The American Red Cross has awarded a $1 million grant to The Staten Island Foundation to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy in the borough’s hardest-hit areas.
The Staten Island Foundation, a member of Philanthropy New York, will use the grant to provide financial support to community-based organizations involved in disaster recovery on Staten Island including home repairs for seniors, mental health services and coordination of on-the-ground volunteers.
“The Staten Island Foundation is pleased to receive funds from the Red Cross to support community-service providers who are on the front lines helping East and South Shore residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy,” said Betsy Dubovsky, Executive Director, The Staten Island Foundation. “Our nonprofits need these critical resources to expand services to disaster victims who have varied and complex needs. We welcome the ability to increase manpower to directly assist and connect local residents with existing recovery resources including the Red Cross-funded Unmet Needs Roundtables.”
The grant money will be distributed through The Staten Island Foundation Nonprofit Recovery Fund, a special fund that was created in response to the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. The $1 million grant will enable the foundation to effectively distribute their largest gift to date, bringing recovery giving to $2 million once all funds are disbursed. The Staten Island Foundation has a 15-year, $50 million history of supporting organizations that serve Staten Island.
“The Red Cross is committed to helping people affected by Superstorm Sandy recover, and this grant will enable The Staten Island Foundation to continue the great work they’ve been doing since the storm hit,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region.
State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis was also pleased with the Red Cross-The Staten Island Foundation partnership.
“I am happy to see the Red Cross giving significant funding to The Staten Island Foundation for distribution throughout our community,” Malliotakis said. “Local distribution of donations collected is how most donors want their money spent, as it gets to those who need it the most. Few can better determine where the need is than an organization that has its eyes, ears, and boots on the ground.”
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 $307 million in donations for Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts. As of mid-July, the Red Cross has spent or committed $260 million – 85 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 seven months after the storm. As of July 2013, the Red Cross has partnered with numerous community-based organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families affected by Sandy, such as New York Disaster Interfaith Services, Brooklyn Community Foundation, National VOAD, Operation Hope, Points of Light Foundation, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Food Bank For New York City, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island. Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and food assistance. 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 @RedCrossNY.
About The Staten Island Foundation:
The Staten Island Foundation is an independent, private foundation serving the borough of Staten Island, New York. We are interested in outcomes in the areas of education, health, arts and culture, and strengthening community services. The Foundation funds direct services, capacity building, and a limited number of capital projects.