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Red Cross Awards Long Island Sandy Grants to CDCLI and United Way

The Red Cross is committed to helping all Sandy survivors recover and rebuild.

John Miller, CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island, speaks during a press conference to announce programs for Sandy survivors and to provide an update, Sandy: One Year later. The event was held in Lindenhurst at the home of Susan Gorman.

The Red Cross is committed to helping all Sandy survivors recover and rebuild.

The American Red Cross has awarded $2.35 million in grants to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy on Long Island.

CDCLI, LLC, a nonprofit subsidiary of the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, will receive a $2 million grant. CDCLI, LLC will use the funding to support mold remediation for homes flooded by Superstorm Sandy. The organization expects to provide services to 325 households beginning this month and continuing for the next 12 months.

“We are grateful to the American Red Cross for their generous commitment, which will enable CDCLI, LLC to expand its mold remediation services to assist residents across Long Island who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy,” said Marianne Garvin, President/CEO of Community Development Corporation of Long Island. “Since the storm hit one year ago, many homeowners have experienced the impact of mold due to flooding. Many people do not have the resources to remedy the mold problems on their own. This grant from the Red Cross, supplementing the funding received from the Robin Hood Foundation, will allow us to extend our services to all Sandy-impacted communities on Long Island, and help homeowners obtain professional evaluation and remediation of visible mold from their home. We are proud to be a partner with the Red Cross in this effort to help Long Islanders rebuild their homes and lives post-Sandy.”

The United Way of Long Island will receive a $350,000 grant. The United Way will use the funding to award sub-grants to community organizations in the areas of individual casework, housing assistance, interagency coordination and social service provider support.

“Almost one year after Superstorm Sandy upended lives throughout our region, we are proud to build upon our long standing relationship with the Red Cross,” said Theresa Regnante, president & CEO, United Way of Long Island. “The grant from the Red Cross will help Long Islanders move forward. Through a request for proposal (RFP) process we will award sub-grants to community partners. We couldn’t do the work we do without the support of the Red Cross. We are certain that this grant will go far and wide in helping families with urgent needs to put the pieces back together again.”

John Miller, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island, said he was proud of the collaborative efforts of the CDC and United Way in helping Sandy survivors. “The Red Cross is committed to helping all Sandy survivors recover and rebuild, and joining forces with local non-profit community entities like CDC and United Way will increase our ability to help people who need it most.”

Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years, and thanks to the public’s generous support, the Red Cross has received $308 million in donations for Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts. As of September 30, the Red Cross has spent or committed $280 million – more than 90 percent of the donated funds.

Donations to the American Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope through New York and New Jersey nearly one year after the storm. As of now, the Red Cross has also partnered with and funded numerous community-based organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families affected by Sandy. These partners include Brooklyn Community Foundation, City Harvest, Feeding America, Food Bank For New York City, Friends of Rockaway, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, Island Harvest, Jewish Community Council of Rockaway Peninsula, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, National Baptist Convention USA, National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, Operation Hope, Points of Light Foundation, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Staten Island Alliance, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, The Staten Island Foundation, United Way of Long Island and Visiting Nurse Service of New York on Sandy recovery efforts in the areas of housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination, and food security. Additional community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.

About Community Development Corporation of Long Island:

CDCLI is a not-for-profit organization that supports Long Islanders pursuing their housing and small business dreams. Since its inception 44 years ago, CDCLI invests its resources, talents and knowledge in households, small business and communities assisting more than 129,000 Long Islanders and investing $975 million into their communities. Last fiscal year alone, CDCLI served more than 18,000 Long Islanders investing nearly $131 million into their communities. For more information, please visit www.cdcli.org. Friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cdcoflongisland and follow us on Twitter @cdclongisland.

About United Way on Long Island:

For more than 49 years, the United Way of Long Island has been improving the lives of children, youth and struggling families by creating long term solutions to deep-rooted problems. We are focused on helping Long Island communities with a range of issues including a lack of housing, health care, food, child care, education, financial stability, stable employment and more. We do this by developing high impact programs, but because no one non-profit organization can change our entire community, we also raise money for and fund over 120 community partners devoted to advancing the common good. Together, we invest in education to ensure children succeed in school and achieve their potential. We help families become financially stable and independent. And, we ensure our communities have access to healthcare and positive lifestyle choices. Our staff and Board of Directors continuously bring together partners and volunteers from across Long Island to prioritize issues, raise funds and develop solutions that positively impact Long Island. Eighty five cents of every dollar we raise and every project we undertake helps Long Islanders in need. Be the Next One to make an investment in changing a life. Join us. Give. Advocate. Volunteer.