Most folks think that damage cause by Hurricane Sandy is long gone but that is far from the truth. There are still thousands of homes in Monmouth and Ocean counties that are still not occupied and it is almost 2 years later. An event called "It's A Shore Thing" was sponsored by the Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore on July 24th at Windows on the Water in Sea Bright, to help get the word out about the work that still needs to be done. The foundation raised about $30,000 that evening and distributed it to different agencies. ROOM IN OUR HEARTS (RIOH) was lucky enough to receive part of those funds to help in our mission to furnish and decorate one room in the homes of those hardest hit by Sandy. http://www.savethejerseyshore.org/shorething.html
Thanks to all the folks at Save the Jersey Shore for believing in our mission and helping us continue our work. As a grass roots 501c 3 nonprofit organization, we rely on the generosity of organizations and private donors to keep us operating. In the words of one of Save the Jersey Shore founders, Phil Villapiano, "“There are a lot of government recovery dollars that have yet to be distributed. We hope they will be put into play soon, as we’re coming up on two years since Sandy. Until then, we’ll keep doing what we can to plug the holes and help keep people afloat.” With that said, RIOH has plugged a lot of holes and we will continue to do so thanks to the generosity of foundations like this.
These two, Frans vanRiemsdyk and Rick Koehler wore the Room In Our Hearts "uniform" to the Save the Jersey Shore fundraiser.