MORRISTOWN, NJ –  Page Goldberg, Ava Rasmussen and Taylor McNichol, students of Morris Plains Borough, were on a mission to raise money for a great cause. As part of the 20-Time class, a course that encourages kids to create their own fundraising project for a charity of their choice, the girls began researching various organizations in the area and explored different fundraising platforms.

Goldberg, Rasmussen and McNichol found themselves connected to the important mission of the Morristown Neighborhood House. The Neighborhood House, founded in 1898, provides numerous opportunities that help hundreds of children in our community every day from one-year-olds to high school seniors.

To start, the girls sold cookie dough and other treats where forty percent of the proceeds went toward their fundraiser for the Neighborhood House.

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In addition to their networks of family and friends who supported their initial fundraising project, the girls connected with Lovey’s Pizza & Grill of Morris Plains to host a profit share. On Wednesday, May 17th, Lovey’s donated 20% of earnings to the girls’ profit share efforts.

Between the two fundraising strategies, the girls raised a grand total of $922 to go toward the Neighborhood House and, on June 21, the girls paid a visit to learn more about the Neighborhood House’s mission and programs.

On their visit, the trio grew more excited to continue their volunteer and philanthropy involvement. As rising eighth graders, they are beginning to look for opportunities to incorporate service into their development as young leaders in our community. The three look forward to further volunteer opportunities and philanthropy efforts by helping Morristown Neighborhood House.

Morristown Neighborhood House, subsidiary of Cornerstone Family Programs, was founded in 1898 as a settlement house for immigrant populations of Morristown. Throughout the 20th Century and into the present, Morristown Neighborhood House is a cultural hub that celebrates diversity, encourages education, and healthy development in its children, ranging from one-year-olds to high school seniors who prepare for higher education and the working world.

For more information about the Neighborhood House and Cornerstone Family Programs, visit www.cornerstonefamilyprograms.org. To get involved in fundraising efforts, contact Gwenn Heller-DellaPelle, Director of Development, at (973) 538-5260 ext. 316 or gdellapelle@cfp-mnh.org.