Giving Back

June 15, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ – The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s virtual Garbage Bag Gala fashion went off without a hitch – or a ripped stitch – after a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic. About 150 people tuned into the show featuring unorthodox recycled pieces from some of Drexel University’s first-year ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – On the morning of Memorial Day, a loud gunshot in honor of the nation’s veterans could be heard emanating from the Battleship New Jersey, a historic naval vessel and museum docked on the Camden side of the Delaware River. The blast was part of a ceremony in which the Knights of ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – Many see Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer, but for veterans and their families, it’s a much more somber occasion. “It’s not about barbecues (and) it’s not about drinking beer,” said William Betts, an Iraq War veteran who came to Camden City Hall on Friday morning with ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The Subaru Park Camden Mini-Pitch at Camden’s Ralph Williams Memorial Park is now open The mini-pitch, named after “Subaru Park” – the home to Philadelphia’s Major League Soccer team, the Philadelphia Union, is a small, hard-court surface where Camden’s children and young adults can ...

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CAMDEN, NJ —  Good behavior could lead to a fun night on wheels, free of charge, for up to 10,000 Camden residents. Starting today (May 20), the Camden County Police Department’s metropolitan division will begin giving out 5,000 vouchers worth admission and a free skate rental for two at ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – The Camden Schools Foundation plans to host its 10th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner–Fundraiser, honoring four people for their many contributions to the City of Camden. The event is to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield, and money raised from ...

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CAMDEN, NJ —Four private, nonprofit organizations in the city will receive a total of over $3 million in funding through the state Dept. of Community Affair’s Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) program. The money – totaling $3,025,417 for the four nonprofits – comes from corporations ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Long-time Wayne resident, Harry Stricker is searching for a good Samaritan to help save his life. After a battle with kidney cancer fifteen years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March of 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Shafik Thomas, 26, has to take a breath while listing off his background. Author. Entrepreneur. Recording artist. Producer. Sneaker designer. Sound engineer. He even once apprenticed in brick masonry. He’s now added book drive organizer to the list as part of a new initiative ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The Salvation Army's Kroc Center decided to spread the love early this year in Camden. On Friday evening - two days before Valentine's Day - the center gave away hundreds of spaghetti dinners to couples and families in Camden.  Also handed out were over 140 gift bags containing ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Homelessness, which has long been an issue in Camden, dominated Tuesday’s City Council meeting. While no agenda item impacted how it’s handled locally, city officials and residents agreed the number of individuals out on the streets remains a problem. “I see many people who don't ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — It’s close to 10 p.m. and Tawanda Jones, known to friends as “Wawa,” is pulling up to Camden’s Yorkship Elementary School in a white pick-up truck. Temperatures Friday hovered in the low 40s, but at the late hour it felt colder. Especially for the half-a-dozen people sitting in the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The Hilton Effect Foundation, in conjunction with the Hilton Garden Inn which opened at the end of 2020 in Camden, has contributed $5,000 to help Cathedral Kitchen’s jobs program. The grant is the company's first contribution in the city, it announced last week. The funds will ...

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The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is spearheading a $2.8 million initiative to fund  small- and medium-sized food pantries and soup kitchens that face an increased surge in demand for food during the coronavirus pandemic. NJPRF, which was founded in March to marshal resources to meet critical ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Lori Coblentz of Newfield United Methodist Women says a Camden event set for Saturday came largely as a result of her son. Aware of their homeless outreach in Philadelphia and other parts of New Jersey during the pandemic her son - an EMS worker - recently said the Gloucester County ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — An hour into a bagged lunch food drive, hosted by the Burlington-Camden Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, one voice could be heard even over the music. “Come on get your bag!” shouted Russel Dunnings of Somerdale Monday at the corner of Federal Street and Marlton ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Give back to those in need, listen to a distinguished scholar or take in a virtual stage reading this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Camden will give residents ample opportunities to recognize the life of the revered civil rights activist, who would have turned 92 on Friday.  Check ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — In Camden, where the coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the community, Cathedral Kitchen has continued to serve and safeguard the most vulnerable residents. To help in their mission, PSEG and the PSEG Foundation announced this week that the non-profit was ...

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CAMDEN, NJ - Boys and girls on the nice list in Camden won't have to look far to receive a gift this Christmas.  Plenty of other surprises await too, including a Scuba Santa, a dazzling lights show, a virtual holiday special and more. Check out upcoming events in Camden, which provide safe ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — A tall nutcracker, brightly-lit tree and Saint Nick himself were in Camden Saturday as part of a two-day “Winter Wonderland” so that even in the midst of a pandemic, everyone can express their holiday spirit. “The kids have been in the house for such a long time and just to have a ...

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CAMDEN, NJ - Daria Chacón, 46, arrived in North Camden about 22 years ago. Compared to back then, the neighborhood was less developed and safe than it is now, she says.  Drug dealers and rowdy college students were sometimes within earshot.  Progress has been made on a larger scale like the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Virtua Health got in the holiday spirit last week by hosting giveaways at its hospitals and wellness center in Camden and Willingboro. Along with 1,500 frozen turkeys to help celebrate Thanksgiving, residents walked or drove away with reusable tote bags filled with fresh celery, ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Giving Tuesday has taken on a whole new meaning in 2020, with numerous non-profit organizations more need than ever in their respective missions to serve people in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Camden City alone, there at least 1,000 organizations - which you can find ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Dawn Richardson, the director of community services at Northgate II, looks out at an empty lounge. The building, which houses hundreds of Camden seniors, would ordinarily be hosting a Harvest Fest, Movie nights, birthday parties and the occasional Bingo. But no events have been ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Several good Samaritans across Camden - including non-profit organizations and public officials - are marking sure no family goes without a turkey this Thanksgiving.  The City of Camden led by Mayor Frank Moran, the Salvation Army Kroc Center, Cooper University Health Center, the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The parking lot of the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden was flanked by bright orange cones Friday morning. Incoming cars - who had signed up ahead of time - were directed toward the mountain of boxes where frozen turkeys, mixed vegetables, chicken salad and other goods awaited.

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CAMDEN, NJ — Pat Long, 57, has seven grandchildren and as much as she wants to have a big family affair this Thanksgiving she knows that won’t be the reality. “We have to wait and see closer to the day to see who we’re having over, but we’ll probably keep it small because of COVID-19,” Long told ...

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CAMDEN. NJ — The impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on increasing food insecurity across the state and the country continues to trend up, with an estimated 4 in 10 people accessing local food drives for the first time according to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The same organization ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Two Camden non-profits benefited from $3.1 million awarded by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) COVID-19 relief grants. Of the dozen awardees across the Garden State, Heart of Camden and Parkside Business & ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Christopher Reyes, 11, was sitting at Lifting Up Camden’s Youth (LUCY) Outreach’s Federal Street headquarters when he heard about the bike theft.  On Monday, Oct. 19, thieves broke into a shed at the East Camden center and stole 28 bikes, part of the non-profit's ...

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