United Way has created a United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
Contributions will be used by local United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard to address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane.
The fund will help the United Way's partners that serve hurricane affected individuals and families who are struggling to get food and other basic needs.
United Way of New York City will lead fundraising efforts and will charge no administrative fees.
Contributions 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.
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.
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