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Ocean County Charities to Receive Nearly $2 Million From Robin Hood Foundation

121212 Concert beneficiary connected with county services through county's social services department, OceanFirst Foundation

Ocean County charity organizations are slated to receive a combined $1.9 million in aid from the Robin Hood Foundation to help their efforts assisting victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The Robin Hood Foundation is the beneficiary of donations from Wednesday night's 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief.

At Wednesday's preboard meeting of the Ocean County Board of Freeholders, Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little said the New York-based foundation has awarded grants to a variety of county organizations, from Hometown Heroes to O.C.E.A.N. Inc. to Homes for All, from the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to Community Services, which delivers hot meals and a variety of services to senior citizens.

"Right after the storm, the Ocean First Foundation contacted our Human Services Department and indicated the Robin Hood Foundation from New York City was interested in helping out in Ocean County," Little said. "We worked with OceanFirst to arrange a meeting with various nonprofit agencies" involved in helping those most affected by the storm.

Ryan Reilly, coordinator of the department's Ocean County Human Services Advisory Council, gave a PowerPoint presentation on Dec. 6 to a meeting of all those organizations on the depth of the needs that still exist just weeks after Sandy turned the county upside down.

In Ocean County alone, more than 33,000 households have been approved to receive some form of assistance from FEMA. Of those, 856 were receiving temporary shelter assistance from FEMA as of Dec. 6, Reilly's presentation noted.

A list of the organizations, including those from Ocean County, that are being helped by the Robin Hood Foundation can be found here.

Ann Powers December 14, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Living in storm-ravaged Beach Haven West and knowing how little help truly needy people are getting, I have concluded that these major fund-raising efforts are for show...to make people FEEL GOOD about giving; for organizers to LOOK GOOD to the public, but do very little for the truly needy. I have been skeptical of specific major fund-raising efforts since Katrina and Japan. For example, the Red Cross, which uses a large % of $ for admin. costs, sets aside $ from a specific fund-raiser for "the next disaster." In this case, if you click on the word "here" (the last word in the article), read a little about where the $$ is going. Enlightening. Meanwhile, poor people w/no insurance are wondering how will they ever recover the little bit that they had. Suggestion: Give to a specific needy person or family. Volunteer to help strip a home; spackle new wallboard; paint, or some other necessary job. Then, once your new friend is about to move back in, help out -- if possible -- with new linens, towels, pots and pans, or however you can help.
Sue February 20, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Don't get too excited. Charity is only giving to primary homeowners. Middle class second homeowners get nothing. No help from FEMA, SBA or charities. Turned down from all these charities so we can rebuild, including Gov. Christie's charity fund. I will never donate to another charity again. They discriminate against people.
grace February 20, 2013 at 07:21 PM
susan wray if i made a comment it would be considered racist so i wont say it...but not all people are turned down
jasper February 22, 2013 at 06:10 PM
right on!!!!!!
Danielle Vaz May 23, 2013 at 06:44 PM
My daughter received $2500.00 from Fema for temmpory housing, she is still not in her house we are hoping by September, but she still has to pay her mortgage and put up with all there red tape, so her son and her are living with me. I liked to no where all this Robin Hood money is. I quess only Berkley homeowner are going to get this money. My daughter's home is in Silverton. I dont belive anything the local, state or federal government says,it's a fact my daughter hasn't seen anything more.

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