SUMMIT, NJ - Over the past two decades, Summit's Other Fellow First Foundation has responded to myriad community needs, helping families and individuals that were in distress. Facing unprecedented circumstances presented by the coronavirus pandemic, the Foundation is asking for the community's help in meeting the latest challenge.

The effects of outbreak are straining Summit's community resources, and the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic could ultimately prove devastating to residents, their neighbors and friends.

Knowing that early and aggressive measures will help mitigate the blow, the Foundation is working closely with Mayor Nora Radest to identify local organizations that provide life-sustaining services to the neediest of our community. These include:

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SAGE Eldercare's 'Meals on Wheels' program - which provides a vital link to many of the community's vulnerable elderly members.

Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad - which is always there when needed. The Squad has many needs right now, and is making the best of a tough situation.

Summit's food assistance programs (GRACE, SHIP, Loaves & Fishes) - which fight food insecurity in the community need support now more than ever.

The Other Fellow First Foundation's Board of Directors states, "We cannot rely on Federal or State 'safety nets'. We must act on our own and act now. To that end, we commit today to donate $25,000 to this effort and hope that our neighbors will join us, too. Time and time again, Summit has proven itself to be a small city with a huge heart.  We steadfastly believe our community is up to the challenge. Please help us,"

To support the initiative, visit gofundme.com/f/keeping-unity-in-the-summit-community.