Giving Back

May 17, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - John El-Maraghy saw that the COVID-19 pandemic had brought out the best in many people who want to donate food to pantries and personal protection equipment to health care heroes. No one was addressing, however, the hand hygiene of the city’s homeless population during a ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Doug Schneider recently brought lunch to all the workers at two local Trader Joe's. He did the same thing for the dozens of cashiers, stock clerks and other workers at some local ShopRite supermarkets. Schneider’s #FeedRVillage campaign recognizes that it takes a village ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – MCFOODS, which has been distributing food and other necessities to food banks, houses of worship and other community partners for 26 years, is continuing to serve Middlesex County’s hungry during the COVID-19 crisis. MCFOODS, through its partnership with LogistiCare, the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One of the city’s longest-standing social impact organizations has established a fund to support the community and non-profit partners during the COVID-19 crisis. New Brunswick Tomorrow’s New Brunswick Community Response Fund has been created to collect donations to be ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The boxes of Ethiopia Kembata or Columbia Excelso arrive piping hot, much to the delight of the healthcare professionals at the front lines of the war against COVID-19 at city hospitals. The coffee is appreciated, but probably not as much as the notes attached to or sometimes ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Clean T-shirts, body wash, and bandages are all items we use every day. But imagine not having access to such necessities? That’s why Abigail M., a 17-year-old Girl Scout and senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, decided to dedicate her Gold Award project to helping ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Elijah’s Promise has been on a mission for more than 30 years to help the food insecure in the city and beyond. But, Elijah’s Promise could use some help, itself. The community kitchen - the most visible resource for the city’s food insecure, serving more than 100,000 ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It’s intermission at a recent show at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center and a young woman approaches the concession stand on a mission to sate her sweet tooth. She’s greeted by such delights as gourmet chocolates and golden popcorn. With little hesitation, she opts for ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - Although the Rutgers men's basketball team was struggling on the court Wednesday night in its ultimate loss to the University of Michigan, the big winner appeared to be in the hallway of the RAC, where Popcorn For The People received a visit from Gov. Phil Murphy and his entourage ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Kat Gonzalez can pinpoint the moment she discovered the power of painting to comfort. When a beloved teacher died during her senior year of high school, Gonzalez created a portrait of him – her first-ever painting – to display at his wake. “You could see how the painting got ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The New Brunswick Free Public Library in collaboration with New Brunswick Cultural Center, Inc. presents a Windows of Understanding: Food Insecurity painting workshop. The library invites anyone interested to register for this hands-on activity, which is free and open to the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ. – Monday afternoon’s celebration at Unity Square Community Center was about honoring the legacy of the most revered civil rights leader and one of New Brunswick’s favorite sons. And, apparently, teaching their legacies to the next generation. "Martin Luther King Jr. and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Martin Luther King Jr. used his eloquent words and impassioned voice to call for equality - including equality in the arena of higher education. More than five decades since the Civil Rights Movement Leader's death, people such as Tiana Rahi, a junior studying for her ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Taxpayers can receive free assistance with filing their 2019 income tax returns at the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Volunteers from Beta Alpha Psi at the Rutgers Business School will help taxpayers file online, by appointment only, on Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 31 ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Large windows with the sunlight tumbling through, a pair of cartoonish giraffes, miniature flags of various nations and a warm feeling fill this room inside the Harmony Family Success Center on Livingston Avenue. Inside these walls on the third Wednesday of each month, the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - During the season of giving, donating blood and platelets is an excellent way for you to help others. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) will host a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Courtyard. Please help save a life by ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - For some residents, the best Christmas gift they got this year was a hot meal at Elijah's Promise. The best gift the community kitchen got came from longtime volunteer-turned-Santa Claus. When the refrigerator recently began to malfunction - the gaskets on the door were ...

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EDISON, NJ – The holiday season is a time to reach out to those who need help the most. Increasingly, that includes our military veterans here in Middlesex County. That’s why Amazon transformed the Edison VFW Memorial Post 3117 on Thursday into a winter wonderland, replete with lights, food, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Free turkeys will be available to residents of New Brunswick from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 at Redshaw Elementary School. The school is located at 216 Livingston Ave. The turkeys will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please bring proof of New ...

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HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - Jolie fled Congo because of war and spent 10 years as a refugee in Uganda. When she finally boarded a plane to come to the United States, she brought her four children, two suitcases stuffed with their possessions and a dream of a better life. "I didn't have a husband," she ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Puerto Rican Action Board has provided early childhood, youth, family and community services to tens of thousands in need from its location at 90 Jersey Ave. Now, the organization is looking for a new home after outgrowing its current location. Chief Program Officer ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Ciclovia Committee was honored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation for ”Complete Streets Excellence” at a special luncheon on Tuesday. New Brunswick Ciclovia is a community-based effort to open the streets of New Brunswick so residents and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - About 75 volunteers from the Pentecostal Church of God removed an estimated 1,600 pounds of litter from the neighborhood surrounding the church on Paul Robeson Boulevard. The church's ninth annual litter-removal event stretched from Paul Robeson Boulevard to Livingston ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and New Brunswick is again offering special shirts as a fundraiser to help raise money to combat prostate cancer in our local community. All members of the New Brunswick Fire Department will perform their duties in the ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - MCFOODS, the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services, is marking 25 years of serving the food insecure in New Brunswick and across the county. In New Brunswick alone, MCFOODS has partnered with Elijah's Promise and several food pantries to ...

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Academy Learning Center teamed up with Blessing Bag Brigade of NJ, non-Profit Organization with the mission of helping the homeless find a little comfort, for a morning of giving back to the community. 500 Blessing Bags were filled with essentials such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, lotion, ...

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EDISON, NJ - Edison Township’s youth mentorship program that helps at-risk youngster strengthen their academic skills and introduces them to emerging technology careers has received national recognition and praise as an “innovative model” for other communities throughout the country to ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Salvaging and redistributing unused packs of carrots, containers of milk and other food items from school lunchrooms just might be the next big idea in the struggle to feed the 1 million food-insecure residents across the state. And, the New Brunswick school district is one ...

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