The nonprofit Care Plus Foundation, which supports the programs and services of Paramus-based Care Plus NJ Inc., has received generous donations through the “Push Up for CarePlus” Challenge.
Launched by an anonymous donor last month, the “Push Up for CarePlus” Challenge calls upon members of the local community to submit videos of themselves doing consecutive push-ups. For each push-up submitted, the anonymous donor behind the campaign has pledged to donate $1 to The CarePlus Foundation, up to $25,000.
“We’d like to thank each and every member of the community participating in the Push Up for CarePlus Challenge for their support and thoughtful gifts during these difficult times,” said Christine Brewster, executive director of The Care Plus Foundation. “Every dollar raised will ease the burden on those coping with chronic mental illness and addiction, conditions which are exacerbated by the social isolation, financial strain and heightened uncertainty brought on by the current public health crisis.”
Brewster added, “Like many nonprofits, most of the proceeds raised by the Foundation have historically come from major events and large gatherings such as our annual golf outing and awards gala. However, given social distancing measures that precludes such events, we are grateful to have passionate, generous donors launch creative initiatives like this push-up challenge to help ensure we can continue to provide vital support and services to thousands of individuals throughout northern New Jersey.”
Information on assisting Care Plus New Jersey and other agencies and nonprofit organizations is detailed below. Readers are encouraged to check back frequently, as the list will be updated regularly. To add your nonprofit organization to the guide, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the nonprofit is to “help get homeless pets out of the shelters and into loving homes.”
According to a statement released by the nonprofit, “Coronavirus has impacted life as we know it in ways most of us have never before witnessed. While social distancing is literally saving the lives of the people of this great country, it’s unfortunately having the opposite effect for homeless pets in shelters coast to coast.”
“Through extensive outreach to Adopt-a-Pet.com’s more than 18,000 animal shelter and rescue partners, we’ve identified the two things you can do right now to be a hero during the coronavirus crisis and save the life of a shelter pet near you” — donate and foster.
Alzheimer’s New Jersey
The mission of Alzheimer’s New Jersey is to respond to the needs of New Jersey residents who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
According to Nancy Wellbrock, director of communication and individual and foundation giving, “Caregivers need to be vigilant now more than ever to make sure they and their loved ones with dementia remain safe during this community health crisis – and education, guidance and emotional support can be extremely beneficial. To continue to provide services to families and friends coping with the effects of dementia, especially during this COVID-19 crisis, Alzheimer’s New Jersey needs your help.”
To donate, go to https://www.alznj.org/get-involved/donate/.
American Red Cross
According to the American Red Cross website, there is a “severe blood shortage due to the coronavirus outbreak.” For more information, go to the organization’s site.
Backpacks for Life
The Verona-based Backpacks for Life, which offers support for homeless and at-risk veterans, is working to help medical professionals with the launch of “Masks for Our Heroes.” The veteran-run nonprofit has teamed with veteran-owned United States Manufacturing Corp. to develop surgical masks — sourced and made in the U.S.A. — for those hospitals that need them most. For more information and to donate, click here.
Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey
822 Clifton Ave.
Clifton, N.J. 07013
New Jersey Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 70,000 youth across 76 sites. The organization serves more than one million meals and snacks every year to youth at no cost.
According to a statement released by the organization, “Today, kids and communities need Boys & Girls Clubs more than ever. COVID-19 has swiftly spread across this country, creating fear, anxiety, and uncertainty for the kids and families we serve. Schools have closed, and thousands of kids are left without a meal or snack to eat. But there is hope.
“Local NJ Clubs are committed to meeting the needs in their communities by distributing meals and supplies to kids and families, providing childcare support to first responders and essential staff, providing mentoring, schoolwork assistance and support through virtual programming, to make sure our most vulnerable youth don’t fall through the cracks during this health crisis.
“Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey is asking for your support for our statewide Boys & Girls Club’s COVID-19 Relief Fund to address the urgent and dire financial needs of Clubs during the COVID-19 health crisis.” To learn more and support Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey COVID-19 Relief Fund, click here.
Community Access Unlimited
80 West Grand St.
Elizabeth, N.J. 07202
Founded in 1979, Community Access Unlimited is a Union County-based nonprofit that serves people with disabilities and at-risk youth across New Jersey. The nonprofit works to “give a voice to individuals who historically hold little power in society, assisting our members with housing, life skills, employment, personal finance, relationships, civic engagement, and much more.”
CAU reports it is “continuously working to ensure the health and safety of our residential members and the staff who support them during the COVID-19 health crisis. We have been maintaining the highest standards recommended by the Department of Health and other officials. With over 350 members being served in 60 residential programs and an additional 700 people in the community receiving supports, staffing levels cover 7-day services around the clock. Considering the shortages of available personal protective equipment and gear, we are reaching out to you to help us continue to have the supplies needed to keep our members and staff safe and well through this critical time of uncertain duration.”
Community Access Unlimited seeks to secure 20,000 face masks, gowns and gloves which will provide 650 staff with a 30-day supply of personal protective gear, and 250 thermometers to support our continuous precautionary monitoring. We turn to our friends and partners to support this need.” To donate, go to https://www.caunj.org/support-us/.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey
31 Evans Terminal
Hillside, N.J. 07205
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey works to “fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions.” According to the organization’s website, “We engage, educate and empower all sectors of society in the battle. Working together with volunteers, donors and our many partners, we work to fill the emptiness caused by hunger with Food, Help and Hope.”
According to the Community FoodBank, monetary donations are “absolutely the best way to help right now. Monetary donations allow CFBNJ to purchase key products in large quantities and serve more people per dollar.” Additionally, “at this time, CFBNJ is closed for volunteers to limit person-to-person contact. However, the need for volunteers is anticipated “once it is safe to do so.”
A statement on the organization website reads: “We are there for the families that need us now more than ever. We are there for the senior citizens who are at risk. We are there for the suddenly unemployed who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We are there for our partners who rely on us to give them the food they need. In this crisis, and as always , we are there.”
To donate, click here.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit charity that provides support for veterans and their families, “helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.”
“With nearly 1,300 chapters and more than 1 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them.”
According to a statement on the DAV website, “Your gift today will help DAV provide many levels of assistance to veterans who are financially struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to support all of DAV’s programs for our nation’s veterans. DAV has always been committed to serving and protecting the men and women who have bravely served our country. And now more than ever before, we must dedicate our efforts to supporting veterans who need our help. Please make an urgent gift now.” To donate, click here.
NAMI New Jersey
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) New Jersey is a statewide nonprofit organization “dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Through education, support, advocacy and public awareness programs NAMI NJ fosters understanding about mental illness, confronts stigma often associated with mental disorders, advocates for public policies that benefit those affected by mental illness, and promotes research into the causes, treatment and recovery of mental health disorders.” At this time, the NAMI Family Support Group and the Connection Recovery Support Group are currently available online. To donate, click here.
New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund
First lady Tammy Murphy said the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, known as NJPRF, was established “to collect donations and distribute funds. One hundred percent of donations received online by NJPRF will be used to fight the medical, social, and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable, supporting organizations that provide essential services and aiding those on the front line of the pandemic. NJPRF is proud to be hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey, which has been serving the needs of New Jersey nonprofits and philanthropists for more than 40 years.”
To donate, go to https://njprf.org/.
New York Blood Center/New Jersey Blood Services
The nonprofit blood collection and distribution organization “strongly urges individuals who feel healthy and well to make an appointment at a donor center or blood drive to give blood, platelets and plasma.” To schedule an appointment, go to nybc.org/blood. In New Jersey, there are locations in Howell, New Brunswick, Paramus, and Scotch Plains.
This nonprofit offers short-term and critical financial assistance, long-term stability and recurring support programs to military families. Operation Homefront president and CEO Gen. John I. Pray Jr. writes on the nonprofit’s website, “As our nation works to cope with the many unknowns, we are grateful for the continued support of those who are very likely facing their own challenges. Simply put, we could not do what we do to support this very special and deserving group of our fellow citizens without your various contributions to our important work. Working together, as we have done for so many years, I know we will be able to help our military families – and each other – as we deal with this crisis.”
To help support military and veteran families impacted by COVID-19, go to https://www.operationhomefront.org/need/list.
A statement on the Salvation Army of New Jersey website reads: “We are anticipating, and planning for, an increase in need. Our corps community centers are prepared to assist those in need of emergency services, which includes our feeding programs. With the disproportionate risk to the senior population we are conducting an outreach to senior citizens in communities to ensure that they stay safe and that they have necessary provisions.” Donations can be made on the website.
The Arc of NJ
985 Livingston Ave.
North Brunswick, N.J. 08902
The Arc of NJ is a statewide service organization for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. According to associate executive director Céline R. Fortin, “We provide direct care to thousands of individuals through our local county chapters which serve every county in the state. These services include group homes and supervised living, respite for families, and specialized living arrangements for individuals with significant health care needs. Our dedicated direct support staff are working 24/7 through his crisis to provide basic care such as bathing, feeding, medical care, etc. We are in desperate need of Personal Protective Equipment (masks, gloves, gowns), paper products, cleaning and disinfectant products (especially disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer), and groceries.” To donate cash or goods,click here.
Volunteers of America
1660 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Volunteers of America works to respond to the “needs of at-risk youth, the elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals, veterans, people with disabilities and those recovering from addiction.” According to a statement on the organization website: “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, VOA teams have activated emergency plans providing round-the-clock care for seniors, children and families. But additional resources are needed. Your generosity makes everything we do possible. Please donate today. Your action and compassion will save lives.” To donate, click here.
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties
According to JFS, the organization “encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.”
The JFS reports, via its website, that it has created COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. According to the nonprofit, “JFS is experiencing an increased need for services as a result of the current health crisis impacting our region. Elevated Food Pantry utilization, requests for homeless support, emergency assistance and counseling are just a few of the areas that need financial support. With your help, JFS will continue to serve the needs of our community.” To donate, click here.
64 Passaic St.
Hackensack, N.J. 07601
The nonprofit Bergen Volunteers supports community needs through civic engagement and volunteerism. “We help all of Bergen County, including youth, seniors, economically disadvantaged individuals and the nonprofit community overall.”
Lynne Algrant, CEO of Bergen Volunteers, said, “At times like these, we really understand the importance of local nonprofits in knitting together the social safety net. Our support of local organizations is vital.”
To donate, go to https://www.bergenvolunteers.org/
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative
75 Essex St.
Hackensack, N.J. 07601
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative is a nonprofit healthcare organization that provides free primary, urgent, chronic, and preventive care to uninsured and underserved people who work in low-paying jobs in small businesses, and the service sector throughout Bergen County. Volunteer doctors and nurses are supported by a small clinical staff, which provides continuity of care at our Hackensack-based healthcare center.
According to a statement provided by the nonprofit, “Since the start of the crisis, BVMI continues to care for its patients through telehealth in order to address their immediate needs such as prescription refills, managing chronic illness, general sickness and cases related to the COVID-19. BVMI assists local hospitals by reducing visits to the emergency room from those who are uninsured. BVMI currently does not receive any public funds and relies 100% of donations from individuals and grants from foundations and corporations.” To donate please go to https://www.bvmi.org/copy-of-donate-now
Care Plus New Jersey
610 Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, N.J. 07652
The nonprofit Care Plus New Jersey provides primary and behavioral health services for adults and children in northern New Jersey. Specializing in acute care, CarePlus provides “immediate, high-quality” health services and support programs for individuals in crisis. The programs and services provided by Care Plus is to help provide care and support for individuals affected by mental illness, as well as education and outreach to decrease the stigma of the disease. The foundation specializes in providing direct support, advocacy, and community involvement. All proceeds directly benefit CarePlus clients through medication aid, housing support, services, training, and educational scholarships.
According to a statement on the nonprofit’s website: “In response to local, state and federal directives, and in an effort to protect our staff and those we serve, CarePlus has completely rearranged our operations. We have mobilized a remote workforce through telehealth, while maintaining an emergency management team at our physical sites in the community. In addition to providing essential services, we want to make it clear that we are here for support.” To donate, click here.
The Community Chest
122 South Van Brunt St.
Englewood, N.J. 07606
The nonprofit Community Chest, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 87 years. The Chest “leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County.”
The Community Chest is responding to the coronavirus pandemic and working with area nonprofits to provide them with the tools to carry out their missions. During this crisis, The Community Chest is providing a platform for nonprofit agency leaders to discuss the problems and identify solutions to help neighbors.
According to the nonprofit, “Support is needed from our neighbors to help the agencies maintain much needed services.” Contributions may be made online at www.thecommunitychestebc.org. Donations can also be made by check (“Coronavirus Emergency Fund” in the memo line) and sent to the address listed above.
Islamic Relief USA
409 Minnisink Road
Totowa, N.J. 07512
The Muslim-based nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization has launched a grant program to facilitate the operations of mosques and social services providers in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The organization is also accepting donations to help provide hygiene kits and medical support to people suffering from the disease around the world. Click here to donate.
Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
1 University Plaza, Suite 128
Hackensack, N.J. 07601
The Hackensack-based nonprofit Northern New Jersey Community Foundation focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, and the arts. NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.
NNJCF is working with area nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and launching the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.
The fund will “support small local nonprofits encountering increased demand for services and supplies, while also confronting difficult financial choices about whom to serve and how. Nonprofits providing arts programs and services in the county to build community engagement in a time of isolation will also be supported. Bergen County residents face increased struggles because of reduced or lost income, food and housing insecurity, health expenses and childcare needs impacted by COVID-19. The public can make a difference at this critical time to help small nonprofit organizations respond and provide direct services to our neighbors in need by making a contribution of any size,” said Michael J. Shannon, president of NNJCF.
To make a donation to NNJCF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, go to www.nnjcf.org/cause-posts/covid-19-rapid-response-fund/. Contributions also may be sent by check (made out to “The Northern NJ Community Foundation” with “COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund” entered in the memo line), to the address listed above.
Burlington Township Food Pantry
PO Box 1394
Burlington, N.J. 08016
The mission of the nonprofit is to provide quality food for families who live, work or worship in Burlington Township.
A statement on the nonprofit’s website reads: “The current economic conditions have effected many families in our area, and the need for support, is greater than it ever has been. If we can provide food to those in need, with dignity and support, then we feel we have done something to help.”
To donate, click here.
Deborah Hospital Foundation
212 Trenton Road
Browns Mills, N.J. 08015
The Deborah Hospital Foundation is the fundraising entity for Deborah Heart and Lung Center, a heart, lung and vascular specialty care hospital. The Deborah Foundation relies on the support of “individuals, corporations, foundations and membership organizations to support the life-saving care provided by the Center.”
According to Daniel Loughrey, director, Annual Giving, Deborah Hospital Foundation, “as a specialty care heart hospital, we serve the very patients that are most vulnerable to this terrible virus. These are generally older individuals with heart disease and/or lung disease. We’ve continued to provide essential services through all of this, but have taken extraordinary precautions to protect the health and safety of patients and staff. As a result, we are on life-support in regards to PPE and are in dire need.
“As one of three health organizations in the country to not directly bill our patients (only their insurance, if they have it), our financial margins were already razor-thin, and this current pandemic is proving detrimental to our organization in ways we never imagined.” To donate, click here.
Legacy Treatment Services
1289 Route 38 W., Suite 203
Hainesport, N.J. 08036
The nonprofit Legacy Treatment Services is a human service organization with services throughout New Jersey.
According to a statement provided by the organization, “We are dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of behavioral health, mental health, intellectual/developmental and addiction services to meet complex challenges for individuals of all ages. From our outpatient, crisis intervention, out-of-home care for children and youth, or residential housing for children and adult offerings throughout the State of New Jersey, Legacy upholds its mission to change the behavioral health and social service outcomes for people of all ages from surviving to thriving. During this COVID-19 crisis, needs are changing daily for our clinicians, nurses and behavioral health care staff who are continuing to provide care and therapy, both in-person and remotely.”
For information on ways to give, go to https://www.legacytreatment.org/support-us/ways-to-give/.
Community Foundation of South Jersey
P.O. Box 446
Haddonfield, N.J. 08033
The nonprofit Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) works to help South Jersey residents “harness the power of philanthropy to transform their community and the issues they care about most.” The foundation “helps donors to create funds — both large and small — achieve positive results with their generosity in South Jersey and beyond.
“Consistent with our mission to inspire generosity, manage and deploy permanent charitable assets, and exercise collaborative leadership to create a more equitable region, CFSJ created the South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund as an opportunity for individuals and organizations alike to pool resources to address both the short-term and long-term impact of COVID-19 in local towns, counties, and the South Jersey region as whole.” To read more about the initiative, click here.
To donate, click here.
Food Bank of South Jersey
1501 John Tipton Blvd.
Pennsauken, N.J. 08110
The Food Bank of South Jersey “exists to provide an immediate solution to the urgent problem of hunger by providing food to people in need, teaching them to eat nutritiously, and helping them to find sustainable ways to improve their lives.”
The nonprofit reports, via its website, “In response to unforeseen disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank of South Jersey established the Emergency Food Fund to enable the organization to respond promptly to emergency food requests while maintaining existing operation.
“The Food Bank of South Jersey is eliminating barriers to food distribution and implementing low- to no-contact delivery solutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Food Bank of South Jersey is deploying:
- Emergency food bags and boxes to families
- Five days’ worth of meals: breakfasts, lunches and snacks
- Fresh meals and shelf-stable food items to children
- Two weeks’ worth of food supplies to seniors
To donate, click here
Humanity Preservation Foundation
12 Dalton Place
Sicklerville, N.J. 08081
The nonprofit is “dedicated and committed to the prevention and education of child abuse, domestic violence, and bullying. So that those that have been victimized can heal and those that have not can be protected.”
According to a statement on the organization’s website, “The Humanity Preservation Foundation (HPF) continues to operate amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Our ongoing online platform allows us to direct individuals in need of resources and/or provide materials for those having to deal with domestic violence, child abuse, or bullying situations. Now more than ever our efforts rise to an even greater critical need during this time period as it may be more of a challenge to locate available services and resources combined with feelings of isolation.”
HPF volunteer Brooke Raup said, “I go to bed each night knowing that my two little kids are home and safe. In a recent meeting we talked about how many children are now forced to be home in an environment of violence.” To donate, click here.
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The Branches Outreach
1304 Route 47, Unit AH
Rio Grande, N.J. 08242
The Branches Center is located in the community of Rio Grande in the Township of Middle. The nonprofit is a multiple activity outreach center providing a “safe, positive environment for the elderly, disabled, homeless, and marginalized individuals and families.” To donate, click here.
Gateway Community Action Partnership
110 Cohansey St.
The mission statement on the Gateway Community Action Partnership website reads: “Unemployment, foreclosure proceedings, hunger, poverty and homelessness are the everyday and frightening realities for many of our fellow citizens. Our region, sadly, has some of the state’s highest statistics associated with poverty and unemployment and lowest statistics reflecting the quality of life for families. But Gateway Community Action Partnership makes a difference in helping our less fortunate neighbors by providing dozens of programs that advance our mission to provide services that improve the quality of life and promote self-sufficiency.” Certain cornerstone programs that embody our mission are under- or unfunded, such as Alzheimer’s and Adult Day Care, food recovery and literacy. So we need your help because the need is greater than the resources. To donate to the nonprofit, click here.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, NJ
500 Broad St., 2nd Floor
Newark, N.J. 07102
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties NJ, an affiliate of the national one-to-one mentoring organization, works on the behalf of “New Jersey’s most vulnerable youth.”
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties, NJ is to “create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth fighting for social justice. Its vision is that all youth achieve their full potential.”
The nonprofit reports that “Since the pandemic, the agency has not skipped a beat” but it needs what it calls “M-and-Ms” (Mentors and Money) “to continue to fuel its mission.” The funds the agency raises enable “a dedicated and trained team of professionals to carefully recruit, screen and pair each volunteer mentor one-to-one with a child.” To make a donation, click here. To become a mentor, which takes a commitment of four hours per month for at least 12 months, click here.
(see Union County)
Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity NJ (MEND NJ)
Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity NJ, also known as MEND NJ, is a not-for-profit organization that supports a network of 20 member food pantries throughout Essex County. The organization leverages volunteers, donors and other partners throughout the community. “During this crisis, needs are changing on a daily basis at each of our member pantries. To ensure the greatest impact and see how you can help, go to the organization’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mendnj/. Donations can be made online at https://mendnj.org.
290 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Suite 1320
Livingston, N.J. 07039
Jersey Cares, a nonprofit organization established in 1993, partners with local nonprofits to identify needs and implement volunteer projects to meet these needs. In light of the current health climate, Jersey Cares has created a “Community Response Team” to “respond to needs as they arise.”
For those who have never volunteered with Jersey Cares before, click here and select the login button in the upper right corner to create a Jersey Cares Volunteer Profile. At the bottom of the registration page, under Additional Information, check the box, “Yes, receive information on Community Response Team” to register and receive updates on opportunities to provide support.
New Eyes for the Needy
549 Millburn Ave.
Short Hills, N.J. 07078
The nonprofit founded in 1932 is “dedicated to improving the vision of children, adults and families in the United States and abroad. With more than 10 million Americans lacking access to prescription eyeglasses, New Eyes is dedicated to using technology, business partnerships and a thriving volunteer base to bring one of the most basic human needs – clear vision – to those in need.”
“For 88 years, we’ve been a part of the Short Hills-Millburn community, providing eyeglasses to people in New Jersey, across the U.S. and in 39 countries overseas,” said Jean Gajano, executive director. “Given the novel coronavirus, which is turning the way we work, learn, and live, upside down, the need for this basic, human necessity – clear vision – is more urgent than ever.” The nonprofit reports, “We’ve been receiving applications daily for new eyeglasses from people who have lost their jobs and health insurance due to COVID-19. These individuals have limited to no other resources to obtain new eyeglasses to see better.” To donate, click here.
St. James Social Service Corp.
604 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Newark, N.J. 07102
The mission of this nonprofit is to “support the family unit by helping to change the economic circumstances and improving the overall quality of life for children, the elderly, low-income families, the working poor and the homeless.”
The nonprofit, which offers an array of services, continues to distribute food bags and provide to-go plates for soup kitchen patrons during the coronavirus outbreak. St. James Social Service Corp. is accepting donations of nonperishables, personal care items and supplies. Drop offs can be made at the above-listed address daily between 10 a.m. and noon.
Executive director Vesta Godwin Clark explained the food packages that the nonprofit distributes include at least four days of food, according to family size. Recipients are permitted to come once a month for packages which include fresh meat, starches, vegetables, sauces, grains. “We also try and provide sweet things,” Godwin Clark noted. She humbly asked that when folks donate they consider giving “something that they would want themselves.”
The following items are on the St. James Social Service Corp. wish list:
- Canned vegetables – green beans, mixed vegetables, corn
- Starches – rice, pasta, potatoes
- Meat – poultry, turkey and beef
- Milk – canned or power
- Diapers – sizes 3-6
- Adult diapers
- Heavy shopping bags
- Compartment take-out containers
- 55 gallon heavy duty garbage bags
- Cleaning supplies ie: fabuloso, bleach, degreaser, LYSOL or air freshener, antibacterial soap
- Oven mitts
- Plastic aprons
- Hair nets
- X-large latex gloves
- Dish detergent
- Aluminum pans
To make a monetary donation, click here.
St. John’s Soup Kitchen
P.O. Box 200147
Newark, N.J. 07102
St. John’s Soup Kitchen— according to a statement on the nonprofit’s website — “has but one mission, that is feeding the hungry.”
“For over 40 years we have been providing food to those who have none in the Newark area. Few people know what it’s like to go without food, but everyday guests come to our kitchen to eat. Today with your help, we can continue helping many of our fellow men, women and children who have fallen on hard times. It is up to all of us to make a difference in the communities we live in.” To make a donation, click here.
St. John’s in currently in need of the following items:
- Canned vegetables. Favorites include: Corn, string beans and peas
- N-95 Masks. “With the outbreak, we are trying to keep our guests and volunteers safe. We view this as an essential item to have to keep the kitchen opened as long as possible.”
- Parboiled Rice
- Coffee “We always need coffee at the soup kitchen! Every morning we go through over 400 cups of coffee, so it’s something we use everyday. Everyone enjoys a cup of coffee in the morning!”
- Sugar We go through a lot of sugar down at the kitchen. We use it every morning to make coffee. We go through 25lbs of sugar a week!
- Marinara Sauce
United Way of Greater Newark
60 Park Place
Newark, N.J. 07102
The United Way of Greater Newark, according to a statement on the website, works “to disrupt the cycle of poverty by convening, collaborating and investing in strategies to improve outcomes for children and Families. UWGN has a long history of convening disaster funds in the community. After 9/11, UWEWH established the 9/11 fund, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and most recently, the Newark Water Fund. To that end, in order to support the community and our nonprofit partners during the COVID-19 crisis, we have established the Community COVID-19 Fund. This is a regional fund serving our 13-municipality footprint including Newark, Irvington, East Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Orange, Belleville, Nutley, Maplewood, Kearny, Harrison, East Newark and North Arlington.” To donate, click here.
United Way of Gloucester County
454 Crown Point Road
Thorofare, N.J. 08086
A statement on the nonprofit’s website reads: “During this critical time, we understand the unprecedented challenges many in our communities are facing. During a public health crisis like COVID-19, we know vulnerable populations are more at risk to suffer from economic, social and emotional consequences. Incidents of mental health crisis, domestic violence, homelessness, job loss, child abuse and food insecurity will increase over the next several weeks and months as we work to contain and mitigate the virus.
“At United Way of Gloucester County, we’re taking a lead role to work with our nonprofit and funding partners to respond. To do so, we’ve set up the UWGC Community Response & Recovery Fund to help address the critical needs of our community through partnership with our local nonprofit providers. Due to the risk of exposure to the virus that could be transmitted on items, only monetary donations are being accepted at this time.”
To make a donation to the UWGC Community Response & Recovery Fund, COVID-19, go to uwgcnj.org/donate, send contributions to the address listed above or go to the United Way of Gloucester County’s Facebook page.
Angela Cares Inc.
439 MLK Drive
Jersey City, N.J. 07304
The goal of this nonprofit is to “strengthen communities by enhancing the quality of life through empowering our seniors, their caregivers, and the youth.” The group’s mission is to “serve as an advocate and support system for senior citizens, a support system for senior caregivers and a mentor to the youth by educating and empowering them to volunteer.” For more information, go to http://angelacares.org/get-involved/volunteer/.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, NJ
(see Essex County)
America’s Grow-a Row
150 Pittstown Road
Pittstown, N.J. 08867
americasgrowarow.org, located in Pittstown, is a nonprofit organization that grows and gleans fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables that are donated to those facing hunger throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond. All produce grown at America’s Grow-a-Row is donated to food banks, disaster relief agencies, and hunger relief agencies. America’s Grow-a-Row, with the help of over 9,000 volunteers annually, donates 1.5 million pounds, or 6 million servings, of farm fresh produce each year.
37 South Main St.
Lambertville, N.J. 08530
Fisherman’s Mark has been serving the community for 40 years. According to executive director Jennifer Williford, “We are help when help is needed. Our work is to assist families and individuals who are experiencing food insecurity and we go one step further, as we work with them to resolve those underlying issues contributing to food insecurity through our case management services. We serve some of the most vulnerable in our community: the unemployed, the underemployed, seniors, the disabled and veterans. We are grateful to our staff and volunteers who continue to show up to help those in need.
“At this time, we are requesting monetary donations as well as donations of diapers and pet food.”
Donations can be made through out website at www.fishermansmark.org or by check to Fisherman’s Mark at address listed above.
Flemington Food Pantry
P.O. Box 783
Flemington, N.J. 08822
The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to needy Hunterdon County families regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background.
The pantry reports, “We are going to have need for volunteers and supplies. But, now, because things are changing on a daily basis, we are referring people to our Facebook page, where we will share what manpower/supply needs we have.”
2100 Wescott Drive
Flemington, N.J. 08822
Hunterdon Healthcare has established a COVID-19 Support Fund. All donations will be used in Hunterdon Healthcare’s coronavirus disease response efforts and help those affected in the community. Click here to donate.
- N95 masks
- eye goggles
- surgical gloves
- sterile gowns
- comfortable and washable footwear (CROCS/adult sizes),
- video baby monitors
- Food donations for staff (please coordinate with Hunterdon Healthcare so that supply matches the needs)
To schedule an appointment, call 908-788-6405 or email Cconroy@hhsnj.org.
Call the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation 908-788-6141 for all donations of physical items to coordinate drop-off. A staff member will meet individuals at an agreed-upon location on the Hunterdon Medical Center campus to accept donations.
P.O. Box 246
Flemington, N.J. 08822
Hunterdon Helpline remains open 24/7 during the COIVD-19 pandemic, “offering resources and referrals for any need, providing a volunteer food service delivery to vulnerable populations and determining the local needs of the community.”
Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon
5 Walter Foran Blvd., Suite 2006
Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon works to assist the homebound elderly and/or disabled residents of Hunterdon County “maintain their independence by enhancing their nutritional health.” Daily, the nonprofit delivers 200 to 250 meals throughout the county. The organization is “always looking for volunteers.” And, in addition to monetary donations, contributions of insulated bags, coolers and disinfectant spray would gladly be accepted. For more information, call 908-284-0735, email email@example.com or go to the Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon Facebook page.
Open Cupboard Food Pantry
PO Box 5071
Clinton, N.J. 08809
“Open Cupboard Food Pantry is a nonprofit organization that encourages community connection with our motto of Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” said executive director Jennifer Tavormina. She added, “We rely heavily on local organizations conducting food drives and patronizing the thrift shop. Currently, due to the COVID-19 we are operating only the food pantry. Currently we can accept monetary donations electronically though our “donate” button on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/opencupboardthrift/photos/a.1631958487078974/2523176154623865/?type=3&theater. Donors can also mail donations to the address listed above.”
EASEL Animal Rescue
4 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, N.J. 08628
EASEL Animal Rescue is a nonprofit that manages a no-kill animal shelter and foster network. While the shelter is closed to the general public (no walk-in visits), adoptions can still be arranged by appointment. For information on adopting or fostering, click here. According to Georgia Arvanitis, vice president, director of grants, “During this crisis, puppies and kittens are looking for new homes, too. Money to fund vet care is also appreciated, plus these homeless pets need food and other supplies.” To donate, volunteer or learn more, go to the website listed above or go to the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EASELNJ.
Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey
808 W. State St.
Trenton, N.J. 08618
According to Steve Welch, Canon for Communications, “We are putting together a list of volunteer opportunities and materials needed at our various essential ministries for the homeless and the hungry. At the moment, we’re asking for monetary donations for our “Jubilee Ministries” and have set up a page on our COVID-19 resources site: coronavirus.dioceseofnj.org. This is where we’ll list materials needed and volunteer opportunities.”
1880 Princeton Ave.
Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648 – 4518
HomeFront is a nonprofit agency providing a network of services for the poor and homeless in Mercer County, including Princeton, Lawrenceville, Ewing and Trenton. HomeFront programs provide emergency shelter and transitional and affordable housing. The organization’s mission is to meet the immediate needs of food, shelter and safety and to help the troubled families break from the cycle of poverty. HomeFront works with single mothers, single fathers and families with histories of domestic violence, child abuse, drug abuse and intergenerational welfare. The organization also works with families who “just cannot make ends meet.” HomeFront programs support literacy, education and employment for both children and parents.
HomeFront, via its website, reports the following needs:
- If you are already out shopping for necessities or are able to shop online, consider a donation of “our most needed items” including: diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6 and Pull-Ups/Easy Ups in all sizes), baby wipes, canned goods (chicken/tuna, ravioli, beef stew, soup, and fruit), baby formula, dry cereal, and shelf stable milk (Horizon/Natrel/Parmalat or powdered milk).
- HomeFront has spent more than $25,000 in “unanticipated and unbudgeted expenses related to preparations for COVID-19.” To make a donation, visit www.homefrontnj.org/donate or call 609-989-9417, ext. 107.
The Rescue Mission of Trenton
98 Carroll St.
Trenton, N.J. 08609
For more than a century, The Rescue Mission of Trenton has worked to help feed those who are hungry, house those who are homeless and provide opportunities for those seeking recovery. According to the nonprofit, “Whenever someone knocks on our door, all we ask are two questions: “What’s your name?” and “Are you hungry?” Our relationship starts with respect. Then, over a shared meal, we help someone plan the best way to proceed. In the past year, we provided 82,548 warm meals to 1,302 homeless individuals who had a safe place to sleep in our shelter on 40,773 collective nights. We also provided 31,132 days of counseling in our Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program, helped 30 individuals gain employment, and prepared 130 individuals to leave The Shelter for permanent supportive housing. And behind each of those numbers is a personal story.”
CEO Mary Gay Abbott-Young says, “When you look into the eyes of someone who is struggling, I invite you to see their pain. And I also ask that you see their possibilities.”
To make a donation, go to: http://rescuemissionoftrenton.org/donate.php
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
P.O. Box 872
Trenton, N.J. 08605
TASK feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons. To make a donation, go to trentonsoupkitchen.org.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen
319 Maple St.
Perth Amboy, N.J. 08861
The nonprofit Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, is “dedicated to service, quality and outreach for members of the community, especially those who are poor, devalued and in need of help”. Catholic Charities’ programs focus on “the value of family, individual knowledge and the right of every client to be treated with dignity and respect.”
For more information, visit the Catholic Charities website.
Elijah’s Promise Community Kitchen & Social Services
211 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, N.J. 08901
Elijah’s Promise works to end hunger by serving food at its community soup kitchen, providing education and jobs in the food industry through its Promise Culinary School, and encouraging neighborhood agriculture with its community garden.
According to an emergency message posted on the nonprofit’s website, executive director Michelle Wilson wrote, “If you are like most people, you are probably busy stocking your pantry in anticipation of the increasing possibility of a 14-day quarantine, due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus.
“Unfortunately, the people who depend on Elijah’s Promise for food do not have that luxury. They feel lucky when they have enough food from day-to-day, let alone enough for two weeks.”
Wilson wrote that in 10-day period, “we have spent over $25,000 on emergency supplies including food, new freezers, and sanitation supplies. We need your help to continue these efforts.
“Not only that, due to the economic impact of the Coronavirus, we expect a dramatic increase in the number of people who need meals, as the economic downturn will certainly impact those at risk.”
Donate here or mail a check to the address listed above.
Jewish Family Services
32 Ford Ave., Second Floor
Milltown, N.J. 08850
The nonprofit Jewish Family Services works to “assist the elderly, help women become independent, guide immigrants towards citizenship, provide food and services for the needy, resolve family problems and enhance community connections for Holocaust survivors.”
A message on the nonprofit’s website notes that at this time the JFS “is open for limited services. All group programs, classes, workshops, and meetings have been suspended until further notice.” However, the Kosher Meals on Wheels home delivered program and food pantry are still operational. To donate to JFS, click here.
SALT Foundation Inc.
608 Cypress Lane
East Brunswick, N.J. 08816.
The nonprofit SALT Foundation works to feed the hungry in central New Jersey by coordinating with supermarkets and other food suppliers to arrange pickup times and locations; collecting food that would otherwise go to waste and delivering that food in a timely basis to homeless and women’s shelters, churches, food pantries, food drives, and other groups and individuals who need help the most. In addition, the SALT Foundation collects and delivers books, clothes, supplies, and other educational goods and services to similar audiences and other children and adults in need. To donate, click here.
Sammy’s Hope Animal Welfare & Adoption Center
P.O Box 7281
North Brunswick, N.J. 08902
The nonprofit Sammy’s Hope, with an animal adoption center in Sayreville, is temporarily closed to public walk-in visits. However, animals are still available for adoption. All adoptable animals can be found online here for dogs and here for cats.
And, since Sammy’s Hope fundraising events have been suspended, monetary donations are “very much appreciated.” Donations can be made through via the website or mailed to us at P.O. Box 7281 North Brunswick, N.J. 08902.
121 Drs. James Parker Blvd.
Red Bank, N.J. 07701
Lunch Break provides life’s basic necessities of food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to the financially insecure individuals and families in Monmouth County and beyond. At this time, the nonprofit has temporarily suspended all services with the exception of its grab-and-go meals and food pantry. For those who would like to donate nonperishable and basic need items, contributions are being accepted by staffers at the back of the building. Those bringing donations are asked to remain in their cars; staffers will go to vehicles to collect contributions. Drop-off hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 2:45 pm.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. an Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Most urgently needed items include:
- Instant oatmeal
- Canned soup
- Canned beans
- Canned green beans
- Peanut butter
- Canned tuna
- Toilet paper
Monetary donations may be sent to https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/lunchbreak.
United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
4814 Outlook Drive, Suite 107
Wall Township, N.J. 07753
9 Ridgedale Ave.
Florham Park, N.J. 07932
Cheshire Home is a small nonprofit special care nursing facility in Florham Park for young adults paralyzed by spinal cord injuries. “Our residents have severely compromised respiratory systems, and we’re rationing masks in order to not run out completely,” said director of development, Barbara Monahan. She added, “We would be deeply appreciative of any amount of mask donations to protect our residents and nursing staff. Our point person for donations is Marie Halis.” Halis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-966-1232, ext. 212. Drivers are available to pick up donations.
959 Route 46 East, Suite 402
Parsippany, N.J. 07054
Community Hope was founded in 1985 by families of young adults whose lives were impacted by severe depression and other debilitating mental illnesses. The residential programs and support services were expanded in 2001 to reach homeless veterans struggling with mental health issues and combat-induced trauma.
Today, the nonprofit serves needy veterans and at-risk veteran families. The organization’s residential programs provide a “safe haven” and essential services each day to hundreds of homeless veterans, aging-out youth and adults struggling with mental health issues. Since 1985, we have restored hope to thousands.
To donate, visit here.
Eleventh Hour Rescue
P.O. Box 218
Rockaway, N.J. 07866
The nonprofit Eleventh Hour Rescue focuses on saving animals from kill shelters, fostering them until they are adopted.
According to the nonprofit, “A lot of people have stepped up (to be fosterers) because they are home, but we can always use more.” Those interested can fill out a foster application at https://www.ehrdogs.org/info/display?PageID=10971.
Eleventh Hour Rescue also reports “we can always use donations.” For a list of the items needed, go to https://www.ehrdogs.org/info/display?PageID=17498.
Family Promise of Morris County
P.O. Box 1494
Morristown, N.J. 07962
Family Promise of Morris County is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization “dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness faced by Morris County families by partnering with other public and private agencies, religious congregations and community volunteers to provide shelter, case management and mentoring services leading to self-sufficiency.”
Although specific coronavirus-related need has not be indicated on the organization website, donations can be made online.
Grow it Green Morristown
14 Maple Ave., Suite 300
Morristown, N.J. 07960
The nonprofit Grow it Green Morristown, which operates a one-acre urban farm, donated 7,000 pounds of fresh, local food to the community in 2019.
According to development manager Ann Kent, “We have a small staff and rely heavily on volunteers to run our farm. Due to current situations, our farmers are missing about 40 hours of volunteer time from our college volunteers, but are continuing to grow seedlings in the greenhouse and plant at the Urban Farm to prepare for our summer harvest. We are continuing to donate our produce to Interfaith Food Pantry throughout this outbreak, making it possible for local residents to gain access to local, fresh food.”
The organization “cannot accept volunteers at this time, but we welcome both corporate and individual volunteers during normal circumstances.” The nonprofit is, however, currently accepting monetary donations. Donations can be mailed to the above listed address or made online at https://www.growitgreenmorristown.org/donation-page.
Interfaith Food Pantry
2 Executive Drive
Morris Plains, N.J. 07950
The Interfaith Food Pantry provides emergency and supplemental food to Morris County residents in need. Through its two food pantries, home delivery and mobile pantry programs, the nonprofit distributed 1.2 million pounds of food to 15,000 Morris County residents in 2019 including low-income working families, people with disabilities and seniors living on fixed incomes.
According to executive director Carolyn Lake, “Typically about 60% of the food distributed is collected from businesses, schools, civic groups and houses of worship, but since these groups are no longer congregating the IFP must purchase much of the food needed and spend $22,000 last week on food.
“In addition to its regular clients, the IFP has been responding to emergency food needs and has been working with the (Morris) County Department of Human Services, the Mental Health Association of Morris and Essex and the Morris County Housing Authority to extend its reach into the community to reach the county’s most vulnerable residents.” The IFP is primarily in need of financial donations. To donate or for more information, visit www.mcifp.org.
Long Valley Interfaith Food Pantry
39 Bartley Road
Long Valley, N.J. 07853
The Long Valley Community Assistance Program (LVCAP) manages the local food pantry, currently serving 60 families in Long Valley and surrounding area. The nonprofit also provides emergency financial relief to qualified residents when needed. To donate, click here
NewBridge Services Inc.
1259 Route 46 East, Building 2
Parsippany, N.J. 07054
NewBridge is a nonprofit that works to help about 8,000 people of every age and background “overcome challenges and live better.” Headquartered in Pequannock Township, the organization has locations throughout Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties. Services include adult and family counseling, substance abuse treatment and addiction recovery, play therapy for young children, school-based prevention programs, youth employment and education services, adult day treatment programs, and outreach to the elderly. To donate, go to www.newbridge.org
36 South St.
Morristown, N.J. 07960
nourish.NJ is a nonprofit organization that works to create lasting solutions to the problems of hunger, homelessness and poverty. The organization offers food, housing, work readiness, medical, social and educational services 365 days a year in a “warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked.”
According to NourishNJ community engagement coordinator Maryrose Mullen, the organization has temporarily suspended its sit-down meals and free farmers markets, but is still distributing bagged lunches and groceries. The nonprofit is in need of need of monetary contributions. Donations can be made by going to https://nourishnj.org/how-to-help/donate/financial-support.html.
United Way of Northern New Jersey
P.O. Box 1948
Morristown, N.J. 07962
United Way of Northern New Jersey has created a crisis recovery fund to address emerging needs related to the COVID-19 impact in its five-county region. The fund will address needs in Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Warren and Suburban Essex counties. The ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Recovery Fund was launched with a $250,000 donation from the New York Jets.
Contributions will be used to address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of those individuals and families uniquely vulnerable during this crisis — those who already struggled to afford the basics before COVID-19 hit. The fund will work to ensure the stability of the region’s social service infrastructure and close gaps in needed assistance for households in poverty and those who live paycheck to paycheck.
Donations to the ALICE Recovery Fund can be made online at: unitedwaynnj.org/ALICErecovery.
Meals on Wheels of Ocean County
P.O. Box 610
Stafford, N.J. 08050-0610
Meals on Wheels of Ocean County prepares about 1,200 meals per day and nearly 300,000 meals annually. Meals on Wheels of Ocean County also provides 16 distinct nutrition and senior support services to over 8,000 Ocean County seniors. To make a monetary contribution to Meals on Wheels of Ocean County, click here.
For those who would like to donate everyday items that will be delivered to seniors receiving meal, A Meals on Wheels of Ocean County van will be parked at Causeway Ford and Lincoln Service Department, Route 72, Manahawkin. Individuals can drop off items between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Donated items should be marked for “Meals on Wheels.” A Meals on Wheels van also will be located at Lester Glenn Hyundai / Chevrolet located at 386 Route 37, Toms River, for donations for seniors. Items can be dropped off between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, in the Meals on Wheels van at that site.
The items most needed are:
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Disinfecting Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
All items must be new and in their manufacturers packaging. For more information on the collection drive, click here.
Preferred Behavioral Health Group
P.O. Box 2036
Lakewood, N.J. 08701
The nonprofit Preferred Behavioral Health Group, which provides mental health and substance abuse education, prevention, support and treatment, is asking for the community’s support to provide gift cards to be used by people in need. “We are currently living amidst very challenging times,” said Mary Pat Angelini, chief executive officer. “People struggling with mental illness and substance use issues are faced with even greater challenges.”
The organization is continuing to provide services and stay connected during this pandemic, but many of the people served are struggling to meet their basic needs.
The donation of gift cards will support:
- Youth aging out of foster care who have recently lost their jobs (Project Independence-PI);
- Adults in recovery from opioid addiction now struggling to pay their bills (Support Team for Addiction Recovery-STAR);
- Infants and toddlers without diapers (Healthy Families-HF; In-Home Recovery Program-IHRP);
- Families supported by the PBHG Mobile Response program who have limited resources and now more than ever need food, clothing, toiletries, and cleaning supplies;
- People with mental illness who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness-PATH);
- Low income area residents with mental illness who are challenged every day to keep food on their tables (Integrated Case Management Services-ICMS).
According to PBHG, “gift cards identified by the frontline staff that will best meet the immediate needs include Walmart, Amazon, ShopRite, and Grub Hub, but donations of any food, gasoline, or essential retail store would be gratefully accepted. Electronic gift cards should be directed to Judy Daniels at email@example.com. Mailed gift cards should be sent to: Preferred Behavioral Health Group, 700 Airport Road, Lakewood, N.J. 08701. Donations will be directed to a specific program, if requested.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Paterson
777 Valley Road
Clifton, N.J. 07013
The mission of Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson and its agencies is to “provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.” A statement on the Catholic Charities website reads, “We recognize that this is an evolving situation, and our action plan will continue to evolve with the changing environment. We assure you that we will work tirelessly to help those most in need.”
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Paterson is accepting monetary donations and donations of food. To help, do go www.ccpaterson.org/corona.
393 Main St.
Paterson, N.J. 07501
Eva’s Village is a faith-based, nonprofit social services organization. The nonprofit works to help individuals struggling with poverty, addiction and mental illness. Programs address basic needs, such as food and shelter, and more complex issues around addiction, mental illness, chronic homelessness, and lack of job training.
To make a donation, go online.
Meals On Wheels of Salem County
90 Market St.
Salem, N.J. 08079
Meals on Wheels of Salem County Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides “home-delivered nutritious meals and the comfort of friendship to home-bound senior and disabled residents in Salem County. Our vision is to be the community leader and provider ending senior hunger in Salem County.” The nonprofit is adhering to coronavirus-related delivery protocols. To donate, click here.
Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center
111 S. Broadway
Pennsville, N.J. 08070
The Mid-Atlantic States Career & Education Center “focuses on building effective community partnerships, improving the health and well being of the individuals and families we serve, provide career and job skill development for disadvantaged and disabled workers, and create a sustainable, stable community.” Among the services offered by the nonprofit are food pantries in Pennsville and Woodbury. The organization also offers home delivery to disabled veterans in Salem, Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic counties and home delivery to Congregate Nutrition program senior citizens. To donate, click here.
Food Bank Network of Somerset County
P.O. Box 149
Bound Brook, N.J. 08805
The mission of The Food Bank Network is to “distribute food and to provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in the community in a manner which recognizes and advances self worth and human dignity.” The method of distributing this food is through three food pantries, located in Somerville, Bound Brook, and North Plainfield, and a warehouse in Bridgewater.
To donate, visit here.
SHIP — Samaritan Homeless Interim Program
87 East High St.
Somerville, N.J. 08876
SHIP is a faith-based, interfaith and community funded, assisted and supported, grassroots organization. The organization works to “create programs and services that increase the Somerset County and surrounding regions capacity to respond to the needs of the poor and working poor.” Clients include those who suffer from homelessness or “being near homeless.” Many are hungry or suffer from substance abuse dependency, HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, or neglect and isolation.
According to SHIP executive director Tom O’Leary, during the COVID-19 crisis, “S.O.S. will be feeding the needy not the fear.”
For those looking to offer a financial donation to assist SHIP in purchasing the necessary items, make checks payable to SHIP (COVID-19 in the memo line). Checks may be mailed to SHIP at the address listed above.
In addition to financial donations, the following items are needed:
- 9-inch to go containers with no separators
- 6-inch to go containers
- To go bags
- Cleaning products
- Food in pop top packaging and microwaveable items.
Somerset County Office of Emergency Management
@ Somerset County Public Works Garage
410 Roycefield Road
Hillsborough N.J. 08844
The Somerset County’s Office of Emergency Management is asking nonessential businesses to donate personal protective equipment supplies for the benefit of RWJ University Hospital-Somerset and local first responders.
The types of PPE being requested include:
- Nitrile gloves (any size)
- Coveralls / tyvek suits / medical gowns (any sizes)
- Face shields / Goggles
- N95 masks
- P100 masks / Air Purifying Respirators
Only unexpired items will be accepted.
A drop off location will be set up at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844. Drop offs will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., starting Monday, March 23. Donations will be accepted through Friday, March 28.
All employees and volunteers working at the drop-off location will be practicing social distancing and maintaining a space of six feet or more. Donors are asked to observe the same precautions.
ICNA Relief USA (Muslims for Humanity)
1320 Hamilton St.
Somerset, N.J. 08873
ICNA Relief provides social services across the U.S. to the underprivileged and those affected by natural disasters. Services are made possible through contributions from donors and volunteers like you.
Family Promise of Sussex County
19 Church St.
Incorporated in 1997, Family Promise of Sussex County has provided services to assist families and single men and women as they work toward housing stability and self-sufficiency. The mission of the agency is to serve homeless families by:
- Uniting Local Congregations and Community Resources to Provide Shelter and Meals
- Working with Families to Overcome Barriers to Self-Sufficiency
- Advocating for Local Affordable Housing Solutions
To learn how to help, visit its donation page.
127 Mill St.
Newton, N.J. 07860
Project Self-Sufficiency is helping individuals and families in Sussex and Warren counties with emergency basic needs while providing “a full array” of services via video chat platforms and phone.
Executive director Deborah Berry-Toon said, “We provide limited emergency basic need assistance.” She explained, “we call agencies and connect individuals to resources that they need. I think we’re helping (individuals) manage anxiety and stress and giving them hope by connecting them with resources. We’re not a crisis line, but we’re triaging people’s needs. People want to talk right now and we’re taking calls … I think that’s important.”
Project Self-Sufficiency will gratefully accept monetary donations, as well as the following new, nonperishable items to stock its food pantry:
- canned soups and stews
- canned fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, beans, etc.
- pancake mix
- shelf-stable milk
- pastas and sauces
- peanut butter and jelly
- fresh fruit
- diapers and baby wipes
Donations will be accepted Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, NJ
(see Essex County)
120 Morris Ave.
Summit, N.J. 07901
The mission Bridges Outreach is to “end homelessness through volunteer-driven outreach and individual case management focusing on health, housing and independence.” The nonprofit, which also keeps offices in Newark, works to “form relationships with those experiencing homelessness while meeting their most urgent needs.” The organization offers food, checks for symptoms, and either connects individuals to healthcare “right away” or transports them to a shelter.” To learn how to help, click here.
Gateway Family YMCA
144 Madison Ave.
Elizabeth, N.J. 07201
The nonprofit Gateway Family YMCA is a health and community service organization that works to strengthen the foundations of community.
In response to the coronavirus, the Gateway Family YMCA has “increased resources in order to continue to provide essential housing and social services in Elizabeth and Plainfield.” The Gateway Family YMCA reported, “With an increased need for emergency shelter, The Gateway Family YMCA has targeted its focus to ensure the 24-hour housing services remain fully operational with the strongest precautions as directed by local, state and federal government and health officials, in order to protect residents and staff at this time.”
Gateway Family YMCA CEO Krystal R. Canady stated, “Our commitment to the community remains strong, as we understand the vital need for shelter of those who remain homeless during this worldwide health crisis. This is what we do every day and we intend to continue to support our vulnerable population 24 hours a day through this uncertain time, following official recommendations.”
“The work we are doing makes such a difference in the lives of those we serve every day. Each evening, we host approximately 300 individuals who call the YMCA home,” said Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO. “At this time, our focus is on the health and safety of our current housing residents and staff members in all facilities, including those who may join us because of a current need.” In response to the increased costs for food, supplies, cleaning and staffing, the Gateway Family YMCA is accepting donations to support its housing programs at www.tgfymca.org.
76 Floral Ave.
Murray Hill, N.J. 07974
The mission of Our House Inc. is to “provide healthy, stimulating, and inclusive environments for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through community residences, employment services, innovative day programs, social opportunities and related support services designed to help them achieve their full potential for living meaningful and productive lives.”
A statement on the nonprofit website read: “During this difficult and stressful time, we would like to thank and recognize those in our community who have come forward to brighten our days and help to keep our residents and staff safe and protected through their monetary donations, gifts of protective gear, supplies, and meals or who fundraised on our behalf.”
Our House continues to accept donations. The nonprofit lists the following immediate needs:
- Disposable gowns
- Disposable vinyl/latex gloves
- Disposable ponchos
- Homemade face masks
- Cotton fabric or hospital grade sheets
- 1/4”, 3/8” or cord elastic
- Twill or Bias tape
The nonprofit notes that “Just as the information related to COVID-19 changes daily (sometimes hourly) our needs as well are changing quickly.” Check here for updated needs list. Monetary contributions to support the Our House emergency relief fund are also welcome. To donate, click here.
SAGE Eldercare, Summit
290 Broad St.
Summit, N.J. 07901
Since 1954, the Summit-based nonprofit SAGE Eldercare has provided information, support and services “designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible.” From helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, care planning, and home health care, SAGE works to help older adults remain independent in their own homes. SAGE provides programs and services to older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset counties.
SAGE’s communication manager Cindy Potter said of the assistance program team, “Even if they don’t need extra volunteers now, they very well may soon enough” for Meals on Wheels and Errand Services. For volunteer opportunities, call 908-598-5514
St. Joseph Social Service Center
118 Division St.
Elizabeth, N.J. 07201-2736
Since 1983, the nonprofit St. Joseph’s has served the materially poor and homeless community of greater Elizabeth, New Jersey, by providing basic human needs such as food, clothing and medications, as well as a wide range of services and programs to help them acquire the material goods and social services they need to live with integrity.
At this time, St. Joseph’s is looking for items for emergency food bags. A message on the nonprofit’s website reads: “Since ‘normal’ is not an option right now, we are asking for your help to purchase and deliver a complete Emergency Food Bag. We will distribute the bags directly to the community.” For an emergency food bag shopping list, go to https://www.sjeliz.org/news—coronavirus-update.html.
United Way of Greater Union County
33 W Grand St.
Elizabeth, N.J. 07202
The mission of the United Way of Greater Union County is to “improve lives and build strong communities by uniting individuals and organizations with the will, passion, expertise, and resources needed to solve problems.” The organization is committed to “changing the odds so that all children and their families, regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school and in life.”
The UWGUC has established a COVID19 Emergency Fund to assist struggling Union County residents financially impacted by the outbreak. The fund will assist families who are out of work or, who are working less hours due to government mandated closures of businesses and schools; did not have benefits or resources to weather the crisis; incurred other debt related to COVID19 (i.e. childcare expenses because schools are closed); are low-income, hourly wage earners, individuals without employer benefits such as paid time off. To donate to the fund, go online. For more information, call 908-353-7171.
150 Boulevard, Suite 1
Washington, N.J. 07882
CASA SHaW is a nonprofit that provides volunteer advocates in court for children in the foster care system. According to executive director Tracey L. Heisler, “during the COVID-19 crisis, CASA’s advocates continue to ensure that the children are okay through virtual visits, gather information about their well-being to share with the court, and make child-specific recommendations on their behalf. Some of the ways the general public can help support these children are to donate ShopRite gift cards to help struggling families meet basic needs, donate diapers, wipes, and pull-ups for the younger children, and provide cash donations to CASA’s ‘Connie Fund’ to fill birthday wishes, technology needs, and resources while the children are in quarantine. For more information or to donate, click here.
350 Marshall St.
Phillipsburg, N.J. 08865
Norwescap provides vital services to over 30,000 individuals and families in need in Northwest NJ, including Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties. The nonprofit offers a “comprehensive array” of programs and strategies that address the critical areas of education, health and wellness, employment, housing, volunteerism and financial empowerment.
“Now more than ever people need organizations like Norwescap to help them get the assistance they need to support themselves and their families,” said Mark Valli, CEO of Norwescap. “The impact this virus is having on our region, state and country is unprecedented so Norwescap is providing emergency services to get the public through this pandemic. In a regular year we serve over 30,000 individuals and families who are the most vulnerable with urgent resources. As that number grows, Norwescap will continue to serve on the front lines, connecting people to vital, life-sustaining services.”
Norwescap remains open providing emergency services to the public including food through pantries, debt and credit case management services, negotiating with creditors, family income reduction strategies, as well as assisting people who are having difficulty paying their utilities. A complete list of services can by found by visiting their 411 website (https://norwescap.org/covid-19/norwescap-service-updates/).
The Norwescap Resiliency Fund has been launched to help support those in need during the pandemic and beyond. Anyone who would like to support resiliency in our communities is welcome to donate online http://norwescap.org/get-involved/. Funds will directly assist individuals with essential resources.
Other major organizations accepting donations to provide aid during the coronavirus pandemic include:
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