The American Red Cross has awarded a $721,550 grant to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy in Staten Island’s hardest-hit areas.
Tunnel to Towers will use the grant to hire local, skilled labor – plumbers, electricians and carpenters – over the next year to help repair up to 110 homes in the East and South Shores. The work will be done in conjunction with St. Bernard Project (SBP) which will serve as a strategic management partner. SBP is a disaster recovery organization, established following Hurricane Katrina. SBP is actively assisting Sandy-affected communities in Staten Island and Queens.
“On behalf of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, I would like to thank the American Red Cross for their generous grant, which will be used to continue the Foundation’s Sandy rebuilding efforts,” said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO, Tunnel to Towers. “Over the past 11 months, we have partnered with other local and national organizations, working together with thousands of volunteers to help rebuild our community. The American Red Cross grant will help ensure we continue to make an impact on the lives of our neighbors, and ensure they can remain in or return to their homes.”
Reese May, Director of East Coast Operations for St. Bernard Project – New York, said he is “thrilled about the strategic deployment of funds by the American Red Cross to support long term recovery. This grant will make a huge impact in the lives of Sandy survivors on Staten Island and we are excited to utilize these resources to help bring families home.”
Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region, said,. “The Red Cross is committed to helping Sandy survivors recover, and it is great to partner with this organization that shares our goal of making a difference in people’s lives.”
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 11 months after the storm. As of September, the Red Cross has partnered with 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, Friends of Rockaway, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, Henry Street Settlement, 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, The Staten Island Foundation, The Disability Opportunity Fund, 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 The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation:
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation was founded to honor and remember the sacrifice made on September 11, 2001 by New York City firefighter Stephen Siller. Stephen and 343 of his firefighter brothers saved thousands of lives on that fateful day prior to laying down their own lives. The Foundation encourages others to follow the footsteps of an American hero and strive to “do good” in honor of all those who died on 9/11. For more information, go to www.Tunnel2Towers.org or visit www.facebook.com/tunneltotowersfoundation.