Giving Back

May 12, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Jay Goldberg has been getting some curious looks when he pulls up at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Ryders Lane. Some people come right over, some slowly sidle up to the truck and still others aren’t sure what to do. The sight of Elijah’s Promise’s new boxy, bright red ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – In his role as an activist, Tormel Pittman has spearheaded marches to denounce police misconduct in the wake of George Floyd’s death and led protests to demand the renaming of Roosevelt School. On Saturday, he will be helping organize an event to take on the issue of urban ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK – You can find “The Mother of Elder Care” buried in Elmwood Cemetery at the base of a Roman-style monument. On Monday, the ivy-white statue was pointing toward a cloudless sky as leaders from Parker Health Group quietly walked over to Henrietta Parker’s grave and placed a bouquet ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The library is again a site for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and is offering remote tax filing by contact-free drop-off appointments only. This service is provided by volunteers from Beta Alpha Psi at the Rutgers Business School, in coordination ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ  - It's time to stuff the truck! Stop by Stop and Shop on Route 18 South in East Brunswick this Saturday any time between 10 am. and 2 p.m. and donate your much-needed food items to feed those in need in Middlesex County. Come visit the MCFOODS truck in the store parking lot ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sarah Collins Rudolph was 12 when a bomb ripped through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In an instant, there was debris and destruction everywhere. Dozens of shards of glass pierced Rudloph’s body. Her sister, Addie, and three other girls were ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ - On March 1, borough resident Nick Grisi is setting out on the trip of a lifetime; a cross-country bike ride along the ACA Southern Tier Bike Route. The trail runs from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida, stretching 3,092 miles. Grisi is making the trek to celebrate a ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The city’s most visible resource for food insecurity will need help of its own today. Elijah’s Promise, the community kitchen that served more than 200,000 meals last year, suffered a sprinkler system malfunction early this morning. Their kitchen and dining facilities at ...

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During Kindness Week the students from the Piscataway Regional Day School which is part of the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ) put together snack bags for Elijah's Promise. Elijah's Promise, a Community Soup Kitchen, located in New Brunswick is part of the job sampling site ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Local leaders and student activists are scheduled to participate in a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration aimed at uplifting local communities. The Rutgers Bonner Leader Program is hosting the event in which participants will be asked to discuss how they are fighting ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD –The Head Custodian at South Plainfield High School (SPHS), Jeff Anderson, has devoted 23 years of his life to keeping South Plainfield Schools clean. What most do not know about this humble man is that he is an army veteran who risked his life to serve the United States of ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - This holiday season the Spotswood Community Team partnered with the Spotswood PTA and the Spotswood Recreation Department. The result was a philanthropic endeavor aimed to collect gifts and monetary donations to help make the holidays a lot brighter for area families in need as well ...

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FORT DRUM, NY - Far from his home in Hillsborough, NJ, Army 1st Lt. Jake Ciattarelli spread some holiday cheer provided by the volunteers of Operation Shoebox New Jersey with 50 soldiers under his command. The 23-year-old platoon leader received a shipment of OPSHBX NJ care packages on Monday, ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - For Vidhi Madan, it was never a question of if she was going to do something, but how. Seeing pictures of her cousin working at schools in Uganda and India, seeing girls walk miles just to get to their classrooms, she felt powerless an ocean away. It was in that moment, Madan ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK — Rashel Bernal Reyes’ life straddles two New Brunswicks: The City of New Brunswick where she was raised and Rutgers-New Brunswick where she is a student. “One of my friends dropped me off from class last year. The moment you turn from Rockoff Hall, past the cemetery, there are ...

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - To help support an urgent call from New Jersey Blood Services about a blood shortage, Spotswood John J. Carney Post 4589 is hosting two emergency bloods drive on Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 29. Both blood drives will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donors should be ...

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that the team will collect toys at TD Bank Ballpark for Central Jersey Toys For Tots. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, TD Bank Ballpark will be a drop-off site for new, unwrapped toys that will be ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Several organizations and groups across the city are opening their doors and their hearts in an effort to give everyone a hot meal this Thanksgiving Day. Their kindness and generosity comes at a time when food insecurity in New Brunswick and beyond has increased because of ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Join the Middlesex County 4-H club at their 4-H Holiday Craft Workshop this month and have fun with crafts for kids, teens, and adults.  This fundraiser to support 4-H will provide you with the supplies to make the crafts you choose, and you can join our craft instructors by ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today the successful completion of an annual clothing drive held for the benefit of men and women reentering the workforce.  The drive was held in conjunction with the N.J. Reentry Corporation of New Brunswick, a ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - A family is desperately searching for a donor to help save the life of a young boy with severe kidney disease. "My seven-year-old son, Modak, is in need of a kidney donor," say Nirmesh Kumar. "His kidneys are functioning at 6.5%." Modak, a 2nd Grader at Golden Door Charter ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County is at an extreme shortage and is in urgent need of winter coats and jackets. With this dire need in mind, Broehl's Lawn Maintenance has once again made provisions to be a collection center for winter jackets for Elijah's Promise. While there is an extreme ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It’s Thursday afternoon and Anna Hausmann is furiously scrubbing the rust off a blue Sapient. After several minutes, the bristle brush has removed years of neglect from the chain, allowing the tires to move again. The job of refurbishing old bikes sometimes calls for some ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Award-winning television journalist Lisa Guerrero, Tony-nominated actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mayor Jim Cahill and others will participate this week in a virtual celebration of the enduring strength and creativity of domestic violence survivors. Being Brave 2020 will be ...

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One executive fears a ‘perfect storm’ with higher demand amid possibility of more business closures, job losses. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ - Middlesex County's Emergency Food Distribution Network works with more than 100 local food pantries and social service agencies throughout the county. The coronavirus pandemic has hit many Middlesex County residents hard, which is why MCFOODS is partnering with the Monroe ...

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Number surges by 56% this year, higher than national rate due to hard-hit hospitality and leisure industries This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Time to do a good deed for our local good-deed-doers, Bears! The Outreach Center at Aldersgate Methodist Church - formerly the Crisis Room- invites all to attend a giant (yet socially-distanced) yard sale on Saturday, October 3 at their location at 562 Ryders Lane, East ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Gerard Muyando arrived at Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon with blisters on his feet, a rumble in his stomach and the weight of life on the streets on his shoulders. He had walked halfway across the city with the promise of a warm shower on his mind. “I feel better as ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK - Terrence Floyd decried gun violence and spoke of unity as the greatest weapon against racism and police misconduct. Peace and  the pursuit of harmony, he said, was at the essence of his brother, George, who died after being pinned to the ground by his neck by a Minneapolis police ...

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