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Repairing the ravages of superstorm Sandy
Preparing for the Next Big One

"Money contributed through The Trust doesn’t pay for trinkets or fundraising letters—it provides real help to people who really need it, in ways that come from both the heart and the head.”

— Josh Gotbaum, donor, former director of The September 11th Fund, co-founded by The New York Community Trust

"After Sandy, a lot of people lost their jobs, and those who didn’t have jobs still don’t have them. A $340,000 grant from The Trust helps train young adults in hazardous waste management, weatherization, and mold remediation.”

— Pat Simon, executive director, Ocean Bay Community Development Corp.

OUR FOCUS on the “three Rs” of superstorm Sandy — Repair, Recovery, Resilience — is an example of the strategic way we work on issues crucial to New Yorkers. Your help ensures a fourth: RESULTS.

We Weren't Calm Before the Storm

Long before Sandy, The Trust was working with shorefront neighborhoods to build natural buffers, clean up toxic sites, and provide social services. We knew dozens of first-rate groups from Red Hook to the Rockaways.

Rapid Sandy Relief

Past gifts from New Yorkers like you helped us get emergency grants out the door — fast — for food, shelter, and supplies. At the same time, The New York Community Trust and its Long Island division collected contributions from individuals and foundations. We’ve made more than $4 million in Sandy-related grants so far.

Our Priorities Now

We’re enhancing marshland and beaches so nature can absorb storm surges, while reinforcing buildings and raising homes above flood lines. Along with this environmental resiliency, we’re promoting social resiliency in New York, Long Island, and Westchester through nonprofits that help residents get jobs and become involved in their communities.

Our Superstorm Sandy Grants Include:

New York City

  • Astella Development Corporation
  • Blanche Community Progress Day Care Center
  • Broad Channel American Legion Post No. 1404
  • Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York
  • City Harvest
  • Citymeals-on-Wheels
  • Civitas Citizens
  • Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence
  • Community Health Action of Staten Island
  • Dewitt Reformed Church Head Start
  • Eyebeam Atelier
  • Good Old Lower East Side
  • Grand Street Settlement
  • Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition
  • Food Bank for New York City
  • Hamilton-Madison House
  • Heritage Preservation
  • Hudson Guild
  • Institute for Community Living
  • Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula
  • The Kitchen
  • Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
  • Mental Health Association of New York City
  • Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • New York Cares
  • New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
  • New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum
  • Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation
  • Pratt Institute
  • Pro Bono Net
  • Project Hospitality
  • Queens Library Foundation
  • Red Hook Initiative
  • Rockaway Artists Alliance
  • Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation
  • Rockaway Help
  • Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
  • Safe Space
  • Salvation Army of Greater New York
  • Solid Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Two Bridges Neighborhood Council
  • United Neighborhood Houses of New York
  • You Are Never Alone (YANA) 

Long Island

  • Adelphi University
  • Dominican Sisters of Amityville
  • Five Towns Community Center
  • Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
  • Hofstra University
  • Long Beach Latino Civic Association
  • Long Beach Reach
  • Long Island Jobs with Justice
  • Long Island Volunteer Center
  • Make the Road New York
  • Mastic-Shirley COAD
  • New York Communities for Change
  • North Shore Child and Family Guidance Association
  • Pronto Long Island
  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • Vision Long Island


  • Food Bank for Westchester
  • Westchester Community Opportunity Program
  • Westchester Jewish Community Services
  • YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester
  • Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club


Top: Destroyed homes in Breezy Point, Queens. By Brad Hamilton.

Right: A Trust emergency grant helped Rockaway Waterfront Alliance clear debris.

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