Press It Forward: Our directory of who is providing relief for Hurricane Sandy victims
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Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) has a hot line at 1-888-222-5765 for financially eligible people needing free legal help dealing with Sandy-related civil legal issues. Visit www.LSNJLAW.org.
January 30 is the deadline for individuals, small businesses, and private non-profit organizations in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer,Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties to apply for physical property damage loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov./ela. For information about the disaster loan process, or to have an application mailed to you, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing). Or visit a Disaster Recovery Center at http://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers. Local centers are in Boardwalk Hall in Atllantic City and at 179 S. Main St. in Manahawkin.
Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA will offer full room and board for two years to new eligible applicants in counties and municipalities in Delaware, New Jersey and New York affected by Hurricane Sandy. Harcum's room and board for 2012-13 is $8,600 annually. Applicants for the scholarship must reside in the eligible counties that are under direct federal assistance following the storm, including the New Jersey counties of Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union. The scholarship is good for two academic years for resident students enrolled in Harcum programs full-time. Questions about the scholarship can be addressed to Rachel Bowen, Director of Admissions at (610) 526-6050 or email@example.com.
The Huricane Sandy NJ. Relief Fund, chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie will help collect and distribute resources to rebuild New Jersey communities, aide in the recovery effort and fill in the gaps when people need help. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be spent in the Garden State. Donations can be made online at www.SandyNJReliefFund.org or mailed to: The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, Inc. PO Box 95, Mendham NJ 07945-0095. You can also text NJ to 41444 to donate.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has developed a Sandy Recovery Toolkit at www.njaflcio.org, to help homeowners, renters, and business owners apply for low-interest loans. It has bilingual information in English and Spanish.
Blankets for Brigantine and Beyond has set up a distribution center at the shopping center next to St. George's restaurant, off Harbor Beach Boulevard. The center will be open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Sandy victims to come by. People can apply at the group’s Facebook page,facebook.com/BlanketsForBrigantineandBeyond, or email BrigantineHelp@gmail.com. Participants must have identification and FEMA numbers, after which they will get a callback and have a two-week window to pick up their items.
The Hooked On Ventnor Volunteer Relief Center in the Ventnor Community Building, 6500 Atlantic Ave, remains open from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for distribution of food, cleaning supplies. N.J. Hope and Healing is also providing counseling services on site. Volunteers are also available to do home cleanup and remediation. Go to Hooked on Ventnor on Facebook, or call Mike Advena at 609-839-6654. Services are open to anyone affected by the storm.
Jewish Family Services in Margate will continue to offer counseling and supplies from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. James Church Hall on Portland and Ventnor avenues in Ventnor. Participants must bring ID with name and address. Donations of cleaning supplies, toilet paper and diapers are always needed. A hotline for emergencies is available at (609) 822-1109, or call 822-1108 for information on servicess available.
St. James A.M.E. Church at 101 N. New York Avenue in Atlantic City continues to seeking donations for residents affected by the storm, and will hold monthly distributions as long as supplies last. Non-perishable food is always needed.
The Brigantine Community Presbyterian Church True Spirit Coalition is still accepting donations and helping to identify local families who need help. The church operates a food panrty on Wednesday mornings. Call 609 266-7942 for information.
The Reliance Foundation & A.H.E.A.R.T provides emergency supplies to infants and children in crisis, and needs donations of canned goods, infant formula, diapers, wipes and infant and children's coats, tobe given directly to those affected by the storm at the Reliance Foundation & A.H.E.A.R.T Family Resource Center, 27 Gordon's Alley in Atlantic City. Contact Lisa Diane Hall, 609-344-0083 or log onto Reliancemed.com or aheartministries.org.
The Atlantic City Rescue Mission needs new men’s and women’s socks and underwear in larger sizes; baby diapers in large and toddler sizes; blankets; coats; sneakers and walking or work boots; and first night kits of toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, socks. Drop off 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2009 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City. Call 609- 345-5517. Donate funds online at acrescuemission.org. Checks and money orders to ACRM, PO Box 5358, Atlantic City, NJ 08404. Volunteers also needed to assist at the mission.
The Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Community College students has already provided 425 students with more than $38,000 to help replace books, computers and even eyeglasses lost in the storm. Funds are still being accepted and can be sent to Sandy Relief Fund, Atlantic Cape Foundation, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210-1972. Contact Dr. Patricia Gentile at 609-463-4507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPE MAY COUNTY
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders is collecting non-perishable food items to help Cape May County residents affected by Hurricane Sandy and continued difficult economic times. Donors are asked to put items in the labeled containers located throughout county facilities including the county libraries and senior center. Call 609-463-6678.
Ocean City's nonprofit OCNJCARE continues to assist residents with housing issues as needed. Checks should be made out to OCNJCARE and mailed to P.O. Box 807, Ocean City, N.J. 08226; or dropped off at Ocean City Home Bank, 10th and Asbury Ave.; or visit www.ocnjcare.org. Call 1-855-622-2730.
The Tuckerton Seaport Museum, 120 Main St., Tuckerton, is the Humane Society of the United States’ local distribution site for pet food and supplies for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Supplies are still available. Call 609-296-8868.
Barnegat DOVE (Division of Volunteer Efforts) is operating a distribution site by appointment at Gunning River Mall in Barnegat. Call (609) 698-0800 ext. 173 or (609) 548-6057.