TRENTON, NJ - Each year the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers and provide Jefferson Awards medals in 22 categories of volunteer service.
The 2018 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards presentation ceremony and celebration of volunteerism was held at the War Memorial in Trenton at 3 pm on the afternoon of Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things were recognized as Honorees in two dozen categories of service at this event. In addition, the achievements of over 5,000 New Jersey Students in Action were highlighted and top schools were saluted.
Bridget Cutler, founder and executive director of Moms Helping Moms Foundation, was selected as the Medalist for the Founders/Innovators category. This award category recognizes individuals whose vision and dedication result in the establishment of a new organization to meet unmet needs or new improved means of meeting those needs.
Moms Helping Moms Foundation is a baby supply and diaper bank located in North Plainfield, NJ providing essentials, so all babies can have a safe, healthy and happy start. The organization distributes over 300,000 baby items annually to low-income families living in Somerset, Morris, Essex, Union, Warren, and Hudson counties.
“I am humbled and honored to be presented with the Jefferson Award,” said Ms. Cutler. “I started Moms Helping Moms Foundation seven years ago out of my garage because I never wanted a single child to go without basics like clothes, shoes or diapers. The growth of the organization over the years reflects the deep need in our communities, and has only been possible because of our dedicated and committed supporters who generously give their time and resources. I want to especially thank Monica Smith of Marketsmith for nominating me, and for being a champion of our cause.”
The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 as the official recognition program of the United States Senate. They are considered America’s highest honor for public service and volunteerism.
In New Jersey the awards are also the official recognition program of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism, administered by a partnership that includes the NJ Office of Volunteerism, NJ Advance Media, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, and corporate sponsors, such as PNC Bank, PSEG, BD and others.