in the neighborhood who need help post-Sandy. According to the Facebook event: "Bring your muscle and brawn, plus supplies such as shovels, rakes, contractor bags, leaf bags, masks, gloves, water for volunteers."  

Fairfield U's Sandy Relief Thanksgiving Drive

Fairfield University students have organized a drive to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., people can drop off requested items (listed below) at the Barone Campus Center Oak Room. Those who cannot make it to the drive on Saturday can bring items to the Campus Center on Monday, Nov. 19, between 12 and 4 p.m.

Items requested for New Jersey residents (NO clothing please):

  • Sterno
  • laundry detergent
  • garbage pails
  • laundry baskets
  • new socks
  • rakes
  • buckets
  • mops
  • tin foil
  • salad dressing
  • BBQ sauce
  • serving dishes (tin)
  • any food item (we have storage)
  • Hot dog and hamburger rolls are in short supply!! 
  • Meals in a can
  • Canned tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Soup
  • Shelf-stable Milk
  • Cereal
  • Baby Food – No Glass Jars
  • Diapers
  • Pet supplies
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • School supplies
  • Water
  • Any non-perishables

Items requested for NY residents:

  • Work gloves
  • Heavy duty waterproof gloves
  • Work goggles
  • N-95 respirator masks
  • brooms, mops, rakes, shovels
  • sponges
  • heavy duty garbage bags
  • spray bottles
  • bleach and other cleaning products
  • brillo pads / sponges
  • duct tape, masking tape
  • markers, pens
  • masks
  • towels / rags
  • wheelbarrows
  • rope
  • tarps
  • generators & gasoline
  • pumps
  • tools
  • laundry detergent
  • box cutters
  • heavy duty extension cords
  • Flashlights
  • Candles
  • Lanterns
  • batteries
  • Stove lighters
  • blankets
  • hand warmers/hotties
  • sleeping bags
  • heavy winter coats
  • hats / gloves / scarves
  • ponchos
  • boots
  • thick socks / underwear (new only!)
  • propane heaters
  • tents
  • bottled water
  • non-perishable food and quick snacks like granola bars and snack packs
  • baby food
  • diapers, wipes, powder, cream etc.
  • Toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • hand sanitizers / wipes
  • adult diapers
  • toiletries – deodorants, shampoos, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.
  • first aid kits
  • feminine hygiene products
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen
  • Benadryl
  • Neosporin
  • Hydrocortisone / rash creams
  • Dog, cat, bird, hamster
  • Printer paper
  • markers
  • labels
  • Shopping carts aka “granny carts” for people to take home supplies
  • Pre-paid cell phones
  • donated clothing
  • canned goods
  • furniture
  • cleaning supplies


Town of Fairfield and Operation Hope Launch Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund

The Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund (The Fund) has been established for the purpose of collecting charitable tax deductible contributions for distribution to Fairfield residents who have been impacted by Storm Sandy. The Fund has been set up for monetary donations only.

Click on the heading above for more information on how to make a donation.


Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers Collecting Donations for Victims of Storm Sandy

The Fairfield and New Canaan jeweler will be collecting nonperishable food items and toiletries to donate to Operation Hope, which needs to rebuild its pantry supply following Sandy.

People can drop off items as the shop (1591 Post Road) during business hours -- Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Items needed include:

  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Tuna fish
  • Canned meats & stews
  • Cereal/Instant hot cereal
  • Coffee
  • Canned fruit
  • Other non-perishables/canned goods
  • Toiletries such as: baby diapers, feminine products, shampoo, soap, deodorant and razors/shave cream


Both areas are part of the Rockaways in Queens, N.Y. and have suffered great loss, according to the Patch announcement. The office is collecting, sweaters, new socks, and underwear, blankets, jackets, hats, gloves, contractor bags, heavy duty gloves, cleaning supplies, air mattresses, bedding goods, bottled water, duffel bags, back packs, suitcases, work boots, diapers, baby wipes, formula, deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, women's sanitary items, school supplies, paper towels, tissues, and dust masks.

Donations can be dropped off at the office - 2452 Black Rock Turnpike Suite No. 9 (second floor). Call ahead for hours of operation: 203-372-7333.

Jim Eastwood November 08, 2012 at 12:11 PM
GOOD morning 'patch' Thank you for putting this list out !!!!!!! Now Fairfield can show what the Town Really is !!!! To all the Complainers(especially the protesters of last week) GOT POWER ?? --a lot of people just sout of you in New York and New Jersey still don't!!! VOLUNTEER !!! and Help your Neighbor !!!!
Lisa Zadravec November 08, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Trinity Parish Nursery School in Southport was also terribly damaged and can not resume instruction at this point. They are seeking gently used books and toys to rebuild their classrooms for 2-5 year old children. When a temporary location is decided upon, I will post again so you can drop it off. Till then, please clean out the books and toys that your children have outgrown.
Rosemarie Corr November 08, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Lisa - Please let me know asap when you have your temp location as I am driving around with three boxes of gently used books in the back seat of my car!! Rose
Lisa Zadravec November 08, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Great! thank you so much! I certanly will. If youre local, I wouldnt mind giving you my address since theyre in your car and I will deliver them when my daughter returns to school. lmk and thanks to the Patch for asking us to reply with needs!
S S November 08, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Is anyone from Fairfield driving out to Rockaway this weekend with collected donations / supplies and to volunteer? I am from NYC but will be in Fairfield and would like to go back out to volunteer again this weekend...but need a ride. Please let me know, thanks!
J. Compasso November 08, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Last night we went out to the National Guard posts protecting the Beach Area and gave out Dunkin Donuts Hot Chocolate to the members of the guard. As a Reef Rd resident I truly respect them for what they do for us. They help me out and figured I would return the favor.
Rosemarie Corr November 08, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Definitely local - live off Old Mill Road and work on Black Rock Turnpike. Just let me know and I will deliver!
signe wennberg-merritt November 08, 2012 at 06:51 PM
The Fairfield Ludlowe High School Operation Hope Club is having a "Thanksgiving Fixings" Dinner Drive in Homerooms November 13-20th. We are collecting items such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, juice, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, canned vegetables, and frozen pies. Individuals who would like to donate towards the purchase of turkeys, can purchase Stop & Shop Gift Cards($15.00 would most probably cover the cost of a moderate sized turkey).These and other donations can also be dropped off in the Main Office. We will also have a change war to raise monies to purchase turkeys. In the past, we have collected upwards of 30 dinners; this year, given the storm and the increased need in our immediate community, we are aiming to collect 75. Any questions can be directed to Signe Merritt in Wright House, or by email SWennberg-Merritt@fairfieldschools.com. Thanks very much for your consideration and support!
BobRyffel November 08, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Please don't use Facebook as the only place for announcements on how to volunteer. People without Facebook accounts will be unable to find the information.
Cindy Powell November 08, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I have lots of cuddly stuffed animals looking for little arms. I am in Greenfield Hill and can easily drop them off for you. Will check for suitable books too.
Stacia Howard November 09, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Does anybody know about a volunteer group meeting tomorrow morning, Saturday 11/10, at 10:30 at Roger Sherman? I'd like to help but want to verify and get more details. Thanks! Stacia
Lisa Zadravec November 09, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Cindy, Thank you for your consideration. I think books would be best if you can find some gently used. We can exchange numbers so I can give you my address to drop off. New location for Trinity Nursery still in progress so its easiest for me to just drop stuff off when my daughter returns. Thanks again!!
Lisa Zadravec November 09, 2012 at 05:32 PM
sorry...lots of posts, but childrens art supplies in great demand for Trinity Parish Nursery School too!
FFLDRESIDENT November 09, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Please post when you find a drop-off location for items for the nursery school.
Jim Eastwood November 10, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Good Morning Everyone !! Any Body contact Fairfield "U"??? This would be a Time for those kids living on the Beach to pitch in !!! Might be a good way to bring Peace !! See You all on Sunday !! Have a Great and Safe Day !!
Fairfield native November 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Thank you volunteers for cleaning up the Pine Creek beach streets- it is much appreciated!!!
DKO November 12, 2012 at 01:32 AM
We are so thankful for all of the kind people who spent their Sunday helping us clean up and prepare to move forward. Seeing those eager faces ... it was a true gift. Thank you!
Jim Eastwood November 13, 2012 at 09:16 PM
To All especially the "U" crew GREAT effort Sunday!!!! To the three ladies who put that effort tgether AWESOME !!!!!!! For the 1200---Block of Fairfield Beach Gang Thanks to the two fellows who brought their own Tractors---Saved my Back To The Lady from Samp Mortor lake You out worked me !! To The Fairfield "U" gang, students, Graduates and Staff-Many of which traveled a great distance to Help !!!!!!!!!! Great job and you guys and Gals never stopped. To the Notre Dame Football player Got a real good work out, but never stopped. To All who stepped up and Donated "Stuff" WOW !!! And to all who came to the aid of your neighbors GREAT JOB !!!! "Everyday make a new friend, and try to leave the world a better place than you found it " I Made many new friends, and you all made the world a better place !!!!! Stay Safe !!!!
N Van Clief November 17, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I'd love to help this weekend. Where can I go as a volunteer?
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) November 17, 2012 at 03:24 AM
There's a beach area cleanup tomorrow -- here's the link to the Facebook event for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/369253176500866/


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