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.
Superstorm Sandy had a devastating impact on our members, employees and community. Yet, despite the widespread damage to homes and businesses and the loss of power that challenged communications and shut down businesses, including our facilities, the Y family came together to support each other. We are always here for our community.
Y Receives Funding to Assist in Recovery
The Community YMCA has received over $540,000 in grants to help children and families in our community recover from the devastating impacts of Superstorm Sandy. Most recently, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (the Fund) selected the Y for a $148,000 grant 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.
Free Counseling For Sandy Victims
With support from the Fund, the Y will provide up to six months of services to help individuals who are struggling with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, or depression as result of the storm. For more information, click here or call 732.544.4544, ext. 20.
Support for Bayshore Families
This April, the Y received $300,000 in state funding to open the Bayshore Family Success Center 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 is now open to assist area families with free resources and support.
Free Summer Camp for Families Impacted by Sandy
We’re committed to nurturing the development of kids, and with $60,000 in generous funding from the Robin Hood Foundation, the Y is pleased to provide 75 summer camp scholarships to children whose families were impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
Although funding we received from Robin Hood Foundation is exhausted, we continue to seek additional support to assist families with their camp fees. 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.
Led by our Board member Christian Buckman, 50 volunteers sorted and distributed food, clothing, blankets and other relief items to approximately 200 families in our community. To help ensure that items reached the hardest hit communities, volunteers dropped off donations to local churches. As one member said, ”The Y gives my family so much. I am happy we were able to give something back…and volunteer for those who lost their homes.”
In addition, about 10 licensed YMCA counselors volunteered their time visiting local shelters to provide support and help families cope with the difficulties of losing their homes or businesses and being displaced.
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 Strong Kids Campaign. Give to the Y at TheCommunityYMCA.org/Donate.
Many thanks to our sister YMCAs for their generous donations to our relief efforts. Meredith Griffin, (center) Competitive Aquatics Director of the Brandywine branch of the YMCA of Delaware, is welcomed by our Swim Coach Jack Caucino and Y Board member Christian Buckman after dropping off a van filled with water, batteries, cleaning supplies and other donations collected in Wilmington.