How to Help Relief Efforts

September 20, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT

UPDATE: Current Food Donation Needs

Event planner Maureen Ryan-Fable of Ryan Fable Productions has been working with the Salvation Army to help coordinate delivery of food items to ground zero, and she says that they need ice very badly--20,000 pounds a day. They are working to deliver frozen, pre-cooked food that can be heated up after it's been taken to ground zero. For the time being, they have enough food, but that may change in the coming weeks.

Companies who wish to donate should contact Ryan-Fable to coordinate the timing and location of deliveries. Contact Ryan-Fable at or 212.664.7666.

Also, NYC & Company has established a food donation hotline: 212.484.1293.

Posted 09.20.01

New York's special events industry has a wealth of resources that can help the response to the crisis currently facing the city. Here are a few of the places you can contact in order to help:

Where to Donate Money

NYC & Company (New York's convention and visitors bureau) is coordinating the efforts of hospitality companies wishing to help in response to the tragedy. Check the NYC & Company's Web site for information (including a list of hotels, restaurants and attractions and their current availability), or email Amy Solomonson at to offer assistance (hotels offering discounted rooms for detained visitors or space for triage, or a transportation company offering ferry service, for example). NYC & Company is also keeping updated information regarding venue openings and closings.

Silicon Alley Reporter has been coordinating efforts to provide temporary office space to companies with destroyed or currently unavailable offices. If you have free space, please e-mail information to Jason Calacanis at, or call 646.473.2201. Include: square feet available, how long people can stay (a range is fine), number of desks available, number of computers available, availability of high-speed Internet access. Calacanis is also looking for a furniture rental company to donate desks, and a computer rental company to donate computers.

City Harvest is a nonprofit that usually feeds hungry New Yorkers by rescuing unused food from catered events, restaurants and bakeries and delivering it to soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other organizations. To assist the current rescue effort, City Harvest is in need of pre-packed sandwiches, energy or granola bars and bottled beverages. They are also continuing their regular pick-up and delivery of foods to hunger organizations. Check City Harvest's Web site at for safe storage and packaging guidelines for unused food, and call Jen McLean or Gary Pollino at 917.351.8700 for information and pickup arrangements.

The City of New York's Web site has contact information for ways to help with relief efforts.

To donate blood, contact the Red Cross in New York; to volunteer for the Red Cross, get information here.

If you have other items (decor pieces, costumes, etc.) that you're not using because an event has been cancelled, consider donating them to charitable organizations that can use them. You can find a host of resources in the How Your Event Can Help the Community special report we published this summer. Although these ideas won't help to ease the tragedy of this week, they might provide a way for your cancelled event to affect other people in need.

Posted 09.13.01

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