Helping Communities Recover
As we celebrate Earth Day today and as we come closer to our walk on May 3, 2015, I am reminded of some of the questions asked about the money raised during the walk.
We support 8 local agencies with 25% of the amount raised and the remaining 75% is used by CWS to help around the world. I want to point out that the United States is part of that world. As Tom Holmes pointed out in his blog post about hunger in the world, I want to add that CWS does important work here in the United States. Their efforts to help in emergency situations, i.e., Katrina and Sandy, are just two examples of using the funds raised during the walk for this important work.
In Superstorm Sandy’s immediate aftermath, CWS mobilized shipments of CWS Kits and Blankets with a total value of more than $1.3 million for survivors in the United States and the Caribbean. CWS emergency response specialists worked with long-term recovery and other community groups, reaching more than 1,200 participants with disaster recovery workshops in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and West Virginia.