Hurricane Sandy Disaster Aid


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Rotary Still at Work to Rebuild after Hurricane Sandy

Rebuilding and Next Steps

Most of the six worst-affected Districts have now turned their efforts to re-construction, but in some districts, supplies are still badly needed.

Many people in Staten Island (District 7230) are still homeless and have no power or heat yet. Many are living in tents in what has been freezing weather for the last couple of weeks.  Several organizations in addition to Rotary are working together to restore that area.

District 7250 (Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau County, NY at Belle Harbor, Long Island also continues to need supplies. In both of these areas, there are still many people displaced from their homes, and power and heat have not yet been restored to everyone. .

Here are supplies still needed:

  • Baby Food, formula and diapers
  • Non-perishable food
  • Bottled water
  • Toiletries
  • Generators for some areas
  • New clothes, especially mittens, scarves, warm jackets for all ages
  • New beds, cots, linens and pillows
  • Cleaning supplies*
  • Batteries, flashlights
  • Non-fabric furniture (no sofas or upholstered chairs
  • § Gift cards to Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target universal gift cards. This is recommended as a project for Interact and Rotoract Clubs who wish to help. Send gift cards to Calisto Bertin, address below.

BUILDING SUPPLIES NEEDED: NEW! Hammers, Sheetrock, Plywood, Sheetrock nails, Tape & Spackle

Here is where you can send them:

District 7250- Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties
Belle Harbor Yacht Club and the Rockaway Rotary Club
533 Beach 126 Street
Belle Harbor, New York 11694
Contact People: Nancy Hanson 917-225-1099
Rotary Liaison: DG Mario Moran 516-729-8164

District 7260

Frank Seibert, is an assistant governor in District 7260 whose area of responsibility is area 8 (which includes the Amityville, Babylon, Bay Shore, and Lindenhurst Rotary Clubs in Suffolk County). His area of Long Island, NY was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy and The Village of Lindenhurst suffered some of the most damage of any town in Suffolk County.

the Lindenhurst Rotary Club has been doing a terrific job of servicing their town, which suffered severe flooding, since day one of the storm. Currently the Club is working on putting together a terrific project that will work very well as a team project with the Gilford Rotary Club in Connecticut, as well as with a club in New Hampshire. The Lindenhurst Rotary Club project, entitled “Beautification after Sandy,” includes the Lindenhurst Interact Club and other members of the community. The project entails purchasing lawn and garden tools, equipment, and supplies, and with volunteers go to homes devastated by the flood and rake, clean up, and repair the lawns, shrubs, and other plantings at the exterior of the residences that were damaged

District 7490

This district (Bergen/Passaic/Hudson Counties in NJ) is working together with Rebuilding Together Bergen to rebuild two firehouses in Little Ferry and will soon be working on the Senior Citizens Center in Moonachie and the Ambulance Corps in Moonachie.  We plan to refurbish the Moonachie institutions with all of the supplies that we need.  We need volunteers who can provide skilled labor: masons, carpenters, ceramic tile, plumbers in early February, 2013. Sear’s and Lowe’s have donated many of the building materials, but District 7490 has been paying for labor by skilled contractors in drywall, plumbing, etc. These buildings have similar scopes of work: they need metal furring, cement board, drywall, ceramic tile, painting, toilet rooms, minimal ceiling work. One of the buildings has a kitchen and bar area to rebuild and install cabinets, which increases both the plumbing and carpentry work. The other building has a depressed concrete floor area that they would like to have taken out and replaced. If you want to contribute either building supplies or offer skilled labor, please contact or call 201-218-0473.

We have also donated a first responder vehicle to Hoboken.


When the weather is a bit warmer, we may need some groups or volunteers to help us.  We are working together with the Bergen Co. Volunteer Center to recruit these volunteers.  Any individual or group who wishes to volunteer in rebuilding these projects, as well as individual homes, should contact Debbie Emery at demery@bergenvolunteers.orgPlease also let DG Bonnie Sirower know so that she can arrange housing for your group/individuals at


District 7500 (Ocean/Monmouth/BurlingtonCounties.)


Perhaps the hardest hit area by Hurricane Sandy, district 7500 is still assisting with food distribution (supplies are low and donations have fallen off tremendously following the holidays). Many MANY people are dependent on churches, centers, etc, for hot meals as their own kitchens were wiped out along with the entire first floor of their homes. Many are without home and are still living in temporary rooms. We are fortunate that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s office has sent new winter coats, sweaters, comforters etc. We continue to distribute these goods to small distribution centers from Keyport to Tuckerton. There are also supplies available from our main distribution center at 15 Meridian Road, Eatontown, NJ. We have cleaning supplies, paper products and at times, furniture and appliances as they become available.


Union Beach was the hardest hit town of all. Over 300 homes washed away and of the remaining 2,000 homes at least 1,880 still need serious work, rebuilding, before folks can return home. District 7500 has sent in sheetrock and insulation for at least 20 homes if not more to be enclosed. More materials are on the way as space is somewhat limited so the supply meets the progress of rebuilding. Volunteers are working Monday through Saturday in Union Beach on enclosing the houses. Last week a group of Rotarians from Raleigh, NC spent a week working on hanging sheetrock and installing insulation. They slept on air mattresses at a local church and the women of the congregation prepared hot meals for them at night. A church in PA is planning to send a bus full of volunteers to work at rebuilding as day trips. It will cost about $5 million to rebuild all the homes in Union Beach. Anyone who is interested in volunteering to work in Union Beach should call 732-264-3026 and register at least the day before you are available to volunteer. You must report the day of volunteering to Town Hall, 650 Poole Avenue to sign a “Hold Harmless” clause and obtain the address of the home you will be assigned. Materials will be waiting for you at the assigned house.


In District 7640, In Ocean City, all the retailers are open again, although there are still families displaced. Ventnor and Margate are still very bad. Brigantine is still being worked on. Bayside and Reed’s Beach are still very bad. Governor Christie’s office has been in touch and is providing some supplies. They are trying to keep non-perishable food on hand for the 200 families or so that have been displaced. A group is making sure that everyone has a Christmas. They are putting together a committee to decide how the foundation will spend the monies donated. Atlantic City Rotary Club is getting ready to apply for a grant to rebuild the homes that people lost, including cleaning, new dry wall, and painting. No volunteers are needed as yet.


The clubs in District 7120 were requested by DG Gaven to participate, if they cared to, in Disaster Relief  for Super Storm Sandy.  The response was individual by club—and outstanding.  The participation, some of which is continuing, resulted in more than two-thirds of the clubs in the District being involved and produced:

  • More than  $10,000 donated to the American Red Cross.
  • More than  $12,000 donated to District 7490 Walter D. Head Foundation for equal distribution to the six NY/NJ Rotary districts most impacted.
  • More than $10,000 to other  relief groups and Rotary clubs, plus donations of truckloads of  cleaning supplies, generators, blankets, clothing, etc.
  • Included in the above is the generous amount of money donated at the Eastern Cities Fellowship Dinner by all those attending.
    • In addition, Rotarians donated through other groups, organizations, and houses of worship.

As reported to the DG, the following clubs participated in this collective effort:

Avon, Bath, Belmont, Brighton, Brockport, Corning, Caledonia-Mumford, Clifton Springs, Dansville, Dundee, East Rochester, Elmira, Elmira Hts., Fairport, Geneseo, Geneva, Honeoye Lake, Honeoye Falls-Mendon, Hornell, Naples, Newark, Ontario-Walworth, Palmyra-Macedon, Penn Yan, Pen-Web, Perry, Pittsford, Prattsburgh, Red Creek, Rochester, Rochester Deaf, Rochester Latino, Seneca Falls,  Scottsville, Sodus, Spencerport,  Watkins, Montour, Waterloo, Wayland, Wellsville,  Williamson, and Wolcott.

Donations of Cash

The Walter D. Head Foundation of District 7490 has already received more than $300,000 in donations to date and expects more. Approximately $4,000 in donations was made online. $13,000 has already been spent on generators and gift cards. Donations from outside each of the collaborating districts will be shared equally among all six districts affected. Please send donations and gift cards to: Rotary District 7490 Walter D. Head Foundation, c/o Calisto Bertin, Bertin Engineering, 66 Glen Avenue, Glen Rock, and NJ 07452). Gift cards and cash donations from outside each participating district have been shared equally among them, although whatever is raised within each District stays there. Thank you to the hundreds of Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and individuals who have helped us through this crisis.

Thank you to everyone – for your prayers, your volunteer efforts, your cash donations and gift cards, your donations of food, supplies, clothing, generators, etc. This is what Rotary is all about – caring for one another. With your help from Rotarians all over the world, we have collected more than $600,000 to help rebuild and ease the plight of Hurricane Sandy’s victims.

Yours in Rotary service,

Greg Arcaro, DG, District 7230 (

Mario Moran, DG, District 7250 (

Connie Gevinski, DG, District 7260 (

Avi Tilak, DG, District 7470 ( (not to be included in distribution)

Bonnie Sirower, DG, District 7490 (

Joan Vas, DG, District 7500 (

Dwight Leeper, DG, District7510 ( (not to be included in distribution)

John Andrews, DG, District 7640 (Atlantic, Salem, Cape May and Gloucester Counties, NJ,

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