Date: Nov 11th, 2012
Location: Ocean City
On Sunday, November 11th, over 150 volunteers came from across the state and region to Ocean City for our first relief and cleanup effort after Sandy. During our 5-hour cleanup, our crew split up and worked all over the island. Here's a quick recap of what everyone worked on:
Checking on residents - Groups teamed up and went door to door with checklists and information to help assess damage and determine kind of relief is needed. Some residents were fortunate enough to be elevated and spared from major damage, but others are still living without power and are dealing with flood soaked carpets and walls which can lead to serious health issues.
Calling displaced families - One team worked with the local school district to check on families and children who haven't reported to school since the storm. Many families have been forced to leave their homes due to flood damage and are living in motels, making it challenging for children to get to school.
Distributing donations - Some volunteers worked at a donation drop point and worked with residents and families who lost many of their basic items in the storm. Households that were affected are in need of an array of things, such as: clothing, coats, blankets, and cleaning supplies.
Beach and street cleanup - A large group of volunteers spread out to help clean up the beaches, access points, and streets that were impacted by Sandy. The winds, tides and flood waters moved debris all over the island and our team worked on cleanups at 55th Street, 34th Street, and Strathmere Beach.
We want to thank all of our volunteers and the groups that joined us from from Blue Journey, Surfrider South Jersey Chapter, Urban Outfitters, Princeton University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Philadelphia University, Rutgers University, and Rowan University.