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Relief org. gets Red Cross aid

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:30 am

The American Red Cross has awarded a $400,000 grant to worldwide disaster relief organization World Cares Center to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Hurricane Sandy throughout the city, including in South Queens.

WCC will use the grant to provide training for 36,000 volunteers to conduct muck-outs, mold remediation and other forms of rebuilding support. WCC will work in partnership with community-based organizations, elected officials and National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters to ensure an adequately-trained volunteer workforce can help Sandy-affected individuals and families in the recovery process.

“This grant will enable WCC to provide even more aid to the vulnerable populations impacted by Sandy,” said Lisa Orloff, executive director and founder of WCC. “It is only with the help and commitment of organizations such as the Red Cross that we are able to deliver vital resources to those affected.”

As of Aug. 31, the Red Cross had committed $272 million, nearly 90 percent of total donations the organization received for Sandy aid.

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