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Partners Support Relief Response To Help Victims of Sandy

Sandy is just the most recent example of how so many come together to work in collaboration to help affected communities

The American Red Cross has been working closely with many community partners and individuals to provide food, shelter and comfort to Sandy survivors in need.

More than 5,700 disaster workers and hundreds of Red Cross vehicles have been mobilized to help. Organizations including the Red Cross have provided more than 130,000 shelter stays over the past two weeks. In addition to the millions of meals served, the Red Cross has handed out hundreds of thousands of relief items already and provided thousands of health services and emotional support contacts.

Different organizations and businesses support Red Cross relief efforts in many ways, and the response to Sandy is just the most recent example of how so many come together to work in collaboration to help affected communities. Organizations have mobilized equipment and volunteers to help, donated needed items in bulk to help the many people who have lost everything to the storm, provided help with shipping and transportation and offered assistance in many other ways.

Examples of partners working with the Red Cross on the Sandy response include:

The YMCA of the USA is helping by donating the use of several of their facilities which are serving as shelters for disaster workers in various locations in New York. With more than 5,700 workers deployed, the YMCA’s assistance provided places for them to stay while helping those affected.

NAACP members spent the last week going door-to-door in high rise apartment buildings in New York to help determine which residents need assistance. This has been very important for residents who may be disabled and not able to go outside.

AmeriCorps/NCCC has over 200 volunteers in both New York and New Jersey supporting shelter operations. The response to Sandy is massive – thus far more there have been more than 130,000 overnight shelter stays. Children’s Disaster Services and Save the Children have trained childcare providers supporting Red Cross shelters in New York and New Jersey.

Various labor organizations have provided support to the relief operation, such as the Teamsters, UAW and AFL/CIO, which have supported operations in both New Jersey and New York by providing forklift drivers, truck drivers and volunteers to support the bulk distribution activities. UPS Teamsters delivered needed supplies. Teamsters rented buses to help distribute relief items and manned convoys of trucks to get relief supplies to areas like Rockaway and Staten Island.

Partnering organizations which have supported this relief response include:

100 Black Men; Avis; Bank of America Corporation; Business Civic Leadership Center; the Canadian and Mexican Red Cross; Center for Disaster Philanthropy; Chef Jose Andrés – World Central Kitchen; Chef Cat Cora – Chefs for Humanity; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services; CNCS/AmeriCorps NCCC; Disaster Operation Volunteer Escapees.

Elks Lodge; Feeding America; Goodwill; Habitat for Humanity; HOPE Worldwide; Human Rights Campaign; Humane Society of the United States; Islamic Relief (IRUSA); AFL-CIO; Teamsters; UAW; Legal Services Corporation; Lott-Carey; Lutheran Disaster Response; Marriott Corporation; Medical Reserve Corps; NAACP; National Association of Christian Churches; National Association of Jewish Chaplains.

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators; National Baptist Convention USA; National Congress of American Indians; National Disability Rights Network; National VOAD; National Black Nurses Association; Nechama Jewish Response to Disaster; NYC Parks; Presbyterian Disaster Assistance; Points of Light; Southern Baptist Disaster Response; Save The Children; Samaritan’s Purse; The Salvation Army; The United Methodist Committee on Disaster Relief; Tzu Chi Foundation; United States Postal Service; Visiting Nurses Association of America; Wounded Warriors; YMCA of the USA.

Local organizations also offering support to the relief response include:

Disaster Medical Assistance Team; Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank; Hofstra University; Meals on Wheels; Moravian Disaster Response; New York Christian Cultural Center; NYDART – Retired New York Firefighters; New Jersey Food Bank; New Jersey VOAD; Rutgers University; Team Rubicon; Traumatic Loss Coalition – Disaster Medical Action Team.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.