Ocean County Charities to Receive Nearly $2 Million From Robin Hood Foundation

121212 Concert beneficiary connected with county services through county's social services department, OceanFirst Foundation

Ocean County charity organizations are slated to receive a combined $1.9 million in aid from the Robin Hood Foundation to help their efforts assisting victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The Robin Hood Foundation is the beneficiary of donations from Wednesday night's 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief.

At Wednesday's preboard meeting of the Ocean County Board of Freeholders, Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little said the New York-based foundation has awarded grants to a variety of county organizations, from Hometown Heroes to O.C.E.A.N. Inc. to Homes for All, from the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to Community Services, which delivers hot meals and a variety of services to senior citizens.

"Right after the storm, the Ocean First Foundation contacted our Human Services Department and indicated the Robin Hood Foundation from New York City was interested in helping out in Ocean County," Little said. "We worked with OceanFirst to arrange a meeting with various nonprofit agencies" involved in helping those most affected by the storm.

Ryan Reilly, coordinator of the department's Ocean County Human Services Advisory Council, gave a PowerPoint presentation on Dec. 6 to a meeting of all those organizations on the depth of the needs that still exist just weeks after Sandy turned the county upside down.

In Ocean County alone, more than 33,000 households have been approved to receive some form of assistance from FEMA. Of those, 856 were receiving temporary shelter assistance from FEMA as of Dec. 6, Reilly's presentation noted.

A list of the organizations, including those from Ocean County, that are being helped by the Robin Hood Foundation can be found here.

KC December 13, 2012 at 04:52 AM
The list seems pretty well balanced. Even illegal non-citizens are being helped by this program. I am not a senior BTW, but I feel they too are entitled to some assistance if they were affected.
. December 13, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Aren't you just a little bit bitter? There were other forms of damage besides flooding. Trees fell and people were without power for weeks. This is benefiting everyone. Hopefully, you will never be a senior.
grace December 13, 2012 at 01:30 PM
i am so thrilled to hear this! yay a charity actually giving to those who need it
PJ Ortley December 13, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The 12-12-12 concert last night was just awesome. I can't wait to hear how much money was raised for victims of Sandy. Keep it coming here - we need it!
Cynthia E Miller December 13, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Ocean County only receiving 1.9mil from over 35+millions raised and still being rasied, that's it. wow. impressive. I will love to know where that # 33 thousand households being helped by FEMA is coming from. I don't understand. We are getting none. Excuses upon Excuses FEMA is making I have yet to meet someone on the barrier islands that is getting some sort of assistance from FEMA. The islands are getting nothing. I'm disgusted. Everyone is so concerned about getting the broadwalks up and the small business on the broadwalk, that they are not helping anyone else. What about those mobile homes tucked way in cumbeland, maryland (over 1000) that are already winterized and ready for people to move in. The people who have lost their homes could use these. I mean this is brainless. don't want to put them where they will flood, seriously, they have put them in flooded areas, such as Louisiana, texas these are all flood areas. These are mobile homes that people need now. what on god's green earth is FEMA doing. I am reading what they are doing, but seeing none of it.
brick mom 61 December 13, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Let's hope the $1.9 million is just a start and that it trickles down to the homeowners. I'd like to see vouchers that can be used for building supplies, paint, furniture- stuff like that. As awesome as the concert was, and I myself donated, the majority of my donations and time are going locally.
foggyworld December 14, 2012 at 06:26 AM
I, too, keep wondering where the money goes because very little of it has shown up in my neighborhood. For starters, please need to know the new rules and then building supplies could be administered via a debit card for each house. Furniture will come much later in the game for most. But the question is who is distributing the charitable donations and how do we who were damaged get to participate.
1stcav December 14, 2012 at 08:16 AM
FEMA=Your doing a great job Brownie, all talk and give THEM nothing !!!
clamdigger December 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Robin Hood does not dole out money directly to individuals, money goes to other organizations and those groups decide who, where and when any funds get dispersed.
Ann Powers December 14, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Living in storm-ravaged Beach Haven West and knowing how little help truly needy people are getting, I have concluded that these major fund-raising efforts are for show...to make people FEEL GOOD about giving; for organizers to LOOK GOOD to the public, but do very little for the truly needy. I have been skeptical of specific major fund-raising efforts since Katrina and Japan. For example, the Red Cross, which uses a large % of $ for admin. costs, sets aside $ from a specific fund-raiser for "the next disaster." In this case, if you click on the word "here" (the last word in the article), read a little about where the $$ is going. Enlightening. Meanwhile, poor people w/no insurance are wondering how will they ever recover the little bit that they had. Suggestion: Give to a specific needy person or family. Volunteer to help strip a home; spackle new wallboard; paint, or some other necessary job. Then, once your new friend is about to move back in, help out -- if possible -- with new linens, towels, pots and pans, or however you can help.
Sue February 20, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Don't get too excited. Charity is only giving to primary homeowners. Middle class second homeowners get nothing. No help from FEMA, SBA or charities. Turned down from all these charities so we can rebuild, including Gov. Christie's charity fund. I will never donate to another charity again. They discriminate against people.
grace February 20, 2013 at 07:21 PM
susan wray if i made a comment it would be considered racist so i wont say it...but not all people are turned down
jasper February 22, 2013 at 06:10 PM
right on!!!!!!
Danielle Vaz May 23, 2013 at 06:44 PM
My daughter received $2500.00 from Fema for temmpory housing, she is still not in her house we are hoping by September, but she still has to pay her mortgage and put up with all there red tape, so her son and her are living with me. I liked to no where all this Robin Hood money is. I quess only Berkley homeowner are going to get this money. My daughter's home is in Silverton. I dont belive anything the local, state or federal government says,it's a fact my daughter hasn't seen anything more.


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