Hurricane Sandy Relief Information
AmeriCares Foundation Inc.
12/10/12, Submitted by Katherine A. Sears - Sr. VP
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: $3.0 million in gifts and pledges
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: AmeriCares restricts funds based upon donor intent and separately accounts for all
donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief. 100% of the funds collected for Sandy will be
spent on Sandy with the following split: 85% will be directly for Sandy Relief and 15%
will be for Management & General which supports the Sandy relief efforts through
Management Oversight, Financial Mgmt & Control, Information Technology support, etc.
Q 3: Approximately how much has your organization spent to date on Hurricane
A 3: $1,000,000
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: AmeriCares is focusing on 1) Meeting immediate needs of people who were displaced or
lost power as a result of the storm; 2) Restoring access to health care, particularly
for the most vulnerable. In the future, we will continue to address disaster-related
health needs, including needs related to post-disaster mental health issues, and we
also hope to help health-related organizations to build back better and prepare for
Examples of Aid Provided:
Providing our Mobile Medical Health Clinic to disrupted Healthcare facilities for
Hygiene kits and supplies, Cleaning supplies
Sleeping bags, blankets, warm (new) clothing items
Vaccines (tetanus and flu)
Medicine and medical supplies
insulin, glucometers and strips, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, simvastatin, cough
Special needs cots, wheelchairs, and other functional needs support supplies
Infant care supplies, including diapers and baby wipes.
Thanksgiving Dinner for shelter residents in Nassau County.
Grants as described below
Geographic Areas: Staten Island, Rockaways, Red Hook, Breezy Point, New Jersey, Long
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: We have provided funding to a number of organizations to support their emergency
response and recovery operations. Our Emergency Response team identified organizations
that could address our response priorities (meeting immediate needs and restoring
access to health care). Each potential grantee completed a grant application form
identifying the disaster related need, their proposed plan, and the number of people
that would benefit from the program.
Below is a list of the primary recipients of our grant funds to date.
World Cares Center- $71,000 to fund a volunteer coordinator and purchase supplies for
muck-outs and sleeping bag distribution in Staten Island and the Rockaways.
Project Hospitality- $15,000 to expand their mobile food pantry to support affected
residents of Staten Island.
Physicians for National Health Program- $28,000 to hire volunteer coordinators and
purchase communication equipment to support teams of volunteer doctors and other
health professionals providing medical service to disabled and chronically ill people
stuck in apartments without power and heat (primarily in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and
Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center- $94,700 to purchase a generator to provide a
reliable source of power at their Rockaways clinic, which lost power during the storm.
Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center- $160,000 to subsidize free health care for
uninsured patients in the Rockaways for one month. This grant will help ensure that
low-income residents of the Rockaways, many facing increased health risks and economic
problems as a result of the storm, will be able to access health care.
NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation- $168,000, to purchase a mobile medical van to
provide continuity of care in Coney Island. This unit will make up for exam room space
lost when Ida G. Israel Community Health Center closed due to flooding damage.
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: No
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: All funds will be spent for Sandy Relief and those affected by Sandy.