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Who Needs Help, and Who is Willing to Help?

Do you want to volunteer to help with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts? Do you need help cleaning up or know someone who does? Connect with each other here.

Here at Patch, an integral part of our mission is to connect local volunteers with local volunteer opportunities. In fact, each editor receives five paid days a year to volunteer in their community.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, there's plenty of folks who need help out there ... perhaps an elderly neighbor needs help cleaning up his yard, or a local shelter needs staffers, or an environmental group needs extra pairs of hands to remove debris and seaweed from the ravaged beaches.

So we'd like to provide this space for you, our southeastern Connecticut readers, to give a shout out in the comments if you're looking for a way to help or you know someone or some group that needs help cleaning up after Sandy. Groups who are doing clean-up or outreach, let people know. If you want to volunteer, tell us about any special skills or equipment you have (got a chainsaw?).

One reminder: Don't put sensitive information such as addresses and phone numbers in the comments unless you're comfortable with it being public.

This article is cross-published throughout southeastern Connecticut Patch sites that include the towns of Stonington, Groton, Mystic, Ledyard, New London, Montville, Waterford, East Lyme, Old Lyme and Lyme.

destiny branfalt November 09, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Did you end up going I am tryong to find people to go with and volunteer.
destiny branfalt November 09, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I am looking for someone planning on going to volunteer. I would love to join you. I have been trying to form a sandys helpers group to go down but everyone I know is busy except my mom she would love to go as well. We can't afford to drive down though finances are tuff but we would love to volunteer our time
Susan Donovan November 09, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Hi Destiny, Thanks for your interest :) Unfortunately for THIS weekend, my car is now full as others have joined me in volunteering. I will, however, get back to you when we return - and if they will be having continued need, I will plan to go back and will certainly contact you.
David Meade November 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
We live in northwestern CT - my husband, retired, is wanting to help with clean-up and/or repairs, etc. in CT. Who can he connect with to volunteer?
Genevieve Triplett November 11, 2012 at 09:05 PM
The Westerly town beach has a clean up crew every weekend. I believe the Andrea Hotel is also seeking voleenters, Facebook is a great way to connect to Westerly business and homeowners in need. My shop is a collection site for goods heading to Keansburg, NJ. We are seeking warm clothes, blankets, non-pershible food. Baby wipes, dipers, toliet paper, first aid items. My friend Charity and her husband are driving down Thanksgiving day, we need more donations to fill the truck! Please, thank you! at the Stonington Feeds. 860572-4424 or facebook Hurrican Sandy Help.

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