Hurricane Sandy Relief Information
Emergency Children's Help Organization
12/10/12, Submitted by Denise M. Stallone - Administrative Director
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 5,2012, The Emergency Children's Help Organization "ECHO" has received
$231,022 in donations and pledges in response to Hurricane Sandy. In addition, ECHO
has donated a $50,000 matching grant, for a total of $281,022 raised towards ECHO's
Hurricane Sandy Relief Program.
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: These funds will be used solely for ECHO's Hurricane Sandy Relief Program.
Q 3: Approximately how much has your organization spent to date on Hurricane
A 3: As of December 5, 2012 ECHO has spent $245,698, used for the purchase of gift cards
distributed to over 500 families.
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: ECHOis and will be providing gift cards to any families living in Staten Island, NY
with children18 years ofage or younger who have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
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: ECHO has not provided funding to any other organization for Hurricane Sandy relief
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: ECHO is providing direct financial assistance to families for Hurricane Sandy relief
by granting each eligible family $500 in gift cards ($250 Sears or $250 Targetand $250
Shop-Rite) for food, clothingand or living essentials. ECHO has provided to date
$245,698 in direct financial assistance to such families and will provide future
assistance with any surplus funding. A staff member of ECHO speaks to a family member
to inquire their eligibility. A family is determined eligible if they are residents of
Staten Island who have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy and have children under the
age of 18 living in their household.
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: ECHO's plan for use ofany surplus funds will be to keep surplus funds in a separate
account and use exclusively for future requests pertaining to Hurricane Sandy Relief