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As parts of our city get back on their feet, other areas remain devastated. We will continue to deliver supplies and medical care where they are needed, and we will continue to work with our partner agencies and organizations so we can focus our efforts where they are needed most. Read The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: VNSNY’s Mission at Work.
The New York Times reported that “more than 5,000 nurses, aides, social workers and others were out serving patients around the city during and after the storm.” Read Enduring the Storm for Homebound Patients.
ABC’s Diane Sawyer covered one of our nurses climbing the stairs in the dark to reach her patient on the 17th floor:
Since the devastation of Sandy, VNSNY's Emergency Response Team has been coordinating the efforts of thousands of staff and clinicians who continue to work around the clock to ensure that care is delivered seamlessly. VNSNY, the nation's largest local and community-based home health care not-for-profit organization continues to work day in and day out to help so many in our area who are facing catastrophic losses from Superstorm Sandy. We have established the VNSNY Relief Fund to help the many patients and employees affected by the aftermath of Sandy.
Our nurses continue to visit their patients, climbing stairs in high-rises, finding alternate ways of reaching their patients when subways are off-line, providing critical care to so many who are facing such difficult situations, and continuing to serve the area's most vulnerable and underserved—from newborns with complicated medical needs to patients requiring long-term nursing, to patients in need of hospice at the end of life, and so many others in need RIGHT NOW.
Although their attention might have been seeing to their patients, VNSNY staff responded to the needs of all community members after the storm. VNSNY CHOICE RVs have been stationed throughout the city, distributing batteries, flashlights, bottled water, and other supplies, and allowing staff and community members to charge cell phones and other devices. Our work continues today.
In the Rockaways and Breezy Point and on Staten Island, social workers and counselors are volunteering in shelters to assist community members who have lost everything. StatenIslandLive.com covered the emotional damage caused by Sandy and how VNSNY staff was on the ground providing care to residents there, helping them “cope with the situation” with VNSNY mental health professionals volunteering “at the emergency shelters where people have sought refuge.” Read Staten Islanders deal with the emotional damage caused by Sandy.
And like this, there are so many other stories—but more importantly, there’s so much work still left to do, so many who still need help. VNSNY’s staff is unwilling to let anything—even Sandy—prevent them from reaching those who need their care.
You too can help us help those who are in need, NOW!
Please donate to help us give New Yorkers the care they deserve. Your tax-deductible contribution will be used to help us care for a city that has never seen this kind of suffering, fulfilling our 120-year old mission of providing compassionate home health care for all who need it:
Please feel free to contact us with any questions by calling 212-609-1525 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you for your generosity and for your help.
Together, we can continue to make a difference!