Helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy

The organizations below are or will be involved in relief and recovery work in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, which impacted millions of people from the Caribbean to the northeastern U.S. As relief and recovery efforts evolve, these organizations tailor their work to meet the changing needs of people and communities. Monetary donations enable these organizations to react with speed and specificity in critical sectors including search and rescue, health and medical, water, sanitation, communications, veterinary care and others. Even a small donation can have great impact. Monetary donations save lives and money.

Food, Shelter & Other Emergency Services
Medical Assistance & Counseling
Volunteer Coordination
Storm Clean-up, Repairs and Other Services
Caring for Children
Animal and Pet Services
International Relief

Food, Shelter & Other Emergency Services
Acts World Relief

Acts World Relief is providing feeding services and other volunteer needs.

American Red Cross

In response to Sandy, the Red Cross set up large-scale relief operations in ten states, providing millions of meals and relief supplies and tens of thousands of shelter stays. We will continue to help as families get back on their feet.

Brother's Brother Foundation

Brother's Brother Foundation is working with partners in Haiti, Jamaica and the United Sates, is sending requested supplies and assistance.  Four tractor trailer loads of assistance will arrive in the New York City area.

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is providing shelter, blankets, scarfs, clothing, cleaning kits,  food, other emergency relief, international relief and medical assistance & counseling to the New York, New Jersey areas and Haiti. The foundation moves into individual client assistance, midterm and long term recovery. Furthermore the foundation provides cultural diversity translation assistance as well hot food support to the seniors around New York city and Long Island.

Church World Service

CWS is working with impacted communities in New York, New Jersey and other states to provide materials, with several shipments in process, and greatly appreciates the efforts by supporters to help restock our warehouse with needed items.

City Team Ministries International Disaster Response

City Team is providing food, shelter, clothing, education, recreation and other programs to help relief efforts for disasters such as Sandy.

Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope is responding across the region distributing pre-positioned truckloads of food, water and emergency supplies.  We are following up those supplies with additional truckloads of food, water and cleaning supplies, and mobilizing volunteers to assist in distribution.

Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting its Church partners in Haiti and the northeastern US as they expand existing ministries to meet the increased food, shelter, clothing and household needs of people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Feed the Children

Feed the Children is supplying distribution sites with food and child care needs.

Feeding America

Feeding America is working with local affiliates to restock affected food banks and to supply feeding units on the ground.


GlobalGiving's Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund is supporting local and international partners' relief and recovery efforts in the Caribbean and the United States.


Consistently recognized by Forbes as one of the top ten most efficient charities in America, Good360 has nearly 30 years of experience distributing corporate product donations to nonprofits working in disaster relief and recovery situations.

International Relief Teams

International Relief Teams will be working with local relief agencies to identify and help those families most affected by the disaster - those who do not have the ability to recover on their own.

Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Relief USA has been helping Hurricane Sandy survivors by distributing hygiene kits, food, blankets and more. IRUSA's Disaster Assistance Response Team staff and volunteers have also helped at two storm shelters and are now assisting with clean-up efforts in New York and New Jersey.

Lions Club International

Lions Clubs International Foundation is mobilizing more than $200,000 to help Lions' relief efforts in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. Lions are meeting immediate needs by providing food, water, clothing, blankets, medical supplies and more to those in need.

Operation USA

Operation USA is responding with emergency relief supplies for those affected in New York, New Jersey, Haiti and Cuba--while assessing needs for second phase recovery projects. Long-term work will focus on projects that restore health services and support education.

Planet Aid

Planet Aid has been assisting in the New Jersey-New York area, offering supplies to communities and other groups.


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, ShelterBox is coordinating a response in the Caribbean, with particular attention on Haiti and Cuba. Our focus is on determining emergency shelter needs in the area.

Society of St. Vincent DePaul

Society of St. Vincent DePaul is providing pharmacy/food/gas cards, cleaning supplies, furniture, clothing, and other long-term recovery items. Their Hope Kitchen will be active in New Jersey, and assessment and donation drive activities continue.

Southern Baptist Convention/North American Mission Board

Southern Baptist Convention/North American Mission Board is operating mass feeding units, chainsaw teams, and offering other relief items to the affected areas.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is focusing on Feeding and Shelter as the Sandy Response Continues. In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is serving hundreds of people at shelters throughout the state. In New York City, officials from the Office of Emergency Management have appointed The Salvation Army as the lead agency for the City's Food Access Plan, to coordinate efforts ensuring access to food for city residents. Meanwhile, in Maryland and West Virginia, The Salvation Army is serving in portions of Western Maryland and West Virginia where more than two feet of snow have left thousands without power in frigid temperatures.

World Concern

World Concern is responding directly in our project areas of Haiti to aid families affected by the disaster. In the U.S., we're responding through partner organizations and local churches to reach people with emergency assistance.

Zakat Foundation of America

Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) is working with FEMA to deliver food packages to victims who have been affected by the hurricane. We have also set up three distribution centers in NY, NJ and Delaware where we are collecting new blankets, coats, scarves, gloves, hats and underwear.

Medical Assistance & Counseling

AmeriCares working with partners, is offering medical assistance and supplies in Haiti and the U.S

Direct Relief International

Direct Relief is providing immediate and near-term medical material and financial support for the health facilities that serve people who rely on the nonprofit healthcare safety net for essential services in Haiti and the U.S.  

Heart to Heart International

Heart to Heart International has deployed mobile clinics, medical volunteers, and humanitarian aid (medicines, supplies and hygiene kits) in support of the efforts of local partners to improve health conditions along the East Coast and in Haiti.

Mercy Medical Airlift

Mercy Medical Airlift is helping relief efforts for disasters such as Sandy by providing its airlift assistance to areas in most need. The pilots use their own private aircraft to fly relief workers, blood supplies and other critical items into regions devastated by natural or man-made disasters.

National Organization for Victim Assistance

NOVA's area of expertise is Early Psychological Intervention, providing trained individuals to help stabilize individuals traumatized by disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.

Volunteer Coordination
Adventist Community Services

Adventist Community Services has over 500 volunteers on the ground distributing supplies(blankets, food, generators, clean up kits, etc.) and managing warehouses.

All Hands Volunteers

All Hands Volunteers provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy. By supporting volunteers with housing, meals, tools, and organized work, All Hands is able to provide free and effective services to communities in need.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is helping to train and equip volunteers to serve as crisis chaplains, as well as deploy them to offer prayer and comfort to survivors of major disasters.

Headwaters Relief Organization

Headwaters is providing practical aid, physical recovery assistance and mental health support to families and communities ravaged by disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. 100% of public donations directly support victims.

New York Cares

New York Cares is at the forefront of this effort in NYC, and we wondered if there's a way to explore inclusion in the campaign.  We're mobilizing thousands of volunteers to help New Yorkers affected by the disaster and need as much support as we can get to be able to expand our services to meet the urgent needs citywide.   

Points of Light Action Networks

Points of Light Action Networks have deployed more than 5,000 volunteers across the impacted region and registered more than 7,000 interested individuals. Over 30,000 people have been reached through canvassing efforts to ensure all needs met while out of power.

Presbyterian Church in America - North America

Presbyterian Church in America is conducting damage assessments and are mobilizing volunteers to Atlantic City, NJ.

Presbyterian Church USA Disaster Assistance

PDA is developing /has identified the following resources to date: 21 potential shelter/hospitality sites for responders/volunteers in NY, NJ, MD; developing capacity for portable shower technology; 11 potential POD sites for bulk and commodity distribution; National Call Center is building list of relief pastors and increasing capacity to meet identified increased needs for clergy, responders and whole communities, in close cooperation with Red Cross.

United Church of Christ

United Church of Christ is providing personal protection supplies to the volunteers working in the affected areas.

United Way

United Way is operating 211 call centers in the affected areas.

Storm Clean-up, Repairs and Other Services
Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities USA is monitoring the situation on the ground and is providing client services and needs supplies in the affected area.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has churches serving as shelters and warming stations, andis providing damage assessments, food and water.

Habitat for Humanity International

In addition to initial volunteer clean-up, Habitat for Humanity is gearing up  to play a major role in repairing and rebuilding homes. Habitat offers sustainable solutions, enhancing construction methods and leveraging federal and partner contributions to build affordable, durable homes.

Hope Coalition America (Operation Hope)

Operation Hope helps victims of disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, particularly those who are less well off, navigate the complex financial challenges associated with recovery.

HOPE Worldwide, Ltd.

HOPE Worldwide is providing training on financial concerns to the those affected by the storm.


ICNA Relief USA is distributing blankets and other supplies, as well providing assessments to those affected.

International Orthodox Christian Charities

International Orthodox Christian Charities is providing emergency clean up buckets to Sandy survivors in the coastal communities of Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Buckets are being assembled locally and distributed though Orthodox Christian churches , fire stations and community shelters in the affected areas.

Latter-Day Saints Charities

LDS is responding to needs with food, water, blankets, hygiene supplies, tarps, cleaning supplies and volunteer assistance. LDS volunteers will be able to provide debris removal and minor home repairs.

Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response is providing training for muck-out and debris removal teams as well as working to support their affected congregations.

Mennonite Disaster Service

Mennonite Disaster Service is on the ground from New Jersey through Rhode Island. The volunteer teams are providing debris removal, muck-outs, and other services.

National Association of Jewish Chaplains

NAJC has stepped into action in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. NAJC is coordinating disaster response resources with appropriate agencies and is providing for emotional/spiritual support of colleagues who are coping with the aftermath of or as responders to Hurricane Sandy. 

National Baptist Convention USA

National Baptist Convention USA is calling for donations and will be sending teams to the ground shortly.

Nazarene Disaster Response

Nazarene Disaster Response has churches serving as shelters and is sending personal care kits.

NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster

NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster is working on coordinating volunteers and providing debris removal and other volunteer support.

Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is accepting donations for their Disaster Recovery fund in anticipation of massive and ongoing rebuilding needs throughout the northeast.

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan's Purse has deployed shower trailers, feeding units, generators, etc. to the affected areas. Also, volunteer teams have started debris removal and muck-out operations.

The Jewish Federations of North America

The Jewish Federations of North America has opened the JFNA Hurricane Relief Fund to contribute to recovery and rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

World Renew

World Renew/CRWRC is making early assessments in hard-hit areas of New York and New Jersey. Rapid Response volunteers are providing clean-up, debris removal, and temporary roofing for damaged homes. World Renew/CRWRC staff are assembling plans for long-term response needs in home repair and rebuilding.

Caring for Children
Brethren Disaster Ministries

Children's Disaster Services (a program of Brethren Disaster Ministries) has teams of childcare volunteers that continue to staff temporary respite care centers for children in shelters in New Jersey and New York. CDS' trained and certified volunteers create a calm and safe environment for children and use therapeutic activities and toys to stimulate imaginative play.

Save the Children

Save the Children is creating safe play areas for children at shelters; providing basic necessities for young children, including baby blankets, clothing and hygiene supplies; and helping families access child care while they restore their homes and return to normalcy.

World Vision

World Vision is providing much-needed relief supplies to children and families in some of the most vulnerable communities hit by Superstorm Sandy and is preparing a long-term disaster response targeting families that need assistance rebuilding their homes. You can also make a $10 donation to World Vision's disaster response by texting "GIVEUSA" to 777444.

Animal and Pet Services
HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis

HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis is providing comfort and encouragement through animal-assisted support to individuals affected by disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.

Humane Society of the United States

The HSUS helps pets in counties devastated by Sandy. The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team is on the ground in Monmouth County, N.J., and en route to Nassau County, N.Y., to provide critically needed animal sheltering assistance for families and their pets after Hurricane Sandy.

Noah's Wish

In the aftermath of the recent storm, Noah's Wish has established a fund to help shelters impacted by hurricane Sandy recover.

International Relief

ActionAid is helping people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Sandy in order to ensure their access to decent housing before the next rainy season begins.

ADRA International

At the onset of the hurricane, ADRA went into action in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti and the United States

American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World Service is supporting our Haitian partners by providing cash grants to rebuild agriculture, replenish seed stocks, develop emergency credit programs for small businesses, and repair damage to roads, homes, and community centers.

Americas Relief Team

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Cuba causing devastation along its path, leaving many families with no water, food or shelter. Americas Relief Team works with independent churches to distribute the needed aid. We have established community kitchens and are rebuilding homes.


CARE is delivering emergency clean water and hygiene supplies to the worst-affected communities in Haiti.

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services and our partners are working around the clock to help people in the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Sandy in Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica, which have experienced severe damage to homes and infrastructure, major flooding and crop losses.

Food For The Poor

Food For The Poor is responding to hard-hit areas in Jamaica and Haiti. Emergency shipments of first aid kits, bottled water, newborn kits, hygiene and cleaning kits and disaster blankets have also been sent.

Global Links

Global Links is working with partners to provide essential medical equipment, furnishings, supplies and books to hospitals that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Santiago, Cuba. Donations will support facilities that serve over 1 million people. 

Handicap International

Handicap International has provided 2,800 Haitian families with cooking kits, hygiene supplies, chlorine tablets to prevent cholera, and blankets. Damage to crops and livestock puts more than 1 million people at risk of hunger. Teams are also at work in Cuba.

International Emergency and Development Aid

International Emergency and Development Aid is in Haiti to help vulnerable people after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The organization is providing emergency shelter and hygiene supplies to prevent Cholera.

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps has added emergency mobile medical units at its Les Cayes site to conduct cholera and primary health screenings, provide healthcare services and hygiene promotion, and distribute hygiene, shelter and kitchen kits to internally displaced Haitians.

International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee is distributing emergency supplies, repairing latrines and scaling up cholera prevention activities in Haiti.

Mennonite Central Committee

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is responding with Haitian partner organizations by distributing relief kits, blankets and canned meat it had positioned in Haiti prior to hurricane season and purchasing locally food rations for 493 families, most in the south.

Operation Blessing International

Operation Blessing International is on the ground in New York and New Jersey providing the following:  volunteer coordination, mass food and grocery distributions, mobile hot meals, debris removal, gutting homes, and transportation of relief supplies. The organization is also responding in Haiti by providing clean water and chlorine treatments to prevent the spread of cholera.

Oxfam America

Oxfam America is responding in Haiti, focusing strengthening heath programs and preventing cholera.

Pan American Development Foundation

PADF is using its extensive network of more than 2,000 community-based organizations, 30 municipal councils, and local and national partners offering water and relief supplies as well as shelter.

United Methodist Committee on Relief

United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with partners in the Northeastern United States, Haiti, Cuba, Bahamas, and Jamaica.  The organization has so far provided $50,000 in emergency grants to church networks covering five U.S. states.