Growing up on the East Coast, I’ve survived a lot of big storms. Even here in the mountains of the Adirondacks, we’ve faced more than a few — most notably the 1997 Ice Storm that brought our area to a halt for quite a while. I know the fear, the worry, the loss of feeling security in your own home. But my family has been lucky (knock on wood), we’ve never suffered much loss of property or physical safety.
Sandy has done terrible damage here in the East. While my area of New York and nearby Vermont were hit hard by Irene last year, we got off easy with Sandy. Many people came to our aid in years past, and now it’s time for us to return the favor. This week, I’d like to share 13 great (and legit) charities that are helping either with money or labor or both in helping get the worst hit areas back on their feet. I’ve included both human and animal charities, because all living things need assistance in times of need. (Some links lead to their rating information on the Charity Navigator Network, which evaluates various charity organizations as to effectiveness, integrity, and ratio of funds used for action vs. administration.)
Remember to be cautious in responding to requests for contributions, especially from organizations with which you aren’t familiar — there are, sadly, a lot of scams out there. Charity evaluators like Guidestar and Charity Navigator are good ways to check that the organization you’re donating to is established and your funds will go where you intend.
8. Donate Blood at your local Red Cross or other collection center — supplies are running very low in affected areas.
10. Team Rubicon
12. Offer shelter for displaced family and friends, or serve as a foster for homeless animals.
13. For ongoing information, updates, and ideas on how to help, check out IMPACT YOUR WORLD, from CNN.
Another great way to help those affected by Sandy and have a little fun at the same time is the NBC Hurricane Sandy Charity Concert on Friday, November 2 8 pm EST on NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, E!, Style Network and G4.
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Today is also the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and usually I’d be all over raving about that, but I am exhausted from all the Halloween revelries, and I thought this post was more important. If you’re doing NaNo, I would love to hear from you — stop by my profile and friend me, and keep an eye out here for endless babbling starting in a few days. Don’t worry, I WILL still be making my own word count, hopefully!