Hurricane Sandy Relief Information
Church World Service
12/21/12, Submitted by Joanne Rendall - CFO/Deputy Director for Operations
Q 1: What is the approximate dollar amount of donations and pledges that
your organization has received to date in response to Hurricane Sandy?
A 1: As of December 20, 2012, Church World Service has donations and pledges of $328,610.76.
Q 2: Will these funds be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief? If not,
approximately what portion will be used for Hurricane Sandy relief and
what other purposes will funds be used for?
A 2: A majority of the funds received designated for Hurricane Sandy relief will be used
solely for that purpose. The only exception would be the administrative and fund
raising costs related to processing some of the solicited donations only (e.g.,
on-line giving, direct mail, etc.). These administrative and fund raising costs would
not exceed 13.9% of the donation.
Q 3: Approximately how much has your organization spent to date on Hurricane
A 3: To date, Church World Service has spent $105,947.90 of the funds raised for Hurricane
Sandy, primarily for purchasing blankets and shipping. In addition, donated material
resources provided to date total a value of $834,892. These material resources
include blankets, baby kits, hygiene kits, school kits, and emergency clean-up
For reference the Church World Service appeal for Hurricane Sandy response in the US
totals $618,000. The budget is as follows:
$125,000 for purchasing material resources and shipping
$300,000 for emergency response long-term recovery group grants
$175,000 for long term recovery group training
$18,000 for communications
Q 4: What services has your organization provided to those affected by Hurricane
Sandy? What populations or geographical areas are being served by your
organization in response to Hurricane Sandy? What services does it expect to
provide in the future?
A 4: Church World Service Emergency Response Specialists are working with state, regional,
and local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, known as VOADS, and with FEMA,
our member denominations and other agencies to determine where CWS and denominations
can help and are needed.
Some of the agencies include Long Island Council of Churches, the Long Beach Latino
Civic Association, the New York City VOAD, the New York Disaster Interfaith Services,
the South East PA VOAD, and other sate VOADS.
Church World Service is providing materials resources, including blankets, hygiene
kits, school kits, baby kits, and clean-up buckets to local agencies in affected
states. We are beginning discussions with established and newly forming long-term
recovery committees for future training.
The agencies and groups receiving the material resources are: Community Food Bank of
NJ (Hillside, NJ); U.S. Army Reserve (Beaver, WV); Nassau County Office of Emergency
Management (Bethpage, NY); Adventist Community Services (Bronx, NY); the Long Island
Council of Churches (locations on Long Island, NY); Church of God Christian Academy
(Far Rockaway, NY); Congregational Church for South Hempstead (South Hempstead, NY);
Recovery House of Worship (Brooklyn, NY); Project Hope Charities, Inc. (Jamaica, NY);
Catholic Charities (Hicksville, NY); AME Zion Church (Brooklyn, NY); Lehigh County
Emergency Management (Allentown, PA); The Salvation Army (Hempstead, NY).
For the future, Church World Service will assist communities in developing long-term
recovery plans; providing technical and financial support; and providing on-site
long-term recovery training.
Q 5: Has your organization provided funding to other organizations for Hurricane
Sandy relief efforts? If so, which organizations have received those funds
and what is the approximate dollar amount provided to them? How does
your organization determine the need for funding?
A 5: The funds expended to date relate to the purchase of blankets and shipping costs for
the donated material resources. The agencies receiving the material resource
shipments are noted above.
Church World Service will be providing long-term recovery group grants moving forward.
The grant proposal process and criteria will be provided to the long-term recovery
groups and agencies. The approval of the grants will be based upon meeting the
criteria and available funding. The plan is to provide 60 grants of $5,000 each.
Q 6: Has your organization provided, or does it intend to provide, direct financial
assistance to individuals, families or businesses for Hurricane Sandy relief?
If so, what is the approximate dollar amount that your organization
has provided to date and approximately how much direct financial assistance
does it expect to provide in the future? How does your organization
determine the need for assistance?
A 6: Church World Service is not planning to provide direct financial assistance to
individuals, families, or businesses.
Q 7: Does your organization have a plan in place on how to use any surplus funds
not spent for Hurricane Sandy relief? If so, please describe that plan.
A 7: Church World Service would expect to spend any funds provided for Hurricane Sandy
relief for that purpose.