In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Jack Johnson has announces his support of the immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts in the affected areas, by donating $50,000 to six organizations working hard to provide food, water, medicine and on-the-ground support for thousands affected by the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. One of the organizations receiving help from Johnson is Waves for Water, founded by former professional surfer John Rose. Johnson will send 3,000 sweatshirt and thermal shirts to the organization from his merchandise warehouse to be distributed to coastal communities on the East Coast. Here’s the full release with more information:
Throughout the East Coast, tens of thousands are displaced from their homes and over 600,000 people are still without power as the relief efforts continue.
Johnson’s Donations will be distributed among the Food Bank for New York City, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Save the Children, Waves for Water, GlobalGiving and Direct Relief International. These organizations are responding quickly to the immediate needs of those affected but are still in need of funds to support their vital relief and ongoing recovery efforts.
Johnson’s donation is timely, as a strong winter storm hit the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this week, bringing heavy rain, high winds, and snow, affecting areas already impacted by Hurricane Sandy and complicating recovery efforts. To help combat the cold weather, Jack Johnson is also shipping 3000 warm sweatshirts and thermal shirts from his merchandise warehouse to the non-profit organization Waves for Water for distribution to coastal communities on the East Coast.
Johnson is encouraging his fans to support relief & recovery efforts in any way they can. He is asking people to consider donating food, supplies, time or money to organizations working on the ground in local communities. In addition to monetary donations, people can donate food and necessary supplies through You Give Goods, the Food Bank for New York City, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and Occupy Sandy Relief. People can register as volunteers through the HandsOn Network, NYC Service, and Jersey Cares.
In addition to supporting Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Jack Johnson and his wife Kim founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation to support environmental, art, and music education worldwide.
More on How to Help Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Efforts:
Donate Food and Supplies –
You Give Goods: Support an existing food drive or create your own, and purchase needed goods easily online. www.yougivegoods.com/
Food Bank for New York City: Accepting food and donations to distribute critical food supplies to soup kitchens, food pantries, and senior centers. Collecting non-perishable food donations, such as cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and water. http://foodbanknyc.org
Community FoodBank of New Jersey: Sends ready-to-eat meals and water to shelters in the areas affected by the hurricane. In addition to monetary support, it is accepting donations of canned tuna, peanut butter, granola bars, diapers, and baby food. www.njfoodbank.org
Occupy Sandy Relief: A coordinated relief effort dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution in affected areas. http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/
Donate Time –
HandsOn Network: An expansive database of organizations with which you can volunteer to aid in the rescue and relief of communities in the Northeastern US. www.handsonnetwork.org
NYC Service: An organization that can match you with organizations in New York City that are assisting with the relief efforts. www.nycservice.org
Jersey Cares: Register to help in the coming weeks as projects request volunteers. Water, blankets and non-perishable food will likely be requested in the days to come. www.jerseycares.org/
Donate Money –
Save the Children – Hurricane Sandy Children in Emergency Fund: Distributing hygiene kits, warm clothing, blankets, baby cribs, and baby food. The organization also sets up “child-friendly” areas in the shelters where kids can play and recover from emotional distress. Text HURRICANE to 20222 to donate $10 to Hurricane Sandy Relief. www.savethechildren.org
Waves for Water – Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative: Organizing and mobilizing a strategic response initiative for the victims of Hurricane Sandy from first responder assistance to rubble removal and ultimately the rebuilding efforts. www.wavesforwater.org
GlobalGiving – Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund: Supporting disaster recovery and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean islands and the US. Initial funds will help victims get necessary supplies including food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Text SANDY to 80088 to donate $10 to Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. www.globalgiving.org
Direct Relief International – Hurricane Sandy Response: A medical relief organization sending shipments of medicine, medical supplies, nutritionals, and personal care items to partner health care clinics across the east coast and to dozens of health centers across Haiti treating people affected by Hurricane Sandy. 100% of every dollar donated will go to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. www.directrelief.org/