The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has announced that it will support the efforts of the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund by accepting monetary contributions to be forwarded to appropriate United Way organizations affected by the storm.
Contributors will have the opportunity to designate relief efforts in any of the impacted states.
With leadership from United Way of New York City, United Ways along the Eastern Seabord and throughout the Northeast have established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to address intermediate and long-term recovery efforts.
United Way of New York City will manage the regional fund.
United Way 2-1-1s have been activated by Governors or State Offices of Emergency Management in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia and North Carolina.
Those affected by this storm are encouraged to reach out to United Way 2-1-1, which is an information and referral services line. In addition, individuals may contact 2-1-1 to learn about volunteer opportunities related to relief and recovery.
Locally, United Way has a commitment to relief and recovery through several partner programs in its impact area of rebuilding lives in addition to the establishment of the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Organization (LDRO) in 2010 following the flooding of central Tennessee.
The organization focuses on assisting those who have long-term needs.
The LDRO continues to work in partnership with the local United Way and functions as a consortium of local volunteer organizations, governmental agencies, and others with an interest in disaster relief.
The mission of the LDRO is to serve Rutherford and Cannon Counties with a comprehensive disaster relief and organizational plan that functions as a conduit for disbursing information to disaster victims and concerned citizens; as a financial clearinghouse that is dedicated to spending any and all monetary donations for the benefit of Rutherford and Cannon Counties; and as a resource to coordinate volunteer opportunities.
Those interested in learning more about the LDRO should visit www.ldro.org.
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties values efficiency, transparency and accountability in its operations and each contribution received will be managed in a manner reflective of those values.
Those wishing to contribute to the Hurricane Sandy Fund may do so by delivering a check contribution in person to 615 Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro or by ground mail to P.O. Box 330056, Murfreesboro, TN 37133.