United Way Establishes Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund

United way of Monongalia and Preston Counties is joining with others across the Eastern Seaboard to support the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways to address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane.

“The impacts of Hurricane Sandy in our two county region are significant. Many of our friends and neighbors are still without power and are struggling to meet basic needs such as food and shelter,” noted Brandi Potock Helms, executive director of our local United Way. “As local agencies focus on meeting the immediate and urgent needs of our neighbors, the United Way can focus on the intermediate and long-term recovery and support needed to rebuild our communities.”

At the request of and in coordination with United Way U.S.A., United Way of New York City will lead fundraising efforts and ensure that all funds are used efficiently and effectively to serve those in need. United Way of New York City will charge no administrative fees.

Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia to address recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas.  Taken together, the United Ways participating in the fund annually serve 11.9 million people, including over 1 million people served by the United Way of New York City. In the areas where the fund is operating, Hurricane Sandy has affected almost 8 million people.

Locally, the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties is staying in close contact with agencies and organizations providing assistance to those affected in Monongalia and Preston Counties. Volunteers are needed at local American Red Cross shelters across the region. To find out where help is most needed, call 304-598-9500.

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