Staying Involved in New Jersey’s Recovery
Months after the fact, many families and businesses are still struggling to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. And while the members of Turner’s offices in New York and New Jersey have mostly recovered, they have not forgotten their friends and neighbors who are still reeling in the aftermath of the storm. One group of volunteers recently partnered with Jersey Cares in Seaside Heights and another traveled to Union Beach to lend their hands to ongoing rebuilding efforts.
More than 20 volunteers from Turner’s Somerset office partnered with Jersey Cares to remove debris from the beaches and boardwalk in Seaside Heights. The group also cleared weeds and trash and painted at Hugh J. Boyd, Jr. Elementary School, which was rendered unusable by flooding during the storm. The students, relocated to another area school, hope to return this fall.
Additionally, volunteers from Turner’s offices in Montvale, Somerset, and New York offices traveled to Union Beach, New Jersey, a town hit hard by Sandy, to help repair and rebuild homes damaged and destroyed by the storm. Union Beach was mandatorily evacuated in preparation for the storm’s arrival. When the town’s residents returned, they found 85% of the remaining homes flooded, with hundreds rendered uninhabitable by flooding with more than 6 feet of water. Sixty houses were swept entirely away.
Jersey Cares is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 that works to increase civic engagement in New Jersey by coordinating volunteer opportunities to address community-identified needs. If you would like further information on how you can get involved with this program please go to www.jerseycares.org.