November 1, 2012
With leadership from United Way of New York City, United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard have established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to address near-term and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane. Contributions to the Fund will be used by United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia to address recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas. In the areas where the fund is operating, Hurricane Sandy has affected almost 8 million people.
In addition, the Fund will be utilized to bolster United Way’s community impact partners that serve Hurricane affected individuals and families who are already vulnerable — struggling with food insecurity and the ability meet their most basic needs. At the request of and in coordination with United Way U.S.A., United Way of New York City will lead fundraising efforts and ensure that all funds are used efficiently and effectively to serve those in need. United Way of New York City will charge no administrative fees.
“We know that communities experiencing disasters of this magnitude have immediate and urgent needs, but often the greatest needs occur with the intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding of lives and communities. That’s the role of United Way,” says United Way U.S.A. President Stacey Stewart. “With leadership from United Way of New York City, our network of United Ways across the region and the country came together to create this recovery fund, and we will use it to strengthen the communities we rebuild.”
HOW TO HELP:
- GIVE: Visit UWSandyRecovery.org to donate to the Fund – OR – Text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation
- ADVOCATE: Please encourage your family and friends affected by this storm to reach out to United Way 2-1-1 for assistance
- VOLUNTEER: 2-1-1 can help connect people with volunteer opportunities. Visit 211us.org to connect with your 2-1-1 online and follow @211us on Twitter.