After Hurricane Sandy, many undocumented immigrants were in dire need of help, but fearful of asking for assistance. At Tzu Chi, we always strive to reach everyone in need with disaster relief. Finding those left behind took some research and effort, but we soon came to the aid of those vulnerable populations too…
On December 21, 2012, New York emergency relief operations transitioned to Phase ||, focusing on vulnerable populations like undocumented immigrants
Many immigrants without legal status are afraid to come in contact with the government, and from the beginning, had been unable to access recovery resources. Facing many closed doors, in some cases, they were even unable to receive water,
Working with local communities and organizations such as Council Of Peoples Organization (COPO), Tzu Chi was able to provide relief to even more families in need.
School supply & cash card distribution at a local community church in Coney Island
Community Outreach Associates (COA)
Tzu Chi also began training local volunteers in New York as Community Outreach Associates (COAs), so that they could extend a helping hand to the most vulnerable and needy in the community.
Community Outreach Associate at distribution in Staten Island. Feb. 23, 2013
Care Recipient Home Visits
Local Community Outreach Associates made home visits to further assess the type of help individuals and families needed.
When you don’t expect a helping hand and one is offered, it will change your heart forever.
Many who received assistance from Tzu Chi, would then be inspired to give back…
TO SUPPORT THIS NEVER-ENDING CYCLE OF LOVE