Rauner, Sanguinetti urge Illinois to step up to help hurricane victims
Illinoisans who want to assist those struggling in the wake of recent hurricanes are being urged to donate money or time to trusted voluntary, faith- and community-based charitable organizations, Illinois' governor and lieutenant governor said in a press release recently.
"Mother Nature has devastated Puerto Rico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, the U.S. Virgin Islands," Gov. Bruce Rauner said in the release. "As we’ve seen whenever disaster strikes in Illinois, people are eager to help in any way possible. Now, it’s time for us to show that compassion and generosity to help our fellow Americans who have been devastated by hurricanes. We know recovery will take months, even years, so we ask you to please open your hearts to help those struggling to recover.”
The press release, issued following reports of devastation left by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, provided a link to a list of trusted charitable, volunteer organizations.
"Many organizations have already been vetted by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, so you can be assured that your donations to these groups will go where help is truly needed," James Joseph, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, said in the release. "Volunteers should never self-deploy to a disaster site. Anyone seeking an opportunity to get involved in response and recovery operations is encouraged to volunteer with local and nationally known organizations, such as those vetted by the National VOAD."
The press release cautioned against donating unsolicited goods, such as used clothing or household items, which might not be useful.