The American Red Cross has awarded a $25,000 grant to New York Cares to support a coat drive for people in communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. The funding will be used to buy coats for children and adults throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Founded 25 years ago, New York Cares runs volunteer programs for 1,300 New York City nonprofits, city agencies and public schools across the five boroughs. Since Sandy, the organization has helped New Yorkers with tasks like muck-out, feeding and clothing distribution.
New York Cares has received requests for more than 100,000 coats this year, as part of its annual coat collections - an initiative to provide new and gently-used coats to New Yorkers in need. To date, 18,500 coats have been collected since the effort began on Nov. 12. The coat drive ends on Feb. 7.
“Our coat collections are down dramatically from typical years and the requests are up. Many people in Sandy-affected communities are in need of winter coats,” said Gary Bagley, executive director, New York Cares. “We are thankful to the Red Cross for stepping up and providing this funding so we can help people still recovering from Sandy by providing them with a warm coat this winter.”
New York Cares received a $200,000 grant in January from the Red Cross to support volunteer services in Sandy-affected areas. Through the partnership with New York Cares, volunteers help perform muck-out and revitalization in hard-hit communities.
“The partnership with New York Cares has enabled volunteers to remain engaged in important work as we shifted from response to recovery,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region. “I am pleased the Red Cross is contributing to the New York Cares coat drive, and that donor dollars will help storm survivors in another meaningful way.”
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. As of November 30, the Red Cross has spent or committed $285 million, more than 92 percent of the donated funds.
The Red Cross has 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, Cooper Square Committee, Feeding America, Food Bank For New York City, Friends of Rockaway, Henry Street Settlement, 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, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and World Cares Center. Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and food security.
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 @RedCross.
About New York Cares:
New York Cares is New York City’s largest volunteer management organization. New York Cares runs vital programs for 1,300 nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies to help people in need throughout the five boroughs, and does so at no cost to the recipient organizations. Since 1987, New York Cares has made it easy for all New Yorkers to work together to strengthen the city; last year, we provided critical services to more than 400,000 at-risk New Yorkers. For more information, visit newyorkcares.org.