Hoboken Sandy charity gives grants to local organizations
The Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund announced a second round of $7,500 grants benefiting nine local charities still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy last week. The checks were presented at a ceremony on Tuesday in Pier A Park.
“We are so pleased to be able to assist these charities that suffered loss and damage,” said Larry Henriques. “This aid, donated to Rebuild Hoboken by people from around the country, works to restore the vitality of Hoboken.”
With its second tranche of funding this past week, the total amount of aid granted by Rebuild Hoboken, a local fund, has surpassed $1 million. The fund was established after Sandy to get donations from the public that could make up the gaps not covered by FEMA aid and flood insurance. It distributed its first round of grants in February 2013. Since then, donations have continued to flow.
The nine organizations receiving aid were the American Legion, the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, the Hoboken YMCA, the Jubilee Center, the Hoboken Emergency Response Team, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, St. Ann’s Church, the Church of Our Lady of Grace and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Community.
Superstorm Sandy assistance still available
For those still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy, help is on the way.
The Hudson County Long Term Recovery Committee (HCLTRC) offers a range of services to Hudson County residents in need of a boost in the storm’s aftermath.
The organization can help residents find out about government-sponsored resources, provide advice on their recovery, help with home repairs, and even provide goods and financial assistance.
HCLTRC is a voluntary association of members representing many nonprofit agencies, faith-based groups and social service organizations. It was established after Sandy to support and coordinate the area’s long term recovery effort and has a special focus on the needs of low-income and disabled residents.
Services are provided on a case-by-case basis and may vary depending on your needs and the resources that are available. Hudson County residents who have been affected by Superstorm Sandy and are in need of additional assistance can dial 211 or 1-800-435-7555 to speak with someone regarding Sandy related assistance.
Walk the walk and hear the talk about the waterfront
The Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy conducts its next popular “Walk on the Hudson River Walkway” on Sunday, June 29 starting at 9 a.m. The group will meet in Exchange Place Plaza (near the Hyatt Hotel) and will walk north at an easy pace to Hoboken’s Erie Lackawanna Terminal. The walk will take about two hours, right at the river edge. There’s lot to learn about the area and to see (views of Manhattan and the harbor are fabulous). Everyone, including children and your dog, are welcome. A donation of $5 is suggested. More info can be found at hudsonriverwaterfront.org.
St. Lawrence Parish Center ready for special events
The St. Lawrence Parish Center in Weehawken announced this week that its Main Hall and double rooms are available for rent for special events and occasions. The spaces could potentially host wedding receptions, anniversary parties, birthday parties, baby showers, graduation parties, retirement parties, and group workshops. The Main Hall has a capacity for 200.
The St. Lawrence Parish Center is located at the corner of St. Lawrence Place and 18th Street in Weehawken, just north of the border from Hoboken. Interested parties can contact Michele at the Rectory at 201-863-6464 for rental fees and rental agreement.