Sewa4Community – New Jersey, an Indic collective of more than 40 Dharma and Sewa organizations, has raised over $30,000 in donations for various COVID-19 related relief efforts. So far, Sewa4Community has donated $23,000 to various food pantries and soup kitchens in New Jersey. Some of the beneficiaries include Elijah’s Kitchen, North Brunswick High School, food pantries in Monroe, Hightstown, Plainsboro, Parsippany, Bordentown, Morristown townships and MCFOODS.

Around 150 volunteers from the tri-state area are working to sew masks, procure N95 masks and other PPE and connect with medical centers in need. So far, 6500 masks and 85000 gloves have been donated to various hospitals including Lantern Medical Center, Holy Name Medical Center, Jersey Shore Medical Center, Centra State Hospital, UMDNJ, RWJ, and JFK Medical Center.

Along with these efforts, Sewa4Community has coordinated and executed the following efforts.

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Delivering groceries to Senior Citizens and families in need

Delivering groceries to COVID patients taking precautions and utmost care

Delivering hand made masks from Sewa International’s Mask Making Mission Design

Rehabilitation of international students and helping coordinate grocery delivery and accommodation

Coordination of  plasma donors with needs and doctors

Handling and solving calls that come through helplines of Sewa International

Providing meals to doctors and hospitals in the Tri-state area and EMS/EMT/Police/Fire departments

Providing medical help for patients by connecting them with doctors in our Network

Providing information on various arrangements e.g., Funeral, Travel etc.

“We need to support the food pantries and medical centers who serve our communities, enabling them to have the necessary resources to meet the rising demand,” said Rajesh Sharma, Central Jersey Coordinator for Sewa International, one of the organizations whose volunteers are involved in mask making. 

Minal Sapre, Service Coordinator from HSS USA, mentioned that teenage volunteers are doing their part by collecting food to provide meals to EMS/EMT workers in their townships. “This is very impressive that even teenagers have come together to join hands during this pandemic to serve the community,” she said.

Due to restrictions and social distancing, the fundraiser was mainly executed through Facebook. People from all walks of life have generously contributed to this cause. Anyone willing to participate in this effort can make their donations here  .