The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City announced today that $125,000 has been raised so far to help the victims of the 2nd Avenue disaster. There have been more than 350 contributions from “every day New Yorkers” and donations from several corporate partners, including Con Edison, Gramercy Theatre and Irving Plaza, and Google.
In a press release sent out this morning, the mayor’s office also explained that the recovery operation is entering a new phase:
Over the past two weeks, the Mayor’s Fund has been working closely with local elected officials, the Red Cross, Community Board 3, and other community partners to identify needs and services to best support those impacted by the tragedy in the East Village. Beginning Monday, April 13, as emergency response services begin to phase out, the Mayor’s Fund will collaborate with Lower East Side Ready (“LES Ready”) to administer long-term case management and direct financial assistance for individuals and families who resided in the five buildings impacted by the blast… In addition to the assistance and support that LES Ready and their network of providers are prepared to extend, the organization will be working with the Mayor’s Fund to deploy financial grants to those directly affected… Support services through LES Ready will commence on Monday, April 13, and those affected and wishing to seek assistance and support can contact LES Ready at 212-533-2541 to learn more. New Yorkers who wish to contribute to the effort should call 311 or visit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City website: www.nyc.gov/fund.
You can find more info about donating here.