SUMMIT, NJ - Formed as a response to the Women's March on Washington, 'Summit Marches On' -- a bipartisan group with 350 members founded by Summit residents Tracy Keegan, Beth Little, Lacey Rzeszowski, and Andrea J. Stein with a goal to encourage activism on both a local and national level -- has driven a number of activities over the past two months.
Recently, 'Summit Marches On' members celebrated International Women's Day with a collection initiative that benefited homeless and underemployed women in the area. Local charities GRACE and Bridges Outreach will distribute the collected items to local women in need. Several hundred boxes of feminine hygiene products were donated at the two-hour event.
GRACE, which stands for Giving and Receiving Assistance for our Community's Essentials, is the signature outreach project of the Junior League of Summit, and aims to provide food, warmth, and support to those who need it most in the local area.
The feminine hygiene products from the drive will go to women who shop at GRACE's Refrigerator, the weekly fresh food pantry for food-insecure Summit families based at Christ Church Summit. Amanda Parrish Block, founder of GRACE, said, "It is shocking to many that food stamps do not cover feminine hygiene supplies.This generous donation from 'Summit Marches On' is a gift of dignity and support of struggling families who come to GRACE's Refrigerator for free, nutrient-dense groceries."
Bridges Outreach, founded in 1988, provides assistance to the homeless in New York City, Newark, Irvington, and Summit each week. Last year, more than 2,600 volunteers helped Bridges serve 21,000 people by providing brown bag meals, food, socks and underwear, toiletries, as well as 1,000 new backpacks to children in need.
Rzeszowski and Little and are both running on the Democratic slate for elected office -- Rzeszowski for State Assembly, District 21, and Little for the Summit Common Council, At-Large.
"We wanted to do something tangible to support our underserved sisters on International Women's Day," said Rzeszowski, while Little added, "The Summit community is incredibly generous. We were all so grateful to see this kind of response to our Woman to Woman drive."
'Summit Marches On' can be reached by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, or by asking to join the 'Summit Marches On' Facebook group.