(PRWEB) November 11, 2012
As hundreds of thousands across the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States recover from the devastation of "Superstorm" Sandy, faith-based website, followme.org has announced its own fundraising campaign for victims affected by the storm.
Superstorm Sandy recovery poses the nation's largest disaster relief effort since Hurricane Katrina ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana in 2005, the American Red Cross told the Washington Times on Friday. Yet, in the weeks after Sandy, relief coordinators face another hurdle: organizing relief assistance to maximize efficiency.
In fact, one relief coordinator called the organization effort a "second disaster after the disaster," referring to the massive influx of donated goods to the affected Northeast.
What is this "second disaster"? "It's really been a lot of stuff really affecting the disaster site," said James McGowan, the associate director of partnerships at the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. Donated goods are "just showing up and they're not coordinated with the agencies," McGowan told the Washington Times on Friday.
According to McGowan and other relief coordinators, money is the most valuable and easiest to use because organizations need not worry about paying to ship it to affected areas. For example, arranging for transportation and distribution of a single can of donated food can cost up to $25, McGowan said.
In light of those complications, the faith-based website, followme.org, has begun a fundraising campaign for Superstorm Sandy relief. Interested donors will have the opportunity to securely give either monetary donations or volunteer support through followme.org. Followme.org will then channel these resources to its national service partner, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF).
CBF, one of the organizations included in McGowan's National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, works through local community organizations in affected areas to disperse funds and goods to a pre-existing network. "From Florida to New York State, CBF volunteers are actively donating time and money to restore Sandy-damaged areas," said Pastor Jamie of followme.org.