Click here for information on use of the Lend A Hand van.
January 19 – 24, 2014. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. See SCHEDULE for details.
February 16 – 21, 2014. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. See SCHEDULE for details.
March 16 – 21, 2014. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. See SCHEDULE for details.
April 27 – May 2, 2014. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. See SCHEDULE for details.
May 18 – 23, 2014. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. See SCHEDULE for details.
June 15 – 20, 2014. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. See SCHEDULE for details.
Lend A Hand was founded in 1989 following Hurricane Hugo in South Carolina, and has since achieved national respect and recognition.
Lend A Hand coordinates reliable transportation, labor, housing and meals for volunteers who want to help those who have lost homes or are suffering extraordinary hardship as the result of a disaster.
Often one of the most valuable things Lend A Hand volunteers can do is to listen. Victims of disaster need to tell their stories of loss, hardship and recovery to a sympathetic listener.
The new friends you make with other volunteers and with those you’re serving are just one of the many benefits of participating on a Lend A Hand work team.
Many (but not all) jobs require physical labor. Most volunteers eagerly jump in and take on any job which needs to be done, from demolition and rebuilding to general disaster clean-up.
HANDS UP GRANT Update
The “Hands Up Grant” created between Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church and Lend A Hand is up and running. As of today 26 applications have been approved and Lend A Hand has now contributed $30,000 to this program. This money was donated to Lend A Hand to help the people of New Jersey recover from Superstorm Sandy. If you have any questions or would like to contribute to this program, please contact the office (717-731-8888) or mail your donation to 3040 Market Street Suite #1, Camp Hill, Pa. 17011-4539 with the check memo marked "Hands Up Grant."
DISCOUNT FOR REPEAT VOLUNTEERS TO NJ New!
The steering committee of Lend A Hand has decided to continue their discount for repeat volunteers to New Jersey. Those volunteers who have been on at least one NJ trip can deduct $50 from their application fee. If you are riding in the van to NJ, the cost will be $100 and if you are driving by yourself, the cost will be $50. We will continue this program as long as we are financially able to.
Gov. Christie of N.J. has issued an executive order allowing children age 14 or older to participate in the storm recovery work. There are seats still available on our August 11-16 trip for any student and their parents or chaperones who would like to participate in the recovery effort before the new school year begins.
LEND A HAND FACEBOOK PAGE
The Lend A Hand Facebook page has been reactivated and updated. Check it out to see what's happening as well as pictures of our hard-working teams. Please like us on Facebook!
PDA AND THE JERSEY SHORE
When the Lend A Hand group went to New Jersey in March, they became part of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance video that was being filmed. This video was created to help demonstrate the mission of PDA in regards to helping the Jersey Shore recover. You will see some ever-present green shirts in the video and may also see some familiar faces that you may have encountered on previous trips with Lend A Hand. The video can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/65588503.
"OUT OF CHAOS … HOPE"
Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church has created a Volunteer Village Handbook to answer all of your questions about volunteering for Hurricane Sandy recovery operations in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY ORIENTATION
A Hurricane Sandy Recovery Orientation sheet can be downloaded here or from the Register page to inform future travelers of the conditions and special issues to consider when submitting an application to volunteer.
PHOTOS FROM PT. PLEASANT BEACH, NJ
Click here for a photo gallery of Lend A Hand's work at Point Pleasant Beach.
Because Lend A Hand is entirely staffed by volunteers, a person is not often present at the office. Messages left on the answering system are usually returned within 24 hours. We will respond to e-mails and phone messages as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours. If applying to go on a trip, trip receipts and other materials will be mailed soon after receiving the application and check. The office is open from 9 to 4 daily, Monday thru Friday and things can be dropped off or picked up by talking to Suzi, the Presbytery’s Administrative Assistant.
VAN AVAILBLE FOR CONGREGATION USE
Lend A Hand has 2 passenger vans. For our trips to New Jersey, each van can accommodate 11 passengers and their luggage. When the van is not being used by Lend A Hand, it will be made available to any congregation's Session- or Administrative Council-approved field trip or youth program at a recommended donation of $50 per day.
RESTORING HOMES AND RENEWING LIVES ARE AT THE CORE OF OUR EFFORTS. Moreover, such trips enrich our volunteers as they continue on their individual ‘spiritual/faith journeys’ of doing God’s work among those affected by disaster.
Your financial support makes our efforts possible. You are invited to join with us on future trips. View our website for dates and trip details.
“I didn’t know if I’d be
useful, but there’s a job
Leanne, 1st-time Lend A Hand volunteer
“There are people in
trouble and I can help”
Robert, 8-time Lend A Hand volunteer
“The week I spent working
as a Lend A Hand volunteer made a hugh difference in
peoples’ lives… especially mine.”
Lisa, 3-time Lend A Hand volunteer