Giving Back

May 29, 2020

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The East Orange YMCA is ensuring that local families have basic resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Y asked for donations of diapers in various sizes from community members last week, and after receiving dozens of boxes and bags, staff, some of their family members, ...

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ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — A passion for baking passed down from his mother has inspired an act of compassion from Louie Proto. Accountant and financial planner by day, artisan baker in the pre-dawn morning, Proto has donated 100% of his bread sales since early April — almost $5,000 — to five ...

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The CGHS Girls Lacrosse Team has organized a Food Drive on Wednesday, June 3rd from 2pm-5pm at the Cedar Grove High School.  They will be accepting non-perishable food items, personal care products, diapers and wipes, all to be donated to the Human Needs Pantry in Montclair.   Players will be at ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - These are dire times for many.  But, New Providence always seems to live up to the motto - Nice Place, Nice People.  For the past 10 weeks, local volunteers Mike Savage, Pete Lopez, Paul Johnson and Mike Scarola have been making and collecting sandwiches made by community ...

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Grant applications for the second round of funding from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Cattaraugus County will be available beginning Monday. The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation and the United Way of Cattaraugus County together worked to establish the ...

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Emily Lamb – Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient Chatham High School Project Title: Encouraging Youth Voices in Political Activism Emily worked to increase the level of connection between high school students and the government. In order to do this, she created youth advisory positions on the ...

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Local resident and small business owner Linda Chen of The Primrose School of Warren and Paris Baguette Bridgewater has launched her contribution to the nationwide "Front Porch Project" movement. The Front Porch Project is a program where photographers donate their time for photo session during the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic junior Madeline Gunsiorowski is spearheading a fundraising initiative that reinforces the school’s commitment to helping those in need and strengthens the bond within the community. Gunsiorowski came up with an idea to sell lawn signs that state, “Union ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Congratulations Class of 2020! The Fortnightly Club of Summit invites area graduates to take their snapshots under the banner at historic Twin Maples estate located at 214 Springfield Avenue in Summit, New Jersey. This photo opportunity is free and open to students from any grade, ...

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Hailey Coates- Girls Scout Gold Award Recipient Chatham High School Project Title: Time to Time Hailey’s project worked to increase face to face intergenerational interactions between the senior and student generations within her community. She created a monthly Buddy Program in which ...

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Nonprofit Organizations Hispanic Star, Love Soldiers Create Multistate Campaign Scotch Plains, NJ — Adriana Rozo-Angulo saw the damaging and devastating effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused to America’s Hispanic communities with growing job losses and a rise in infections. The Hispanic ...

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Margaret Danenhauer, of Westfield Girl Scout Troop 40490, has earned her Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout cadette can earn and gives girls the chance to do big things and improve their community. For her award, Margaret planted a spring flower garden at ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Fellowship Senior Living located in Basking Ridge is a nonprofit Life Plan Community (also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community) serving seniors on our campus, Fellowship Village, as well as through our home and community based services. The current health crisis ...

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Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield has taken a leadership role during this COVID-19 crisis to supply hundreds of needed items to area hospitals, according to Lori Arena, RN, Holy Trinity Parish Nurse. These items include dozens of patient care packages, antiseptic bottles, prayer ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Helping those in need has been a consistent theme during the current pandemic. As a result, food pantries across the country are at their busiest, serving thousands of people who are suffering financially. To that end, JESPY House and its clients have been helping to feed the ...

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Almost every week of the year the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry is open to people who need food and supplies. The organization’s President, Valerie Macchio, manages a multitude of details this volunteer position requires-providing detailed accounts of people that are served, managing cooperation ...

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Beginning on Memorial Day the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will proudly host our 5th annual Field of Honor®. Flags will be on display from May 23, 2020 - July 11, 2020. You can sponsor a flag for $40 or purchase a flag for $60, and dedicate it in honor of a loved one. Flags can be ...

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During the COVID 19 crisis, the Cranford Knights of Columbus Council # 6226 has been very active in our support of the Cranford Community through donations and charitable works. The Council made a $500.00 donation to Cranford Family Care to assist this fine organization during these difficult ...

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Happy Gardening! The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS) will be hosting our first-ever virtual Plant/Flower Sale to benefit Relay for Life, which benefits cancer patients and cancer research. Our Relay Team - BH EMS: Bringing Hope Every Minute to Survivors – will donate proceeds from ...

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Julianna Feit – Gold Award Recipient Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child Project Title: Art Therapy for Senior Citizens The subject of Julianna’s Gold Award was art therapy and its incredible advantages for senior citizens. She set up classes at a local nursing home, the Garden Terrace, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Rotary has generously donated $5,000 to help support the South Mountain YMCA’s community response efforts during the pandemic, as well as a $1,000 Lead Sponsorship of the Annual Duck Race. “We are so thankful for our Rotaries and their continued support of the Y and our ...

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The Summit Area YMCA invites you to join Point View's David Dietze and Claire Toth on Wednesday, May 20, at 1 p.m., as they present 'Make Your Charitable Dollars Go Further'. Click here to join us: https://bit.ly/2yTRiib Point View Wealth Management is an SEC-registered investment adviser and ...

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FAIR LAWN, NJ – With pandemic safety guidelines in place, the American Cancer Society has canceled all in-person fundraising events. However, the Fair Lawn and Glen Rock Relay For Life will go on in a virtual setting. On Saturday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m., the chapter will host a modified, interactive ...

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Olivia Mudrick - Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient High School - Newark Academy Project Title- Kids Creative Writing Workshops Olivia created and ran a series of creative writing workshops for elementary school students. She worked with 4th and 5th graders from one of the local elementary ...

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Area service clubs together raised $6,075 for the COVID-19 Response Fund for Cattaraugus County during the Service Above Self Challenge, exceeding the $5,000 goal and challenge grant offered by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation. The challenge, which began May 1, encouraged donations ...

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Alyssa Ulla - Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient Chatham High School Project Title: Senior Palette Alyssa’s Gold Award project promoted creativity and self-expression among senior citizens. She recognized that there seemed to be a lack of stimulation currently present in facilities that house ...

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Grace McCombs - Gold Award Recipient Chatham High School Project title: Creative Movement for Everyone Grace’s project incorporated two of her biggest passions: dance and working with kids with special needs. She researched the use of dance and movement to benefit the autistic population ...

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Julia Raskin - Gold Award Recipient Chatham High School Project Title: August Back Julia developed a program in Chatham to aid elementary student musicians keep up with their instruments over the summer. As Julia recognized a declining music population over the years, she decided to create ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  The South Mountain and East Orange YMCAs are helping to feed people in the community who are facing financial hardships during the COVID-19 health crisis.  The Y is partnering with the MEND Hunger Relief Network, Community Foodbank of New Jersey, and NJ State YMCA Alliance to ...

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The Towaco Civic Association celebrated Mother’s Day 2020 with free flowers from Towaco Teddy! Teddy was handing out carnations with a special message to the first 100 moms at the Red Barn Restaurant parking lot this past Saturday morning.  The drive through was well-received and Towaco Teddy ...

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