The American Red Cross has announced grants totaling nearly $6 million to several national nonprofit organizations working to assist people affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Grant recipients include the Salvation Army, which was awarded $2.5 million in support of its efforts to provide direct assistance to clients with unmet recovery and housing needs; Save the Children, which was awarded $1.5 million for childcare restoration programs and psycho-social support programs in New York and New Jersey; and HOPE worldwide, which will receive $704,000 for youth programs and volunteer management and coordination activities in New York and New Jersey. In addition, ARC awarded $280,000 to the Church of the Brethren: Brethren Disaster Ministries to help repair and rebuild seventy-five homes in New York and New Jersey; $506,056 to the National Baptist Convention, USA, which continues to provide direct assistance and health and mental health services to people affected by the storm; and $305,395 to Church World Service for interagency support.
To date, the Red Cross has awarded or pledged a total of $260 million for Sandy relief and recovery efforts, or about 85 percent of the $307 million donated to the relief organization in the days and weeks after the storm hit. The Red Cross expects that the remainder of the funds will be shared among its move-in assistance program, community resiliency programs, and other local groups assisting Sandy survivors.
"No one organization can do everything to help people recover from a storm of this magnitude," said Red Cross president of humanitarian services Jerry DeFrancisco. "Recovery from something like Sandy takes time and help from many different groups in the community. Through the generosity of our donors, we are pleased to support the programs of these partners through these grants, and to continue to work with them to help people as they rebuild their lives."