The relief effort to clean up the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy on Monday are well underway on the east coast. While many organizations responsible for getting the area back in order and providing aid to those affected are seeking volunteers to help distribute supplies and provide comfort to those who lost everything, there are a variety ways those of us here in the tri-state can help without leaving home.

Thanks to the internet, you can provide assistance from the comfort of your couch, dining room table, den, or wherever your home computer happens to be.

AmeriCares is a non-profit whose focus is delivering medicine and medical supplies to devastated areas around the world and here in the U.S. Monetary donations can be made online at their website.

Feeding America does exactly what its name implies, provides much needed nutrition to individuals who have lost everything due to events such as Hurricane Sandy. They offer a variety of ways to help through their website.

The Humane Society of the United States are focusing their efforts on the thousands of animals that have been displaced by the storm, along with providing assistance to animal shelters in the region that have been forced to temporarily relocate due to flooding and other building damage. Monetary donations are being accepted through their website.

The Southwestern Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross at the intersection of the Lloyd and Stockwell Road is not only accepting monetary donations online, or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a quick, $10 donation, but they are also encouraging Evansvillle-area residents to make blood donations at their nearest Red Cross facility. Greg Waite with the Red Cross told me  by e-mail that those interested in donating blood must be 16 (w/parental consent) 17 or older, weigh 110lbs and be in good health to donate.

The Salvation Army is accepting clothing donations at any of their Family Stores as well as monetary donations through their website. And much like The Red Cross, interested donors and make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army with their phone by texting the word STORM to 80888