United Way donating $5M to Sandy communities

United Way donating $5M to Sandy communities

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The United Way of New York City is distributing $5 million in aid to communities affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The funds will go to organizations including child-care centers, soup kitchens and a volunteer fire association.

The funds collected from donors after Sandy struck on Oct. 29 will go to communities in seven states -- Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

A total of $9.6 million will be distributed in three phases. The first $5 million was announced Monday.

United Way of New York City CEO Sheena Wright said that four months after Sandy struck, the organization's focus is shifting from near-term to long-term needs.

She said funds will go to non-profit organizations such as soup kitchens and mental health agencies that provide services to people who were already struggling before the storm.

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