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.