After One Year and $1.2 Million in Aid Distributed, Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts Continue on Staten Island

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The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund Still Hard at Work

Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund

People still walk into Carl's House with Sandy-related issues, and we will continue helping them until their needs are met.

While the devastation of Superstorm Sandy may have happened a year ago, Staten Island-based non-profit, The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund (CVBMF), is still hard at work. Through its partnership with the Catholic Charities NY State Disaster Case Management Program, the organization has been able to facilitate over $1.2 million in aid to Staten Islander’s since the storm hit. However, Carl’s House, the organization’s relief headquarters, is still receiving new cases nearly every day.

“It may seem like the island has fully recovered because we’ve come a long way and a sense of normalcy has been restored,” said Massimo DiDonna, President of The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund. “However, people still walk into Carl’s House with Sandy-related issues, and we will continue helping them until their needs are met.”

After focusing on immediate recovery and relief efforts, the non-profit was inundated with requests related to paperwork and filing procedures ranging from insurance claims to grant assistance. That led to the opening of Carl’s House, and a partnership with Catholic Charities of New York to handle these requests on a case by case basis.

“Our mission is to be there for our community in times of crisis, and we thank Catholic Charities of New York for being with us every step of the way,” said CVBMF Board Member, Frank Provenzano.

“We are grateful to have been able to use space of the Bini Fund for our case managers,” said Joe Panepinto, Staten Island Regional Director of Catholic Charities. “We were more easily accessible to those from the hardest hit areas of Staten Island.”

In addition to the work being handled at Carl’s House the organization continues to spearhead fundraising events throughout the borough to financially fuel the recovery process. Two such events are slated in the upcoming weeks. On November 8th there will be a benefit concert held at The Old Bermuda Inn, and on November 14th the organization is hosting a large-scale event at Above Rooftop at The Hilton Garden Inn. Tickets and more information is available by visiting

About The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund:
The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Firefighter Carl V. Bini, a member of the FDNY tragically taken during 9/11. The fund’s mission is to memorialize the heroism of its fallen hero by supporting the community through scholarships, emergency grants and special needs assistance. The Fund is uniquely positioned to adapt to the changing needs of communities, especially in times of crisis.

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