Award will create Client Emergency Relief Fund for FCS Clients Impacted by Sandy
LONG BRANCH, NJ, November 20, 2012 – Clients of Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest nonprofit social service agency, who suffered a hardship as a result of Hurricane Sandy will now get additional help meeting their immediate needs thanks to a special fund made possible through a $25,000 grant from the Torcivia Family Foundation.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many of FCS’s most vulnerable clients found themselves struggling to cope with the storm’s devastating effects. Some were left homeless or temporarily displaced. Others lost everything they owned and lacked even the most basic essentials to rebuild their lives. With the generous support of Torcon, Inc., Red Bank, through the Torcivia Family Foundation, FCS established the Client Emergency Relief Fund, or “CERF”, to provide assistance to agency clients impacted by the storm or other emergencies that place them at increased risk.
“While many of us are dealing with the aftermath of the storm, the most vulnerable in our community are really hurting,” says FCS Board Chair Debbie O’Donoghue. “Their daily struggles have only been exacerbated by Hurricane Sandy and they will need our continued help and support in the weeks, months and years to come. We are grateful to Torcon and the Torcivia Family Foundation for making it possible to administer to their needs today and in the future.”
While Torcon, Inc. provides construction management and general contracting services to leading corporations and private institutions along the east coast and in Puerto Rico, the company makes its home in Monmouth County and many of its employees live here at the Jersey Shore. They understand well the enormous impact Hurricane Sandy has had on our community and they recognize the unique vulnerability of our FCS clients – a vulnerability that will not end with disaster recovery. For that reason, all donations made to CERF by December 31, 2012 will be matched by Torcon, Inc. up to $25,000. 100% of donations to CERF will be used to provide for ongoing FCS client needs not duplicated by another organization.
“The devastation caused by Sandy is unprecedented and difficult to fully comprehend. The fact so many of our friends, neighbors and local landmarks have been severely impacted serves as a call to action for all of us,” said Joseph A. Torcivia, Torcon Co-President. Joe’s brother, Benedict J. Torcivia, Jr., who shares the title of Co-President at Torcon added, “Torcon’s employees have been actively involved in recovery efforts in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, by collecting and distributing supplies, and volunteering with the clean-up. As an organization, Torcon wanted to do its part in a meaningful way. We are long-time supporters of FCS and hope others will take up the matching-funds challenge to effectively double our donation.”
To be eligible for a CERF grant, recipients must be FCS clients. Grants may be used toward the purchase of emergency goods and services, which may include, but are not limited to: food, clothing, household goods, cleaning services, nursing, home health aide or physician services, legal services, assistance with utility bills or any service that provides a direct benefit to a vulnerable client in an emergency situation.
For more information about FCS or the CERF program, contact the agency at 732-222-9111.