Volunteers help rebuild homes damaged by Sandy
A group of volunteers spent Wednesday in Neptune helping to rebuild a home damaged by Superstorm Sandy five years ago.
The group of women from a church in Upper Saddle River were organized by the nonprofit group Saint Bernard’s Project (SBP), which helps to rebuild homes damaged by the storm. SBP has several projects underway at the Jersey Shore.
“So right now we're working on about 20 houses, that are active in construction, and working to get about another 30 families into our construction pipeline,” says SBP director Kevin McGee.
The volunteers have been staying at Camp Evans, a former military base in Wall Township. New Jersey's first lady Mary Pat Christie paid a visit to the camp Wednesday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the storm.
Many of the nonprofit groups who met with Mrs. Christie received grants from relief donations raised by the first lady.
The fact that some families are still not in their homes five years after Sandy is no surprise, says volunteer June Jeffers.
"People go on with their lives, they're busy and they just don't know what's going on out there,” she says. “But it is programs like this that really make a difference.”
The volunteers staying at Camp Evans range in age from 14 to 94. They have come from all over the United States.