Monmouth County

Disaster Recovery Monmouth County, New Jersey with Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery 

Contact:  Judy Moore, UCC Volunteer Registrar (Hurricane Sandy Recovery)
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Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group 

Hurricane Sandy, (unofficially knows as "Superstorm Sandy") in October 2012, affected 24 states in the U.S.  It was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season and the second-costliest in U.S. history.  Even though Superstorm Sandy devastated Monmouth County a year ago, recovery is just beginning for many people.  Residents are overwhelmed by the impact of the storm, the costs of rebuilding, and the prospect of having to adjust to a "new normal".  The  Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group exists to help alleviate the burden on homeowners in Monmouth County.

Work Needed: Repair/Rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.  Placement of your group in a prticular community in Monmouth County is based on current status of local work projects and availablility of group housing for a particular week.

Time:  Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning.  Work Monday - Friday.  

Minimum Age:  14 years.  Volunteers under age 18 have specific waiver forms requiring parent/guardian signature.  *In 2013, youth between ages 14-18 were allowed to work on construction sites by executive order of FNJ Governor Christy.  This order will need to be renewed in January 2014, which is expected.  If not, the Monmouth County LTRG wil lfind non-construction work for youth between 14 and 18 years.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:4

Group Size Maximum:  35

Accommodations:  Local UCC church or other churches, arranged by UCC Volunteer Registrar.  Groups bring own sleeping bags.  Groups purchase and prepare own food.

Required:  Insurance certificate from the sending church and waiver forms.

Cost:  Varies from $50 per person per week to $25 per person per night depending on location of housing.  Costs for building materials and tools, and construction supervision provided thorugh local partners through individual case management.  Your donations to One Great Hour of Sharing® help make possible the local work of the Long-Term Recovery Committee.

Tools:  Groups should bring standard carpentry tools.

Education Components:

  • Preparation for the trip: "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books
  • On-Site Reflection:  "Meeting God in the Ruins: Devotions for Disaster Volunteers" Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
  • Follow-Up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (View sample plan).  Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.

UCC Identity:  UCC Disaster Recovery T-shirts available for purchase from United Church of Christ Resources 800.537.3394 or click HERE.  Cost of t-shirt:  $7.00 + shipping and handling.


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Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
Global Sharing Of Resources
Wider Church Ministries
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Cleveland,Ohio 44115

Ms. Diane Dicken
Administrative Assistant, Global Sharing of Resources
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Wider Church Ministries
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Cleveland,Ohio 44115