NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are lots of ways to help the storm victims recover and rebuild if you’re looking for a last-minute opportunity to volunteer this weekend.

One of the places all volunteers will be put to work is St. Francis De Sales in the Rockaways. It is a distribution center where they have food and piles of clothing.

If you go there Saturday, they have specific needs as to where you can help best. Just show up at the church on Beach 129th Street in Belle Harbor, preferably at either 8 a.m. or 1 p.m., CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported.

Officials said they have too many clothes. The focus now is on food and manpower, but if you are going to help, be prepared to go into peoples’ homes and do some real work.

The Red Cross has a major volunteer push this weekend. You do have to register at There are requirements, including the ability to do some heavy lifting.

Go to and help with a door-to-door initiative based on Staten Island. It’s also serving Brooklyn and Long Beach on Long Island.

What about opening your home to a pet?

Hope Veterinary Clinic in Brooklyn said it’s life or death for some pets.

“It’s hard for them to move into hotels. A lot are not pet friendly, so while they’re moving out, they’re being left behind,” said Juliet Sternberg.

Thomas Joseph lost his catering business in Red Hook to Hurricane Sandy. He’s now cooking gourmet meals out of his home for all areas affected, but said there are more needs.

“Today was a slow day. We could’ve put out a lot more, but we didn’t have the drivers to do it,” he said.

Just e-mail him at

You can also find an endless list of calls for help, volunteer opportunities and unique needs at

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