Thanks to the support of the American Red Cross, the United Way of Long Island has awarded grants totaling $350,000 to support the continuing long-term recovery efforts of local organizations that provide services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy on Long Island.
The United Way of Long Island will draw the funds for these grants from an award made by American Red Cross on Oct. 28, 2013. The organizations that have been chosen as recipients have dedicated their work to the areas of individual casework, housing assistance, interagency coordination and social service provider support. Grant recipients include, Lutheran Social Services of New York, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc. (FREE), Freeport Pride Inc., Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC, Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services Inc. and the United Veterans Beacon House.
"It has been over a year since Superstorm Sandy upended lives throughout our region, and we are proud and happy that our long standing relationship with the Red Cross continues to allow for the support of community organizations such as these," said Theresa Regnante, president & CEO, United Way of Long Island. "The grant from the Red Cross will help Long Islanders move forward. 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 who still have 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 Red Cross 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 United Way of Long Island 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 $309 million in donations for Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts.
Donations to United Way of Long Island and the American Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope through New York more than 15 months after the storm. As of now, both organizations have also partnered with and funded other community-based organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families affected by Sandy.
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.
About Lutheran Social Services of New York:
Today, in addition to caring for children, Lutheran Social Services of New York enables individuals to reach their full potential through its LIFE (Lutheran Initiatives for Enrichment) service programs. The agency helps seniors live independently, provides families for children, arranges safe and affordable housing, maintains hunger prevention centers and provides services for immigrants and refugees.
About Family Residences and Essential Enterprises:
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) proudly support more than 3,500 individuals with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential.
About Freeport Pride:
Freeport Pride, Inc. is a community organization providing youth and substance abuse services. The mission of the organization is to provide youth, family, and substance abuse services to enhance the quality of life in our community.
About The Barry & Florence Friedberg Y JCC:
The Friedberg JCC has been serving Long Island's south shore community for over 50 years and provides social and educational programs, plus vitally needed services for individuals of all ages. It is where friends, neighbors and family come together to discover their Jewish identity, be themselves and just have fun.
About Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services:
Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services was recognized as a leading provider of mental health and substance abuse services on Long Island. The agency is known for identifying service gaps and challenges facing consumers, advocating for governmental supports for them, and developing programs and services to meet emerging needs.
About United Veterans Beacon House:
United Veterans Beacon House (UVBH) operates and supports 24 locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York and provides services to more than 185 men, women and children on any given day. Primarily, United Veterans Beacon House, Inc. was formed and continues its close work with the homeless veteran population of the Tri-State Area, working with veterans who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, PTSD, TBI and mental and/or physical health issues. Recently UVBH expanded its efforts to include assisting the non-veteran population and the issues they face including homelessness, drug and/or alcohol addiction and job skill readiness and development.
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, childcare, 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. For more information about the United Way, please visit, www.unitedwayli.org.