Lambertville Helping Hands Benefit Concert & Benefit Board Announcement

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Lambertville Helping Hands Benefit Concert & Benefit Board Announcement

Countdown to Lambertville Helping Hands Benefit Concert
Well, we are in the final countdown to the big event. We listened to some feedback over the past weekend and we heard you! Parking fees are waived the entire weekend of the benefit. While this event is a fundraiser for our community, we do want to make attendance affordable for all that want to participate. We added a line item on the EventBrite link for a pay what you can opt for both Saturday and Sunday. For those that are able, we hope you will purchase the suggested ticket options previously advertised. We’re hoping to help as many families and businesses as possible. Please copy the link and share, share, share with friends & family on social media. We have gotten a lot of press, so let’s keep it going. Wristbands for those impacted will be available starting tomorrow at Fisherman’s Mark and Del Val Pantry
As a reminder, we created a new board specifically for the Benefit. This evolved in a matter of weeks. Now that we have many details ironed out we wanted to provide visibility about the board members, and how monies from the benefit will be distributed. I am more than happy to discuss via email or on a call, and preferably not through social media. We aim to be very transparent.
Lambertville Helping Hands Mission Statement
Lambertville Helping Hands/Delaware River Towns Charities (501c3) was created specifically to provide disaster relief from Hurricane Ida.  Its core principles are solidarity, mutual aid, and collaborative direct action.  We will work with, listen to, and support impacted individuals, families, and businesses, especially those most vulnerable.  Our goal is to help rebuild a long-term, sustainable and resilient community. The Foundation meets this mission by developing and managing a comprehensive base of funds. These funds represent an expanding pool of charitable dollars, committed to meeting the needs of the people and businesses of the Lambertville, NJ area including Stockton, NJ directly impacted by Hurricane Ida.
Voting Board Members
Lisa Vorhees, Lambertville Chamber of Commerce
Lisa maintained a 34-year career in State government in Human Resources and Employee Relations. Lisa created and opened a small retail business in Lambertville and currently serves as a Board Member of the Greater Lambertville Chamber of Commerce. She oversees the Chamber’s Beautification Committee which has been responsible for a number of improvements in the CBD. As a lifelong resident of Lambertville, Lisa was involved in the Lambertville Ramblers Football Association, serving as Secretary. Lisa then joined the South Hunterdon Regional HS Football Booster Association where she served roles as Secretary and Vice President. As part of her passion for helping those in need, Lisa has fostered over 20 puppies for Animal Alliance of Lambertville. Lisa is passionate about serving the public and helping those in need and comes from a long line of families who served the Lambertville community.
Erin O’Leary Esq
Erin has been a resident of Lambertville for over 20 years.  She is a full-time attorney for the State, specializing in child welfare.  While not working, she is enjoying our town with her daughter, Maddy, who is in 5th grade at Lambertville Public School, and her husband, Tom Dickey, who serves on the board of Lambertville Area Education Foundation.  Erin loves Lambertville, the neighborhood values, the welcoming aspects of the community, and the diverse array of residents.
Ricardo Zapata, Community Engagement Manager, Fisherman’s Mark
Bio coming soon
Advisory Board
Claire Lynch, Acting Communications Manager, Fisherman’s Mark
Our board members are key to the disbursement of funds raised. They are the connectors, activators, and accelerators of change that serve as the guiding force of the organization. Each of our board members brings unique professional expertise, background, and understanding of community issues, which together make our efforts even more effective.  The board was created to include a diverse and inclusive representation of the city and its surroundings.
How the funds will be distributed
Through a very simple and streamlined process, application instructions will be available in English and Spanish to ensure any language barriers are overcome. Outreach and marketing of the grant opportunity will take priority immediately after the benefit.   We will work directly with Fisherman’s Mark and both of our organizations will coordinate with the City to ensure that those personally affected will have access to the grant request.  Once an agreed-upon deadline is confirmed for submission,  requests will be reviewed by both boards and funds will be distributed according to a needs assessment.

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