BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Many Berkeley Heights residents have turned their thoughts away from thinking about COVID-19 and instead are wondering, “How can I help others in our town?” As those on the frontlines of this fight - the doctors, nurses, police, EMS and other frontline workers battling the coronavirus – carry on the struggle, there are many ways Berkeley Heights residents are working together to support them.
A full list of organizations can be found on the township website. Below are some examples of our incredible Berkeley Heights community. We are truly #InThisTogether. Please consider joining these and other efforts to support our local frontline!
FLAG Berkeley Heights - Feeding First Responders/Supporting Local Business: This volunteer group is raising money to purchase meals from local restaurants that are distributed to frontline responders locally. Daily meals are being provided for organizations such as Summit Overlook Hospital Emergency Room and ICU, Summit Medical Group Urgent Care in Berkeley Heights, Kean University’s COVID-19 testing site, and more. Donations are provided through our local BH PAL that has partnered with the group to facilitate donations. The group has distributed over 900 meals in less than two weeks, including Easter Dinner to workers at Overlook Hospital! The group has raised about $30,000.
Masks for the Frontline: Our community is fortunate to have two groups making masks for frontline workers - The Community Mask Factory Volunteer Group (led by local business The Tailors Wife) and another local group (without a name but filled with heart and hard work just the same, led by local business Adams Fine Clothing). Please volunteer to help sew, donate supplies or help fund these efforts.
The Backyard 50: On April 19th, Mike D. Skara, Technology Coordinator for the Berkeley Heights Public School District, will livestream a 50K run (31 miles) from his backyard to raise money for local charities - Relay for Life and FLAG BH. The ‘Backyard Run’ will consist of 781 laps and he is anticipating it will take about 6 hours to complete. During the run, there will be clips from various district coaches demonstrating drills, staff showing how they are staying active at home, as well as teaching staff members, and students.
During this difficult time, there are local resources available to help residents who have COVID-19 related issues, questions or needs. Residents are encouraged to reach out for this support!
BH Neighbors Helping Neighbors: This group of Berkeley Heights volunteers has come together to lead an effort to help people in Berkeley Heights manage during COVID-19. They set up a call center where residents can get connected to services, be assigned a check-in buddy, get info about Township & County programs, get groceries/supplies, and more. Call (908) 312-2066 or email: BHHelpingNeighbors@gmail.com.
If you know of another local organization that is helping the frontlines during this crisis, please share with BHCommunications@bhtwp.com to be added to the list.
The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee Founded in 2010, the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) is an all-volunteer committee consisting of business owners, community leaders, and residents of Berkeley Heights Township. The BHCC’s mission is to maximize the transparency of Township activities as well as promote both public and private sector initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life for local community members. For more information, visit the Township’s website or email the committee at: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.