Giving Back

August 5, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — In a pre-coronavirus world the main lobby of Camden’s Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center at the start of August could be coated by confetti in celebration of a birthday. The walls could be echoing in applause as a group of nursing graduates prepare to embark on their careers. A ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — For roughly two years, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has worked to map out sidewalks across the region in order to determine what areas are the most in need.  The endeavor, which took a big step last fall with the launch of the Greater Philadelphia ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Michael Jackson of Pennsauken is very particular about when he goes outside these days - given the COVID-19 pandemic. Mainly, he says, he straps on his facemask and makes the exception for volunteer events like the one hosted in Camden City Friday morning.  “I’ve been very ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Impact100 South Jersey, a special interest fund within the Community Foundation of South Jersey, has granted $100,000 to Camden organization LUCY Outreach. In all, $193,500 was awarded to four non-profits in South Jersey, and announced during the program's annual virtual meeting ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Although she's been staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic Yaniece Spencer, co-founder of B.O.S.S. Mentoring in Camden, has also made sure to check in on New Pilgrim Baptist Church on 5th Street — where the program is based. That drive has largely been uneventful, until ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Five Camden City organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities are part of the 25 receiving $222,000 in grant money, the Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) announced Wednesday. “The stories of these organizations adapting to meet the needs of their ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Undocumented Camden families will be able to apply for “bank cards” this Sunday at the Salvation Army-Kroc Center as part of an event to help provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, organized by New Beginnings in partnership with First Lady Tammy Murphy and the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — With help from non-profit Touch New Jersey, freeholders will provide fresh food to the residents of Camden County this Friday. The weekly food drives, aiming to lessen the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on local families, began last week at Antioch Baptist Church and at St. John ...

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CAMDEN, NJ - The only time NJ’s First Lady Tammy Murphy took a break Thursday morning in Camden was when she switched from serving hot meals to handing out face masks.  “It’s the first place I’ve been to in multiple weeks, where the sun’s been shining so that tells you something,” Murphy told ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — When Gerald Davis, executive director of non-profit Touch New Jersey, recently got on the phone with Philabundance — the Philadelphia area's largest hunger relief organization — one semi-truck was on the table.  The 1,600 boxes of food — including fresh meat, dairy, fruits, ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Project H.O.P.E., a health center in Camden, announced this week a series of roughly $288,000 in grants that will help it continue to treat the city’s underserved communities most at risk during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The most recent award of $183,000 announced Wednesday ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Tom Martin hasn’t been relegated to his Haddon Township home during a global pandemic in the year 2020. He’s been in Seattle circa 1992 alongside Jon Dorenbos — an NFL long-snapper who would turn tragedy into a “magical” life journey. Such is the escapism that Martin, founder of ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The 5th annual Garbage Bag Gala, which lends support to women's and family programs at Camden’s Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center every year, has been postponed to 2021. “We made attempts to work on postponement plans for 2020 (considering both July and September) ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Lifting Camden’s youth, the mantra behind LUCY Outreach, has never been more dire than during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Kristin Prinn, executive director and founder of the non-profit.  Based on Federal Street in the hard-hit East Camden, the organization has managed to continue ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Jose Placencia, 27, works the register at Litwin Food Market in Camden and the past month has been anything but normal.  Floor markers delineating where shoppers should stand. A counter at the front door limiting customer capacity. Face masks no longer just a suggestion.  As the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Five non-profit organizations in the city of Camden, as well as a sixth in Pennsauken, were among the more than 20 in the region to benefit from the first round of COVID-19 grants from the Community Foundation of South Jersey.  Up to $100,000 were provided to the following ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — At least 10,000 pounds of fresh produce will be distributed Saturday in Camden for families in need of food.   The pop-up market, made possible through the administration, the county freeholder board, Farmers Against Hunger and Cooper's Ferry Partnership, will open for walk-ups and ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Over 80 vehicles, including members of the Camden police, fire department, and EMS, joined in a caravan Monday to give thanks to the men and women that make up the city's healthcare workforce responding to the coronavirus outbreak. “This is the least we can do for these heroes who ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The Heart of Camden launched its “Sewing for Seniors” campaign on Monday and already has gathered 100 face masks, nearly halfway to their goal of 250. “This is as much about raising awareness than anything else,” Heart of Camden executive director, Carlos Morales, told TAPinto ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Volunteers of America’s Delaware Valley (VOADV) provides resources and shelter for thousands of homeless New Jerseyans every year, operating six facilities in the state including three in Camden.  The fervor for helping the homeless, those returning from incarceration or anyone that ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Corinne Powers, a city staple for over 30 years, says this Easter Sunday she wants hospital workers on the front lines of COVID-19 to know that while they can’t be with their loved ones, their Camden family will be there nonetheless.  There’s no mistaking the pink and black ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Joseph’s House was able to boast a capacity of roughly 90 after it expanded its shelter last fall. Having to cut down on that to closer to 50 to guarantee guests’ cots are six feet apart during the COVID-19 outbreak wasn’t an easy decision.  “Even during non-pandemic times it's ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Non-profits in eight South Jersey counties — including Camden — can take advantage of a new Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) fund aimed at bolstering organizations bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 response. “Our family business is lucky to be headquartered in South ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — When the Collingswood school system found itself with an excess of milk cartons last week due to closures, it sent 500 to the Cathedral Kitchen — a Camden staple that feeds thousands in the city every month. It’s that type of generosity that continues to drive the non-profit during ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Building connections to help elevate the Lanning Square neighborhood — an area where vacant lots are prevalent and parks commonly draw littering — is the goal of a new neighborhood campaign. Over the weekend, the Lanning Square West Residents Association made that message heard with ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The 5th annual Garbage Bag Gala Fashion Show will be held at the Marian House on May 15 in support of women's and family programs at Camden’s Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center. “The Garbage Bag Gala is one-of-a-kind fashion show,” said the Salvation Army’s Major ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Camden Mayor Frank Moran put it simply: “It is all about helping those in need.” His words come just days after Puerto Rico was struck by a 5.0-magnitude earthquake — one of many instances of seismic activity that have struck the island since the end of 2019 and have only compounded ...

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CAMDEN — B.O.S.S. Mentoring co-founder Yaniece Spencer, donning a red and charcoal Delta Sigma Theta cardigan, was balancing a keyboard on her lap on a recent night. She was printing out a sign-in sheet. She paused to answer the phone. A mentee, who was being picked up by the program, was ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — It might not be what first comes to mind, but what better to pair the sound of revving motorcycle engines on a frigid winter night, than hundreds of plush Teddy bears? On Thursday, 400 bears were dropped off at the Camden County Police Department as part of the Members of the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – Following an alert Monday from the American Red Cross New Jersey about a critical need for blood in various regions, including South Jersey, Camden’s primary hospital is assuring patients that the dip in donors is to be expected. “We are not experiencing any shortages at the ...

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