How to Help Hurricane Sandy Relief


Hurricane Sandy has caused destruction and damage across the Northeastern United States. Now millions of people are without power, stranded in flooded areas, in danger due to downed power lines and fallen trees, or without the proper supplies. Tragically, Hurricane Sandy has already claimed a few lives and only the continued efforts of our government, its citizens, and disaster relief organizations like these listed below will ensure that the death toll and disaster does not continue to grow.

Nonprofit organizations around the country need your support as they do what they can to contribute to the relief efforts. Some will help to supply those in need, some will lead rescue operations, others will look after the animals affected. The list of needs is longer than the list of organizations at the ready, so we put together a guide about how you can contribute to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Below is a list of organizations requesting donations specifically for these relief efforts. If you need assistance deciding which organization to contribute to, you may want to read GuideStar’s Guide on “Giving to Disaster Relief and Recovery.” For now, our hearts and minds are with those affected by this super storm. Please do what you can and stay safe.

Save The Children

In 2009, Save the Children donated 100 Child-Friendly Space kits to New York City’s Office of Emergency Management through our partnership with the agency. When Hurricane Irene struck two years later, these kits were used to create child-friendly environments in 82 hurricane shelters housing 1,708 children. You can help Save the Children be prepared, and contribute to our efforts to support your neighbors in need during their darkest hours.

Learn more and donate.

The ASPCA is on the scene responding to the storm, and they are prepared to assist and rescue thousands of animals affected by the storm.

Learn more and donate.

World Vision

World Vision has pre-positioned relief supplies to respond to the dangerous storm as it strikes highly populated areas of the eastern United States. Relief teams are prepared to respond with pre-positioned supplies — flood clean-up kits, hygiene kits, blankets, and food kits — to help families and children hardest hit by the storm.

Learn more and donate.

Direct Relief

Direct Relief’s approach to disasters is to support the immediate needs of people by working with local partners that are best situated to assess, respond, and prepare for long-term recovery. Direct Relief has already begun to work with local partners in areas affected by this storm to meet healthcare needs and will continue to meet needs.

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Through a network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 food pantries, emergency shelters and soup kitchens, Feeding America is able to reach into disaster affected communities with basic needs supplies including food, water and cleaning products. The organization has pre-staged emergency food supplies throughout the nation, including significant quantities of food and water at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, and these provisions can be to quickly transport to food banks throughout the region as they are needed.

Learn more and donate.

The American Red Cross

The Red Cross is on the scene in a number of states feeding, sheltering, and caring for those affected by Sandy. Almost 100 Red Cross emergency vehicles have been mobilized to distribute meals and relief supplies now that the storm has passed, and thousands of ready-to-eat meals and relief supplies such as cots and blankets have been sent into the region.

Learn more and donate.

The Salvation Army

Visit the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website to see what this organization is doing around the country and how you can join their efforts.

Learn more and donate.