How to Help and Get Help After Sandy

The community pulls together after hurricane leaves a wake of damage.

The requests started soon after the rain stopped: How can we help?

As Ocean City cleans up and assesses damage after record flooding from Hurricane Sandy, the community is rallying to help each other.

Here are a few opportunities to help and receive help. But let us know in the comments section if you know of others.


OCNJ C.A.R.E.: The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. "Ocean City, NJ has a special place in all of our hearts and we are happy to say we are recovering," the Chamber writes. So many people have reached out to us to see how they can help and we appreciate every offer. OCNJ first and foremost wants to ensure everyone’s safety and there still is much to be done. We have created an organization called OCNJ C.A.R.E. (Cleanup And Recovery Effort) Project. This will be the central location for information, to volunteer, donate and request help. The website should be up and running early next week and in effort to provide information, we have launched OCNJ CARE facebook page. Please "like" the page so that we can provide information to help restore our Ocean City families and businesses! Thank you!

ST. PETER'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Serving breakfast 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and hot dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday at St. Peter's church (8th Street and Wesley Avenue — please use back stairs). Open all day as a charging station.

OCEAN CITY ECUMENICAL FOOD CUPBOARD: Due to water damage at St. Peter's United Methodist Church, the local Food Cupboard has temporarily moved to the Ocean City Civic Center at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. To serve the needy of our community, the Food Cupboard will be opened 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, to distribute food and accept donations.  

Until further notice, future hours at the Civic Center will be Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cleaning supplies are available for those who need these types of supplies. 

The Clothes Closet remains at its location at 555 West Avenue, Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Urgent need for donations of sheets, blankets and towels.  Clothing donations are not requested at this time.

The Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet provides for the needy of our community.  Your donations, especially at this crucial time of need, will help us fulfill that mission.  Please mail donations to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Inc., P.O. Box 1001, Ocean City, NJ  08226.  A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.

EXODUS INTEGRATED WELLNESS: Complimentary Community Peace Meditation is at 6 p.m. Monday (Nov. 5) at Exodus Integrated Wellness on the 600 block of Bay Avenue. All are welcome. Complimentary classes will be available all November.

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION: The local Surfrider Foundation chapter is coordinated events to help out in Ocean City. The events are planned weekly at noon Sundays, and the future locations will be based upon local needs. Check the local Surfrider website for details and updates.

SENIOR CENTER MEALS: Hot meals will be served for those in need at the Ocean City Community Center Senior Center (1735 Simpson Avenue) on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteers for this effort and donations of hot meals are welcome beginning at 8 a.m. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and cleaning supplies may be dropped off at the Ocean City Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Demand for assistance from the local Food Cupboard is expected to be at an all-time high.

OCEAN CITY BAPTIST CHURCH: The local church has invited six other churches from the area (MD, DE, PA, and NJ) to minister to the people of Ocean City by helping to clean up after Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers will be reaching out to the community this weekend by sending out teams to help people with whatever they might need — cleaning debris, shoveling sand, etc. They will be working all day on Saturday and the rest of the day on Sunday after a 9:30 a.m. worship service. If anybody needs assistance, email the church at ocbc@oceancitybaptist.org or call the pastor, Kevin O'Brien at 609-287-9797. Just let them know how they can help.

ST. PETER'S UNITED METHODIST: The church is looking for those willing to prepare meals or serve on volunteer teams for home cleanups. We are also looking for those who need meals cooked for them or a cleanup team to help. Sarah Lee is our point person for this, she can be emailed at: sara.lee@stpoc.org

DONATE AT AMERICAN LEGION IN SOMERS POINT: A relief effort will be held at the American Legion in Somers Point 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. People are asked to bring any clothing (men, women and children), toilietries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, combs ect) and necessary items for cleanup (5g buckets, sponges, scrub brushes, dish soap, laundry detergent ect). If you would prefer to donate money, we ask that you please make any checks payable to American Red Cross. The drop-off will be at the American Legion on the Corner of First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Somers Point.

OPERATION RESTORE OUR SHORE: Check this Facebook page for more information on a relief to all shore communities.

Gerry Fitzpatrick November 03, 2012 at 06:33 PM
We live in Winchester Virginia but travel to Ocean City ofter. What can we do to assist in the relief effort. Please contact me at blindedveteran@gmail.com Thank you. Gerry & Ana
kim keidat November 03, 2012 at 06:37 PM
We are local volunteers on standby ready to help with cleanup, donations, etc: www.shorehelpers.com
Regina Shuster November 03, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Just saw this! CITY OF OCEAN CITY, NJOFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Ocean City Post Storm Update: Saturday, Nov. 3, 1:00PM Travel restrictions have been lifted for access into Cape May County Barrier Islands including Ocean City. The Route 52 Causeway (9th Street Bridge), 34th Street Bridge are open for access onto the Island. The Longport Bridge is open inbound only with no tolls. Outbound is still closed at this time.
Michele Eachus November 03, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Hello, I have about a team of five woman who would love to help with the clean up. We are available as soon as tomorrow morning. We have no problem getting our hands dirty! We have been making memories for over 15 years in Ocean City and we are hoping our little one will have the same opportunity. Please let us know how we can help.
Steve Cheverton November 03, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I am interested in driving up from VA to spend a week doing volunteer work. I can help doing clean up or anything else that needs to be done. If anyone has some useful information to connect me with some relief work organizers I would appreciate being contacted scheve1775@aol.com Thank you
Sally Carr November 03, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I would like to help. Although I don't have the financial means to assist, I am not afraid of hardwork.
Erin November 03, 2012 at 09:54 PM
For the lost and found comment, they had a Facebook page for lost and found items when MO had a tornado. Maybe they should make one for the hurricane. Many people lost things, but aren't going to know if they're found.
P November 04, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Looking for my picnic table. It is about 300 lbs. Disappeared from 56th St.
AJ November 04, 2012 at 03:23 AM
To those offering to volunteer: First, thank you! We need your help. We are organizing. By Monday evening you can register on ocnjcare.com to volunteer and/or donate. ocnj care (cleanup and relief effort). We have residents that need your help, and we will need your help cleaning up the town (parks, playgrounds, beaches, etc) Also, check Facebook: ocnj care
C FOELL November 04, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Will be down in the AM Looking for Vol. opps.
Jane Rubino November 04, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I see that Mew to You on Asbury between 9th and 10th is in urgent need of cat food and also workers who would be able to help them with the cleanup. Here is a link to their situation and need: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/capeatlanticcats.html
P November 04, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Denise...what street are you on? I think I would pass that on the way to the beach on 56th. I will look to see if it is still there.
P November 04, 2012 at 01:34 PM
C Foell...If you don't have any place specifically to go and you see a resident working outside, just stop and ask if you can help them. If you can, bring a shovel, heavy rake and rubber gloves. It is not a clean job! You are the best :)
Peg Miller November 04, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Looking for our 3-can trash can holder from our home at 856 Brighton Place. Call us at 814-9107.
luke melillo November 05, 2012 at 12:49 AM
If anyone in ocean city needs shelter i have a 31' motorhome . You would need room to park it and it sleeps 4 and has everything you need. Temporary shelterup to 30 days. Please let me know if there is anyone in desperate need for shelter. Luke from lukeslandscaping in Seaville.
Neil Kaye November 05, 2012 at 01:13 AM
We are encouraging any non-residents who have useable second homes in OC to make them available free of charge to residents who need temporary housing while repairing their residences....
luke melillo November 05, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Free freezer for ocean city flood victims. Small but good. Luke 602 6526. Will deliver to your house for free. Also nice china cabinet for free. Let me know if anyone is in need.
Paul Langan November 05, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Is there any need for volunteers Wednesday and Thursday? I, along with two teacher friends, had planned to be at the New Jersey Teachers Convention in AC and since the convention is cancelled, we will be available to help all day both days in any capacity. If you can use us, we'll help. E-mail Paul at writerpl@gmail.com.
Denise o November 05, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Pat, I think I saw a picnic table on the corner Asbury and 37th. Good luck!
Ann Daly November 05, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Locked outdoor plastic storage container (black) at 2125 simpson. About 2 foot by 3 foot. Floated into our yard during storm. No idea if it contains anything valuable. At front curb if it is yours.
Carm November 05, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Hi Luke, Although I was not terribly affected by Sandy, except for a power outage for 4 days, I just wanted to say thank you for your kindness. That truly is so generous of you to provide help to someone desperately in need.
Carm November 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I replied to Luke before, but I just want to extend my thanks to everyone for helping Hurricane Sandy victims. Your generosity does not go unnoticed!
Kirk November 05, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Just heard from city works that we do not have to find someone to carry stuff away when torn out of the house. Just leave by curb, and the city will pick up. The woman I spoke to did ask that we NOT leave the piles in the street however. Just thought I would share what I was told. If you have a truck you can bring to the dumpsters around town, but if you just have a little car no worries they will pick it up.
Donna Warriner November 06, 2012 at 01:43 AM
https://www.facebook.com/LostAndFoundHurricaneSandy?ref=hl Try this FB page, its new. Share to get it out there.
Donna Warriner November 06, 2012 at 01:44 AM
https://www.facebook.com/LostAndFoundHurricaneSandy?ref=hl Try posting on this new FB page and share. Good luck
Donna Warriner November 06, 2012 at 01:45 AM
https://www.facebook.com/LostAndFoundHurricaneSandy?ref=hl Lost & found page for hurricane sandy
Donna Warriner November 06, 2012 at 01:45 AM
https://www.facebook.com/LostAndFoundHurricaneSandy?ref=hl Join, post missing item and share
Donna Warriner November 06, 2012 at 01:46 AM
https://www.facebook.com/LostAndFoundHurricaneSandy?ref=hl Please post on this page and share
Jennifer Vazquez November 06, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Hello my name is Jennifer Vazquez I live in NYC I'm so hurt by what has happened if anyone needs help cleaning up I am more than willing to help my email is jenniferv1107@aol.com
P November 06, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Denise o...I will check it out. Thanks :)


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