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A Chat with Jon Rose 

This week we launched a special two week partnership between eBay and Waves for Water to help aid victims of hurricane Sandy, which occurred exactly one year ago. There is still, however, LOTS of work to be done. 

Here’s how it works: From now until November 13, eBay Now (our local delivery service within an hour) will match the value of your order with a donation to Waves for Water up to a total value of $50,000.

To help eBay donate these funds to Waves for Water, just purchase something on eBay Now in the next two weeks, and use the promo code W4W2013 at checkout (free delivery, too!).

We spoke to Waves for Water founder, Jon Rose, to find out a little more about the cause…


Jauretsi: Tell us how far we’ve come 1 year after Hurricane Sandy in terms of relief work and the needs of the community?

Jon Rose: We as an organization have come a long way way since the onset of the Hurricane. What started out as a grass roots relief initiative has now affected an estimated 350,000 people. In terms of the disaster as a whole - the simplest stat that I think represents the scope of what still needs to be done - 26k families are still not in their homes. So though there has been immense progress across the board, there is still a long way to go before these communities are fully back on their feet.

J: eBay is excited to be a part of this initiative the next 2 weeks with Waves4Water. Is there a plan of action for new funds collected?

JR: Yes, these funds have been designated to help faciliate 5 families through our restore/rebuild program (between New York and New Jersey) and get them back into their homes. The primary focus is on costs associated with the structural restoration of their homes — for example, carpentry, sheetrock/insulation, plumbing, electrical, and so on.

J: Here’s a little eBay Now quiz experiment: If there is any one item you can personally use RIGHT NOW (within the hour), what would your order be?

JR: I could really use a new pair of headphones! One of my earbuds just broke and I NEED my tunes, man! This one ear sound just ain’t cutting it!


To learn more about Waves for Water and all their global field work, visit here

Reminder: eBay Now delivery is from 9am-9pm in select cities. Choose any item from Target, Best Buy, Guitar Center, Saks, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Walgreens, Office Depot, Home Depot, and Urban Outfitters among other retailers, and receive the product in about an hour. Cities include New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or San Jose, Download the app

(Photo: W4W Founder, Jon Rose, courtesy of Waves For Water)


The Anniversary of Sandy: eBay Now Joins Forces with Waves for Water

It’s been exactly one year since Hurricane Sandy devastated large swaths of the East Coast. Waves for Water, an organization that creates clean water for communities and other relief work, has been on the ground since day one. There’s much more work to be done, however. For the next two weeks, eBay Now will be supporting WFW by providing funds to help affected families get back into their homes. 

Here’s how it works: From now until November 13, eBay Now will match the value of your order with a donation to Waves for Water up to a total value of $50,000. What’s eBay Now? If you live in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or San Jose, eBay Now can deliver products from local stores straight to your doorstep in about an hour. 

To help eBay donate these funds to Waves for Water, just purchase something on eBay Now in the next two weeks, and use the promo code W4W2013 at checkout (free delivery, too!).

To learn more about Waves for Water and all their global field work, visit here

(Photo: Home affected by Sandy, courtesy of WFW. Text: Jauretsi)


Creative PayPals for Sandy

By Jauretsi

"This is what $1300 buys you at Costco" writes photographer and T Magazine contributor iO Tillett Wright (seen above). “We did a Home Depot run just before and [now] we’ve got a load of supplies. Thank you for your PayPal donations!”. Within the last 48 hours, a ton of creative New Yorker’s have taken relief efforts into their own hands, and asked friends to donate to individual PayPal accounts for “same day collecting, buying, and delivering” to devastated areas — bureaucracy free. iO and her friends have named themselves Renegade Sandy Relief, hash-tag #RSR for those who care to follow their productivity. iO’s PayPal email is You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @iolovesyou to see her daily runs. 

Sidra Durst, of The Museum of Food and Drink, is working under the PayPal address and sends out reports after a days work. Their in-depth blog can be read at Sandy Sucks Tumblr. She also mentioned two other PayPal accounts accepting funds for guerilla efforts. One address is (Angela at Gowanus studios) who is “coordinating efforts for drivers and supplies”. The other PayPal address is (596 acres) who Sidra affirms is “in good contact with the community of Rock” (as in, Rockaway Beach).

Why take a risk on these people? From Sidra’s experience on the field all day… [MORE] she explains that “self-organized groups are providing the fastest response in many of the hard-hit communities around New York — I will vouch for this in the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Red Hook.” She adds, “traditional disaster aid groups appear too slow to mobilize in these neighborhoods, and until they get their infrastructure set up, donations and time are better spent at the grassroots level.” The process might seem a little too casual, but evidence of your donation is shared immediately via personal Twitter or Instagram accounts. 

Another group of indie relief workers are the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on 87th and Rockaway. Colin Tunstall, founder of surf brand Saturdays, states that the RBSC “has great organization for handing the right supplies to people that need them, and directing help to places that can use it.” He recommends checking their website for daily updates at

Feel free to reach any of these indie teams directly to drop a dime in their PayPal accounts. If you donate today, the supplies will reach the people today. Fast turnaround. If you feel safer donating to a larger organization, visit Occupy Sandy Relief on Facebook whom iO cheers as “doing great things”. Their twitter handle is @OccupySandy

PayPal themselves are mobilizing and created an informative page that allows you to donate directly to major organizations from Red Cross to The Humane Society. It’s important to note that these more established organizations are doing great things in the outer boroughs in conjunction with the self-organized guerilla teams. Visit PayPal Donations to view how they raised $334,257 so far, with shout-outs to personal PayPal users. We’re all in this together!

(Photo: 1. Boardwalk at 88th Street, Rockaway Beach, taken by @SaturdaysNYC Instagram. 2. iO Tillett Wright sits on her shopping carts purchased with Paypal donations @iolovesyou Instagram)