The United Way announced Thursday the creation of the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
Contributions to the fund will be used by local United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard to address the short- and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane.
In addition, the fund will be utilized to bolster United Way’s community impact partners that serve hurrican-affected individuals and families who are already vulnerable — struggling with food insecurity and the ability to meet their most basic needs.
At the request of and in coordination with United Way U.S.A., United Way of New York City will lead fundraising efforts and ensure that all funds are used efficiently and effectively to serve those in need.
“We know that communities experiencing disasters of this magnitude have immediate and urgent needs, but often, the greatest needs occur with the intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding of lives and communities. That’s the role of United Way,” said United Way U.S.A. President Stacey Stewart.
“With leadership from United Way of New York City, our network of United Ways across the region and the country came together to create this recovery fund, and we will use it to strengthen the communities we rebuild.”
“In this unprecedented situation, we know that those New Yorkers who struggle on a regular basis will have the hardest time getting back on their feet from the effects of Hurricane Sandy,” said Sheena Wright, president and CEO of United Way of New York City. “Here in New York, we will be working through our community partners who are on the ground to make sure that low-income individuals and families impacted by the hurricane are getting the services they need when and where they need it most.”
Donations to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund can be made online at uwsandyrecovery.org.
A $10 donation can be made by texting the word RECOVERY to 52000. Promote the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund on Twitter using #sandyfund.