The Staten Island Foundation reflects on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

The Staten Island Foundation reflects on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy 

RECOVERY.  How well acquainted we are with this word at The Staten Island Foundation as we live with the impact of Hurricane Sandy on this community and as we continue to support the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse collective impact project to confront the substance abuse epidemic that surges through our neighborhoods and also devastates our families.

Adaptive challenges in multiple directions continue to confront the leaders of all our local organizations and we have seen amazing work and great promise in a community coming together and finding strength in each other.

Staten Island has never seen the likes of the devastation that Sandy washed over us in October 2012 and every step of the long way to a new normal has been a walk in the unknown. How much we have learned and how much stronger we are for the experience as many of us meet our own resilience and look to collectively develop a resilient community.

We continue our support for local nonprofits that — long after the spotlight fades — are still working to deliver services, to plan and mobilize effectively, to advocate on behalf of residents and storm survivors.

As the work to rebuild continues, The Staten Island Foundation is a committed long-term partner in challenge and change. We continue to celebrate the courage, caring and resolve we see every day in this community that is “Staten Island Strong.”

Key results of The Foundation’s Nonprofit Recovery Fund to date include:

•  Over $1.5 million raised; with The Staten Island Foundation’s $500,000 match, Nonprofit Recovery Fund resources total $2,070,000.  Click here to donate or apply.

•  Critical support provided in the immediate aftermath of the storm to high-quality local-serving organizations providing important relief and recovery services to the community. Grants approved to date total $1,498,000. Grants provided key assistance including: relief services (eg, mobile health units to affected areas), legal services (eg, helping storm survivors access adequate insurance, FEMA and other benefits), access to relief services by vulnerable populations (eg, helping disenfranchised, immigrant communities to apply for citywide relief services, connect to unmet needs roundtables), and stakeholder voice (Staten Island Imagines, to identify an informed, unified community vision for the future of Staten Island’s coastal neighborhoods).   Click here  for a listing of grants made to date.

•  The Foundation, with the Staten Island Not-for-Profit Association, convened a Town Hall event six months after the storm.  It was a generative conversation with leaders from the nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors designed to “build greater understanding about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island-based nonprofits, with a focus on their infrastructure and capacity.”  Click here to read the Town Hall Report.

To learn more, we invite you to read The Staten Island Foundation’s Biennial Report (Fiscal years 2012 and 2013):  Click here.

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