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Small businesses receive hope through forum for Sandy recovery

Operation Hope volunteer Ross Yellin, left, joins Operation Hope/Hope Coalition America Small Business Program Manager John Romano and Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) member Sharon Greenberg during a special forum involving non-profit agencies helping small businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The forum was held on Dec. 12 at Mancini Hall in the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.

Operation Hope volunteer Ross Yellin, left, joins Operation Hope/Hope Coalition America Small Business Program Manager John Romano and Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) member Sharon Greenberg during a special forum involving non-profit agencies helping small businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The forum was held on Dec. 12 at Mancini Hall in the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.

TOMS RIVER Small business owners came Dec. 12 to the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library to learn about the services provided by Operation Hope/Hope Coalition America, Citizen Corps, FEMA and the New Jersey Relief Fund.

The library’s Mancini Hall featured six tables with representatives from various agencies who shared information about disaster recovery for small businesses in Ocean County.

John Romano, small business program manager for Operation Hope/Hope Coalition America which has an office in Brick, said the aim of the day’s program was to provide advice and information about low interest loaning programs and resources to help small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy to recover.

“There are also resources here to help small business owners to prepare for the next disaster,’’ Romano

Hope Coalition America is the national emergency preparedness and assistance division of Operation Hope, Inc., America’s leading provider of economic empowerment tools and services.

Romano said the organization is a collaboration of senior executives and professionals from the banking and financial services, insurance, and other industries. Additional participants include social service, and community services agencies, which provide financial and economic recovery information and guidance to individuals and small businesses affected by disasters.

“We were very happy that the Ocean County Library was able to host this event,” Romano said.

For information about Operation Hope/Hope Coalition America call 732-451-2068 or e-mail hopecoalition@operationhope.org. You can also visit www.operationhope.org

“We are doing what we can to help those still recovering from the storm,’’ Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) member Sharon Greenberg said.

“We also help individuals as well,’’ Romano said. “There are many people still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Sandy.’’

Channel 12 News was among the media that covered a Dec. 12  forum coordinated by Operation Hope/Hope Coalition America at Mancini Hall in the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.  The event was aimed at helping small businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy and providing them resource information to recover.

Channel 12 News was among the media that covered a Dec. 12 forum coordinated by Operation Hope/Hope Coalition America at Mancini Hall in the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library. The event was aimed at helping small businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy and providing them resource information to recover.

A business owner, seated at left, gets some advice from a representative at a Dec. 12  forum coordinated by Operation Hope/Hope Coalition America at Mancini Hall in the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.

A business owner, seated at left, gets some advice from a representative at a Dec. 12 forum coordinated by Operation Hope/Hope Coalition America at Mancini Hall in the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.

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OCL: Connecting People

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Ocean County Library has provided meeting space for governmental agencies to present their message to area residents about what they can provide people who were impacted by October’s Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.

On November 19th three groups were set up around the Toms River campus to tell people about food assistance from the state, registration for FEMA services, and planning for rebuilding the Jersey Shore.

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Four OCL branches to assist with FEMA applications

TOMS RIVER –   Four branches of the Ocean County Library will partner with FEMA to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy beginning Monday Nov. 26 and ending Friday Nov. 30.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. FEMA teams at the library will assist people:

  • By explaining the registration process to apply for FEMA assistance.
  • Guiding people through the process.
  • Checking the status of applications already submitted.
  • Assisting in the actual application process.

The library will provide computers and warm, comfortable locations at the four branches for people to conduct their business with FEMA.

The participating branches are:

  • Stafford, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, NJ  08050. (609) 597-3381.  This branch is closest to Long Beach Island and Manahawkin.
  • Berkeley, 30 Station Road, Bayville, NJ  08721. (732) 269-2144. This branch is closest to Ocean Gate.
  • Toms River (headquarters), 101 Washington St., Toms River, NJ  08753. (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514. This branch is close to Seaside Heights, Ortley Beach and Seaside Park.
  • Pt. Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., Pt. Pleasant Borough, NJ 08742. (732) 295-1555. This branch is closest to the northern barrier island communities of Mantoloking, Bay Head, Normandy Beach and Pt. Pleasant.)

People can go to any site that is closest to where they are currently located.  No appointments are necessary.


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