The remnants of Hurricane Ida caused significant damage to many of our Hunterdon County communities, and the tragic loss of six lives in our county. Our community is grieving what is lost, and many of you are looking for ways to help.
This page will be updated regularly to share resources for those impacted, volunteer opportunities, donation opportunities, and general guidance in helping survivors.
Intake and Referral Form for County Services through United Way of Hunterdon County
United Way of Hunterdon County is a member of the Hunterdon County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (HCCOAD), a voluntary association of entities involved in disaster relief and recovery. Participants in the COAD include disaster relief organizations, faith-based organizations, fund raising organizations, governmental entities, and service agencies.
If you would like to work with United Way to potentially obtain assistance to the organizations that form the HCCOAD, please fill out this form and return it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The information you furnish will be distributed to the appropriate organizations. The participating organizations should contact you directly to discuss the assistance to which you may be eligible.
If you self-complete this form, please return it to email@example.com or drop off to our Volunteer Center at 20 Fulper Road, Flemington, NJ 08822, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. You can also call us at 908-237-1689 for assistance.
We will also have volunteers available in locations throughout Hunterdon County to assist as needed. We also have help available for Spanish speaking members of our community.
Applications for aid and reporting forms for those impacted by Hurricane Ida:
- FEMA Disaster Assistance (form to help in reporting individual and business damages)
- Hunterdon County Storm Damage Reporting Form (survey to assist the county in providing the necessary information to FEMA for disaster declarations and recovery)
- City of Lambertville damage report (Lambertville residents are encouraged to fill this out for potential funding from FEMA and Red Cross)
- NJ Business Action Center - Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Ida
- NJ Economic Development Authority Financial Relief for Small Businesses (grants of $5,000 are available to small businesses/non-profits with <50 employees)
Resources for those impacted by Hurricane Ida:
- City of Lambertville - Updates & Information
- State of New Jersey Hurricane Ida Resource Page
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fact Sheet – Starting Your Recovery
- FEMA’s Ida Response page
- Hunterdon County GIS Map of Impacted Roads
- NJ Office of Emergency Management
- Disaster Distress Helpline from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) (also available in Spanish and American Sign Language)
- Text NJIDARIDE to 898-211 or dial 211 for free and discounted rides with Lyft and Uber; available to New Jersey residents who lost a personal vehicle as a result of Tropical Storm Ida (note: this service is short-term, and is currently available until mid/late September)
- American Red Cross, New Jersey Region
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NJ VOAD)
- Lotsa Helping Hands - Lambertville
- American Red Cross, New Jersey Region
- United Way of Hunterdon County
Donations to Hunterdon County Food Banks (cash/online donations are best):
- Delaware Valley Food Pantry (Lambertville)
- Fisherman's Mark (Lambertville)
- Open Cupboard Food Pantry (Clinton)
- Flemington Food Pantry (Flemington)
- United Way of Hunterdon County (write "Ida" or "Hurricane" in the comment box)
- New Jersey disaster response organizations are listed with NJVOAD and its members (scroll down to the members section).
- Please Donate Responsibly – Following a disaster, cash is still best. See this video from The Center for International Disaster Information and the AdCouncil, or these tips from FEMA.
- This will be a long-term recovery, so organizations and communities will need help months from now, too.
How can I help survivors and communities? (with appreciation to New Jersey Center for Nonprofits for this information)
- Be patient. Recovery will take many months or more. People can help by donating to or volunteering with the voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already areas supporting survivors in areas affected by Ida. Help NJ Now provides links to help connect resources with community needs for Ida and other disasters in New Jersey and elsewhere.
- Do not self-deploy. Seeing images of disaster may compel you to head to the impacted area. Until a need has been identified and the community affected by Hurricane Ida has requested support, volunteers should not enter the area.
- Cash is the best donation. When people support voluntary organizations with financial contributions, it helps ensure a steady flow of important services to the people in need after a disaster.
- Do not send or bring unsolicited donations. In the early stages of the response phase, unsolicited donations create storage and sorting challenges when focus is needed on response and recovery.