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Gregory Usher sits outside an American Red Cross Shelter at Nassau Community College on Monday, Nov 5, 2012, in Garden City, N.Y. Usher has been living for three days at the shelter after Hurricane Sandy flooded his home in Long Beach, N.Y.

Kathy Kmonicek, Associated Press - Ap

Philanthropy beat: Want to contribute to storm cleanup?

  • November 5, 2012 - 5:41 PM

While superstars such as Bruce Springsteen and Christina Aguilera have helped raise millions of dollars to help victims of superstorm Sandy, there are plenty of ways that ordinary citizens can donate, too.

The work of cleaning up New York, New Jersey and other areas ravaged by the storm is just getting started.

Here are some nonprofits leading the charge.

American Red Cross: The Red Cross is providing emergency support to storm victims up and down the eastern coast. Go to www.redcross.org, call 1-800-HELPNOW or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation that will show up on your phone bill.

Salvation Army: Workers have been on the scene in New Jersey and New York since before the storm. They are now providing food, water and other necessities to survivors. Go to www.salvationarmyusa.org or text STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

United Way Sandy Recovery Fund: Contributions will be used by local United Ways to handle the immediate and long-term recovery needs of both individuals and the communities most ravaged by the storm. Go to uwsandyrecovery.org or text RECOVERY to 52000 to contribute $10.

Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City: This nonprofit has been retooled to focus on storm cleanup. It is earmarking all of its donations to relief efforts and organizations across the city. Go to www.nyc.gov/fund or text NYCFUND to 50555 to give $10 to the fund.

AARP Foundation: The foundation will match up to $500,000 in donations for superstorm Sandy recovery. The funds will disperse to other organizations providing recovery services. Go to www.aarp.org.

If you're interested in working on the ground, New York City's website offers volunteer opportunities across its five boroughs.

They range from cleaning up parks to working in soup kitchens to going door-to-door in hard-hit neighborhoods to check on residents. Go to www.nycservice.org.

Jean Hopfensperger • 612-673-4511

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