In Storm's Aftermath, New York City Nonprofits Ready to Respond to Increased Need

Nonprofit service providers in New York City expect an increase in the number of people seeking help as a result of Superstorm Sandy, a survey conducted by the Human Services Council of New York finds.

Of the 382 nonprofits that responded to the survey, more than half said they expected demand for their services to rise, while nearly 40 percent said they were planning to temporarily shift their focus in response; collectively, the nonprofits surveyed provide direct service to about 333,511 individuals in the five boroughs of New York. The survey also found that since the storm hit on Monday, 66 percent of respondents had experienced temporary closures as a result of transportation problems, power outages, and/or the loss of phone and Internet connections.

According to New York governor Andrew Cuomo's office, the National Urban League, the Coalition Against Hunger, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty , the Bowery Residents' Committee, the Grand St. Settlement, and the Henry Street Settlement have been helping with the transportation of food to shelters in different parts of Manhattan.

Other groups, including Friends of Firefighters, Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, Project Hospitality, and the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, were helping to coordinate the distribution of food to other parts of the city.

"We are working with local community groups to deliver as much food and water as we can to New Yorkers who need it most," said Cuomo. "New York has one of the largest and most sophisticated nonprofit sectors in the country and, as we recover from Hurricane Sandy, this sector will be a critical partner."

"Governor Cuomo Announces Non-Profit Organizations to Continue Food Distribution to New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane Sandy." Office of the Governor of New York State Press Releases 11/01/2012. "Superstorm Sandy and the Impact on the New York Non-Profit Sector" Human Services Council of New York 11/01/2012.