Local churches, service organizations and Occupy Sandy organizers are mobilizing a contingent of volunteers to do repair work inside hard-hit mobile homes this weekend as part of the National Day of Service.
The National Day of Service honors the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and this year, many of the events in New Jersey will focus on Hurricane Sandy relief, with projects planned from the Jersey Shore to the flood-ravaged Meadowlands district.
In Bergen County, volunteers will meet at the North Jersey Vineyard Church in Teterboro before heading over to Metropolitan Mobile Homes in Moonachie to help replace mold-covered walls and insulation inside trailers that were submerged during a flood at the height of the storm.
“We’ve been referring to it as the ‘National Day of Mutual Aid,’” Nate Kleinman, an organizer with Occupy Sandy, told NJ.com. “We’re engaged in solidarity, not just charity. It’s part of the larger mission of Occupy Sandy to empower people to take part in their own recovery, not just waiting on hand-outs or loans or FEMA.”
The group will join members of Americorp’s National Civilian Community Corps, who have been replacing insulation inside homes daily since last week, and members of the Vineyard church, who have been working with displaced residents since November.