VFW’s Hurricane Sandy-Damaged Hall Gets A Helping Hand From Volunteers
The impact of Superstorm Sandy still lingers more than a year later for the Highlands, New Jersey, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6902. The post’s hall, located at 331 Bay Ave., sustained severe flood damage from the storm and continues to recover.
The VFW hall’s renovation got a boost on Friday (Nov. 8) thanks a special volunteer project organized by the Verizon Foundation, Scripps Networks Interactive and Rebuilding Together that included a special appearance by interior designer Tiffany Brooks, winner of this season’s HGTV Star.
More than 30 volunteers from Verizon, Scripps Networks Interactive, Rebuilding Together and the local community met at the VFW hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to paint interior walls and railings, handicap ramps and front steps at the building’s entrance; replace damaged ceiling tiles in the hall; and remove weeds and clear debris from around the property.
Local officials, including Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (6th Congressional District of New Jersey) and State Senator Joseph Kyrillos, met with the volunteers during an 11 a.m. break to thank them for their efforts.