Habitat for Humanity to train volunteers for Sandy rebuilding

The Coast Star
Thursday, January 24, 2013

By Kimberly Mollo

Group's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative training starts Saturday

This weekend, residents may attend training with Coastal Habitat for Humanity to take part in the group's volunteer efforts in the community.
Coastal Habitat for Humanity has been organizing volunteers to build individual homes for area residents in need of housing for many years. The organization, based in Spring Lake Heights, is asking for volunteers for its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative [NRI].
Coastal Habitat was selected as one of 100 Habitat affiliates in the country to participate in the NRI program, which focuses on bringing home improvements to neighborhoods.
The NRI program has four main components, according to its website: A Brush With Kindness, which provides exterior painting for homes that have fallen into disrepair; Ramps and Rails, which will provide home safety features, particularly for elderly homeowners; Weatherization, to provide protection from the elements for eligible homeowners unable to do so themselves; and Homeowner Education, which will assist both new and old homeowners in learning the basics of how to maintain their homes.
Coastal Habitat's service area extends from Deal Road, in Ocean Township, south to the Manasquan River, and six miles east of the Parkway.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the NRI will focus on repairing and restoring homes and neighborhoods damaged by the storm.
Donations — ranging from cash contributions, to volunteering on a committee, to donating materials or lending time and experience at a construction site or in the office — are always accepted by the organization.
Volunteers are now being recruited for the NRI program. Experience in the building trades is beneficial, but not a requirement. There is a particular need for team leaders, who will help supervise teams of volunteers on work days.
Training for all volunteers and team leaders will be on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9 a.m., with a location to be determined.
Anyone interested in joining the team may contact Maureen Mulligan at maureenmulligan@coastalhabitat.org, or by calling 732-974-2422, extension 7.
Kimberly Mollo covers Spring Lake Heights for The Coast Star. She can be reached at kmollo@thecoaststar.com or 732-223-0076 Ext 49.