Giving Back

February 16, 2019

  New Web Platform Provides Real-Time Access to 2-1-1 Data On February 11, NJ 2-1-1 and all 2-1-1s across the country commemorated 2-1-1 Day to showcase a national communications system designed to be a front line in resource and referral for those seeking help with health and human service ...

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On Saturday, April 13, the Auxiliary of the Green Village Fire Department is hosting a community shred from 9 am until noon.  All are welcome to bring their personal and business documents for shredding. Sensitive information will be destroyed on-site by a truck-mounted shredder provided by ...

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There are nearly 1.5 million public charities registered in the United States.  To be rated by Charity Navigator, an organization must, among other criteria, have generated at least $1 million in revenue for two consecutive years and been in existence for at least seven years.  Their criteria lower ...

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Have you ever been told you are a good listener? Do you have a yearning to really make a difference?  Caring Contact will be offering its 95th volunteer listening training beginning March 12th through June 18th. Training will run once a week from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, plus one full weekend, June 8th ...

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Family Promise and Belk, the Southern department store chain, have announced a $1 million partnership to empower mothers and help families thrive. The contribution is part of the retailer’s community outreach program, Belk: Project Hometown, in support of their mission to strengthen southern ...

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Seeking 55+ Volunteers to Help Adults Get their GED and Learn ESL ELIZABETH, NJ - The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for Union County, NJ, hosted by Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, engages people 55+ to volunteer their services to meet critical community needs and provide a ...

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Mountainside – On January 17th a room dedication was held at Imagine in honor and memory of Keith Hertell II who died in a car accident in 1997 at the age of 25.  Keith’s father, Keith Hertell, made a very generous gift to Imagine to name the child loss support group room, Keith’s Room. The funding ...

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SHORT HILLS, NJ - Over 900,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar. But their challenges continue in refugee settlements in Bangladesh, where limited access to water, sanitation, and hygiene creates poor health outcomes for these vulnerable communities.  Doctors ...

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Allen W. Roberts Elementary School Concert Band members performed a concert at the New Providence Senior Center on January 9, 2019.  Band students from AWR have been visiting the Senior Center annually for at least 13 years. The concert provides both performance experience and a community service ...

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On January 24, students in the UC STEP youth development program were presented with resolutions by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, congratulating them on winning the 2019 UC Step Civic Engagement challenge. UC STEP is a Freeholder initiative that provides high school students with ...

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Have you ever been told you are a good listener? Do you have a yearning to really make a difference?  Caring Contact will be offering its 95th volunteer listening training March 12 through June 18. Training will run once a week from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., plus one full weekend, June 8 and 9, and ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Education Foundation (NPEF) would like to invite friends and neighbors to Touchdown for Education, one of the biggest fundraiser of the season, on Saturday, January 26 at The Paca Club from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets to this fun-filled event promise over ...

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Imagine has received a $10,000 grant from the Schumann Fund of New Jersey to support “Imagine Newark,” a new free children’s grief support center opening in the South Ward of Newark in March.  “We are grateful for the Schumann Fund for New Jersey’s investment in this program, which will help us ...

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Berkeley Heights VFW Post 6259 will hold a Pasta Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at the post, 15 Locust Ave. The menu includes: salad, appetizer, a pasta dinner, meatballs and sausage, desert and coffee. The cost is $10 per person. To reserve a spot, call Al Compora at ...

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MANVILLE, NJ - Valairco Heating & Cooling is celebrating 50 years in business. As part of this celebration we have been donating $500 every three months to a charity or nonprofit as nominated by our customers, employees, friends and associates. Who will be the next $500 ...

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An ambitious group of Union County Adopt-a-Park volunteers spent several hours clearing away a logjam in the Rahway River at Nomahegan Park in Cranford recently. Helped by a passer-by who loaned two kayaks to the effort, they bagged and removed trash and recyclables from the river and from the ...

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County also announces drop off sites for diapers and feminine hygiene products; residents encouraged to make financial contributions to Community Food Bank of NJ The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced an online assistance guide for Federal employees who are experiencing ...

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SHORT HILLS, NJ - Doing a winter clean out and looking for a local resale shop that will use your donations to help those in need? New Eyes for the Needy Fabulous Finds Resale Shop, in Short Hills, is seeking donations of new and used jewelry, watches, and fine housewares that will be sold to raise ...

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Imagine announced today a $46,150 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to support “Imagine Newark,” a new children’s grief support center opening in the South Ward of Newark.  “We are grateful for the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey’s investment in this program, which will help ...

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SUMMIT, NJ,  - Arnold Schwarzenegger said it in 1984’s “The Terminator”: “I’ll be back.” Now, Summit’s Family Promise is echoing the sentiment. To celebrate its 30th year of serving children and families battling homelessness, Family Promise and our Co-Chairs Jennifer Glatt and Liz Frank will be ...

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Investors Bank, a longtime supporter of Family Promise, recently presented the organization with a check for $12,500 at the national nonprofit’s headquarters in Summit.  The gift was the first installment of a $25,000 sponsorship of events celebrating Family Promise’s 30th anniversary this ...

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The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club will hold a Casino Night Fundraiser on Friday, February 22 at 6:00pm at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.      Tickets purchased by January 15th are $75 per person and include a buffet dinner and $100 in casino play money.   Tickets purchased after ...

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The Connection recently received a $10,000 grant from Investors Foundation in Summit, NJ, presented by Branch Manager, Janine Grieco to Connection Executive Director Wendy Graeb and Gala Chair Annel Montero-Mitchell. This grant is the lead sponsorship for The Connection’s annual gala, which ...

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   The Summit College Club (SCC) is seeking children’s books donations for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 21, 2019.  Donations should be brought to Christ Church from 10:00 am until 12 noon and from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm.  Christ Church is located at 561 ...

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Union County residents seeking information about services available for senior adults age 60 and older will have a choice of eight dates and locations in January 2019 to speak with staff from the county’s Department of Human Services Division on Aging through ASK, the Aging Services Kiosk community ...

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Family Promise, the Summit-based nonprofit addressing family homelessness in America, has partnered with Clayton, one of the leading builders of prefabricated and site-built homes, to address the affordable housing crisis felt by low-income families nationwide.  To kick off the partnership, Clayton ...

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Family Promise-Union County’s day center in Elizabeth  was bustling like Santa’s workshop this past weekend as volunteers gathered to help Family Promise collect and distribute Christmas gifts for more than 40 families in need.  Berkeley Heights Girl Scout Troop #40335, Maplecrest Moves ...

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As the seasonal holidays draw near, the hectic rush of shopping, traveling and preparing for visitors can put consumers at greater risk for scams, fraud and theft. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that they can take a few simple steps to protect themselves. “During ...

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Lily, the shy, 7-year-old, fuchsia muppet who first appeared on Sesame Street in 2011, is back, thanks to a helping hand from Family Promise and a few other friends.  Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), a program of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces Sesame Street, has launched a ...

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For immediate release BERNARDS TWP., NJ — At a gathering filled with neighbors, local representatives including Bernards Township Mayor John Carpenter, Bernards Committeewoman Carol Bianchi, parents, community members and staff members, Our House, Inc. celebrated the opening of new ...

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