Robert A. Marino, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, announced the Foundation’s first round of grants for 2011, totaling $401,000. The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey supports charitable organizations that promote health and the arts throughout New Jersey.
“The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, in its eighth year of operation, is proud to make these grants to 24 organizations that work diligently each day to improve, innovate, and make an impact in the lives of thousands of New Jersey residents,” said Robert A. Marino.
The Foundation awarded the following 24 grants:
Arts Guild New Jersey in Rahway, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 for its visual art exhibits program, art classes, film screenings and a summer arts program for children.
ChoiceOne Pregnancy & Sexual Health Resource Centers in Lawrenceville, received a grant of $25,000 to fund its Optimal Health Program, a health literacy program for women of childbearing age.
Family and Community Services of Somerset County in Bound Brook, received a grant of $16,000 to support the Clinical and Psychiatric Services for Depression Program. The program provides psychiatric services for economically-disadvantaged clients with depression.
George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, received a grant of $25,000 to support its new musical touring play addressing obesity. The story, about a family’s decision to make positive lifestyle changes after the mother’s Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, will be viewed annually by over 20,000 New Jersey school children in grades four through eight.
Horizons at Rumson Country Day School in Rumson, a student enrichment program for children from economically disadvantaged families, received a grant of $10,000 to support the Healthy World! Healthy Me! Program. The summer program for Monmouth County public school students, grades K-8, teaches oral hygiene, personal care, exercise, nutrition and healthy eating. Rumson Country Day School is one of 19 private schools nationwide that hosts the Horizons program.
Integrity House in Newark, received a grant of $20,000 to fund its Depression Screening and Treatment Program at its Newark and Secaucus campuses for clients who experience co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental health.
Link Community School in Newark, received a grant of $10,000 to support its Jazz Music Education Program. The program provides students with piano and voice lessons, music history and theory classes, and performance opportunities.
Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic in Pleasantville, received a grant of $25,000 to support its Health Literacy Outreach Program. The program conducts health literacy workshops for volunteer tutors who integrate basic health literacy information into their tutoring lesson plans.
Main Street Counseling Center in West Orange, received a grant of $25,000 to support its Defeating Childhood Depression Program. The grant provides depression screening and treatment for economically disadvantaged, at-risk children at the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark and at Valley Settlement House, and the Center in West Orange.
Newark Arts Council in Newark, received a grant of $15,000 for general operations and programs including Art Start, Open Doors Studio Tour and Arts Education.
New Jersey Hall of Fame in Lebanon, created to honor citizens of New Jersey who have made invaluable contributions to society, received a grant of $25,000 to fund the creation of a Mobile Museum to transport educational exhibitions to schools around the state. The Museum will provide 1,000 square feet of exhibition space to honor inductees and tell their life stories.
Opportunity Project in Millburn, that provides services for adults with brain injury to transition back to the community and home following medical treatment and rehabilitation, received a grant of $15,000 to support The Clubhouse Health and Wellness Project. The grant enables a new health component to screen adults for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health conditions. The grant also provides counseling, nutrition education, and physical activity.
Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, one of New Jersey’s oldest and most active arts and cultural institutions, received a grant of $10,000 for the Adopt-A-School Project providing high school students underserved by the arts with a four-year curriculum-related arts education program.
Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, a 26-year-old performing arts organization in residence at Trenton’s historic Mill Hill Playhouse, received a general operating support grant of $10,000. The grant provides funding for three new plays, community programs, and for The State Street Project that offers playwriting and performance experiences to Trenton’s youth.
PEI Kids in Lawrenceville, received a grant of $15,000 to support the depression component of the Crisis Intervention Program. The program provides depression screening and treatment for children ages 3 through 18 who are victims of sexual abuse, and provides education and support for family members and caregivers.
Puerto Rican Family Institute in Jersey City, received a grant of $30,000 to support the Diabetes, Mental Health and Weight Management Outreach Program. The program provides interactive health, wellness, and educational workshops for Latinos in Hudson County.
Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Healthing Along Program. The program provides local high school students with health education seminars taught by health and education students from Saint Peter’s College.
South Jersey Cultural Alliance in Pleasantville, received a grant of $10,000 to support its Arts for Students program providing opportunities for students underserved by the arts to attend theatre and dance performances, symphony concerts, and cultural exhibits.
Symphony in C in Camden,received a grant of $20,000 to fund general operations and programs, including the Musician Internship Program.
The Arc of New Jersey in North Brunswick, received a $25,000 grant to fund the production of 5,000 updated diabetes education booklets and 4,000 updated DVDs of its video for people with disabilities and their caregivers. The booklets and DVDs will include both English and Spanish translations.
The Princeton Festival in Princeton, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund the 2011 season of the Princeton Festival. The month-long summer festival offers opera, concerts, musical instrument competitions, workshops and other music education opportunities.
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, the state’s largest institution dedicated exclusively to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its arts education program that serves individuals of all ages.
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, received a grant of $10,000 to support the Glasstown Collective Education Program. The program includes: The Grow Creative Preschool Program that gives free year-round museum access to teachers, students and their families from the Millville Child Family Center, a citywide preschool; The Glasstown Partnership that provides glassmaking programs for City of Millville fourth graders; and The Juvenile Justice Studio Partnership that provides an intensive arts and mentoring program to teen offenders.
Women Helping Women in Metuchen, founded in 1975 by Rutgers Community Health Center and the National Council of Jewish Women, received a grant of $15,000 for its Depression Treatment and Outreach Program. The grant provides six bi-monthly community workshops in Central New Jersey to educate women about depression, individual counseling sessions, and a 12-session therapy group for women who prefer group counseling.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.horizonblue.com/foundation.