Right before Halloween, New York and New Jersey were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. As a librarian who lives in North Jersey and works in New York I can attest to the fact that this has been a life-changing event for too many people – lives have been lost, homes destroyed, and hopes shattered. That being said, I have also been privileged to see how strong the people of this region are, and how neighbors and communities have banded together to help each other in everyway they can.
As the initial shock of the hurricane has passed, however, it has become abundantly clear that long-term aid efforts will be needed in the days and months ahead as the weather gets colder and resources grow fewer. With that in mind, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am urgining each and every member of Gen X/Y to help out in someway. Below please find a list of organizations that can benefit from your assistance:
- American Red Cross. “The Red Cross continues to focus on reaching as many people as possible who need our help. Your help is urgently needed to continue to support relief efforts. Getting supplies and meals and water into affected areas is the top priority. Since the beginning of the Sandy relief effort:
- Nearly 9,000 Red Cross workers have been deployed from all 50 states to operations from North Carolina to Rhode Island, with the majority still in Greater New York and throughout New Jersey.
- Last night, more than 1,900 people impacted by Sandy and the Nor’easter spent the night in 16 shelters in the following states: NY and NJ.
- More than 6 million meals and snacks have been served.
- The Red Cross has distributed more than 2 million relief items such as clean-up kits and hygiene kits.
- ASPCA. “For the past two weeks, ASPCA staff and volunteers have been assisting in Sandy-affected areas by rescuing animals, reuniting them with their families, distributing critical supplies and providing veterinary care. Our team has worked around the clock to help those in need and to continue to provide for animals at our Adoption Center and Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan. We’re also expediting grants to make sure impacted shelters and other animal welfare groups get the help they need. We’re committed to helping all storm victims get through this difficult time. Please help us continue our efforts. 100% of your gift today will go directly to our disaster recovery efforts and others like them in the future.”
- City Harvest. “City Harvest is working hard to get food to those in need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy as well as continuing our work rescuing and delivering food in all five boroughs. For more information about our current operations and ways you can help” click here.
- Community Foodbank of New Jersey. “We’re helping to coordinate the relief efforts with FEMA, Red Cross, Salvation Army & Others. This includes:
- Distribution over 100,000 lbs of food each day to families displaced by Superstorm Sandy
- Providing over 50,000 prepared meals each week
- Collecting non-perishable food and hygiene kits for displaced families”
- Foodbank for NYC. “In addition to the 1.5 million New Yorkers that rely on our programs and services, thousands more people have now been thrust into a highly vulnerable position for the first time due to Hurricane Sandy. Hunger has become an even greater problem citywide, and Food Bank remains committed to helping those in need.”
- Humane Society of the U.S. “Immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, The Humane Society of the United States rescued more than 250 animals from devastated communities in New Jersey and New York. We are now caring for more than 450 pets in our emergency shelters and reuniting pets with their owners. Please donate to our Disaster Relief Fund today. Your help ensures that our team can continue to answer the call during times of disaster wherever and whenever animals need us. Your gift will be used exclusively for our relief work to help animals during this and other disasters.”
- Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. “Hurricane Sandy has brought unthinkable devastation to parts of our Garden State, destroying homes, businesses and some of New Jersey’s most identifiable icons. The Governor and I have organized this relief fund to aide, comfort, and rebuild New Jersey. The images and stories of the damage are heartbreaking. In the aftermath, I urge you to support our friends, neighbors and communities impacted by the storm. They need our help and need it quickly. Thank you for your generosity. We are strong and resilient. We are proud New Jerseyans.—First Lady Mary Pat Christie”
- Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC. “The Mayor’s Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief will support immediate aid needs – including water, food, and hygiene supplies – as well as long-term relief and restoration efforts. One hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief organizations and their efforts.”
- United Way. “The United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund was established to address the near and long-term recovery needs of communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia to address hurricane recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas.”
Last, please keep in mind that our amazing Caucus President Liz Johnson has also set up a collection (Call to Action: Responding to Hurricane Sandy by Supporting our Members Nov. 6th) and members can also contact me directly for ideas and donations. Thank you!!!! Taryn Rucinski firstname.lastname@example.org, (914) 422-4358.