Hurricane Sandy Grants: What Recipients Are Saying

March 21, 2013

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, CFNJ moved quickly to create the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, which is dedicated to the short-term, critical needs of communities.  Since then, we’ve identified those organizations in need and made targeted grants meant to begin the process of recovery.

Empowering local volunteers and nonprofit organizations is always gratifying, but this time we wanted to share the enthusiastic responses of several grant recipients:

HOBOKEN EMS: Dan Loeb, Treasurer

“This is such great news!  I literally jumped off my couch when I read this!  I can’t wait to tell everyone!  We will call the dealer and tell him to hold the ambulance for us first thing tomorrow!  […]  When the ambulance is delivered you must come down and see it!”


“…that is the best news I have had all week!!! Thank you and your people for this. As I said before God Bless all of you, our squad is lucky to have such caring individuals out there. Your help will insure our existence in the community. Thank you, thank you, thank you, again!!!!”

LITTLE FERRY HOSE CO. #1: Lorenzo Migale, President

“First I would like to extend our deepest gratitude on behalf of the members of Little Ferry Hose Co. #1 for this donation. Community Foundation of New Jersey [has] brightened our days and hopes. There are not enough thank you’s in the world to express our appreciation. I am all smiles right now as the rest of the Hose Company will be when I deliver the great news.”

MONMOUTH BEACH FIRST AID SQUAD: David Gallagher, Treasurer

“On behalf of both the First Aid and Fire Company we cannot thank you and your organization enough.  Community Foundation of NJ has literally thrown us a life line. I don’t know what we would have done without this help.”


“I just want to express my sincerest thanks on receipt of the grants. I grew up in town and have been thru Hurricane Donna(`60),the Ash Wednesday storm(`62), Halloween Flood from the Perfect storm(91),and the 100yr storm?(92) and have never seen such devastation and destruction as this. In the `92 storm we only had 6-8″ in the firehouse so this was quite a surprise.  We are resilient and will rebuild. Thanks to you and the foundation we will use those funds to get the department back up and running and restore the spirits of the membership.”