Updated November 9, 2012
Flood, fire, massive winds and mass destruction have impacted thousands of communities along the East Coast, the Northeast United States and Caribbean region. Goodwill extends it sympathy to the individuals and families who have been left without support and shelter as a result of this devastating storm.
The caring people that work at 164 member Goodwill enterprises in the United States and Canada, as well as 13 other countries, send their thoughts and prayers to the millions of people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
As Goodwill’s mission is to generate opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families through community-based job training, employment placement programs and supports including housing, child care, mentoring, and transportation, some local Goodwill agencies in the United States are aiding in the effort by partnering with other disaster relief organizations to assist in providing relief services.
You can do your part to assist disaster victims by donating materials goods or clothing to a Goodwill agency in your area. Please call 800-GOODWILL or visit http://locator.goodwill.org to contact a local Goodwill near you to find out if they are assisting with relief efforts.
Goodwill of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey has established a special relief fund and is collecting donations to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, as well as providing gift cards towards the purchase of clothing in their stores to any Hurricane Sandy victims.
You can also make a financial contribution at http://give.goodwill.org in order to assist with programs and services in your area. We encourage you to donate to Goodwill or contact and support your choice of the following agencies that are providing immediate, broad-based relief:
The American Red Cross is providing food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.
ADRA International is helping communities in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, distributing blankets and providing food and water to affected families. In the United States, ADRA is working with local partners to assess what is needed.
All Hands Volunteers is assessing the damage done to the Northeastern states by Hurricane Sandy, and will then launch a volunteer project to most effectively meet local needs.
AmeriCares, working with partners, is offering medical assistance and supplies in Haiti and the U.S.
Brother’s Brother Foundation is sending four tractor trailer loads of assistance to New York City.
Christian Aid Ministries, an Amish-Mennonite organization, has a response team in the eastern part of the US (Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York) who are gearing up with volunteers, tool and bunk trailers, and crew leaders to help wherever they can. Donations may be made online.
The Episcopal Diocese of New York is collecting financial donations to respond to victims’ needs. You can donate through the national organization, Episcopal Relief and Development.
Food For The Poor is responding to hard-hit areas in Jamaica and Haiti.
GlobalGiving is raising donations for organizations providing emergency relief.
International Orthodox Christian Charities has deployed members of its Emergency Response Network “Frontliners” to provide trauma counseling to survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is accepting financial donations to assist with needs. Call
Operation Blessing International is on the ground in New Jersey assessing the damage, setting up mobile kitchens, removing debris, and transporting emergency relief supplies.
Operation USA is providing aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at (800) 678-7255, or by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. Text AID to 50555 and donate $10 to Operation USA’s disaster relief efforts.
The Pan American Development Foundation is using its 2,000 organizations to mobilize aid as quickly as possible. Donate online.
The Salvation Army is serving those impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions with food and clean-up kits, as well as emotional and spiritual care.
Save the Children has mobilized staff and resources in the hardest hit areas of New Jersey in order to address children’s needs. Learn more and donate.
United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with partners in the Caribbean, Cuba, and Haiti. The organization is providing $50,000 in emergency grants in four U.S. states.
The United Way is accepting online donations to provide critical services for families.
World Renew is helping people in Haiti, New York, and New Jersey, recover from the hurricane.
World Vision, a Christian humanitarian charity organization, is providing relief assistance and supplies to those devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Learn more about their efforts and donate online.
Zakat Foundation of America is working with FEMA to supply people affected by Hurricane Sandy with food packages.
Please continue to check this site for additional details.