United Way of Ocean County Celebrates Homeowner’s Progress
$100,000 Grant from HSNJRF Allowed UWOC to Help 40 Families This Year
| The SandPaper.Net
Rebuilding her home after it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy wasn’t always the happy occasion it was on Wednesday, Sept. 23, when homeowner Hedy Falcetta was able to express her thanks to volunteers and representatives from the United Way of Ocean County.
After her home in the Mystic Island section of Little Egg Harbor was inundated with 5 feet of water, the 74-year-old widow received a grant through the state’s RREM (Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation) program and, acting as her own contractor, started the arduous process of rebuilding. Even after receiving the grant, she realized she would need more help than she could afford. That’s when she was introduced to the volunteers from United Way of Ocean County.
On Wednesday, Linda Gyimoty, executive director of United Way of Ocean County, was on site to congratulate Falcetta on her nearly finished home and to thank the many volunteers who had helped to move the rebuilding process along.
A $100,000 grant from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund in 2014 allowed the UWOC to hire eight full-time AmeriCorps members and help 40 families with Sandy-related recovery work in the last year, said Gyimoty. UWOC also partners with the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group to link those who need help with volunteers willing to do the work.
On this day, 42 volunteers from Exelon Corp.’s Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Plant and from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Maryland were working on sites in Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Point Pleasant and Ortley Beach.
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