2018 Grantees

2018 Grant Recipients

First Quarter

• $5,000 for Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick, NJ to support their Community Soup Kitchen, Homeless Empowerment Action Response Team, Code Blue Critical Warming Centers, and Promise Culinary School which provide essential human services for those in need throughout Central New Jersey. *

• $1,000 for the Hunterdon County YMCA in Flemington, NJ to support membership, childcare, summer camp, and programs.*

• $7,000 for the Midland Foundation in North Branch, NJ to support the programs and services provided by the Midland School and Midland Adult Services.*

• $2,500 for the New Jersey Foundation for Aging in Trenton, NJ, an organization that promotes services that enable older adults to live in the community with independence and dignity. The grant will provide general operating support.

• $1,000 for the North Rockland School District in Rockland, NY to support their scholarship fund.

• $2,500 to Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education located in Norwalk, CT to support their Junior Coach Program. This program helps high school students develop their critical leadership, as well as prepare for college and their careers.

• $5,000 for the Pioneer Family Success Center in Somerville, NJ to continue to support their Family Fun Nights, workshops, programs, and provide general operating support.*

Second Quarter

• $1,000 to the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA located in New Haven, CT to support their New Haven YMCA Youth Center Walk-In Program which is their after-school program for all neighborhoods of New Haven. The program serves 1,194 youth and teens living in the Dwight neighborhood, had over 6,000 check-ins in 2017 across 350 youth.

• $7,500 to Community Hope located in Parsippany, NJ to continue to provide support to the Hope for Veterans® Program and their mission of rescuing veteran  households and disabled individuals from homelessness, poverty and despair.*

• $5,000 to Cornerstone Family Programs & Morristown Neighborhood House located in Morristown, NJ to support their Teen Pathways to Brighter Futures program which prepares teens for education after high school, the workforce, and beyond, providing opportunities for teens to learn and grow into community-minded mentors and leaders.*

• $2,500 to Deidre’s House located in Morristown, NJ to support the Healing Fund, which offers a foundation of support during a time of crisis and trauma so families can focus their attention on the welfare of the child. Families supported by the Healing Fund can concentrate their efforts on healing and building financial and family stability.

• $1,000 to Helping Hands for the Homeless of Rockland in Spring Valley, NY to support their new “Hope Center.” Helping Hands offers homeless adults laundry and shower facilities, a clothing closet, and services of a case manager to assist them in finding the resources they need to transition out of homelessness. 

• $5,000 to HomeSharing, Inc. located in Bridgewater, NJ, the only agency in New Jersey using the shared affordable housing model serving the working poor, whose incomes are at or below the poverty level, and are not eligible for social services. This grant will support their shared affordable housing program in central and northern New Jersey.

• $6,000 to Lunch Break located in Red Bank, NJ, whose mission is to alleviate hunger and lead those they serve to self-sufficiency and healthier lifestyles. The grant will support Lunch Break’s Soup Kitchen, which served 73,662 hot, nutritious meals in 2017 and Client Choice Pantry which distributed 42,640 bags of groceries last year as well.*

• $1,000 to Middle Earth located in Bridgewater, NJ to support their Youth College Readiness Program at Bound Brook High School, a program that keeps youth engaged in school so that they graduate on time, improve their academic performance and extracurricular resumes, and learn how to make post-secondary education a reality.

• $2,000 to New Reach located in New Haven, CT to support their Emergency Shelter, a critical entry point into a solution-oriented process designed to help families move beyond homelessness by reclaiming and rebuilding their lives.

• $5,000 for America's Grow-a-Row, located in Pittstown, New Jersey which provides fresh produce to those in need to support their hunger relief efforts in New Jersey.*

Third Quarter

• $1,500 to supporting Curbing Hunger, Inc. in Basking Ridge, NJ as they obtain more food from community gardens and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter months.

• $10,000 to the Morris County Organization of Hispanic Affairs in Dover, NJ to support the essential human and social programs that they offer to low-income individuals and families of Morris County and surrounding communities. These programs address social determinants and provide access to basic services.*

• $2,500 to Preschool Advantage in Morristown, NJ to provide preschool scholarship assistance for Morris and Somerset County children. The best way to invest in the future of our community is by investing in today’s children, giving every child the same opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed.

• $2,500 to the Summit Area YMCA in Summit, NJ to support their Healthy Hearts & Cardiac Rehab Maintenance Program. This is a 12-week program that teaches participants how to exercise independently so that they can continue to maintain cardiovascular health.*

• $1,000 to Table to Table in Englewood Cliffs, NJ to support their efforts of redistributing fresh, perishable food. This grant will help Table to Table deliver 10,000 healthy meals.

• $1,000 for Safe + Sound Somerset Hillsborough, NJ to support their Financial Literacy and Empowerment services. This program assists survivors in achieving self-sufficiency and economic independence so that they and their children are able to live autonomous lives free from domestic abuse.

Fourth Quarter

  • $1,000 to 180 Turning Lives Around in Hazlet, NJ to support their emergency domestic violence shelter which provides a two-pronged approach to helping survivors move toward ongoing safety and independence.
  • $4,000 to the Central Jersey Housing Resource Center in Raritan, NJ to provide continued support for their Pre-Purchase and Post-Purchase individual and group counseling initiatives for 2019.*
  • $3,600 to HABcore, Inc. in Red Bank, NJ to support their Coffey Residence Boarding Home program. This program provides permanent supportive housing to low-income individuals with disabilities. This grant will support a subsidy for approximately 6 months for an individual in their boarding program.
  • $2,500 for Haverstraw King’s Daughters Library in Garnerville, New York to support their “Reach for Hired Ground” program. This program includes eight workshops aimed at teaching high school juniors and seniors how to create a successful job search plan and how to develop a financial plan for the future.*
  • $7,500 for the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains to support their much needed food purchases which help keep their clients healthy. Many clients suffer from diet-related health issues such as diabetes, obesity, and celiac disease. Eating healthier can help reduce, better control and sometimes eliminate the illness.
  • $13,000 for the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education located in Trenton, NJ which is dedicated to improving the personal financial literacy of New Jersey’s citizens by promoting the teaching of personal finance to people of all ages. The Coalition believes that all citizens of New Jersey must have the financial literacy necessary to make informed financial decisions. This grant will support their 2019 outreach initiatives.*
  • $2,500 for Somerset Health Care Foundation located in New Brunswick, NJ to provide ongoing support for their Medication Assistance Program. This program targets underserved patients who truly need help obtaining medication for chronic illness. 
  • $7,000 for Visions and Pathways in Bridgewater, NJ to provide continued support for their Prosperity Independent Living Skills program. This program serves adolescents ages 14-24 throughout Central and Northern New Jersey, as they will receive independent-living skills education, career counseling, and employment preparation through weekly workshops, mentoring groups, and one-on-one support.*

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2018 Jeans Day Recipients
Food Bank Network of Somerset County, Bound Brook, NJ