Exactly one year ago, thousands of families in our territory, including the New York City metropolitan area and Northern New Jersey, braced to get the full impact of Superstorm Sandy. Nobody could have predicted the devastation the region would endure.
Still today, many are out of their homes and continue to re-build and move on with their lives. Our prayers are with them.
When Hurricane Sandy made landfall a year ago, New York citizens and organizations turned to our Goodwill for direction in providing relief to families affected by the October storms. We partnered with local businesses, and nonprofit and New York City agencies to support communities living in the coastal regions of New York and New Jersey, especially the hard hit area between Breezy Point and Far Rockaways.
In the immediate hurricane aftermath, Goodwill began working with the United Way and other organizations and shelters throughout the Northeast to receive and distribute much-needed items such as temporary mattresses, blankets and basic survival items that included water and personal care packets.
Then, the City’s Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, facilitated a donated space in Brooklyn to aid those hardest hit—particularly residents of Staten Island, the Rockaways and Long Beach.
Goodwill hired people with disabilities to sort donations at the warehouse in Brooklyn, including some impacted directly by the storm, which ties directly to Goodwill’s mission. Goodwill provides job training and employment support services to people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience and others facing challenges to employment.
Ten days after the storms hit New York City, on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, Goodwill partnered with Bank of America’s Military Support Group and the Ritz Carlton Central Park Hotel to bring much needed goods and hot meals to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Goodwill team also partnered with Operation Blessing, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides disaster relief, and Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization that harnesses the skills of military veterans, to help homeowners clean their homes and yards.
On February 16, a week after another big snow storm hit the area, friends and staff from Goodwill NY-NJ teamed up with 500 Bank of America community volunteers in Phase 2 Recovery at Breezy Point. They worked along with humanitarian organizations Habitat for Humanity and Operation Blessing.
In an effort to provide goods to victims who needed to replace what they had lost, Goodwill Stores opened their doors for affected families to shop for $50 worth of free clothing and household goods per family member.
In the eight months after hurricane Sandy, NY-NJ Goodwill Stores provided over $193 thousand in merchandise to 2,162 Families – a total of 3,862 individuals. The relief program was discontinued at the end of June, the closing of our fiscal year.
But could not have done it without you, our customers, our program participants, and partner organizations.
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