Red Cross helps rebuild home

Volunteers from American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter partnered with Revive, the Hurricane Sandy Long Term Recovery Group in Atlantic County, to help rebuild homes in Ventnor and Brigantine that were damaged by the storm. The volunteer effort was part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service in January.

Volunteers are still needed to help rebuild homes. For more information, contact Atlantic County Revive at 609-568-1187 or 609-822-2113.

Love of Linda anniversary

The Love of Linda Cancer Fund hopes to raise a minimum of $20,000 in 2014 to help Cape May County cancer patients. The drive is part of efforts to mark the group's 20th anniversary. The group has helped more than 2,500 cancer patients in memory of Linda Bickel Grass. Funds go directly to patients to offset expenses they incur while they are being treated.

Events for 2014 include a Beef and Beer featuring The Chatterband 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at The Bolero Resort and Conference Center in Wildwood. Advance tickets are $25 per person or $30 at the door. Other upcoming events are the Love of Linda 20th Memorial Golf Tournament on May 4 at Avalon Golf Club and the 20th Anniversary Gala honoring Hope Community Cancer Center on Nov. 15 at the Wildwood Convention Center. More information is available at loveoflinda.org

Brigantine firefighter thanked

The Joplin, Mo., Kiwanis Club recognized a Brigantine firefighter for his extraordinary efforts to help people during Hurricane Sandy,even though his own home on the island was flooded. In appreciation of Rick Derrickson's efforts to preserve life and property, he was presented with a $1,500 check to rebuild his house.

Derrickson rescued a group of people who tried to ride out the storm on their boat. Just two weeks earlier, Derrickson had purchased his home on the island. The firefighter passed his flooded house several times while rescuing others during the storm. Derrickson accepted the check during a meeting with the Kiwanis Club of Atlantic City.

Literacy volunteers needed

Literacy Volunteers tutor training classes have been scheduled in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Classes in Atlantic County will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 18, at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority's Recycle Center on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township.

Classes in Cape May County will be held

6 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesdays, beginning April 23, at the Cape May County Technical School on Crest Haven Road in Cape May Court House.

Visit the Literacy Volunteers' website,

lvacapeatlantic.org, or call the Literacy Volunteers office at 609-383-3377 for information on how to register for tutor training.

Polar Bear Plunge

The annual Wildwoods Polar Bear Plunge in January raised more than $300,000 for New Jersey Special Olympics athletes. The event is sponsored by the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics.

Plungers were required to raise at least $100 in pledges to participate in the event, and donations also were accepted on-site. Immediately following the Plunge, the participants warmed up and enjoyed a free lunch inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Energy Assistance Expo

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County will present an Economic and Energy Assistance Resource Expo from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.

This free event will connect residents in need of financial assistance with programs and services available in Atlantic County. Representatives from Atlantic City Electric and South Jersey Gas Company, Ocean Inc., American Water Company and others will provide information on programs and process assistance applications. Certain program guidelines and restrictions apply. For information, contact United Way at 609-404-4483 or fwise@uwgpsnj.org or the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office at 609-909-7214.

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