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Red Cross Helping Fund Sandy Recovery on Long Island through 2015

Red Cross Helping Fund Sandy Recovery on Long Island through 2015
The Red Cross has been helping since before the storm made landfall and will continue to stand by people affected by the storm on their road to recovery.

During a press conference on Oct. 29 at the Long Island Disaster Recovery Center in Central Islip, the American Red Cross announced more than $2 million in additional grant funding to organizations helping people affected by Sandy on Long Island recover.

The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island will receive $1.323 million dollars in additional Red Cross funding to distribute through the Long Island Unmet Needs Roundtable. The Roundtable, which brings together a diverse group of philanthropic donors, offers financial assistance to help meet unmet needs for people affected by Sandy. This funding is in addition to a $1 million Red Cross grant made in Spring 2013 for the Roundtable.

In addition, the Red Cross is providing $197,100 in addition funding to the Health & Welfare Council to continue operation of the Long Island Volunteer Recovery Center through 2015 and to accelerate the pace of home repair by distributing funds to home rebuild organizations for purchase of supplies. In March 2014, the Red Cross awarded a $599,655 grant to the Health & Welfare Council to support a disaster recovery center for non-profits and volunteers who will help hundreds of homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy repair their damaged homes.

The Red Cross also announced $500,000 in additional funding to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for rebuilding homes in New York and New Jersey, building materials and staff and volunteer support. In August 2013, the Red Cross awarded Southern Baptist Disaster Relief $850,000 for this work.

“Superstorm Sandy was a life-changing event for so many people on Long Island,” said John Miller, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island. “The Red Cross has been helping since before the storm made landfall and will continue to stand by people affected by the storm on their road to recovery. Today’s grant announcements will allow work to continue into 2015, the third year of recovery.”

Yesterday, the Red Cross announced an additional $2.8 million in grant funding to organizations in New York City helping people affected by the storm continue their work. For more information on those announcements, click here.

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/li or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.