After a storm of this magnitude, there is no one agency that can meet every need of every resident. Community partnerships were vital to delivering help to impacted communities after Superstorm Sandy.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters, the Red Cross was able to provide funding to local nonprofits with strong community ties to fund critical recovery services across Sandy devastated communities.
This funding supported the repair and rebuilding of thousands of homes; the training, housing and deployment of thousands of volunteers; and casework,
mental health and health services, financial assistance and financial and legal counseling to households in need.
Donations also supported the unmet needs roundtable, which provided several forms of assistance, including emergency cash grants, sustainable recovery grants, furniture and building supplies, and more, to Sandy survivors who had complex unmet needs. The final grantees in New York City received funds in 2017.
Video: Profile of two families recovering from Sandy who benefited from financial support made possible by New York Disaster Interfaith Service (NYDIS) and the American Red Cross
In addition, unique projects including supporting families with preparing their homes for remediation and construction were provided. Hundreds of volunteers, corporations and community organizations joined in days of service projects to support this effort, wearing clean up suits and carrying bags of debris.
The Red Cross is grateful for all the organizations we partnered with who were equipped to carry out specialized activities geared toward meeting these needs. We are proud of our ongoing efforts to support communities after disasters big and small through the VOAD and COAD networks.