|Local Agencies Impacted by Hurricane Sandy|
Local Agencies Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
Following Hurricane Sandy's destructive march up the East Coast, Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies are assessing the damage to their infrastructure and operations.
Many affiliates working in communities from Maine to North Carolina were forced to put their work on hold as the super storm unleashed its fury earlier this week. While some agencies have reported ongoing power outages or minor water damage to their property, in other cases the situation is much worse.
In New York, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island's Suffolk County office suffered major structural damage. The building housing the inventory for the agency’s donation center, a vital source of revenue for the organization, collapsed and was condemned by local officials.
In New Jersey, families served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County were evacuated from Seaside, Point Pleasant and other communities along the shoreline. Ongoing electrical, landline and cell phone outages have made communication exceedingly difficult. Two members of the agency’s board lost their homes.
Some agencies in northern New Jersey and New York City continue to struggle with power and cell phone outages, road closures and mass transit shutdowns. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morris, Bergen and Passaic Counties will remain closed until power is restored.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will continue to assess the status of all agencies in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Agency chief executive officers or executive directors are asked to contact their Network Impact relationship managers.
Across the country, agencies are talking about other ways that they can help individuals who have been impacted by the storm. We will continue to update the story of how our network is pulling together during this difficult time.
You can help Big Brothers Big Sisters of America support the agency serving your community by donating online or via text message. Text DONATE to 80100 to donate $5 today. Standard text messaging rates may apply.