Show Your Support for those Affected by Super Storm Sandy
In response to Super Storm Sandy, several organizations are accepting financial donations to support relief efforts in those areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. These organizations include The American Red Cross, Direct Relief International, The Humane Society of the U.S., Save the Children, The Mayor's Fund, The New York Community Trust, The Brooklyn Community Foundation and Community Foundation of New Jersey.
As the region continues to identify immediate aid needs you can show your support by visiting any of these organizations and finding out how you can help.
The American Red Cross continues to provide shelter in a large number of states, operating 115 shelters in nine states Wednesday night. Many of the shelters featured Halloween parties for children, bringing some sense of normalcy to them. In all, the organization has provided more than 164,700 meals. More than 334,000 ready to eat meals are in the area and 12 mobile kitchens capable of making 198,000 meals a day have been deployed. With more roads and airports open, resources continues to arrive. In all, some 3,300 disaster workers are on the scene and the organization has begun damage assessment to determine needs. Fires continue to be a storm-related after-effect and Long Island has been hit particularly hard.
Direct Relief International is providing support from Haiti to the Northeast Corridor, with a focus on providing medical supplies including prescription medication to those in affected areas who do not have access to their medications. In the Caribbean, it is also fighting cholera and providing additional medical assistance.
The Humane Society of the U.S. has mobilized animal rescue teams and equipment to head to the hardest-hit areas and will assist with search-and-rescue, sheltering, and other needs. It is working with emergency management agencies in Monmouth, N.J. and Nassau County, N.Y. at the agencies’ requests. HSUS is assisting in operating emergency animal shelters there.
Save the Children is deploying emergency response teams to the hardest-hit areas of New Jersey to assess the needs of children and their families and ensure a quick recovery of essential services, such as child care. It also provides advice and support to families affected by the disaster.
Operation USA is readying essential aid to send to where its needed—from emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies, to assisting community health clinics restore services to best serve their communities.
The Mayor's Fund serves as an umbrella not-for-profit organization for the City of New York to aid public programs with private support. To donate by phone: call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside New York City), online: go to www.nyc.gov/fund, by mail: make check payable to Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, 253 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York City, New York 10007 (note: Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund).
The New York Community Trust is providing support to communities in need. Follow the link to be connected to individual agencies working in specific neighborhoods or with the organizations that are working throughout the greater New York City area.
Brooklyn Community Foundation has launched a Brooklyn Recovery Fund in coordination with the Brooklyn Borough President's Office and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The fund will support the Brooklyn communities and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy and provide direct support for needs identified by local Brooklyn nonprofit service providers, the small business community, and borough civic institutions.
Community Foundation of New Jersey will create a Sandy Relief Fund. For more information, contact Hans Dekker at email@example.com or 973-267- 5533.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation encourages everyone to show their support by visiting these sites to learn more about how to donate and help those affected by Sandy.