OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – An organization that supports disconnected veterans and first responders is on a mission. They’ve come up with a plan to contribute to a charity group that helps the homeless and disenfranchised in Ocean County.
Recalibrate announced earlier this month plans to host a 5K fundraiser on May 1st at Winding River Park, Toms River. They plan to donate proceeds of the race to Just Believe, Inc.
Those wishing to register or donate for the 5K can do so by accessing this link. There is a $30 fee for the event, which begins at 10 a.m. A 1 mile “fun race” starts at 9:30 a.m., with participants requested to make a $15 donation. More information is available by email at email@example.com.
John Roth, who founded the Recalibrate non-profit organization, serves as its president. Roth served in the United States Marine Corps reserve from 2007-2018 and earned the rank of Sergeant E-5 when he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Roth continues to serve the community as a Jackson police officer.
“My passion and purpose after military life is to become an asset to the veteran community and the broader community at large,” writes Roth on Recalibrate’s website. “My goal is to try and make this world better than how I found it.”
Veterans and first responders who have lived a life of service understand the value of Just Believe, Inc. The charity organization runs an overnight warming center in the Riverwood Park Rec Center. As a Code Blue shelter, homeless residents can find a roof over their heads when temperatures drop.
Just Believe, Inc. recently revealed their plans to work with Barnegat resident Marty Weber to provide transitional housing to homeless vets. Weber plans to donate 36 acres of land on Route 72 for the project.
“Recalibrate has helped us with contributions as far as the warming center,” shared Paul Hulse, CEO of Just Believe, Inc. “We are extremely grateful for this fundraiser, which will be used to support the costs in setting up the transitional housing for homeless vets.”
The Ocean County Sheriff’s PBA 379 serves as the primary sponsor of the 5K Recalibrate Just Believe 5K race. Other sponsors are encouraged to help add to the event's success, which will be facilitated by Split Second Timing and is registered with USA Track and Field.
While Recalibrate acknowledges that proceeds represent “only a drop in the bucket,” the non-profit sees the benefits and requests assistance from the community.
“Let’s share their dream and spread awareness, so they can reach their goal and provide a place for our less fortunate to transition to better lives,” Recalibrate’s leadership requested.
At least one Ocean County key figure plans to attend the 5K event on May 1st. According to the Facebook page maintained by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer has requested that people join him in supporting this noble cause.
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