January 29, 2015

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts


The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) has re-activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts related to Hurricane Sandy. All funds will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local victims in counties served by the NCCF.

"We remain concerned about our neighbors and friends who have suffered losses related to Hurricane Sandy," said NCCF CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside. "Our network of affiliate foundations will ensure that any contributions we collect for the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund are effectively distributed to those nonprofit agencies that can serve the greatest needs in our partner communities."

Credit card donations can be made online through the NCCF website via the "Give Now" button or under the "Giving" tab at nccommunityfoundation.org or by downloading a contribution form. NCCF awarded $152,000 in disaster relief last year to support needs related to April's tornadoes and Hurricane Irene in August.

Numerous organizations have announced donations to help affected communities recover from the widespread and devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy.  Anyone interested in providing support to hurricane victims is encouraged to visit the American Red Cross or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.

The Charitable Giving Coalition recommends that anyone who is interested in donating money to support individuals, families and communities in need after Hurricane Sandy should carefully research where to direct their contributions. Emergency relief organizations and other charities should have a strong record of results in effectively collecting and dispersing funds. Coalition leaders use resources like Charity Navigator, which provides guidance to help donors make informed decisions.

Examples of Hurricane Sandy-related response include:

AmeriCares is delivering relief supplies, bottled water and a fully-equipped mobile clinic for families in the tri-state area affected by Hurricane Sandy. The aid organization is working with The Salvation Army, World Cares Center and other nonprofit organizations to distribute the kits to affected families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. To learn more about AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, or to make a donation, please go to americares.org

Capital One announced a $1 million in grants and matching funds to support organizations in the communities on the East Coast impacted by the hurricane. Their cash contributions include $200,000 in emergency relief grants and an additional $600,000 to support longer-term recovery efforts and will also match up to $200,000 in contributions made by customers through the Capital One No Hassle Giving site.

The GM Foundation has donated 50 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup trucks and Express cargo vans to the American Red Cross for use in relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy and other storms buffeting the Eastern seaboard and nearby states.  Additionally, the Foundation donated $250,000 to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, which enables the agency to be ready to provide immediate disaster relief anywhere in the country.

CVS/pharmacy and the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust announced a donation of more than $100,000 in support of communities that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. As part of this donation, CVS/pharmacy is also providing essential snacks and bottled water valued at more than $50,000 to serve communities in New Jersey and will be delivering supplies to shelters, emergency aid stations and American Red Cross mobile feeding vehicles within the impacted areas throughout the week.

American Airlines and American Eagle, in partnership with the American Red Cross, are taking action to provide relief to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Through Nov. 30, American Airlines AAdvantage® members can earn a one-time award of 250 miles for a minimum donation of $50, or 500 miles for a donation of $100 or more to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. For information or to donate, visit AA.com/JoinUs.

The Volkswagen of America Foundation, on behalf of the Volkswagen Group of America, has made a donation of $500,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief to provide support for affected areas across the Northeast. Additionally, Volkswagen will provide matching funds to any employee donations made to the American Red Cross or the organization of their choosing.



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Though many people had been affected by the hurricane sandy, the factor that concerns most is the reaction time of the government agencies in providing relief to the people and further securing human lives with such a low damage to property.

Interesting information. I came across this post because I've been working with some disaster relief causes lately. I've mainly been helping with recruiting volunteers for non profits.

In the aftermath of Sandy we are extremely disappointed in the failure of the President, Vice President and democratic leadership to assist citizens of the first state in recovering from Sandy. We are asking for help for one business that will be returned many times over in the form of jumpstarting the economy of Kent County Delaware. We started a small business sept first in woodland beach delaware with the goal of restoring tourism to kent county and create badly needed jobs. For a history of the area visit woodlandbeach.net. Many people locally have not worked in years and it's not uncommon to have over a hundred apply for one cashier job. Our goal is to act as responsible stewards if a unique unspoiled area and preserve history while conserving wetlands for the future. In eight weeks we cleaned up years of trash, tripled tourism and reduced crime by 95%. We partnered with a group to restore oyster beds and spent time and money attracting larger fish with great results. This is a place an hour from wilmington where bald eagles nest, muskrats swim and you can explore sunken ships at low tide. The thousands if acres of protected wetlands minimized surges but loss of roof and walls allowed a foot and a half of rain in. for forty years residents have had to drive eighr miles for basic essentials including drinking water. We established a small general store to serve them and tourists and planned a diner, wedding chapel, b&b, and classroom space. The classroom space would be used to teach adults boat building/repair skills, further history and conservation learning, and provide exposure to native american culture. We have permission to add a dock which will allow boat rentals, facilitate use of the ramp already there and create tour boat opportunities. We believe in accessible outdoor experience and wanted to offer adaptive fishing and hunting gear on loan to our wounded heroes. We are on a pre sale agreement and could not purchase insurance till closing. Now the seller refuses to honor the contract to pay for damages and no federal aid is available. A century if sand was lost from the public beach but delaware law prohibits replenishment spending north of the tourist traps. We desperately need help which will allow us to continue building a model public access area in harmony with the environment. A single investment of 250,000 will allow rebuilding and generate up to a million dollars a month in a region with high unemployment. Our website is www.croakers.biz and we have www.facebook.com/croakerswoidlandbeach. Please help us continue the momentum to restore hope to a beautiful town of small year round residences. Also many nearby fishing piers were destroyed and this will keep angler spending as an important part if delawares economy

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