Press Release: ANN ARBOR HOMELESS TRAVEL TO NEW JERSEY TO ASSIST WITH HURRICANE RELIEF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ANN ARBOR HOMELESS TRAVEL TO NEW JERSEY TO ASSIST WITH HURRICANE RELIEF

Contact: Sheri Wander: playfullspirit@gmail.com

On Friday, November 16, 2012 members and supporters of Camp Take Notice (CTN) will travel to New Jersey to assist with disaster relief following Hurricane Sandy. Since the eviction from their former home on Wagner Road in Ann Arbor, the Camp Take Notice community – a self-governed democratic tent city – has continued to meet to support one another and other area homeless individuals while working to secure a new location for residence. Upon learning of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the community (which has a history of doing community service) was determined to do something to help.

“Houseless individuals may not have many financial or physical resources to help with the relief efforts, but what we do have is the time, the willingness, and the skills” noted Caleb Poirier, a former EMT and one of the founders of Camp Take Notice who will be taking part in the relief efforts.

Once in New Jersey, Camp Take Notice will work directly with Brick Hurricane Recovery Program, a small grassroots organization set up in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. Their goal is “to assist our families of Brick County and the surrounding communities throughout their recovery and restoration as a result of Hurricane Sandy”, stated Theresa Millerschoen, co-coordinator of the Brick Hurricane Relief program.

Brick Hurricane Relief opened with the need to feed those displaced and without power, as well as supply them with essential items. Now, as the recovery process continues, the needs of the community have changed and the relief programs are changing as well. They will be organizing clean-up crews and trips to provide voluntary manual labor. Camp Take Notice volunteers will be directly involved in these efforts.

In order to do the necessary work without putting an additional burden on the relief agency or the larger community, Camp Take Notice members and supporters will stay with a homeless tent community approximately eight miles from the New Jersey coast. Members of the hosting tent city will join CTN members in their relief efforts.

Those wishing to contribute to this effort should contact Sheri Wander via email at playfullspirit@gmail.com. The contingency will be collecting money for transportation as well as tents, bottled water, trash bags, rakes, shovels, brooms, and other needed relief items.

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