Photo: Lorna O’Farrell, Pocono Chapter Board; Rose Walsh, Office Mgr.; Peter Brown- Regional CEO; Jim Rienhardt, Exec. Director; Kevin Lavelle, Pocono Board Vice Chair; Mathilda Sheptak, Exec. Director, United Way Monroe County; Lynn Lansdowne- President, United Way Monroe County; Marcia Welsh- President East Stroudsburg Univ.; Adrian Grieve- Regional Emerg. Services Officer.
Recently, the American Red Cross Poconos Chapter received a check for $79,370 from The United Way of Monroe County, along with the United Way of New York City and the United Way of Pennsylvania earmarked for Red Cross Disaster.
The check presentation took place at the East Stroudsburg University Koehler Fieldhouse on Tuesday, May 7th. The fieldhouse was the same location where a Hurricane Sandy Mega Shelter was set up for all of the local residents who received Red Cross services during the recovery efforts.
“We are pleased to have been able to secure these dollars from the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Funds in support of the local Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts,” says Lynn Lansdowne, President of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Monroe County.
Monroe County was one of the three hardest hit counties in Pennsylvania from the devastating winds of Hurricane Sandy. The Super Storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents at the end of October into the beginning of November 2012. According to Jim Rienhardt, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of the Poconos, “Over 1,100 residents of Monroe County received immediate assistance from the American Red Cross and other Emergency Management partners. One Mega Shelter at the East Stroudsburg University Kohler Field House, two other shelters and five warming/feeding/showering stations, throughout the county, were open for a period of 3-8 days after the Hurricane.”