The two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy has just passed, and some people are still trying to rebuild. In these efforts, there are individuals who are committed to helping those when it’s needed.
As part of the efforts of Rebuilding Together Bergen County, seven agents from different agencies came together to help do some repairs on a house in Little Ferry, NJ that had been damaged during the storm
“The desire to help came from living in New Jersey through Hurricane Sandy and being lucky enough to only have the inconvenience of not having electricity, while many of my friends were much more effected,” said Pamela Moat, a resident of Ridgefield and an agent in the Ridgefield office of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. “You always want to help, but you sometimes don’t know how you can when you want to. When the Eastern Bergen Board presented this opportunity, I didn’t hesitate.”
Once Pamela was there, she found out that the home belonged to a family of five, and the husband and wife were both EMTs who helped others during the storm.
“Seeing their faces when we were done made the efforts that much more gratifying,” said Pamela.
Because of the small group, work was done to help repair the basement, where the volunteers fixed a large hole in the floor.
After the work was done, Governor Chris Christie and Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan visited the site and thanked the volunteers for their work.
“None of us had any idea they were coming, and it was pretty exciting,” said Pamela. “So many great things can happen when you lend a helping hand.”
Rebuilding Together’s mission is: Bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners.
If you would like to volunteer for Rebuilding Together, please call (201)447-8886, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.