Giving Back

May 5, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - The first person from Elizabeth has been awarded the School Nurse of the year by Union County School Nurses Association (UCSNA).  Marie Verdon Noonan has worked as a registered nurse with the Elizabeth Board of Education for the last 18 years, but her job has not been easy with ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Marsha P. Johnson Family Foundation, based out of the late LGBTQ icon's hometown of Elizabeth, was the recipient of a truckload of clothing from season one of the hit FX television series Pose, early Thursday morning.   The Foundation plans on distributing the clothing in ...

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ELIZABETH, Nj - City of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New Jersey Field Office Director, Justin Scheid; and U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New Jersey Office of Community Planning and Development Director, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Trinitas Health Foundation will host its Annual Gala on Thursday, May 6 recognizing Fedway Associates, Inc. and Infineum USA L.P. This year, Fedway will be honored with the Celebrating Philanthropy Award and Infineum will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Both companies ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County recently announced the 2021 Youth of the Year winner, Joy S from the Elizabeth Club. Joy was chosen from three finalists from the Union, Elizabeth, and Plainfield Clubs. Joy is a 17-year-old junior at Union County Vocational Technical High ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - From pop to blues and rap to jazz, there’s something for everyone at a virtual concert fundraiser for Community Access Unlimited this week, March 22-27. Banding Together features musical performances at 7 p.m. nightly on the CAU Facebook page. All proceeds will support programs ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The COVID pandemic has not slowed the Rotary Club of Elizabeth’s philanthropic efforts.  In fact, the pandemic has given new direction to the organization as Club President Ken Richuso recently delivered sewing machines, fabric and mask-making supplies to Josephine’s Place in ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Howard Wingard recalls that when he was in college, he was given a list of white American authors and their books to choose from for a term paper. That didn’t sit right with him, so he asked his professor if he could instead write about Richard Wright or James Baldwin. Why ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - This week, Harold Harris chose an engagement ring and picked up a red dress shirt for a celebration on Valentine’s Day. He said he can’t wait to officially propose to his girlfriend, Jennifer Brown.  Both Harris and Brown are members at Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a Union ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Community Access Unlimited is working with Amazon to help people with disabilities in New Jersey begin new careers working for the retailer. Amazon has made a commitment to “building and supporting an inclusive workforce,” which may include supported employment such as job ...

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The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is spearheading a $2.8 million initiative to fund  small- and medium-sized food pantries and soup kitchens that face an increased surge in demand for food during the coronavirus pandemic. NJPRF, which was founded in March to marshal resources to meet critical ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a lot of change throughout the world. However, for newly elected President of the Elizabeth Chapter of the NAACP Shawn McClain, the pandemic has been an eye-opening experience, leading to a personal revelation to get even more involved in the ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Seventeen local and area nonprofit organizations will receive a total of more than $305,000 in grants from The Summit Foundation, support which will help provide food, shelter, education, arts, culture, and health programs and services. In 2020, The Summit Foundation’s support of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Service providers for people with disabilities continue to raise the bar for remote learning and virtual programs to meet the needs of the people they serve. Staff at Community Access Unlimited have been working hard since the start of the pandemic to make sure members don’t miss ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - TJ Baylock, a junior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS, organized a winter coat drive for students of the George Washington Academy of Science and Engineering (School No. 1) in Elizabeth.  TJ collected 100 coats and sneakers for the kids at the school, where his mom, Jeanine, is a ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Having reached a dead end in his career, Thomas Corea decided to become a stay-home dad when his son, TJ, was 18 months old. Not long after that, he and his wife, Carol, discovered TJ was on the autistic spectrum. Thomas Corea has been the family caregiver for his son, now 26, ever ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - When Barshay Stinson became part of the Transitional Opportunities Program at Community Access Unlimited five years ago, he was an 18-year-old looking to leave the foster care system who had rarely been able to leave Jersey City.  Today he has a job he enjoys and is thrilled to ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - This past weekend, law enforcement officers from the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey and the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County donated more than 250 book bags full of needed supplies and technology to students in the Elizabeth Public Schools that are ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Community Access Unlimited kept up an annual walkathon tradition on Saturday, albeit in a virtual format, to support services for people with special needs. Donations are still being accepted for the Community Access Unlimited Ira Geller Walkathon and will support services as well ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Tropa Exploradoras, a Girl Scout group for ESL students, will be transitioning to a fully virtual format this fall. The Girls Scout Heart of New Jersey launched the Spanish language Girl Scout program in 2018 for all girls enrolled in a K-12 ESL program. Girls who participate ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains is mourning local legend Malcolm E. Nettingham, a member of World War II's famed Tuskegee Airmen, who died on Monday evening just a few days before his 102nd birthday. He lived in town for almost a century and in 2014 was chosen to be the grand marshal of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union County tradition is going virtual this year to raise crucial funds for services that support people with disabilities and youth-at-risk in a safe and social distance-friendly event. Community Access Unlimited (CAU) invites members of the community to walk, jog or roll in ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH) has announced a total revamp of their website and logo as they near their 40th year of operation in the community. ECHH will now be more accessible to those looking for housing because applications can now be filled out ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Thirty-four graduates from Elizabeth High School Class of 2020 shared a record $38,000 in scholarships from The Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth.  Since the Fund’s establishment in 1986, a total of $646,000 has helped further the education ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - With nonessential face-to-face meetings largely on hold due to COVID-19, services for people with developmental disabilities are evolving with virtual options to help people meet their goals and find enrichment in a challenging time.  Day habilitation and vocational and ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Senator Joe Cryan (D-Union) have committed to raising $20,000 for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless to benefit local families. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Elizabeth Coalition was unable to host its annual fundraiser. At the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Over 300,000 free meals have been distributed to Elizabeth residents in need since April.  “For the past three months, we worked together to provide food to residents as they continued to face hardships caused by the ongoing health pandemic,” said Mayor J. Christian ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Google honored Elizabeth native Marsha P. Johnson with her own doodle on its Tuesday homepage for the last day of Pride month. “The milestones achieved in the LGBTQ rights and equality movement were made possible by trailblazers who first stood up for their rights - people like ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — In celebration of Juneteenth First Republic Restaurant and Lounge hosted a car caravan, followed by a free outdoor film screening. The caravan with police escort began at Veterans Memorial Park and ended at First Republic just after 6:30 p.m. The film “Just Mercy” is based on the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Shortly before Covid-19 emerged, took hold and shelter-in-place orders were ordered, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County trained 18 volunteers to serve as child advocates for youth removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. It is the only ...

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