PHOTO: Volunteers from Hope Church, Voorhees, NJ worked on several Union Beach home in July.
A Future with Hope, a leader in New Jersey’s long term recovery efforts, will be hosting a week of special volunteer opportunities, services and interview opportunities from October 27-November 2, 2013.
OCEAN, NJ – More than 150 volunteers are scheduled to participate in A Future with Hope’s “Hope Week” from October 27 – November 2, 2013. The week will include work sites in Atlantic, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Volunteers from all corners of New Jersey will be participating in the event. Reporters and photographers are invited to visit a work site and speak with staff and volunteers.
“Hope Week” will conclude with A Service of Hope and Remembrance on November 2nd at 9am at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ. The service will feature testimonies from volunteers and homeowners severely affected by the storm and will welcome distinguish guests such as local mayors, councilmen, and state senators. New Jersey Area Resident Bishop John Schol will lead the service.
A Future with Hope, Inc., the Sandy recovery nonprofit started by the Greater New Jersey Conference of The United Methodist Church, has a goal of employing 20,000 volunteers to renovate 300 to 500 homes over the next 5 years.
Since construction began in March of 2013, A Future with Hope has:
- provided case management to more than 150 families,
- renovated 9 homes, and
- hosted more than 1500 volunteers from 18 states.
In addition, A Future with Hope is currently:
- working on over 25 additional homes, and
- operating in 12 hosting sites, including the flagship volunteer hosting site in Highlands, NJ, which is dedicated to volunteer housing and can host more than 65 people each week.
The American Red Cross, Robin Hood Foundation and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) have also provided grants in recognition and support of the long term recovery efforts.