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.”
Some of the grantees for the 2017-2018 club year include the following organizations:
Brother to Brother
Blankets of Love
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
Operation Dream Lift
Wisdom Shapes Minds
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.