Operation Provide Comfort – Colts Neck – Union Beach
The mission of Operation Provide Comfort is to support the citizens of Union Beach in the clean-up and rebuilding of their town. Representatives from Union Beach and Colts Neck meet regularly (approximately every other week) to discuss what Union Beach needs and how Colts Neck can help them get it.
Next meeting – Monday, June 30, 6:30 p.m. (weekly through August 11)
St. Mary’s Church, 1 Phalanx Rd.
Topic – Fundraising – please come with your great ideas for raising money to help the Union Beach homeowners, many of whom are mired in red tape with their insurance companies!
To help the citizens of Union Beach restore their homes, donations of money and physical goods are urgently needed.
Monetary donations can be made via PayPal (no need to be a PayPal member to use this) by clicking the “Donate” button below:
All donations are tax deductible; receipts will be provided.
In addition, the following supplies are needed – any one who can donate these items should contact Union Beach Borough Hall at 732-264-2277.
- sheetrock traffic vests
- shovels hammers
- rakes 2×4’s
- gloves insulation
- Home Depot/Lowes Gift Cards
Any one who can help in the restoration effort should report to Union Beach Borough Hall (650 Poole Avenue) for an assignment.
At this time, we do not have any storage facilities for furniture and household goods, and most homeowners are not yet ready for them. Please check back here frequently for updates – we are working on getting storage. In the meantime, if you can please hold on to any usable furniture, there will be a need for it soon. We appreciate your patience.
Union Beach NJ is a small borough of mostly small, single family homes (which are the owners’ primary residences). It is on the Raritan Bay, nestled between Keyport and Keansburg. Union Beach sustained devastating damage from Super Storm Sandy on October 28-29, 2012, including nearly 200 homes that needed to be demolished, another 500 that took on 5′ of water, and another 1000 that had up to 3′ of water damage. Police, Fire, Emergency Services buildings, and the school all sustained significant damage to buildings and equipment.
Colts Neck NJ is about twice the size of Union Beach, and about 15 miles further inland. Colts Neck residents incurred significant tree damage and lengthy power outages from Super Storm Sandy, but nothing like the devastation in Union Beach. Jim Sfayer, a Colts Neck resident, came up with the idea of “adopting” Union Beach, to help their residents recover more quickly from the effects of the storm. He named the project “Operation Provide Comfort – Union Beach.”
The purpose of this project is to help collect and coordinate donations of money, physical goods, and services to aid in the rebuilding effort. A 501c3 organization (indicating non-profit status) has been set up through the Colts Neck Community Church.