By Paul Goldfinger
Friday update: For those who plan to help on Saturday, please bring gloves, rakes, shovel or brooms. If you have some black garbage bags, bring those. You will be assigned to a crew by a team leader. You may be asked to go door-to-door to check on occupants. Workers from outside this area will be helping as well. Mr. Del Campo says that Ocean Grove will be become a “base” for volunteer efforts on behalf of not only Ocean Grove, but other neighboring towns.
He said, “We want to help others.” He admitted that the effort is being designed as they go, since they don’t have any off-the-shelf emergency plans for an event such as this. Debris will be picked up, and there will be trucks to haul it away. The OGCMA will be working in cooperation with Neptune Township.
The charging center has been busy. There are counsellors and pastors present to offer support, protection, heating, and prayer if requested. At the very least, it is a place where folks can come to socialize. CMA employees are also there to offer help. PG
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Thursday: On Saturday, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association will launch an extensive effort to clean up storm debris. They hope to enlist the efforts of all who are willing to volunteer.
Camp Meeting Administrator Ralph delCampo said the purpose is “to bring the community together and to help people.”
The effort begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a prayer and information meeting at the Bishop Janes Tabernacle, to be attended by Mayor Randy Bishop and other officials. At that meeting there will be information about heating, protection and provision. Also we will hear about recovery activities, assistance and community support and request for more volunteers.h
At 11 a.m. the meeting will dissolve and the volunteer cleanup will begin. DelCampo said Ocean Grove will be divided into 14 parts, with a team leader for each part. Trucks and other equipment will be brought in to help the volunteers remove debris and trash left by the storm.
Anyone is free to join in, and those who don’t wish to attend the prayer and information meeting can just show up at 11 a.m. at the boardwalk pavilion. People can stay and work for whatever length of time is convenient. Those with limited physical stamina should not feel excluded; everyone’s abilities can be put to use, delCampo said.
The cleanup will continue beyond Saturday for all those who wish to participate.
Flyers will soon be distributed throughout Ocean Grove announcing the details of the cleanup.
On Friday, the Camp Meeting will also be opening its Community Room on Pilgrim Pathway as a place where people can recharge their electronic devices. This recharging station will be open to the public every day. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Camp Meeting will put in as many electrical outlets as possible, as well as a land line for people who need to make phone calls. They will also have counselors there to assist people in whatever way they can.
And finally, the Camp Meeting has put installed lighting inside the Great Auditorium. DelCampo said this lighting is to help make the area safer. It is not intended to turn the auditorium into a gathering place.