Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Aids American Legion Post 120 in Lambertville on Disaster Recovery
Bedminster, NJ (May 26, 2022) Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RV Habitat) is proud to partner with American Legion Post 120 in Lambertville, NJ on disaster recovery efforts.
Located on North Union St., in Lambertville, the Legion was completely flooded during Hurricane Ida. The building’s electrical, plumbing, heating, and cooling systems were destroyed as were the walls, floors, kitchen, bar, and outdoor areas. They have been unable to operate since Ida hit on August 26, 2021.
The loss of the Legion affects more than just its members. Lambertville Mayor Andrew Nowick says, “The American Legion in Lambertville has been deeply dedicated to supporting our local Veterans and the community at large for decades. In addition to welcoming Veterans, they organize the annual Memorial Day Parade and Commemoration at Mary Sheridan Park, generously offer their hall to community events, serve as a polling station, and more.”
As part of its Disaster Recovery program, RV Habitat has led volunteer teams from South Hunterdon High School Key Club, AT&T, and Women’s Build to work on everything from grounds cleanup to drywalling, framing, spackling, and painting.
“When the task was overwhelming, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity approached us and offered assistance when we really needed it,” says Post Adjutant Sergeant Major Bob Miller, U.S. Army, Ret. “They stepped up and gave us a shot in the arm–the confidence to continue our commitment to the Veterans and members of our communities.”
“Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity serves Somerset and Hunterdon Counties—two of the areas most affected by Ida,” says Executive Director Melissa Flynn. “This work is near and dear to us because Ida hit us all hard and we are a Habitat Veteran Affiliate.”
Habitat for Humanity Veteran Affiliates commit to provide homeownership, volunteer, and employment opportunities to U.S. Veterans, military service members, and their families. Throughout the year, RV Habitat hosts special events, like build days at the Legion, that pay tribute to Veterans, raise awareness, and mobilize volunteers.
Disaster Recovery is an expansion of RV Habitat’s Home Safety and Repair program, which assists low- to moderate-income homeowners with Brush with Kindness (small exterior clean-up and maintenance), Small Repairs (like installing sheetrock, flooring, cabinets, or window panes), and Critical Home Repairs (larger repairs like roof or furnace replacement). Homeowners in need of repairs should contact Jessica Abbott at 908-704-0016, ext. 117 or visit rvhabitat.org/home-safety-repair for information and application details.
About Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RV Habitat) puts God’s love into action and brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Our vision is a time when everyone in Hunterdon and Somerset counties has a decent place to live. Since 1991, RV Habitat has been building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership opportunities.
RV Habitat is currently building a duplex in Raritan Township for two new homeowner families, working toward building a Veteran home in Somerville, and growing our Repair Program. To support these projects by making a donation, please visit www.rvhabitat.org/give or mail a donation to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 330, Pluckemin, NJ 07978. For individuals and groups who would like to volunteer, visit rvhabitat.org/volunteer. To shop, donate, or volunteer at our ReStore, visit rvhabitatrestore.org.