Donations to the Red Cross have helped tens of thousands of people affected by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, and we are continuing to help people recover and rebuild.
The needs from Hurricane Sandy are still great, and the Red Cross continues to help thanks to the generosity of our donors.
The Red Cross met Sandy's significant damage with our largest U.S. response in five years. Our massive emergency relief effort was powered by more than 17,000 trained workers from all over the country - 90 percent of them volunteers. This response included:
Our work has been possible because of the compassion and generosity of donors, and at the two-year mark, the Red Cross has spent or made commitments to spend 99 percent of the money we have raised for our Sandy work.
Information as of September 30, 2015
- New York Disaster Interfaith Services—$4.84 million
- United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)—$2.5 million
- Salvation Army—$2.5 million
- The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island—$2.323 million
- Lutheran Disaster Response—$2.265 million
- Ocean County Long-Term Recovery Group—$1.85 million
- Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church—$1.75 million
- Catholic Charities USA—$1.6 million
- Catholic Charities Community Services—$1.397 million
- Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group—$1.25 million
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul—$1.241 million
- United Way of Long Island—$1 million
- NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development—$932,000
- New York Legal Assistance Group—$900,000
- Middlesex County Long-Term Recovery Group—$782,000
- Operation Hope—$675,000
- Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey—$600,000
- Atlantic City Long-Term Recovery Group—$586,000
- Atlantic County Long-Term Recovery Group—$586,000
- National Baptist Convention USA—$506,000
- Hudson County Long-Term Recovery Committee—$490,000
- Puerto Rican Association for Human Development—$446,000
- Volunteer Center of Bergen County—$400,000
- Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey—$373,000
- Cape May County Long-Term Recovery Group—$338,000
- NorthWalke Housing Corporation (formerly Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund; Norwalk, Conn.)—$255,000
- Make the Road New York—$250,000
- Jewish Community Center of Rockaway Peninsula—$237,000
- Union County Long-Term Recovery Group—$236,000
- Community Affairs and Resource Center—$225,000
- Essex County Long-Term Recovery Group—$200,000
- Ironbound Community Corporation—$175,000
- The Disability Opportunity Fund—$118,000
- Henry Street Settlement—$80,000
- United Way of Connecticut (211)—$69,000
- Project Hospitality—$65,000
- New York Cares—$25,000
- The RREM Gap Funding Initiative—$10.15 million
- Local Initiatives Support Corporation—$8.471 million
- Habitat for Humanity International—$2.344 million
- Rebuilding Together—$2.25 million
- Friends of Rockaway—$1.742 million
- Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation—$1.732 million
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance—$1.396 million
- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief—$1.35 million
- Points of Light—$1.16 million
- Connecticut Rises—$1.051 million
- Community Development Corporation of Long Island, LLC—$1 million
- New York Disaster Interfaith Services—$996,000
- Mennonite Disaster Service—$800,000
- The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island—$797,000
- Center for NYC Neighborhoods—$740,000
- HOPE worldwide ltd.—$704,000
- Margert Community Corporation—$700,000
- All Hands Volunteers—$500,000
- NECHAMA—Jewish Response to Disaster—$330,000
- HomeFront CT—$300,000
- Brethren Disaster Ministries—$270,000
- United Way of Milford—$258,000
- Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc.—$200,000
- United Way of Coastal Fairfield County—$180,000
- Operation Hope of Fairfield (Fairfield LTRG)—$150,000
- Cooper Square Committee—$113,000
- Food Bank For New York City—$4.483 million
- City Harvest—$3.252 million
- Island Harvest—$2.950 million
- Feeding America—$205,000
- The Community FoodBank of New Jersey—$100,000
- FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties—$100,000
- Visiting Nurse Service of New York—$1.65 million
- Save the Children—$1.5 million
- FEGS Health & Human Services—$575,000
- Mental Health Association in New Jersey—$514,000
- OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services—$369,000
- Partnership with Children—$195,000
- Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services—$142,000
- Children’s Health Fund—$100,000
- Reaching-Out Community Services—$40,000
- Brooklyn Community Foundation—$1.28 million
- The Staten Island Foundation—$1.25 million
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster—$500,000
- World Cares Center—$355,000
- United Way of Long Island—$350,000
- Church World Service—$299,000
- World Renew (formerly CRWRC)—$258,000
- NJ2-1-1/NJ VOAD—$250,000
- Staten Island Alliance—$51,000
- Human Services Council of New York—$35,000
News and Press Releases
Thursday, October 29, 2015 | In the three years since Hurricane Sandy unleashed massive destruction along the Atlantic coast, the American Red Cross is still on the ground, having used $313 million in donations to help thousands of people recover and rebuild from the devastation of the storm. Read more.
Monday, September 15, 2014 | Raising four young boys in a house less than three blocks from the ocean, Kim Greengus enthusiastically admits that they loved the water. Read more.
August 4, 2014 | People start to regain a sense of control using techniques they learn from the program. Read more.
July 17, 2014 | The Red Cross continues to give help and hope to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Read more.
June 27, 2014 | The American Red Cross has been on-the-ground for 19 months helping people recover from Hurricane Sandy. Read more.
June 18, 2014 | Read more.
June 4, 2014 | Many New Yorkers continue to experience intense, stress-related emotions related to stress caused by Hurricane Sandy. Read more.
May 8, 2014 | New Jersey families like the Abbates of Little Ferry continue to recover from Sandy. Read more.
May 6, 2014 | Red Cross awards $100,000 grants to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Read more.
April 29, 2014 | Today marks 18 months since Hurricane Sandy hit New York. The American Red Cross continues to help people recover and rebuild in a number of ways. Read more.
April 8, 2014 | This grant will be used to help the residents of these counties who have exhausted all other available resources but still have unmet needs as a direct result of the storm. Read more.
Tuesday, April 7, 2014 | Red Cross awarded a $600,000 grant for Hurricane Sandy recovery in Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland and Camden Counties. Read more.
March 7, 2014 | The Red Cross has awarded a $599,655 grant to the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island to support a disaster recovery center for non-profits and volunteers who will help hundreds of homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy repair their damaged homes. Read more.
March 4, 2014 | The American Red Cross has awarded a $250,000 grant to Make the Road New York. Read more.
February 25, 2014 | Read more.
February 6, 2014 | Thanks to the support of the 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 Sandy on Long Island. Read more.
January 29, 2014 | The sounds of power saws and hammers are now a memory for Staten Island homeowner Nick Randazzo. Read more.
January 27, 2014 | Every day, the power of partnerships and people has resulted in progress for those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Read more.
January 7, 2014 | Red Cross works with Friends of Rockaway and Tunnel to Towers to help people recover. Read more.
December 19, 2013 | Red Cross has spent or made commitments to spend 92% of the money donated for Sandy. Read more.
December 9, 2013 | After 11 months recovery and return are celebrated with red cross staff. Read more.
December 8, 2013 | The American Red Cross knows that recovering from a disaster involves rebuilding not only homes, but also lives as well. Read more.
December 4, 2013 | The Red Cross has awarded grants to Margert Community Corporation, Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund and Rockaway Youth Task Force. Read more.
November 28, 2013 | This Thanksgiving, the Greater NY Red Cross is addressing holiday needs in Sandy-affected communities. Read more.
November 26, 2013 | $10K will help provide more than 2,700 Thanksgiving meals to Sandy survivors. Read more.
November 19, 2013 | Red Cross donations for people affected by Superstorm Sandy continue to help in recovery. Read more.
November 7, 2013 | Red Cross awards 3 grants totaling $925,000 to Long Term Recovery Groups in Hudson, Union & Essex Counties. Read more.
October 30, 2013 | New program administered through New Jersey Community Capital will provide RREM approved homeowners up to $30,000 for rebuilding costs. Read more.
October 15, 2013 | The American Red Cross awarded a $782,000 grant to the Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group to address the needs of residents who do not have adequate resources to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Read more.
October 9, 2013 | The American Red Cross awarded two grants totaling $2.95 million to the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group to support unmet needs roundtables formed to help disaster-affected Monmouth and Ocean County households. Read more.
September 19, 2013 | The American Red Cross awarded two grants totaling more than $1.1 million to the Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group and the Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group to address the needs of residents who do not have adequate resources to recover from Sandy. Read more.
August 14, 2013 | The American Red Cross has awarded grants totaling more than $10 million to eight national nonprofit organizations for recovery programs and services for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Read more.
July 31, 2013 | The American Red Cross awarded two grants totaling $600,000 to the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc. Read more.
July 10, 2013 | The American Red Cross today awarded a $2 million grant to Habitat for Humanity International to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy across the state of New Jersey. Read more.
July 02, 2013 | The American Red Cross has awarded a $2,968,424 grant to New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Read more.
June 28, 2013 | The American Red Cross today awarded a $1,500,000 grant to the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church for Superstorm Sandy recovery work with the elderly, disabled and low-income families. Read more.
June 26, 2013 | Donations to the American Red Cross are helping Felix Lyons prepare his home for an addition to the family. His wife, Lintia, is due to give birth to the couple’s fourth child on August 28. Read more.
June 19, 2013 | The American Red Cross continues to help people affected by Sandy every day by partnering with local organizations through grant awards. Island Harvest, a food bank for Long Island, is one such partner organization. Read more.
May 30, 2013 | The American Red Cross awarded a $1.25 million grant to the Brooklyn Community Foundation to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Hurricane Sandy in the borough’s hardest hit neighborhoods. Read more.
Friday, October 25, 2013 | The American Red Cross has released a one-year Hurricane Sandy report detailing its response and recovery work to help residents affected by this historic storm, which made landfall on October 29, 2012. Read more.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | After Hurricane Sandy destroyed their Far Rockaway apartment, Alan and Shaquana Watson feared that they would be forced to leave the neighborhood where they had spent their whole lives. Today, with the help of the American Red Cross, the Watsons have moved into a brand new apartment in their old neighborhood. Read more.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | Recovery from something like Sandy takes time and help from many different groups in the community. Read More.
Thursday, April 24, 2013 | The Red Cross issued six-month progress report on its work to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Read More.
Friday, March 29, 2013 | Months after Sandy’s landfall, the Red Cross is still lending a hand. Read More.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 | As it had for hundreds of others in the New York area displaced by Sandy, the Red Cross provided needed resources. Read More.
Tuesday, February 29, 2013 | With widespread support from people and businesses from across the country and around the world, the American Red Cross is helping people counter sorrow with hope. Read More.
Monday, February 25, 2013 | The American Red Cross and Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, have partnered to ensure continued delivery of meals to thousands still in need. Read More.
Monday, January 28, 2013 | Red Cross volunteers are the heart and soul of disaster relief, consistently going the extra mile to get individuals and families back on their feet in the face of devastation. Read More.
Friday, January 25, 2013 | Red Cross workers know that encouragement and emotional support are vital for community restoration. Read More.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | The Red Cross, which will spend an estimated $110 million by the end of December on Hurricane Sandy emergency relief. Read More.
“The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) appreciates the collaborative partnership between American Red Cross and UMCOR in Hurricane Sandy, which has had great benefit to the affected communities and individuals. By pairing the $2.5 million grant with our personnel resources in New York, Connecticut, and Maryland, we were able to exponentially grow capacity to meet community needs. The integration of communication between our leadership staff and that of Red Cross has also created bridges to future responses.”
— Gregory A. Forrester, Assistant General Secretary for Disaster Response in the United States
“We entered into our partnership with the American Red Cross fully aware of the organization’s sweeping impact, worldwide over many decades. What becomes crystal clear while working with each and every member of the Red Cross team, however, is how powerfully the personal dimension comes through their work. Beyond the immediate response, the plight of individuals devastated by SuperStorm Sandy faded from the headlines. The human faces of those still awaiting recovery continues to motivate each and every member of the Red Cross staff. This persistence has enabled us to complete massive restoration projects for 30 low-income Connecticut families victimized by the storm. We experience the person-to-person connection when collaborating with the Red Cross. For an organization with such vast institutional wisdom, the Red Cross remains a “learning organization” in the best sense of the phrase. A balance of thoughtfulness and efficiency informs every aspect of the Red Cross process, encouraging an exchange of ideas and findings every step of the way. This ethic of interconnectedness is just one of the many reasons why the Red Cross makes responses to overwhelming disasters seem possible. The ultimate yardstick is that our community is the better for our partnership as are we.”
— Sean C. O'Brien, Executive Director, HomeFront, Inc.
"I wanted to personally express my gratitude for the expertise and effort the state of Connecticut has received from Red Cross leadership staff. They have been instrumental in our Individual Assistance working group’s efforts to assist families affected by Superstorm Sandy and in developing a model that will help the state move quickly to support families should we ever be hit by another disaster.
Thank you for the Red Cross’s support of the state’s Long Term Recovery team and for lending its staff’s talent and expertise to this effort."
— George B. Bradner, Co-Chair, State Long-Term Recovery and Director, Connecticut Insurance Department
"The ongoing funding support NYLAG has received from the American Red Cross ensures that we will be able to address the significant long-term legal advocacy needs of Sandy victims. Every day we hear from new clients who feel frustrated and forgotten as they struggle to recover from the storm’s devastating impact. Red Cross has provided NYLAG with consistent support since 2013, allowing our advocates to continue to provide critical support and services to disaster victims throughout Long Island and New York City.”
— Ann Dibble, Director, Storm Response Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
“Since the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the American Red Cross has continued to be a reliable long-term partner to the people of Staten Island. Their campaign to educate the public about disaster preparedness will be beneficial and ensure that all New Yorkers know what to do when disaster strikes. To date, they’ve helped hundreds of Staten Islanders move back into their homes and receive the services they need.”
— NYS Assembly Member Joseph Borelli (Staten Island)
“The American Red Cross has supported LISC NY's work for more than two years, resulting in mold remediation of more than 2,500 homes and the repair and reconstruction of more than 500 severely damaged homes. Throughout our work together, our organizations prioritized and addressed the housing needs of the most vulnerable New Yorkers: seniors living alone, people with serious health conditions or disabilities, undocumented immigrants. This partnership serves as a model for how organizations can work collaboratively to help thousands of people in underserved communities live healthier, safer and happier lives.”
— Sam Marks, Executive Director, LISC New York
“As we approach the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, we are all grateful to the Red Cross for their assistance in helping people throughout the 8th congressional district rebuild their lives and repair the neighborhoods decimated by the storm. During the last two years, my office has worked closely with the Red Cross on all aspects of the relief and recovery effort. We are deeply appreciative for their assistance.”
— U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries
“The Red Cross has been the largest donor to the New York City Unmet Needs Roundtable, providing funds that have allowed the Roundtable and our other donors to address the financial assistance needs of thousands of Sandy-affected New Yorkers struggling with a range of stressors. The Red Cross's ongoing support remains a critical piece of this valuable system serving the unmet needs of Sandy survivors in New York City, almost three years after the storm.”
— Peter Gudaitis, Chief Response Officer, New York Disaster Interfaith Services
“My administration was happy to partner with the Red Cross to provide residents with shelters during Superstorm Sandy. I thank the Red Cross for their continuing relief efforts.”
— Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano
“The American Red Cross has provided critical financial support to the Long Island Unmet Needs Roundtable that will ensure the sustained recovery of Long Island families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”
— Gwen O’Shea, President and CEO, Health And Welfare Council of Long Island
“Without the commitment and support of the Red Cross, we would not have been able to rebuild one home. With their help, via grants and resources, we're up to 60 homes rebuilt and counting. Had the Red Cross not stepped in and kick-started our group of volunteers, our organization would have raised the white flag a long time ago. With over 100 more homes to go, the Red Cross behind us and we are extremely motivated to complete our goal of rebuilding for those still in need of support post-Sandy. Thank you for fueling the drive we need to keep going.”
— Michael Sinensky, Founder, Friends of Rockaway
“Two years after Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross continues to help people recover. They have been a constant partner with my office, my colleagues in government whose communities were impacted by Sandy, and with the victims of Sandy within those communities, as we all forge ahead with not only recovery, but readiness and resiliency for the future. I applaud and thank everyone from the Red Cross, especially the volunteers, for their continued commitment and dedication.”
— NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (Queens)
“Through commitment, dedication, integrity and ongoing communication/coordination, the Atlantic County Long-Term Recovery Group and Red Cross helped to rebuild our community. We are very grateful to the American Red Cross to be able to assist our residents.
— Greg Speed, Chair, Atlantic County LTRG
“The American Red Cross has been a strong partner with the State of New Jersey, both in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and throughout the long-term recovery process. The American Red Cross’s dedication and generosity has had a palpable impact on the State and its residents.”
—Terrence Brody, Executive Director, N.J. Governor’s Office of Recovery & Rebuilding
“In the two years following Superstorm Sandy, the American Red Cross has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the community. In addition to their nonstop work helping those impacted by Sandy, the Red Cross has been educating people how to be better prepared for disasters. I have been alongside Red Crossers as they visited schools and attended local events bringing important preparedness information to New Jersey families. This dedication to preparedness helps ensure New Jerseyans are ready for the next storm that may threaten our area. I commend the Red Cross for their dedication to preparedness and am grateful for the remarkable and impactful work of its volunteers.”
— Annette Quijano, Chairwoman, N.J. Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Preparedness
“The generosity and support of the Red Cross has given OCLTRG the opportunity to make a huge impact throughout Ocean County and become the lead organization for residents to turn to for their recovery efforts.”
— Susan Marticek, Executive Director, Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group
“As a result of the American Red Cross funding, NJVOAD and the VOAD community in New Jersey are stronger, and communities throughout New Jersey are better positioned to experience a full recovery.”
— Kelly D. Higgs, Hurricane Sandy Recovery Coordinator, N.J. Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD)
“We continue to value our partnership with the American Red Cross; working together to rebuild homes and lives in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.”
— Keith Adams, Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey
"With the help of the American Red Cross, the Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group has been able to help many homeowners recover from the disaster of Superstorm Sandy. We look forward to helping many more homeowners."
— Eric Nedelkoff, Executive Director, Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group
“Coming from a small municipality, BrigStrong quickly depleted its resources in responding to Brigantine’s victims of Hurricane Sandy. Consequently, BrigStrong became dependent on REVIVE. Through the significant resources provided by the American Red Cross, BrigStrong was able to continue supporting the unmet needs of Brigantineers.”
— Tom Milhous, Vice Chair, BrigStrong (Brigantine Long-Term Recovery Group) and REVIVE (Atlantic County Long-Term Recovery Group).
“As we mark two years of Sandy relief and recovery, we are extremely grateful to the American Red Cross for their response in our communities, not only during the initial relief but even now during the continued and difficult recovery phase. Our partnership with the American Red Cross allows us to reach more storm survivors and affect more lives than would otherwise be possible. Once again the American Red Cross has been a beacon of hope in our communities around the state.”
— Bobbie Ridgely, Executive Director, A Future With Hope
“We are grateful for the outstanding partnership of the American Red Cross! They have provided us with ongoing funding that enables our New Jersey affiliates to restore hope (and homes) to so many Sandy-impacted families – many of whom had given up on receiving help.”
— Mary Welch, Senior Director Affiliate Services, Habitat for Humanity International