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Resources for NYS, CT, and NJ-- Hurricane Sandy Recovery Programs:

Union Plus: Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to help participants in the Union Plus Credit Card, Insurance or Mortgage programs who are facing financial hardship due to the recent severe weather. The money does not have to be repaid. Funds are limited to the nearly $370,000 available in the Union Plus Disaster Relief Fund. Log onto their website at www.unionplus.org/sandy or call: Union Plus Credit Card: 1-877-761-5028; Union Plus Mortgage: 1-800-472-2005; Union Plus Insurance: 1-800-472-2005.

  • Feeding America –http://feedingamerica.org/ ( 25-35 of their food banks will be feeding people in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy)
  • World Vision –http://www.worldvision.org/ ( Is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane.)
  • ASPCA – http://www.aspca.org/ (The ASPCA is setting up water rescue teams and reviewing grants for those who have financial needs as a result of caring for animals affected by the hurricane.)

New York City:

For information on services available throughout the city www.governor.ny.gov
Disaster Center Locations in NYC, Call 311 or www.NYC.gov/oem

NYS recovery programs:

Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information – New York City, including the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) is coordinating a set of services to help New York businesses in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Below is an outline of available assistance.

  • Get help with the Emergency Loan Fund.
  • Access Federal Aid Programs for Disaster Recovery.
  • Apply for sales tax exemptions of up to $100,000 for rebuilding materials and equipment.
  • Free co-working space, supplies, and other services available for businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Take steps that can help reduce and recover your losses.
  • Help employees get Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

Connecticut:Response and Recovery

Blood Donations:

The Red Cross is reporting a shortfall of more than 7,000 blood donations in the Northeast. To find the location closest to your home if you’re interested in donating blood, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit – Give Blood

Monetary Donations:

CWA Disaster Relief Fund: CWA’s Disaster Relief Fund is one resource to assist members who experience a financial hardship due to a natural disaster as declared by FEMA. The Fund may provide the member with a subsidy based on their essential losses associated with their primary home. Applications may be requested through your CWA Staff Representative.

Donations should be made out and mailed to:

CWA Disaster Relief – Hurricane Sandy Fund
Secretary-Treasurer’s Office
501 3rd St, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Verizon Disaster Relief & Recovery Program: The Verizon Foundation Disaster Program will provide 2:1 match on employee donations of $25 or more to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Under the program, the foundation will double employee donations of up to $1K per employee, so a donation of $1K by an employee would amount to a $2K donation by the Verizon Foundation for total of $3K to their designated agency. Verizon Foundation Matching Gifts

United Way: The United Way has created a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.

Persons interested in donating to charitable solicitations for hurricane recovery efforts are encouraged to review “Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis” available online from Charity Navigator in order to avoid charities fraud. Charity Navigator has also prepared a webpage specific to Hurricane Sandy with tips for making smart giving decisions in the wake of the storm, as well as a list of highly-rated charities responding.
The United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund

SHELTERS:

For information on available shelters throughout Connecticut, call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.211ct.org/

New Jersey Recovery Programs:

For any business in need of emergency assistance-http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/nycbiz/html/contact/manager.shtml

American RedCross:

North Jersey Region
Central Jersey
South Jersey