The American Red Cross has awarded a $400,000 grant to World Cares Center to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan.
World Cares Center (WCC) will use the grant to provide training for 36,000 volunteers to conduct muck-outs, mold remediation and other forms of rebuilding support. WCC will be working in partnership with community-based organizations, elected officials and National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) to ensure an adequately-trained volunteer workforce can help Sandy-affected individuals and families in the recovery process.
“This grant will enable WCC to provide even more aid to the vulnerable populations impacted by Superstorm Sandy,” said Lisa Orloff, executive director and founder of World Cares Center. “It is only with the help and commitment of organizations such as the Red Cross that we are able to deliver vital resources to those affected. We will continue to work tirelessly until all communities are restored.”
Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region, said, “Generous donations to the Red Cross from people across the country will support World Care Center’s initiatives and help people recover from Sandy.”
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 August 31, the Red Cross has spent or committed $272 million – nearly 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, 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 @RedCrossNY.
About World Cares Center:
World Cares Center (WCC) is a community-based, non-profit organization committed to training, coordinating and deploying individuals, groups, and organizations to meet the urgent needs of communities affected by any disaster. In partnership with the community, WCC delivers critically needed services and supplies including food to homebound senior and sleeping bags to those with no heat. Side by side WCC, neighborhood volunteers and visiting groups perform muck-out and mold remediation to disaster devastated homes. Realizing that local citizens from the affected community are the first to respond to help their neighbors, WCC delivers training that lays a solid foundation which empowers these individuals to help themselves and each other. This ensures that local leaders emerge with the knowledge and tools to effectively and efficiently guide their community in response and recovery. For more information, please visit www.worldcares.org or join us on Twitter at @WorldCares.