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Helping After the Storm

Published November 14, 2012

As images and news of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy are seen on television and the internet, people are motivated to help.  However, unsolicited donations, whether stuff or volunteers, can add to an already heavy burden a community has to bear.

There are two important things to remember when offering help, as an individual, group, or organization/business: 

  1. Cash is the most efficient method of donating - Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover.
  2. Volunteer or donate through a trusted organization - At the national level, many voluntary, faith-based and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors.

For more information about how donate or volunteer in states impacted by Sandy, visit  

If you are not affiliated with an organization that assists during a disaster, you may register as a Maine Disaster Service Volunteer.  When there is a need in Maine or a request received from another state, registered Disaster Service Volunteers are notified of the disaster related volunteer opportunities.