The Center Orlando has setup a pathway for you to directly donate to those affected by Hurricane Sandy in local communities affected in the disaster relief area including New Jersey, and New York City.
We understand that many members are wary to donate to larger organizations where their money may be sent to more national programs, and we guarantee that 100% of your funding dollars will be sent directly to local community shelters, local charitable organizations, and local funds such as the NYC Mayor Disaster Relief Fund which keeps the money in the communities affected.
This is a special campaign, and no money collected will be used by The Center in our own local community. This is strictly for disaster relief assistance.
Thank you for your support, as we come together to support others in need!
The Center Orlando
Update 1: 11.01.12 Staten Island Susan Wagner High School is being used as a shelter for those who have lost homes and all of their possessions. We are targeting $200 dollars of donated money to provide pillows and clean underwear to those at the shelter of this hard hit part of New York City. Local shelter workers are able to receive the cash directly from us to go out and purchase donation supplies immediately!
Update 2: 11.03.12 Our Board of Director Michael Vacirca, a former Staten Island resident, was able to get to Staten Island to work directly with those affected by Hurricane Sandy. On the ground, he has used $800 dollars to buy supplies including shovels, masks, rakes, work gloves, sledgehammers, and over 1,000 garbage bags. These supplies have been dropped off to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in New Dorp Staten Island NY at the supply depot, and it has been noted by the local assembly that the donations have come from the Orlando community!
Update 3: 11.03.12 Michael has brought together over 15 volunteers at site to help with disaster recovery and cleanup. They have been able to clear out 4 homes in the New Dorp area, and have secured supplies from supply depot stations at Susan Wagner needed by the local residents.
Update 4: 11.03.12 With gas being an issue for generators and subpumps, we are purchasing gas cans and gasoline from New Jersey to move into the affected areas. Temperatures overnight will be in the 30s and many residents need to keep generators running for subpumps to clear out basements. The gasoline will be used to keep heating centers setup by the city running overnight, as well as keep subpumps running to get flood waters out of homes.