Sandy Service Opportunities

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Sandy Service Opportunities

Lutheran Disaster Response

In the wake of SuperStorm Sandy, many in New Jersey are looking for ways to support their neighbors as they recover from the storm’s devastation. Below are a few ways you and your congregation/organization can help.

If anything sparks your interest, please contact Joy Blazak at (609)802-1034 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). And keep checking back, as new ideas and opportunities are added.

In-Kind Donation Opportunities:

(Please contact Joy Blazak for specific needs and delivery information before you begin collecting any of the items below):

Currently, there is a need for the supplies listed below in Ocean and Monmouth counties:

  • Building supplies
  • New linens
  • Laundry and Dish Detergent

On-Going Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Relief center volunteers (Ocean County) willing to commit to a regular volunteer schedule
  • Individuals and groups willing to do light office work, assist with volunteer hospitality (such as cooking and serving meals), and/or sort and organize donations.
  • Certified electricians, plumbers, and technicians willing to donate their time
  • Individuals with specialized skills (legal services, case management, counseling) willing to donate their time
  • Individuals willing to go door-to-door in affected areas to help gather information.

One-Day Volunteer Opportunities:

  • “Hand in Hand” Sandy Service Days! One day each month we gather to offer a helping hand to our neighbors affected by Sandy. These events are open to volunteers of all ages. Check our LSMNJ Events page for dates..
  • Rebuild and community clean-up projects.

Other Opportunities:

  • Cards of encouragement for survivors and those assisting them.

Since SuperStorm Sandy hit in late October 2012, Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey has distributed 31 grants to individual households impacted by the storm.  Grants are not given directly through this office, but in partnership with congregations. Grants have been requested for everything from rental assistance to the purchase of appliances and construction supplies. Below is a breakdown of where grants have been distributed thus far.  For additional information concerning the grants contact Beth Gebhart at 609-699-4133 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A “thank you” letter from a recipient. Read it here.

Sandy Resources

Mold, Guidelines for New Jersey Residents

Information on Free Mold Training

Inspect Your Property Thoroughly Before You Repair Or Rebuild

TRENTON, N.J.–Repairing or rebuilding your home following Superstorm Sandy can be a complicated and expensive process, but having your home thoroughly inspected and making all necessary repairs are critical components of the recovery process.

While much of the damage from a storm such as Sandy is visible to the naked eye, hidden damage may exist that can pose a safety hazard to residents and/or compromise the integrity of the structure.

Now is the Time to Prepare for the 2013 Hurricane Season

LINCROFT, N.J. — With the 2013 hurricane season less than a month away, now is the time to update or make a disaster preparedness plan for yourself and your family. The Federal Emergency Management Agency urges all New Jerseyans to assemble a disaster preparedness kit, make a plan and be informed of the risks before the start of the hurricane season.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October.


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