WMDT 47 NEWS - In the year since Sandy, perhaps the only images more powerful than those of the destruction itself were those of the tremendously widespread volunteer efforts.
According to the American Red Cross, 90 percent of their work force were volunteers in the past year. Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross, says organization received $308 million in donations for food, shelter and clean-up supplies.
"I've seen volunteers go into homes and muck out the water," said McGovern. "I've seen them do mold remediation. I saw a group volunteers put on Hazmat suits and scrub out mold. It is really remarkable how communities rally.
"It's so heartbreaking, but I have to say you also get to witness the resiliency of the American people and you talk to people that say, 'I'm going to build back, get back on my feet.'"
The Red Cross says it plans to hold regular roundtable discussions with elected officials, sit with long-term recovery groups and meet with local leaders to discuss how it will use the remaining Sandy relief money.