2017 Grantees

2017 Grant Recipients

Quarter 4

  • $7,500 to Community Hope to support their Hope for Veterans Program, which focuses on rescuing veteran households and disabled individuals from homelessness and poverty. This grant will also help sustain existing programs that provide shelter, food, support services and connect veterans to health and mental health services.
  • $1,000 for Preschool Advantage to partially fund tuition for economically-disadvantaged preschool students during the 2017-2018 school year.
  • $2,500 to the Somerset Healthcare Foundation to provide continued support to their Medication Assistance Program, where patients work with a registered nurse to better understand their medications and manage their chronic diseases, encouraging patients to live healthier, more productive lives.
  • $2,500 for the Summit Area YMCA to support their Family Backpack Program, which meets the needs of 140 children who do not have access to meals on weekends.
  • $1,000 to Visions and Pathways to cover the cost of food during Affinity’s on-site financial education classes.

Total Quarterly Giving: $14,500

Quarter 3

  • $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern NJ in Mountain Lakes, NJ, to provide general operating support to help sustain their efforts in Northern New Jersey.
  • $1,000 for the Elle Foundation in Bridgewater, NJ to support the second wish of a child that is battling recurrence, as the only wish granting organization whose primary mission is to grant wishes for children with recurrence of cancer.
  • $1,000 for Family Promise of Hunterdon County in Flemington, NJ, to support the only homeless shelter for families in Hunterdon County which also provides home-cooked meals, security, respect and companionship for homeless families and individuals.
  • $2,500 for the Jewish Relief Agency in Morristown, NJ to support purchasing the food necessary to successfully fill food relief boxes each month and meet the increasing requests for help through their Food Distribution program.
  • $5,000 for LunchBreak in Red Bank, NJ to support their feeding programs, purchase food and avoid shortages, as their mission is to alleviate hunger and lead those they serve to healthier lifestyles and self-sufficiency.*
  • $2,500 to the New Jersey Foundation for Aging in Trenton, NJ to provide general operating support, as they serve more than 500,000 residents annually across New Jersey.

Total Quarterly Giving: $13,000

Quarter 2

  • $2,500 for America’s Grow-a-Row in Pittstown, NJ, to support hunger relief efforts through providing fresh, healthy produce to our communities in need across New Jersey and educating about the benefits of healthy eating to all ages.*
  • $5,000 to Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick, NJ, to provide support to a variety of programs that they offer, including their Community Soup Kitchen, Promise Clinic, Code Blue, Promise Culinary School, Promise Catering, Promise Garden, and Homeless Empower Action Response Team.*
  • $5,000 for the Empower Family Success Center in Somerville, NJ, to support Family Fun Nights, workshops, and programs in Somerset County.*
  • $5,000 for the HomeSharing in Bridgewater, NJ, to provide support to the shared affordable housing program in central and northern New Jersey, which allows homeowners to remain in their homes while providing affordable renting options to those who are searching for a home.
  • $6,000 for the Midland Foundation in North Branch, NJ, to provide continued support for the Midland School and Midland Adult Services.*
  • $2,500 for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation in Holmdel, NJ, to support their annual Scholarship Program, which will help high school students further their education either at a college, university or trade/technical school.
  • $5,000 for the Somerset County YMCA in Basking Ridge, NJ to support their mission of ensuring that everyone has access to vital community programs and resources that support positive youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.*

Total Quarterly Giving: $31,000

Quarter 1

  • $2,500 for the Adult Day Center in Bridgewater, NJ, to support their mission of ensuring that their services are available, regardless of the client’s severity of illness or financial limitations. Additionally, this grant will allow the Adult Day Center to further identify and implement new programs for the growing population of younger clients with Alzheimer’s, while prior funding has allowed expansion of therapeutic programs.*
  • $3,500 to the Central Jersey Housing Resource Center in Raritan, NJ, for pre-purchase programs that assist individuals and families on their path to homeownership, and support the Post-Purchase Program which provides counseling to current homeowners.*
  • $5,000 to support the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains, NJ, in purchasing healthy, fresh produce for their clients, including low-sodium and low-sugar items, specialty and gluten-free foods. The availability of fresh produce for clients will help them take control of diet-related health illnesses, improve nutritional balance and create healthier lifestyles.*
  • $2,500 for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation in Holmdel, NJ, to support their annual Scholarship Program, which will help high school students further their education either at a college, university or trade/technical school.
  • $3,000 for Visions and Pathways (formerly Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children) in Bridgewater, NJ, to support the Prosperity Independent-Living Skills program, which provides independent-living skills training, educational support, career counseling, and mentoring to vulnerable youth.*

Total Quarterly Giving: $16,500

Multi-Year Commitments

  • $15,000 over three years to Raritan Valley Community College Foundation to establish, support and maintain the Affinity Federal Credit Union Scholarship.*
  • $50,000 over three years to St. Peter’s University Hospital to support the Simulation Center for Inter-Professional Learning.*

2016 Jeans Day Recipients

America’s Grow-a-Row, Pittstown, NJ
Center for Great Expectations, Somerset, NJ
Flemington Area Food Pantry, Flemington, NJ*
The Janet Fund, Martinsville, NJ
Luke’s Helping Hand, Neptune, NJ
Operation Sisterhood, Morristown, NJ
PBB, Clinton, NJ
Puppies Behind Bars, NJ
Renaissance Cyclists Defeating Cancer United, Somerset, NJ
Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ, New Brunswick, NJ

* Organization is a SEG

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