Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to receive help from CT Rises?

Anybody is eligible to apply for assistance, however assistance may only be provided if the following requirements are met:

-Needs must be disaster-related.

-Needs must be un-met (not previously addressed by another agency, organization or personal resource). Caseworkers will not duplicate benefits previously awarded to a survivor.

-Needs must be able to be verified by the caseworker.

Is this assistance free?

Applying for assistance and casework services is free of charge.  Donated and volunteer services are often a viable resources and are usually free of charge as well.  However, depending on the services needed, the individual or household may be responsible for portions of assistance provided.  Your caseworker will work with you to ensure that any costs are upfront, reasonable, and affordable and that they are agreed to by the applicant prior to service delivery.

How can I apply for help from CT Rises?

To get connected with a caseworker, please dial 2-1-1 and mention that you would like assistance from the Connecticut VOAD Long Term Recovery Group, or you have unmet needs from Hurricane Sandy.

I'm busy now, can I contact CT Rises for assistance next year?

The recovery process is long and it may take months for you to get all the assitance you require. We recommend you call 2-1-1 as soon as possible so we can have your information on file. You can leave the process whenever you like!

What type of assistance does CT Rises provide?

Connecticut Rises may be able to help you or your neighbors with issues including mold and debris removal, home damage, strategies to prevent future damage, disaster mental health needs, and more.

What organizations are members of CT Rises?

Organizations from the local, state, and federal levels including non-profits, governmental agencies, and faith-based groups such as Red Cross, United Way, Mormon Helping Hands, Salvation Army and more are involved in this effort to provide disaster assistance.

How can I get my organization involved?

Please contact Dale Martin ( to get involved.

How can I donate to CT Rises?

Please contact Dale Martin ( for more information about donations.

Are donations to CT Rises tax deductible?

Please contact Dale Martin ( for more information about donations.