United Way Steps Up Sandy Relief Efforts [AUDIO]
As New Jerseyans continue on the road to recovery in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the United Way is among many charitable organizations around the country that have stepped up their efforts to aid residents of our state and the rest of the battered region.
The national group has set up the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. Because so many states have been impacted, they have eased the process of allowing donors to allocate donations, where they see fit.
"The network created a single-point of contact where donors could give to the recovery effort and identify what state and local organizations they wanted their resources to go to," said Linda Gyimoty, Executive Director of the United Way Ocean County.
She has seen the storm's wrath first-hand as her local chapter works with the community and other charities to help residents in any way possible.
"We've been very hard hit in Ocean County. The residents, our entire community is reeling from the impact of this storm," she said.
Donors can contribute by visiting uwsandyrecovery.org or by texting "RECOVERY" to 52000 to make a ten dollar donation.
"We need to provide whatever help we can to the people who were hardest hit," Gyimoty explained.
An important part of the recovery is going to be keeping resources readily available for those who will be displaced and without power for an extended period of time.
"There's going to be a need for help in the next couple of days, but in the next couple of weeks and months, there's going to be some additional need here," she said.
While the road ahead is going to be a tall mountain to climb, Gyimoty says her United Way chapter is ready to tackle the work head-on and help everybody they can.
"Obviously we are going to need to rebuild our community. That's going to be really important to do, and it's going to take resources to do that."
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