Toms River Outlines Local Sandy Relief Fund Distributions

Robin Hood Foundation's Sandy relief concert was held in December

A list of Sandy relief fund allocations published by the township shows that nearly $7 million from a benefit concert has come to organizations serving Toms River, Ocean County and surrounding areas. 

Held in December, the Robin Hood Foundation's 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief raised over $50 million total. The focus in Ocean County is now at OCEAN, Inc. and the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group, said Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher.

"They have just received over $2 million in grant money and are now gathering more volunteers to help with the disbursement of funds and the qualification process," he said in a statement. "We will be updating our website as soon as they have the details for our residents."

Kelaher said that his office and the Township Council have been working with the local charities to provide "the much-needed assistance that homeowners need, and will continue to need, over the next few years."

"The distribution of funds varies for each organization and hopefully these groups will provide the resources our homeowners desperately need," Kelaher said.

The list of local Robin Hood relief grants is available on the township's website; the complete list of the organization's grants is available through its online home.

The list of local relief fund recipients was compiled because residents have been inquiring where the money went, the mayor said. 

Minden Yo February 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Lets HOPE all the money makes it to those in need. Will the accounting for funds distributed be Public?? Hmmmmm.........
shorefriend February 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM
So basically what you need to qualify for any help is that you need to not work, and be career poor dependant, drug addicted, mentaly or physically disabled, or live in a church to get help. So much for those of us are the tax paying, donating population, working middle class getting a hand up. I will never ever, ever, ever, give any of my hard working money again to any charity!!
charlotte February 22, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Rich Gato February 22, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I found it interesting that you would place mentally ill and handicapped individuals in the mix with your tirade. I am absolutely sure you never contributed to anyone or any charity based on your comments
dainty February 22, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I have been on the ground volunteering since Thanksgiving. We have gotten NOTHING from any MAJOR agency. Everything we have, or have done has been from donations from the public. I cant get a case of work gloved from them. bs!
Danielle Vaz February 22, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I'm a single parent of a 4 year old autistic boy who wants to go home. I work and make approx. 50,200.00 a year so I doubt that I qualify for any of these grants, I fight every day with my mortgage co. to release my funds, I have flood insurance, where am I suppose to get the money to raise my house this Robin Hood fund is nice, But what about help for people who have to raise there houses what do we fix our houses and then 4 years later go into foreclosure because we can't afford to raise them or pay the price for flood insurance that will be raised out of reach.
grace February 22, 2013 at 03:20 PM
oh mayor kelahar how you doin?
BeachMomma February 22, 2013 at 05:03 PM
The people over at Blue Wave printing - the folks behind Restore The Shore tshirts n merch have accounted for every dollar in proceeds they have brought in - straight on their own website. Why does the township need volunteers to do this and why is it taking so long? Maybe the Mayor should contact that little shop on Rt 37 and ask them how they do it. SMH.
Lindsay Reed February 22, 2013 at 07:52 PM
I stopped giving to charities years ago when I learned about how little actually goes to those we think we're helping. It doesn't matter if its disaster relief or cancer groups. They're all rip-offs. The Salvation Army is the only organization with a record of true charity. Their CEO is a volunteer; he takes no salary and 90 cents of every dollar goes to help the needy.
charlotte February 23, 2013 at 12:44 AM


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