Madison officials recently toured Union Beach, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and have scheduled a public meeting for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Hartley Dodge Memorial to discuss ways Madison can help with fundraising and volunteer efforts, the borough has announced.
All residents are welcome to attend as well as representatives from scout troops, churches, civic organizations, and local employers, an announcement from the borough said.
Approximately 200 homes in Union Beach were destroyed by the storm.
At the informational meeting, Mayor Bob Conley and Councilman Bob Landrigan will outline goals they hope to accomplish with the initiative. Photos taken when Madison officials visited Union Beach on Thursday and over the weekend will be presented.
Conley presented the idea of Madison partnering with Union Beach to executives at the inaugural meeting of the Chief Executive Council for Madison, and council members expressed support for the idea at a Borough Council meeting that night. Conley said an anonymous donor pledged $10,000 to kick off the effort.
Efforts will be focused on helping three main areas:
- residential disaster relief,
- the Union Beach school, and
- Project PAUL, a regional organization that offers social services, a food pantry and thrift shop.
Madison is creating a page on RoseNet about the program.