January 27, 2015

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts Continue


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, HOLT CAT rose to the challenge and provided power to affected regions. Following the superstorm's destruction across the Northeast, the CAT dealer's national response team deployed power generator equipment and service technicians to New York and New Jersey, including the New York Stock Exchange and other critical institutions, restoring temporary and permanent power in those areas. HOLT will continue to prioritize relief efforts in the Northeast.

Jewish Communal Fund, the Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish community of Greater New York, granted $100,000 from its endowment to support the UJA-Federation Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. In addition to this institutional support for relief efforts in the greater New York community, JCF's donors have expressed enormous generosity throughout this difficult time, donating more than $450,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. One hundred perfect of funds will be used to aid individuals and families who face extensive flooding, loss of power and devastating damage to their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation has established the Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief Fund in partnership with Newsday and News 12 Long Island to support nonprofit agencies providing disaster assistance and recovery efforts to those hardest hit on Long Island by Hurricane Sandy. The Foundation will match the first $500,000 raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs will be paid, allowing 100 percent of all funds raised, plus the match, to be granted directly to nonprofit organizations helping those most affected by the storm. For information, call 1-800-931-5707.

Allied Electronics donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The storm brought strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast, from the Mid-Atlantic states to New England, which has affected Allied employees, suppliers and customers. While some Allied sales offices were closed days following Hurricane Sandy due to power outages and limited resources, no employees were harmed.

Brooklyn Recovery Fund has been created in response to vast devastation to Brooklyn caused by Hurricane Sandy, particularly in coastal communities, to provide relief to affected local communities and organizations. Brooklyn Community Foundation, Forest City Ratner Companies, the Brooklyn Nets, and Barclays Center have each pledged $100,000, for a total of $400,000 to create the Fund. One hundred perfect of every donation to the Fund will be used to support storm recovery efforts in Brooklyn.  For more information on how to help, email development@bcfny.org or call 718-246-6886.

Upon the request of the American Red Cross for much-needed clothing, Gap Inc. has donated more than $250,000 worth of clothing that was distributed in New Jersey, one of the areas hit the hardest by Hurricane Sandy. In addition, the company will donate $750,000 cash to provide critical help and necessities for those in affected areas.

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My name is Kevin. I am a prior service Marine, current National Guard Soldier and Christian seminary student. I have formed a non profit emergency response ministry. The purpose of the operation is to rapidly deploy a spirit of prayer into traumatized communities in the event of man made emergency situations, terrorist attacks or natural disasters in America.

The method of the operation is to use large RVs equipped with state of the art radio digital-analog communications, battery and solar powered mobile satellite communication systems interoperable with state, local, federal government agencies, as well as gas and solar powered generators. The communications equipment will be made available to any government emergency response personnel to provide full access throughout the incident command structure of a disaster situation. The communications equipment will also be made available to Churches and communities in need of establishing connection with loved ones.

We will move into effected areas and begin to pray with Churches and communities that God establish a recovery process on the foundation of trust in God and obedience to His commandments.

I am raising funds for a mission to New York. I am looking for donors who are interested in supporting such a ministry.

Semper Fi, Kevin

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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