"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." ~ Martin Luther King
Let us continue to follow Martin Luther King’s example of service and love by continuing to help and serve our community especially during these pandemic times with so many in need. Some of our residents were not able to help or participate in yesterday’s day of service events and activities, but would like to contribute in whatever way they can. Many that were able to help, serve, participate, and/or contribute yesterday felt inspired to do more, especially our children. Even the smallest amount, gesture, show of support, or few moments of your time or resource can make a world of difference to someone and to our community. During these pandemic times, so many of our friends and neighbors were very deeply impacted. So much help is needed! Please help out friends and neighbors in need by offering to pick up/drop off essentials, bring trash and recycling receptacles to/from the street, help shovel walks during inclement weather, assist with on-line ordering, etc. Please check in on each other, especially on our seniors and our most vulnerable. A phone call or message goes a long way in helping feel connected. If you are able and would like to contribute, here are some of the many places and ways that can directly benefit our community. There are many others! Please help wherever, whenever, and however you can. Thank you for your generosity and Pioneer Spirit! We will get through this together! PIONEER STRONG!
WHERE TO DONATE:
CSA – Community Service Association of New Providence
Donations to the CSA are used solely to help our fellow New Providence residents during their time of financial need. CSA is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Donations of ANY AMOUNT can be sent via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by check to:
Community Service Association of New Providence
c/o NP Borough Hall
360 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974
*If you are in need of assistance from the CSA, please leave a message at (908) 665-8254. Calls are answered by a case worker and are always kept completely confidential
NEW PROVIDENCE LIONS
Donations are 100% used to help local causes and people in need. The Lions are also always looking for new members and for volunteers
FLAG – Front Line Appreciation Group
FLAG is an organization dedicated to helping feed our committed front line health care workers while also supporting our local restaurants. The NPEF teamed with FLAG of New Providence to facilitate all donations that will be used to place orders at NP restaurants and delivered to our front line workers and volunteers fighting COVID-19. Donations of ANY AMOUNT can be made via credit card or PayPal using the button on their website page or Venmo: @NP-EdFoundation. Please donate what you can to support both the local businesses you love and our healthcare workers and first responders who are tirelessly fighting to keep us all safe.
Our Lady of Peace Church (OLP):
OLP FOOD PANTRY
Food donations can be dropped off at the OLP Rectory Monday to Friday between 8am to 6pm. The following is in great demand: pasta, mac & cheese, instant potatoes, canned meats, jelly and canned fruit, Hamburger Helper, Chef Boyardee, and Stove Top stuffing. Also most needed is soups, canned vegetables, beans, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish cans, boxes of pasta, pasta sauce, rice, cereal, shelf stable milk, and all varieties of baby food and cereal. Also accepted: full size shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors, women’s hygiene products, and disposable diapers (especially sizes 3,4,5, and 6). To contribute, volunteer or to find out more information, please contact OLP (908) 464-7600.
OLP SANDWICH DRIVE
Mondays between 1pm-2pm, at OLP Church, 111 South Street, New Providence. Staples needed are sandwiches (see below for details), sandwich supplies, fresh fruit: apples, oranges and bananas, as well as healthy snacks for the lunch bags. For more information please call or text Mike Savage at (908) 400-6885.
For Sandwich Donations here is what is recommended as a guide. Any amount is accepted!
1-2 loaves of sandwich bread
1-3 lbs of lunchmeat (ham, bologna, turkey)
1 lb of cheese
Put each sandwich whole (do not cut in half) into an individual plastic sandwich bag and put it back in the bread bag. Please mark the bag with the ingredients AND the number of sandwiches in the bag.
*Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are also accepted!
*If you would like to help bag and make sandwiches, please arrive at OLP anytime between 1pm-2pm on Mondays
MORE WAYS TO HELP:
During these unprecedented times, our local small businesses have suffered and need us now more than ever. Our local businesses are the heart of our community and have contributed generously to many of our local organizations, youth programs, and community events and activities. They really need us now to help them! Please support our local businesses and SHOP NEW PROVIDENCE! When shopping in NP, maybe take a photo to share and promote the establishment. Comment, like, and share local social media posts and promotions. Recommend our local establishments to friends and neighbors, and on social media. Most importantly, keep it local and SHOP NP!
New Providence, Our Community For All – NPOCFA
(732) 535-8441 or email NewProvidenceOCFA@gmail.com
NPOCFA is a volunteer run and supported organization. This service is for our seniors and most vulnerable. To help or volunteer to shop for others please email the volunteer coordinator at email@example.com or call (908)451-3331.
LIFT SPIRITS! (Fun to do with the kids!)
Giving someone a call, sending a text or email, video chat, dropping off or sending a card, note, picture, or small token gesture goes a long way in helping us feel connected, especially our seniors and most vulnerable. Here are some more ideas to help lift spirits in our community:
LIGHT UP NP (Fun to do with the kids!)
Help Us Light Up New Providence! We would like to light up our nights in our community until this crisis is over. If you would like to participate, please put lights in your windows or outdoors to show support and solidarity with our community for our afflicted, our lost, and their families, for all of our first responders, our emergency management team, and all of essential workers in the fight against COVID-19 until this crisis is over. You can use holiday lights or just a battery-candle in the window.
CHALK YOUR WALK (Fun to do with the kids!)
Help lift morale and brighten our days by creating chalk pictures and messages on your walk and driveway areas.
DECORATE YOUR WINDOWS (Fun to do with the kids!)
With the holidays behind us, and many festive decorations packed away, maybe consider decorating your windows which can bring so much joy to passers-by!
These are just a few great ideas. Please share your ideas and contributions too! We are all in this together and together we will get through this! Pioneer Strong!
-Mayor Al Morgan