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“GIVING TUESDAY”: Montclair Drifters Host A Holiday Fellowship Meal with East Orange Seniors and Announce Grants and Scholarships This Year Totaling More Than $30K

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Photographed are longest serving member Joanne Sanders, former President Diane Bittings, VP Penny O. Corum and President Tracy Munford.
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Tracy Munford photographed with alumna Janet Rich.
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EAST ORANGE, NJ – The Montclair Chapter of Drifters, Incorporated hosted a holiday breakfast for East Orange seniors from the Bailey Holt Complex, as part of “Giving Tuesday” and their annual expression of gratitude to seniors. The meal, at IHOP, also included raffles and gifts.  The partnership with Bailey Holt (BH) began more than 10 years ago, when Lucy Jones, lived at BH.  Ms. Jones was the mother of Montclair Drifter alumna Janet Rich.  Today the program continues.  In the past, the residents have also been treated to Games & Gifts at BH, Grandparents Day at BH and visits to the Paper Mill Playhouse and more.  

In addition to Bailey Holt Day with the Drifters, the community service organization also announced their community grants for the 2017 – 2018 club year.  This year’s grants total more than $30K in scholarship and small grants to a number of organizations.   According to President Tracy Munford, “One of the things that is unique about the Drifters is that we provide scholarships, which this year will total $20K to a number of students and small grants to community based organizations who are doing their part to improve our communities.”   Proceeds from the Montclair Drifters Annual Brunch, this year on March 4, directly benefits the community, according to President Munford.   

This year, scholarship applications will be available by April 1 and can be found on the Montclair Drifters web site at www.montclairdrifters.org   According to Vice President, Penny O. Corum, who also directs programming for the Montclair Drifters, “Scholarships are the anchor, the foundation of our giving.”  “Secondly, it is our goal to provide small monetary gifts to organizations that help others.  It’s our way of “giving back” not just on Giving Tuesday or the holidays, our goal is to give throughout the year.”

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Some of the grantees for the 2017-2018 club year include the following organizations:

AARP

Brother to Brother

Blankets of Love

S.O.F.I.A.

Nassan’s Place

Montclair Firefighters Christmas Drive

Montclair Child Development Holiday Dinner 

The Social Etiquette Club

West Orange African American Association 

East Orange Campus High School Basketball Team Initiative

Weequahic High School Male Initiative 

American Cancer Society

AAngels

Sister’s Network

Operation Dream Lift 

Wisdom Shapes Minds

Unstoppable Girls

Veterans Stand Down 

In addition, Munford added, “Our members also participate in a number of activities as well; like the East Orange Salvation Army Thanksgiving Program, Food pantry restocking programming, Healthy Families Program at the VNA,  Christmas party for families and reading programs for children, health related programs, domestic violence prevention initiatives and more.  Our formula is simple, we love our communities and want them, particularly our youth to thrive.  We were honored to join in with other organizations across the U.S. to be a part of ‘Giving Tuesday’.”  Ms. Munford and Corum, extended a special thank you to the Division of Seniors Services, Director Rita Butts and Joan Reeves, Disabilities Specialist and Montclair Drifter Alumna.

For more information on the Montclair Chapter of Drifters, Inc. visit them online at www.montclairdrifters.org or visit their face book page at Montclair Drifters, Inc. 

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