Hurricane Sandy Relief Team

After Hurricane Sandy demolished the New Jersey coast line, The SCA knew they needed to act. It wasn’t clear how easy it would be to staff a Leader Team of S212 chain saw certified Leaders with only a two week window until Liz Vogel sent out an email calling on recent Field Leaders to lend a hand. Within 48 hours there were over 30 qualified Leaders who wanted to help. This out pouring of support helped illuminate what it means to be a Leader, it isn’t just a job, it’s an intentional decision to act when others are unable to help themselves. It’s the desire to get dirty, sweaty, and exhausted all to see the look on peoples faces whose lives you have touched. These Leaders are humble and hard-working; this post serves to share their effort and dedication to SCAs mission.

Jarred Shaw, Leah Cantor, Alex Terry, Jennica Tamler, and Dan Solmon comprised the two week Leader Team and were joined by SCA Staff; Rachel Lettre, Lori Robertson, Nelson Bruni, Will Kirkpatrick, Melissa Paterson, Daniel Parr and Ted Miller.

The following are a few before and afters to represent the amount of damage Sandy had done and the amount of clean-up the crew accomplished.

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The Crew gets coffee and thank-you’s from the Park Service Staff.                                                            -All photos courtesy of Leah Cantor

 

 

 

 

The SCA would like to send out a huge thank you not only to the Leaders and program staff that served on this crew, but also to the other 30 Leaders who wanted to help the people and parks of New Jersey. As the number of natural disasters per year grows, so does the need for passionate, driven, and socially minded Leaders. Moving forward, The SCA is looking to become more active in disaster relief, if you have an interest in serving on a Disaster Relief Crew in the future please send an email to [email protected] with “Disaster Relief” in the subject line. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication!