Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts
The Community YMCA continues to provide relief to area families and is here to help our neighbors affected by Superstorm Sandy.
In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy had a devastating impact on our members, employees and community. Almost two years later, families are still suffering the effects of the widespread damage to homes and businesses. The Y has responded and is still here offering support to those still trying to cope with the devestation that Sandy caused. We are always here for our community.
Y Receives Funding to Assist in Recovery
The Community YMCA received over $540,000 in grants to help children and families in our community recover from the devastating impacts of Superstorm Sandy. The Y received a grant from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (the Fund) for $148,000 to provide free, in-community/in-home therapeutic services to children and families directly impacted by Sandy, who are in need of mental and behavioral healthcare. To date, the Y has been able to provide counseling to almost 50 families to better deal with the stress and issues caused by the storm.
Free Counseling For Sandy Victims
With support from the Fund, the Y provides up to six months of services to help individuals who are struggling with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, or depression as result of the storm.
Our counselors are still offering post-Sandy aid for families or children who continue struggling with issues brought on by the storm.
For more information, click here or call 732.544.4544, ext. 522.
Support for Bayshore Families
In response to Sandy, and the hard hit Bayshore area, the Y received $300,000 in state funding to open the Bayshore Family Success Center (BFSC) to serve local families in need of support services.
As part of the state’s extensive network of Family Success Centers, the Y’s Bayshore Family Success Center is located at the Union Beach Memorial Library. The center has been open to assist area families with free resources and support. Since many residents of the Bayshore are still experiencing Sandy related issues, The Bayshore Family Success center has responded to the needs of the community by extending its outreach programs to include the towns of Keansburg, Keyport and Atlantic Highlands.
The Center has partnered with several organizations, such as NJ Hope and Healing's Sandy Wave Riders program for youth, teens and caregivers, providing tools and behavioral exercises to help relieve stress brought on by the storm.
The BFSC also offers weekly and monthly activities to help bring families together - including recipe exchanges, bingo nights, movie nights and holiday dances. They have hosted resource fairs for parents, one for summer camps and activities and one for information and resources for Sandy relief.
The BFSC continues to run programs and offer services to families in the Bayshore area. For information on programs and services, call 732.497.3811.
Free Summer Camp for Families Impacted by Sandy
We’re committed to nurturing the development of kids. The summer after Sandy, the Y received $60,000 in generous funding from the Robin Hood Foundation, and additional funding from the Arbonne Foundation, which provided 83 summer camp scholarships to children whose families were impacted by the storm.
While this funding is no longer available, our committment to helping families still struggling remains strong. YCares financial assistance continues to be available to families in need of summer camp and other Y programs. YCares scholarships are provided on a needs-based sliding scale.
Lending a Hand After the Storm
Days after the storm hit and power was restored, we reopened the doors of our Family Health & Wellness Center in Red Bank to welcome anyone needing a warm shower, a place to recharge electronics and a friendly place to gather. A team of volunteers were there to collect relief items for neighbors in need.
In October, The Community YMCA, along with members and friends, joined the United Way “Break A Difference” Employee Volunteer Project to help rebuild homes in Union Beach. Volunteers gathered in Union Beach and worked on a house that needed to be razed due to extensive damage by the storm.
Here’s How You Can Help:
To help affected families afford summer camps, child care, counseling and health & wellness programs, support The Community YMCA's Annual Campaign. Give to the Y by donating here.
Photo Caption: The Community YMCA employees and board members join volunteers from The United Way in helping a family, whose house in Union Beach was destroyed during the storm, ready the structure for rebuilding.
Photo Caption: Families spending time together and enjoying a fun night of Bingo at the Bayshore Family Success Center.