As Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico face the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Diana O'Neill, executive director of Long Island Volunteer Center, shares lessons learned and reflections on recovery after Superstorm Sandy — and how volunteers can help in disaster-affected areas today.
Hurricane Harvey is the first major hurricane to strike the United States since the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which saw such devastating storms as Katrina and Wilma. Points of Light is currently supporting first responder organizations, and coordinating with our affiliates and partner organizations in the affected areas. If you would like to support the recovery effort, here’s what you can do now to help
Providing support for the men and women who have served in the armed forces is a priority for many social organizations across the United States. Among the critical needs being addressed by these groups, such as providing access to healthcare, education and employment, is the need to help veterans find and maintain safe, sustainable housing. HandsOn Greater Phoenix, a Points of Light affiliates, has stepped up to this challenge, leveraging the power of corporate partnerships and volunteers to have an impact on the local veteran community.
The high rates of violence in Central America have caused many citizens, including youth, to flee their countries in search of a better life elsewhere. The result has been a greater push by social organizations in these countries and bordering nations to support youth and, ideally, equip them to spark change and improve their communities – rather than leave them. Glasswing International is one such organization.