Learn more about SVB 30 years | 30 causes
Nearly one year has passed since Hurricane Sandy hit and severely impacted nearly one-fifth of the contiguous US. Entire communities are still recovering from the damage, and we took the opportunity during SVB's 30 Years | 30 Causes campaign to offer a helping hand. If you haven't been to this area, it's hard to imagine how much the region has suffered and poured into rebuilding.
Over the last three years United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey provided emergency housing along with housing support services, food assistance and safety services to nearly 10,500 individuals and families. Specifically related to Hurricane Sandy, United Way in our region operates a 33,000 square foot warehouse in Egg Harbor Township, NJ to collect and distribute items that have been donated for hurricane victims.
The outpouring of support from around the country was huge - so huge that it fills an entire warehouse. Our team enlisted with the United Way to sort and take inventory of the donations including boxes and barrels filled with clothing, toys, school supplies, books, and personal hygiene items. We itemized items for quality, discarding items that were not suitable to donate, and then separated them into categories that could be easily sourced and packed. At the end of the day, many boxes of organized donations were ready for pick-up and distribution to recipients. Additionally, we were able to provide an inventory report to give the warehouse managers an understanding of what's being donated, collected and distributed in a given day.
There is so much to the rebuild and recovery that you ordinarily might not think about. Processing all the donations is one of those things and one of millions of moving parts that are underway to rebuild this hard hit area in an attempt to help those families and businesses that are still trying to get back to a normal life.
Please read more about the United Way's continued recovery efforts and service to the residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy on their blog.
If you or someone you know was been affected directly by Hurricane Sandy, The New York Times wants to help tell your story.
About 30 Years | 30 Causes
The "30 Years |30 Causes" campaign was developed after Silicon Valley Bank crowd sourced ideas from its employees to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The company will host 30 community service events around the world near each of its offices in 2013. A listing of SVB's 30 Years | 30 Causes events, as well as photos, will be updated at www.svb.com/svb-30-years/ and www.facebook.com/SVBFinancialGroup Follow @SVB_Financial's community service initiatives on Twitter with #SVB30. Points of Light is assisting SVB with the development and execution of these events worldwide.