SUMMIT, NJ - The Junior League of Summit (JLS) has awarded more than $50,000 in grants to 17 community partners and agencies during its March general membership meeting. The Junior League of Summit is a nonprofit, charitable and educational organization of women who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

In awarding the grants, JLS President Erika Melchiorre said, “Year after year, the Junior League of Summit continues to give back to our community by providing financial and member support of local non profits, We are proud to grant over $50,000 to these deserving non profits that align with our focus areas and are making our community a better place for all.”

The 2019 grant recipients include:

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  • Bridges Outreach -- supplying qualifying Summit students with backpacks & school supplies for the 19-2020 school year;

  • Calvary Episcopal Church -- funding the purchase of linens, standing floor lamps, toys and toiletries for Family Promise guests;

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County -- funding training for 160 volunteer child advocates on “Food for Thought” nutrition advocacy;

  • Dress for Success -- funding 'My Essentials (ME) bags containing personal hygiene products, toiletries and gas cards;

  • Family Promise -- providing JLS Better Food Bags containing healthy recipes, the non-perishable items to make the recipe, and a gift card to purchase the perishable items each of two Community Health Fairs;

  • Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss -- supporting the sixth 'Night of Support' in Newark to serve an additional 60 children and adults and train 20 new volunteers in bereavement/support education;

  • Keys 2 Success -- supporting two annual events for 15 students sponsored by El Sistema New Jersey Alliance;

  • Our House, Inc. -- funding food, cooking utensils and supplies to support 'Building Community Through Caring' program which enables students to learn and implement independent skills.  Students will prepare one year of granola bars for GRACE;

  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum -- funding for 'Hands-on Square Foot Gardening Workshops' for children and adults for one year. The workshops will also promote healthy eating and nutrition;

  • SAGE Eldercare -- funding for Meals on Wheels program;

  • St. Joseph Social Service Center (funding the Food Insecurity Program for Greater Elizabeth  area including sandwiches for 400 people/day, hot meals each weekend for 250 people, and bags of food monthly to registered families);

  • Summit Area YMCA -- funding for the Waddler Capital Improvements including a new classroom and playground at The Learning Center;

  • Summit Community Programs -- funding for the Summit Community Center Kitchen, including a new refrigerator/freezer and other appliances for GRACE, seniors and special needs);

  • Summit Speech School -- funding supplements to lunches and healthier snacks to the Preschool;

  • Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Inc. -- funding Digital Radio Acquisition, a mandatory communication upgrade from analog to digital);

  • The Connection (funding Pathways Financial Assistance Fund to help uninsured women with cancer); and

  • Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship -- funding business training for 25 women.

For more information about the Junior League of Summit, visit or contact 908-273-7349.