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Home Repair and Advocacy Program to Help Seniors, People with Disabilities
A new Sandy grant program, the Home Repair and Advocacy Program, aims to help seniors and people with disabilities with expenses related to rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy. The program offers up...more



A Morning Coffee Cup and Traditional Teepee Inspire Creation of Disaster Shelters
Designer Michael McDaniel sought to create better disaster shelters. His Exo Housing System, which he claimed was inspired by a coffee cup, aims to help Hurricane Katrina victims in their recovery,...more

Volunteers and Disaster Response Agencies Aid in Beaver Crossing Clean Up
Following the tornado that hit Beaver Crossing, disaster response agencies like the American red Cross and a slew of volunteers were ready to help victims in their disaster relief efforts. Nearly...more

Volunteer Team Donates Money to Families of Fire Victims
The One Aliquippa Volunteer Action Team, a volunteer group composed of high school and college students, has donated $200 to two families whose homes were recently struck by fire. The donations...more

Volunteer Patrol Team Keeps Snowmobile Trails Safe
The Forest Preserve's Volunteer Snowmobile Safety Patrol team has been keeping snowmobile trails safe for nearly five years. The volunteer patrol started in response to snowmobile crashes at...more

New Survey Of Human Services Organizations Discloses Ongoing Challenges to Long-Term Recovery After Superstorm Sandy
Spearheaded by Baruch College's School of Public Affairs and the Human Services Council of New York (HSC), a new survey of more than 100 human services nonprofits reveals serious, ongoing housing...more

HHS Advisory Committee to Focus on Needs of Children in Disasters
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' new National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters targets the needs of children in disasters. The new committee will dispense provide...more

Alaska Residents Opened its Doors and Hearts to Evacuees, Fire Responders
The aftermath of the Kenai Peninsula wildfire in Alaska has left its residents displaced by the conflagration. When the American Red Cross prepared a temporary shelter at an elementary school to...more

NJ Economic Development Authority Pumps $5.6 Million in Low-cost Loans for Hurricane Sandy-hit Businesses
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) has approved $5.6 million in low-cost loans to be granted to small business owners in the area. Businesses include restaurants, nightclubs and a...more





Tom’s, the social enterprise popular for its shoes, has released a pair of shoes and a pair of shades to benefit Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt in 2007 that builds affordable, green homes, buildings and communities for underserved and low-income populations.




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