Natural Disaster Support, Relief Organizations and Programs
As many of you know, natural disasters over the past several months have created significant hardships for its resident in Houston, Florida, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Cuba, many of whom are fellow Warrior friends and family. As many in the ESU community have direct ties to the tragedies, ESU has compiled a small list of relief organizations and programs that have been vetted to ensure that your support is maximized if you wish to give:
About: Nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for-profit, Direct Relief provides assistance to people and communities without regard to politics, religious beliefs, or ethnic identities. Direct Relief’s assistance programs focus on maternal and child health, the prevention and treatment of disease, and emergency preparedness and response, and are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations. An average of 99 cents of every dollar spent invested in humanitarian services and programs
Website to make Donations: www.directrelief.org/donate
American Red Cross
About: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. As the nation’s premier emergency preparedness and response organization, the Red Cross is there to help and comfort people through devastating crises—from house fires to earthquakes. Survivors of disaster, patients needing lifesaving blood, members of the military and many more turn to the Red Cross every second of every day. Red Cross is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world. For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world. An average of 91 cents of every dollar spent invested in humanitarian services and programs
Website to make Donations: www.redcross.org/donate/donation
PSECU Hurricane Matching Relief Program
About: PSECU is encouraging it’s members, if they’re able, to make a donation to help those experiencing hardship as a result of these hurricanes and other disasters that occur each year. To support its members’ efforts, PSECU is committed to matching their donations to any of the listed charities on its website up to $150,000 (maximum match increased from $80,000 to $150,000 on September 11, 2017). Direct Relief and American Red Cross are two of the eight organizations that are being supported. To be counted for matching efforts, donations must be made using a PSECU credit or debit card or its Bill Payer service. After 90 days, PSECU will calculate member donations to the charities listed on its website and distribute the matching funds proportionate to members’ giving preferences.
Website with the list of charities: www.psecu.com/hurricanerelief
Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief – Boro Park Councilman David G. Greenfield’s supply drive through Amazon.com
About:Join new York City’s Boro Park Councilman David G. Greenfield’s supply drive for Puerto Rico. He’s asking for any of these five items: diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies, feminine hygiene products. Items bought off Councilman Greenfield’s Amazon Wish List will be delivered to his district office at 4424 16th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11204. This relief drive will be ending this weekend on or before Monday, October 9.