Union Beach, New Jersey

Union Beach, New Jersey

On October 29, 2012, life changed dramatically for people living in a 120-mile stretch along the Jersey shore. It changed dramatically for residents in the coastal regions of Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Long Island, as well. Superstorm Sandy damage was concentrated in areas hit by the storm surge. Outside the storm surge area there was little to no permanent damage, and churches in this area are poised to help. Reformed Church of Highland Park has been actively involved in disaster response and recovery work for the past two years. They have shown hospitality to hundreds of RCA volunteers and others who have helped to repair and rebuild homes along the Jersey shore.

Partner ministry: 
World Renew Disaster Response Services
Opportunity type: 
Disaster Response
Volunteer opportunities: 

Volunteer groups are needed to help with home repair and rebuilding. Jobs include demolition, drywall, painting, roofing, installing flooring, framing, plumbing, and electrical work. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done in Monmouth County, as well as in surrounding counties. A local construction coordinator will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.


Volunteers stay at a church; some cots are available and all meals are provided. Wireless internet is available.

Cost notes: 

$150 per person for the week, payable to the local site coordinator. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip.

Packing suggestions: 

Volunteers may need to bring their own air mattress/cot for comfort. Bedding/sleeping bags, pillows, towels, and toiletries are necessities. A general list of what to bring can be found in Prepare to Serve. Materials and basic tools are provided and coordinated by the local construction coordinator. Skilled tradesmen are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible. This should be discussed with the local site coordinator during the planning process.


Generally, high school age and up. Groups including youth must have appropriate adult-to-youth ratio and adults who are able to supervise youth for work projects.


It is helpful to have a couple of people with construction experience in your group, but this is not required. The local construction coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.

Contact information: 

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email volunteer@rca.org or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement

Molly Towne

Volunteer Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

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