The Burners Without Borders Sandy Relief Crew has been hard at work clearing homes in Union Beach, NJ that were destroyed by the storm last October. To date, the crew has gifted over $1 million worth of home and debris removal to these residents-saving them over $800K in hauling and tipping fees. Homeowners are not allowed to access FEMA resources until their home is demolished and cleared, and BWB is enabling these homeowners to quickly obtain the federal money available to rebuild their homes.
BWB’s good work has quickly won the support of various foundations working in the region. With the recent congressional approval of $60 billion dollars for the Sandy Relief effort, BWB was able to secure a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation that will enable BWB’s heavy equipment operations to continue in New Jersey through March 2013.
BWB’s work in Union Beach was recently mentioned by the President of the Princeton Area Community Foundation in a report that stated, “This is some of the best leverage of donated dollars that I’ve ever seen. It’s an example of philanthropy working quickly and in creative ways to help out where other forms of aid are unavailable or slow to arrive.”
Thank you to everyone who has donated to this project to make it a success. A special website has been created to help you follow the progress of the BWB relief effort- complete with maps, photos, and blog posts from volunteers on the ground. http://bwb-sandy.org/