Disaster Response

Disaster Mission Statement

In times of crisis, the mission of United Way St. Croix Valley is to assess the impact of the disaster, act as a conduit for donated funds and materials, collaborate with other response organizations to address critical needs, and support efforts throughout the course of recovery.

Louisiana United Ways Respond to the Devastating Floods

Louisiana has been hit by devastating floods and United Ways across the state are working hard to respond to their communities. Louisiana United Ways invite you to spread the word about how you can support flood victims at this time. Click here to learn how you can help.

Louisiana United Way Tornado Fund

The Louisiana United Way Tornado Fund has been launched to leverage resources and make the greatest impact in long-term recovery efforts for communities hit by the Feb. 23 storms. Households in several parishes experienced devastating loss, with a large concentration of families affected in St. James and St. John parishes.

The Louisiana United Ways Tornado Fund will provide resources for the recovery efforts in the affected regions. Financial donations to the fund can be made online or by texting LAUnited to 313-131.

Support Recovery Efforts in Northwest Florida

Two tornadoes devastated Escambia County, Florida in the span of one week. On Feb. 16th, one tornado wreaked havoc across a 13 mile stretch of Escambia County's rural countryside. 76% of the residents impacted had no insurance and annual incomes of $7,000 to $15,000 making recovery more difficult.

A second tornado struck Feb. 23, leveling a low-income apartment complex and impacting an estimated 300 residents. United Way of Escambia County and their partners have generated over $100,000 in donations to start recovery. With no national declaration, United Way of Escambia County needs additional support.

United Way Worldwide Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund

Our hearts go out to the many communities devastated by the tragic earthquake and aftershocks that struck Nepal and the surrounding areas on Saturday. We have established the United Way Worldwide Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund with a focus on long-term recovery and relief. United Way network partners in the immediate region, with support from United Way Worldwide, will look to work with partners in the public and private sectors to help the impacted people and communities with recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Help Support Flood Recovery in Jammu and Kashmir, India

In the wake of unprecedented floods and landslides in India's regions of Jammu and Kashmir, United Way Worldwide has set up a recovery fund mobilizing resources from the U.S. and around the world to support a recovery and rebuilding effort for people in the affected areas. Donations will help United Way of India support relief, rescue and rehabilitation, as well as improve education, financial stability and health during the rebuilding period. You may also donate INR currency directly on the United Way of India website.

United Way Worldwide Disaster Rebuilding Fund Activated to Support Communities Affected by Typhoon in the Philippines

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to everyone across our network who has reached out with offers of support for our team in the Philippines. United Way Worldwide has been in contact with Rapa Lopa and his team at Philippine Business for Social Progress (United Way in the Philippines). We are pleased to report that they are safe and working hard to identify and address both the immediate and long-term needs in the affected areas.

To that end, we have reactivated the United Way Worldwide Disaster Rebuilding Fund. The fund will be allocated to our partners in the Philippines, and contributions will be tax deductible for donors in the United States. We encourage you to promote this fund in your communities.


We have also heard from several corporate partners interested in providing financial support. If you are approached by a company interested in making a contribution greater than USD 2,500.00, they may do so by contacting United Way's International Donor Advised Giving team at 703-836-7112 x128 or via email at IDAG@unitedway.org.

If you have any additional questions, please email Paul Metcalfe, Director, Investor Relations, South East Asia and Pacific, or Alex Rodriguez, Manager of International Communications.

Thank you,

Joe Haggerty
Chief Operating Officer
United Way Worldwide

United Way Announces Regional Fund for Communities Hardest Hit by Sandy Throughout the Eastern Seaboard

Donations to Support Near-Term and Long-Term Recovery

Donate at uwsandyrecovery.org or by texting RECOVERY to 52000

New York, NY—United Way today announced the creation of the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund (#sandyfund). Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard to address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane. In addition, the Fund will be utilized to bolster United Way’s community impact partners that serve Hurricane affected individuals and families who are already vulnerable -- struggling with food insecurity and the ability meet their most basic needs.

At the request of and in coordination with United Way U.S.A., United Way of New York City will lead fundraising efforts and ensure that all funds are used efficiently and effectively to serve those in need. United Way of New York City will charge no administrative fees.

"We know that communities experiencing disasters of this magnitude have immediate and urgent needs, but often the greatest needs occur with the intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding of lives and communities. That's the role of United Way," says United Way U.S.A. President Stacey Stewart. "With leadership from United Way of New York City, our network of United Ways across the region and the country came together to create this recovery fund, and we will use it to strengthen the communities we rebuild."

"In this unprecedented situation, we know that those New Yorkers who struggle on a regular basis will have the hardest time getting back on their feet from the effects of Hurricane Sandy,” said Sheena Wright, President and CEO of United Way of New York City. “Here in New York, we will be working through our community partners who are on the ground to make sure that low-income individuals and families impacted by the hurricane are getting the services they need when and where they need it most."

Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia to address recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas. Taken together, the United Ways participating in the fund annually serve 11.9 million people, including over 1 million people served by the United Way of New York City. In the areas where the fund is operating, Hurricane Sandy has affected almost 8 million people.

United Way has a history of immediate response in times of need. Following the 9/11 attacks, United Way of New York City created the September 11th Fund in partnership with the New York Community Trust, raising and distributing over $500 million. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, United Way of NYC partnered with the Brooklyn Community Foundation to found and fund the NYC Haitian Hope & Healing Fund to address the short and long-term needs of affected individuals residing in New York. And following last year’s Hurricane Irene, United Way of New York State set up the Hurricane Irene Recovery Fund to help those in need.

Donations to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund can be made online at uwsandyrecovery.org. A $10 donation can be made by texting the word RECOVERY to 52000. Promote the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund on Twitter using #sandyfund.

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