Giving Back

April 19, 2021

UPDATE 4/28/21:  Bryan Terrell Clark will be stepping in for Dawnn Lewis. UNION, NJ – Two young Union residents, one a Broadway veteran and the other a Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) advocate, has teamed up with Broadway actor to host a Virtual Broadway Benefit for the Hereditary Angioedema ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ - A GoFundMe fundraising campaign has been established for two women who were found murdered on Tuesday.  Funds are being sought for the funeral expenses of Karen and Wanita, who both leave behind children.  To join the effort, click here. To read the original story, click ...

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As an educator in multiple capacities for the entirety of Victoria Utoh’s career, advocacy has become second nature. “I am naturally an advocate by personality, but I was drawn to CASA because children are one of the most vulnerable groups – specifically foster children – and felt I just had to ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The Trinitas Health Foundation will host its Annual Gala on Thursday, May 6 recognizing Fedway Associates, Inc. and Infineum USA L.P. This year, Fedway will be honored with the Celebrating Philanthropy Award and Infineum will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Both companies ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - From pop to blues and rap to jazz, there’s something for everyone at a virtual concert fundraiser for Community Access Unlimited this week, March 22-27. Banding Together features musical performances at 7 p.m. nightly on the CAU Facebook page. All proceeds will support programs ...

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UNION, NJ - The Union Animal Shelter will be holding a Spring Clean Up weekend, March 27 and 28.   The shelter is looking for supplies to help with the cleanup; see list below for needed items. They would also be happy to accept Home Depot, Lowe's, and Amazon gift cards. All donations need ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Howard Wingard recalls that when he was in college, he was given a list of white American authors and their books to choose from for a term paper. That didn’t sit right with him, so he asked his professor if he could instead write about Richard Wright or James Baldwin. Why ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Long-time Wayne resident, Harry Stricker is searching for a good Samaritan to help save his life. After a battle with kidney cancer fifteen years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March of 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - This week, Harold Harris chose an engagement ring and picked up a red dress shirt for a celebration on Valentine’s Day. He said he can’t wait to officially propose to his girlfriend, Jennifer Brown.  Both Harris and Brown are members at Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a Union ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Community Access Unlimited is working with Amazon to help people with disabilities in New Jersey begin new careers working for the retailer. Amazon has made a commitment to “building and supporting an inclusive workforce,” which may include supported employment such as job ...

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UNION, NJ – Continuing their philanthropic work, students and families from Washington School held a clothing drive recently, earmarking proceeds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Washington School counselor Kim Marano said each year the school participates in several fundraisers to benefit a ...

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UNION, NJ – The MTN (Meet the Need) Organization was on hand Tuesday giving back to the community and helping those in need while handing out meals and food at Jefferson School. MTN Organization co-founder Reggie Anderson said, “this is something near and dear to all of us because of COVID.”  He ...

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UNION, NJ - The MTN (Meet the Need) Organization will hold a free curbside meal distribution Tuesday, January 12 in the Jefferson School parking lot. The event, beginning at 3:00 p.m., is drive-thru only and no contact.  Each vehicle will receive a high quality, healthy meal packaged to feed a ...

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UNION, NJ – For 45 years, a Union businessman has helped families celebrate the holidays by providing everything necessary for a complete, appetizing Christmas meal. This year, business owner Sam Casternovia, his wife Lynne, daughter Samantha, family and friends continued delivering holidays ...

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UNION, NJ - Once again, in the spirit of giving, the Union Police Department will host its annual Santa in Blue Toy Drive for the holidays. There will be collection boxes for a new, unwrapped toys, for children newborn to 16-years old, in the following locations around town: Union High ...

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UNION, NJ – Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church’s Mission Committee continued their pursuit of giving by putting together 125 Blessing (hygiene) Bags for the holiday food/clothing distribution being done by the Cranford Elmora Soup Kitchen of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford. Deanna ...

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UNION, NJ – The seven-year-old daughter of a Union police officer made a difference in the lives of veterans recently with "Bella's Bracelets for the Brace" fundraiser. Second-grader Bella Loguidice taught herself to make Rainbow Loom bracelets by watching YouTube videos, made about 150 of them, ...

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters received some much-appreciated safety supplies from a local office supply store on Tuesday. The Staples store in the Millburn Mall at 2333 Vauxhall Road made a donation of boxes of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.  “We are extremely thankful that Zahed and ...

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UNION, NJ - The Union Senior Center hosted a Thanksgiving dinner distribution on Wednesday. Titan Cheer Alliance donated over 150 Thanksgiving dinners.  Elmora Hills Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and Ocean Healthcare sponsored the food drive and coordinated the massive efforts in handing ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - After six months of physical separation during COVID-19 lockdown, Megan and Maurice Stephens could not wait to be together and say their vows.  “COVID-19 wasn’t going to stop our wedding,” Megan said. It was meant to be, according to Maurice. From the time they met at a ...

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UNION, NJ - A free curbside meal distribution event, hosted by the MTN (Meet the Need) Organization, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The drive-through, no-contact event will be held at Jefferson School parking lot, 155 Hilton Avenue, Vauxhall.  One hundred eighty vehicles ...

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UNION, NJ - Girl Scout Junior Troop 40731 will be hosting a food drive for the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church Pantry from October 22 through November 20. Drop off bins are located at: The Girl Scout Meeting House, 1976 Morris Avenue (behind the Municipal building) The Union ...

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Distribution is a joint effort with Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis. Union County, NJ – An emergency drive-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, October 10, ...

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UNION, NJ – It was a beautiful afternoon Sunday for Union’s Second Annual Burgers and Brew for a Cause at Joe’s Place.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit small local businesses who have suffered hardships during the pandemic.  Rueben Peraza, Magic Fountain Union Creamery ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Isabela Allen flashed an ear-to-ear smile as applause rang out from a large group of family, friends, and Union Catholic faculty who gathered for a very special ceremony on a sun-splashed Friday afternoon at Jerseyland Park in Scotch Plains. A host of officials ...

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UNION, NJ - The Friends of the Union Public Library (FUPL) invite you to be a "Friend Helping A Friend" with the Boscov Friend's Day on October 14 and 15. On these two days, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., you are invited to shop on-line at www.Boscovs.com or in-store at Boscov, Woodbridge ...

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UNION, NJ – Children of Union recently received free books at the Great Book Give Away, a community program with support from the Union Township Education Association (UTEA) and the Board of Education geared toward bringing books to kids in Union this summer. The first event was held at Franklin ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Two drive-up food distributions for Union County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be held on Thursday, August 13 and Thursday, August 27. Both events will begin at 9 a.m. at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue. The distribution will take place in the parking ...

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UNION, NJ - A food pantry donation for seniors in need will be held on August 15 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. from the Vauxhall Community Garden's Food Pantry. Each senior will receive a bag of fresh vegetables.  The Vauxhall Community Garden is located on the corner of Springfield and Eastside ...

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UNION, NJ – A drive-up food distribution event for Union County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be held on Thursday, July 23, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Kean University. The distribution will take place in the parking lot located at the intersection of North Ave. and Morris Ave.  ...

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