CREATIVE NEW JERSEY
Hurricane Sandy Communities
Creative NJ is working in disaster-affected communities by developing and producing community-engagement opportunities to assist residents, municipal leaders, state/local planners, business owners, local nonprofits, mental health professionals, and others in coming together to engage in critical dialogue around the issues of recovery and rebuilding. We are learning that many residents and small business owners feel marginalized from the rebuilding and recovery decisions in their own towns and the disconnect becomes wider as time passes. Our Call to Collaboration convenings take an egalitarian, inclusive and democratic approach to community organizing and engagement, and empower participants to take responsibility in their communities while focusing on championing creativity as the vehicle for developing innovative solutions to support sustainable, thriving communities. CNJ has worked in the coastal communities of Highlands, Atlantic City and is currently working with NJ Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD), Long Term Recovery Groups from around the state, and Asbury Park.
Creative New Jersey gratefully acknowledges the support of the New Jersey Recovery Fund: Launched by the Community Foundation of NJ and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Fund supports the nonprofit sector and local communities as they pursue a thoughtful plan to help rebuild New Jersey, and to ensure that the long-term needs of the state are being met as effectively as possible.