Giving Back

Down The Block: Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Millburn/Short Hills

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SHORT HILLS, NJ – Down The Block has been selected as one of 17 charities to participate in the 2nd Annual 100th Home Sale Program sponsored by the Sue Adler Team, a Short Hills based real estate firm. The event sponsor will donate $20,000 across six local charities through a series of voting by the community.  The first round of voting has begun to select the top six finalists. Voting ends on April 14.


To vote for Down The Block, visit, scroll down to Down The Block, highlight the radio button and hit submit. People are encouraged to vote everyday to help the organization reach the finals.

Last year, Down The Block came in sixth place, securing them with $1,000 in donations. This year, they hope to do better with the help of the local community and those who support the aims of the organization.

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The organization is a nonprofit corporation created and run by a group of Millburn/Short Hills residents concerned that Township residents are struggling financially. Down The Block has helped families who has faced unexpected hardships; a job loss, high medical expenses, property damage, for example.  To assure that donations go to those Township residents in need, they give each application careful review. Once an applicant's claim is verified and deemed eligible, they provide payment directly to the provider of the goods or services needed.

“Down The Block embodies a wonderful example of how a community works to give a helping hand and a level of support to its members in their time of need.” Said Dr. Christine Burton, Superintendent of Millburn Township Public Schools. “ As we work to build a community that lives, learns, and works together, Down The Block is an organization that we hold up to our students as a model of character, care and kindness that we strive to achieve in the school district and the Millburn community."

Down The Block wishes to thank the Millburn Police Department, The Glenwood School, Millburn Middle School, the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance, M/SH Youth Baseball, Macy’s and the Millburn Township Committee for past and continued support.

To learn more about Down The Block, please visit


DISCLOSURE: Jonathan Sym, the author of this article, is a board member of Down The Block.

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