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Monday, February 11, 2013

The Power of the Individual: Robin Hood Announces $6,000,000 in Privately Raised Grant Money To Assist Sandy Recovery Efforts.

On February 7, the Robin Hood foundation announced the details of $10.5 million in relief grants to people who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Robin Hood has received more than $67 million in donations for Sandy Relief from around the world and has so far granted $45 million.

"Robin Hood is working diligently to get Hurricane Sandy relief funds into the communities that are struggling to rebuild from the storm," said David Saltzman, executive director of Robin Hood. "We have already granted 100% of the funds we raised prior to 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief, and we are on track to grant all concert funds within 100 days of 12-12-12."

Robin Hood was founded in 1988 and is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization. The Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund has granted tens of millions of dollars to organizations throughout the region that are helping families and individuals recover from the affects of Hurricane Sandy. Robin Hood’s board of directors pay all administrative costs allowing the foundation to donate 100% of the monies received through private donations directly to those affected by the storm.

In this latest round of grants, New Jersey will receive $6,860,500. Here is a listing of agencies receiving monies:

Ocean County Long Term Recover Group:  $2,200,000
Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group: $1,500,000

Long Term Recovery Groups were established to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy bridge the gap between available resources and their long-term needs. Help includes mental health support, donated goods and cash assistance for rebuilding efforts.

Borough of Belmar: $150,000 to help 50 families receive assistance in returning to their storm-damaged homes.

Little Egg Harbor Volunteer Storm Relief Committee: $300,000 to help the residents of the 150 storm damaged homes in the township purchase materials, tools, and safety equipment as well as providing rental assistance.

Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund: $960,000 for demolition costs and materials for enclosing 60 homes for the winter. $725,000 will go to purchase and furnish four new manufactured homes to replace homes lost in the storm. This part of the grant will serve as a demonstration project for rebuilding homes throughout the region.

Jewish Renaissance Foundation – Middlesex County: $175,000 to purchase gift cards for replacing furnishings, appliances and other household goods, plus the salaries for 2 case managers to help families who suffered losses from the storm in the Perth Amboy area.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance of West Jersey: $175,000 for labor and building supplies in Atlantic, Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, Burlington, Cape May and Camden counties.

Portlight Strategies – NYC and New Jersey: $125,000 to help repair wheelchair ramps and other support services for disabled person affected by the storm.

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ – Union County: $75,000 to enable the JFS to provide direct grants of up to $1,000 to affected individuals and families in need.

Love In the Name of Christ – Monmouth County: $55,000 to help 50 low-income Bayshore residents who were displaced by the storm.

Youth Consultation Services – Bergen County: $40,000 to help repair the damage the YCS George Washington School in Hackensack received in the storm. YCS provides in-home and residential services to children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center – Browns Mills: $375,000 for laboratory testing, physician screening, a portable X-Ray unit and outreach efforts to those at risk for mold exposure.

Legal Services of New Jersey: $510,000 to continue funding for legal services for low-income residents affected by Sandy.

AARP Foundation – Atlantic County: $8,000 to fund tax preparation for working seniors.

Community Health Law Project: $125,000 to fund direct legal representation for 100 Sandy-affected individuals. This representation will focus on housing issues, FEMA and insurance issues, and appeals for denied benefits.

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice: $100,000 to provide legal assistance, staffing for legal clinics, a legal hotline and full-time staff for the 1,500 clients seeking legal aid in the wake of Sandy.

Mary’s Place By the Sea – Monmouth County: $25,000. Mary’s Place by the Sea is a respite center for women with cancer. The grant will help them continue to deliver meals to former guests as well as food deliveries and gap funding to 60 storm-affected families.

Long Beach Island School District: $25,000 to cover payroll and supplies to enable the district to continue free Kids Care (a before and after school program) for an additional 6 months.

 A look at the grant recipients in New Jersey gives a feel for the enormity of the scope and need in our area, a need that is not going to go away any time soon.

Click here to donate to the Robin Hood's Hurricane SandyRelief Fund.

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