Due to a generous contribution from the United Way of Long Island, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund today financially assisted 25 more families in Nassau County who were severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. After reviewing the immediate needs of those who applied for assistance, $1,000 grants were provided to these families who reside in Baldwin, Bayville, Cedarhurst, Freeport, East Rockaway, Island Park, Lawrence, Long Beach, Massapequa, Oceanside and Seaford.
“My administration helped create the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund to assist Superstorm Sandy victims in getting back on their feet,” said County Executive Mangano. “I thank the United Way, and all the residents who generously opened their wallets to help residents rebuild their homes and lives. While the Fund provides a small portion of what is needed to recover, it’s meaningful in the lives of the 136 families we’ve helped thus far. I ask residents to keep the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund in mind when making charitable contributions this holiday season.”
Theresa Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island, stated “One year after Superstorm Sandy upended lives throughout Nassau County, we are proud to build upon our partnership with the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund. This grant will help residents of Nassau County, who have urgent needs, begin to move forward and put the pieces back together again.”
Since its inception in December 2012, the NHRF has collected more than $100,000 from fundraising and private donations, and distributed grants to 136 families with financial assistance - based on criteria that includes the amount of aid, if any, that was given to the applicant from insurance companies and FEMA, as well as the families’ household income.
The Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund (NHRF) is a 501c3 charity and all donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made at www.nassaurecovery.com. Approximately 1,400 residents have applied to the Fund for financial assistance since last December. County Executive Mangano incorporated the NHRF soon after Superstorm Sandy struck, and appointed a committee consisting of Nassau County’s fire and police clergy to administer it.
Any resident impacted by the storm, who is still in need of financial help, is urged to get a disaster relief case manager, who is trained to assist victims of Superstorm Sandy locate funds and available resources from non-profits organizations, for rebuilding their homes and lives. Dial 211 for assistance.