The Bergen County VOAD
Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC)
Located at the Recovery Information Center – 221 Moonachie Road in Moonachie.
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 5 pm (Thursdays until 7 pm) and Saturday 9 am to 2 pm. Closed Sunday/Monday.
Call 201-470-3143 for more information.
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County has been the sponsor of the Bergen County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) since 1999, following Tropical Storm Floyd. The VOAD typically facilitates communication between the first responding organizations and the broad network of civic, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations in the community.
In response to Hurricane Sandy, organizations involved in the VOAD have banded together to form a Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC). The LTRC has established working committees and is operating on a set of Assistance Protocols to help residents recover from the devastation of the storm. Our work includes the following:
Needs Assessment/Case Management – Case managers are meeting one-on-one with survivors to determine their unmet needs after FEMA, insurance, and other benefits have been settled. The Case Manager assigned to the client will bring to the Long Term Committee a request for funds to meet these needs. Fairness and confidentiality of clients are of paramount importance in this effort.
Volunteer Coordination – Hundreds of volunteers are providing a range of services, from muck-out to re-building, from administrative work to fundraising; many participants in the LTRC are directing volunteer efforts to help victims. “Like” the Bergen County VOAD on Facebook, and register on our website to find out about volunteer opportunities.
Donations Management – Through the national Aid Matrix system we are able to access contributions of donated goods (new building materials only) from around the country. We are also seeking donations or discounts on the purchase of rebuilding materials.
Construction Management – Our principal contractors are nonprofit organizations with expertise in rebuilding and construction management.
Fundraising – Significant funds have been awarded by the Robin Hood Relief Fund, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, American Red Cross, Points of Light, and others. Click on “Funding” above for details.
Public Affairs/Communications – We are fully transparent in the operations of the Long Term Recovery Committee and will publicize our efforts, our processes, and various services we are providing to residents and small businesses.
Emotional and Spiritual Care – The emotional effects on survivors is enormous, and several organizations and religious groups are providing counseling.
Policy and Advocacy – we are advocating for support of recovery, for survivors to receive all government assistance to which they are entitled, and for efforts to prevent future occurrences.
Administration – the Volunteer Center of Bergen County is providing administration, including staff for project management, case management, and volunteer coordination. We have established a Recovery Information Center at the First Presbyterian Church, 221 Moonachie Road, in Moonachie.