NEWARK, NJ — Amid one of the greatest periods of need in U.S. history, PSEG and the PSEG Foundation announced Monday that they are donating $1.5 million to nonprofits in New Jersey and Long Island that support those hit the hardest by the pandemic.     

The impromptu holiday donations will help 14 nonprofits provide services addressing hunger, unemployment, mental health and health care needs and general poverty. Organizations addressing domestic violence, substance abuse and child neglect are also included as recipients. 

“It is our privilege to be able to support community organizations that are providing much-needed assistance to countless families and communities who are facing enormous hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Rick Thigpen, PSEG’s senior vice president for Corporate Citizenship and chairman of the PSEG Foundation. “In the spirit of the season, we’re proud to make these Community Gifts on behalf of our employees across New Jersey and New York, and support these organizations that are helping to make things better for people throughout the many diverse communities we serve.”

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The latest donating brings PSEG and PSEG Foundation to the $5 million charitable donation mark contributed since the onset of the pandemic. The $1.5 million donation is bolstered by another $2.5 million commitment to pandemic relief organizations in April and a $1 million Powering Equity and Social justice Initiative in June. 

Newark Working Kitchens which provides meals to at-risk Newark residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the recipients. 

The free meal delivery service for the residents of Newark was created to help allocate more jobs and support those in need of food. These meals are prepared by local restaurants which provide 200 meals per day for 5 days a week. These meals are then delivered to almost 10,000 city residents in over 40 locations. 

HomeFront, an organization that addresses homelessness in central New Jersey, remarked that the gift couldn’t come at a better time. 

“The holidays are typically one of the busiest times of the year for organizations like HomeFront, and the need is even greater this year due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” HomeFront Executive Director Connie Mercer said. “This surprise donation from PSEG and the PSEG Foundation comes at the time when our need is greatest. We’re so grateful for the support that companies like PSEG provide – through funding and volunteerism – all year-round. We couldn’t do this without them.”

The energy company said the PSEG’s Community Gifts donation is particularly poignant for its 13,000 employees. 

“The holiday season is traditionally a time for fellowship – not only with our families, but also a time to celebrate with neighbors, coworkers and friends,” said Calvin Ledford Jr., president of the PSEG Foundation and senior director for Corporate Social Responsibility. “Sadly, many traditions have suffered in 2020 – as have the communities we operate in – due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are honored to undertake this act of citizenship with support to these charitable organizations so that we can inspire hope for a brighter 2021.”

Organizations receiving PSEG Community Gift donations include:

  • Association for Mental Health & Wellness, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
  • Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Camden
  • Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Hillside
  • Eva’s Village, Paterson
  • Family Service League, Huntington, N.Y.
  • Food Bank of South Jersey, Pennsauken
  • HomeFront, Ewing
  • Imagine a Center for Coping with Loss, Mountainside
  • Island Harvest, Bethpage, N.Y.
  • Mental Health Association of Morris and Essex, Montclair,
  • Newark Working Kitchens, Newark
  • Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children, Paterson
  • Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Trenton
  • Youth Consultation Services Inc., Hackensack