Princeton Corridor Rotary Matching Grant Helps Ida Victims

Claire Lynch

 

The Princeton Corridor Rotary Club offered $10,000 to Fisherman’s Mark provided the donor community could match the amount. One month later, the funds were triple matched. Over $30,000 were raised during the event.

“This turned out to be a great success,” said John Molinelli, president of the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club. “Thank you, Fisherman’s Mark, for all of your help.”

Fisherman’s Mark, a nonprofit 501(c)3 social services agency in Lambertville has been on the front lines of the Hurricane Ida relief effort. After the storm that devastated the area on September 1st, the organization quickly established a fund to assist those displaced from their homes or who lost property as a result of the flooding. To date $200,000 has been allocated to 65 clients with limited resources. Another $50,000 has been set aside to assist in the event that additional needs arise. Most funds have been put toward rental assistance paid directly to landlords.

“This fundraiser was a major success that far exceeded our expectations in terms of total funds raised. It was really inspiring to see how both the local Lambertville community along with our Rotarians personal contacts all were in such support of this effort. The need was clear and people really came through,” Molinelli said.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club and the many donors who stepped up to make the Match a success,” said Jennifer Williford, executive director of Fisherman’s Mark. “There is so much need and we’ve been working hard to ensure that everyone affected by the storm has all their basic needs met.”

“It is a great feeling to know these funds are going to an organization that is helping these people directly especially during the Holiday season. The situation for these people who have been displaced is tragic. Knowing these funds may go towards providing them meals and putting a roof over their head to try and deliver some semblance of a Holiday season really means a lot,” Molinelli said. “My wish would be that the support Fisherman’s Mark delivers helps bridge the gap to helping these families get back on their feet and back to normal.”

Fisherman’s Mark is still accepting donations toward Hurricane relief. Donations can be made online at www.fishermansmark.org/donations.

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