NJ Legislature: Make it permanent! Change the law to allow youth 14-17 to serve on volunteer Sandy housing repair teams
  • Petitioning New Jersey State Senate

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New Jersey State Senate
New Jersey State House
New Jersey-012B
State Rep. Ronald Dancer
New Jersey-013
State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos
New Jersey-019
State Sen. Joseph Vitale
New Jersey-017A
State Rep. Joseph Egan
New Jersey-030
State Sen. Robert Singer
New Jersey-020
State Sen. Raymond Lesniak
New Jersey-014B
State Rep. Wayne DeAngelo
New Jersey-001A
State Rep. Samuel Fiocchi
New Jersey-010
State Sen. James Holzapfel
New Jersey-012
State Sen. Samuel Thompson
New Jersey-001
State Sen. Jeff Van Drew
New Jersey-002
State Sen. Jim Whelan
New Jersey-026B
State Rep. Jay Webber
New Jersey-011
State Sen. Jennifer Beck
New Jersey-024B
State Rep. F. Parker Space
New Jersey-019A
State Rep. Craig Coughlin
New Jersey-031A
State Rep. Jason O'Donnell
New Jersey-018
State Sen. Peter Barnes
New Jersey-036
State Sen. Paul Sarlo

NJ Legislature: Make it permanent! Change the law to allow youth 14-17 to serve on volunteer Sandy housing repair teams

    1. Petition by

      Molly Dykstra

      Princeton, NJ

Labor Committee Chair Egan and Members of the Committee: please expedite the passage of Assembly Bill A4221, which allows Sandy recovery volunteer groups to include youth, ages 14-17, on housing-repair teams. And urge your senate colleagues to do the same!

The Governor has issued an executive order to accomplish this through the end of 2013, but we need the change to be permanent, and soon--many volunteer groups around the country are making plans for 2014 now.

This spring and summer, NJ has lost hundreds of skilled volunteers to other states because their youth members can't legally volunteer here.

Assembly Bill 4221 does a simple thing: it allows properly supervised youth volunteers to work not just on "affordable" housing, but on all types of housing damaged by Hurricane Sandy. This simple correction allows New Jersey to do what other states across the nation have done: welcome youth members of volunteer work teams to help Restore the Shore and use their spending money to help our local economies. Let's not make them look for service opportunities in another state in 2014!

Petition by the Sandy Recovery Team of Monmouth Presbytery, PCUSA

For more information on this issue, please see: http://www.app.com/article/20130709/NJNEWS/307090102/Gov-Christie-OKs-letting-teens-rebuild-after-Sandy

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Anne Colinco HARRISONBURG, VA
      • 8 months ago

      It's important for youth to volunteer...it teaches them important life skills, including the value of giving to the less fortunate, even if the gift given is that of time and effort.

    • Robert Smith TOMS RIVER, NJ
      • 8 months ago

      I know that the 14-17 year-olds provide a valuable work force.

    • Diane Strada PT.PLEASANT, NJ
      • 8 months ago

      Because we lost many volunteers, we still need much man power to complete jobs.

    • Sharon Cypress JACKSON, NJ
      • 8 months ago

      We need all the help we can get!

    • Kelsey Norton POINT PLEASANT, NJ
      • 8 months ago

      The youth is our future.


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