by Elizabeth Bailey
Almost immediately after Superstorm Sandy, the Volunteer Center of Bergen County mobilized the Bergen County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to foster communication among the broad network of community and faith-based organizations. The VOAD has now formed the Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) to assist victims of the storm. The project has been awarded major grants from the Robin Hood Relief Fund ($200,000), the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund ($200,000) and the Russell Berrie Foundation ($70,000). The LTRC is opening the The Recovery Information Center (located at the Moonachie First Presbyterian Church at 221 Moonachie Road in Moonachie) and has hired two case managers to help meet the unmet needs in our county.
The official website is www.bergenvoad.org and all of our Hurricane Sandy relief efforts are being documented on the website. We have been able to create a user-friendly site to keep our actions as transparent and accessible as possible. Our events can found through this link http://www.bergenvoad.org/
We have also created a Facebook page and twitter account for those who are on the go and want quicker updates. Please “like” our Facebook page and follow our Twitter for up-to-the-minute details on funding, events, and important information. We are very enthusiastic about helping all Bergen residents still in need!