"No Act of Kindness, However Small, Is Ever Wasted." Aesop
It can feel overwhelming, and our effort may seem small to us, but if we all make a small effort, the result can be large. ⠀
New Yorker's have a reputation for being cold and unsympathetic. This can be true on a crowded sidewalk or jammed subway, but when a friend or loved one is hurt, or in need, New Yorker's are amazing, loving people.
What differentiates New York from many places around the United States, or around the globe for that matter, is that New York City is a community made up of people living from all over the world. This means that whenever there is a disaster around the world, it is most likely that New Yorker's are impacted.
With the most recent natural disasters, New Yorker's were especially impacted because we have so many people from Mexico, Texas and Puerto Rico living here. As per usual, New Yorker's are stepping up to the plate and donating food, money and supplies to those in need.
The charities below have been vetted and have the highest rating from Charity Navigator or Charity Watch (independent groups that evaluate financial well-being and efficiency of how donations are used).⠀It can be overwhelming to know where to donate when there is a disaster and often requests come in from hundreds of directions. If you are still looking for ways to help, I encourage you to research the organizations below:
▫️International Relief Fund
HURRICANE's MARIA + IRMA:⠀
New York City is home to the largest community of Puerto Ricans outside of Puerto Rico. New York's Mayor and Congressman have both expressed support for Puerto Rico and are encouraging New Yorkers to both donate money if possible, but also they are seeking physical donations. To send help, look up where you may drop off goods here. ⠀
Another thing to keep in mind is that when a disaster strikes, people often donate immediately, but then the area hit often gets forgotten. It is a good time to start thinking about your giving plans for the holiday season. Perhaps it might make sense to give up a family gift and make a donation to a cause you support. Perhaps you already have a budget for annual giving and you can simply change the standard recipient.