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Join United Way in Rebuilding After the Storm

Donate to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund

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On the evening of Monday, October 29, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, wreaking havoc unlike any other storm in the state’s history.

On Tuesday, October 30, residents emerged to assess the damage, and like we’ve seen time and again in our communities, the Live United spirit was on display as local citizens immediately pitched in to begin helping one another.

One week after the superstorm dramatically altered our state’s landscape, we have witnessed countless acts of kindness and charity, from neighbors welcoming those without power into their homes to the generosity on display through the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund (#sandyfund on Twitter).

The damage has been extensive and the recovery will be long. That’s why United Way of Northern New Jersey is working with United Ways across the Eastern Seaboard to address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of affected individuals, families, and communities. The Fund was established to support those who will continue to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy for months to come.

Donations can be made to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund online at uwsandyrecovery.org.  A $10 donation can be made by texting the word RECOVERY to 52000.

Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways in 12 states, including New Jersey, to address hurricane recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas. FEMA has declared every New Jersey county a disaster area. We encourage residents in all our communities who sustained damages due to the storm to register here with FEMA.

“Many in our communities have lost so much and will not be made whole in a week or even a month,” said United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO John Franklin. “These families will not be alone in this recovery process. United Way will be there to help address unmet needs that arise over time. We will be reaching out through our extensive regional network to see that families facing ongoing hardships are not forgotten when Sandy is no longer the top headline in the news.”

Victims of Sandy can have the peace of mind knowing that the IRS has also recognized the magnitude of the disaster and is providing tax relief and assistance for those who receive financial assistance to rebuild thier lives. The IRS is providing a variety of measures from tax exemptions to filing extensions. All IRS tax relief information can be reviewed here

NJ 2-1-1 for Recovery Assistance, Resources   

For families in the early stages of the recovery process, our partner agency NJ 2-1-1 is one of the best resources for information about everything from open gas stations and road closings to shelter locations. Visit NJ 211 online here or call “2-1-1” 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week for information. NJ 211 is also an excellent place to find existing volunteer opportunities for those interested in lending their time and efforts to the Sandy recovery process.

United Way strongly cautions residents against self-deploying to communities devastated by Sandy. Showing up with good intentions and no confirmed assignment, food and shelter can unintentionally overburden already stretched local resources.

Currently, due to gas shortages, United Way is advising residents to stay local and help neighbors in our immediate communities by sharing a warm meal or an outlet to charge a cell phone. Residents can also register their skills and interests with the United Way Volunteer Link website here to be alerted to suitable opportunities that arise in our area.

“United Way thanks all those in our communities who have already donated or who have volunteered to help area families and communities in the face of these unprecedented circumstances,” Franklin said. “We are confident that the spirit of generosity and thoughtful support we have already seen will hasten the recovery and give hope to those who have lost so much.”

For the latest on Hurricane Sandy Recovery efforts, follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we are providing daily updates from federal, state and local partners.

 

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