The holidays can be difficult for those coping with isolation. And, this year, the fight against the spread of the coronavirus has meant a necessary surge in social separation. For elderly individuals, loneliness can be especially difficult.
At Harrogate, a not-for-profit life plan community in Lakewood, isolation of the residents has been a concern of the staffers this season.
Kelly O’Toole, MSW, director of social services at Harrogate said, “COVID-19 has had such an impact on everyone, especially our seniors. The impact social isolation has on older adults can be detrimental. It not only affects their mental health but their overall well-being. It has been hard for all of our residents at Harrogate to have such a change in their routine both inside and outside of Harrogate. They’ve had to adapt to the ‘new normal’ which hasn’t been easy for them. Not being able to have regular visits with their families has been the most difficult.”
Realizing that many of their residents would be spending this holiday season alone, the Harrogate staff snapped into action and created an on-site Winter Wonderland.
Gianna Garrow, director of health center activities, envisioned Winter Wonderland as a way to “capture the spirit of the season.” Staff members from every department transformed Harrogate into a “holiday escape.” Staff members from activities, nursing, environmental services, dining services, grounds, maintenance, and marketing created “a magical experience for their residents” that ensured COVID-19 regulations and social distancing were maintained. Sharon Budde, assistant activities director, came up with the idea to create a path through the dining room with stops along the way.
While the entire facility is decorated inside, many feel the “shining star” is the dining room. As residents walk through the path, they can experience displays created by the staff and their families. Andy Budde, husband of Sharon Budde, built some of the displays. Joe Alonzo, director of dining services, created a gingerbread Time’s Square, and Annie from housekeeping, created a cozy “fire pit” for holiday favorites like Santa, elves, and snowmen.
Trees were donated by friends and families, and each department created its own section. Because of COVID regulations, the Winter Wonderland Tour is only open to residents; however, the public can take a virtual tour through January on Harrogate’s Facebook page and see how it all came together at www.facebook.com/Harrogate.NJ.Retirement.Community.
O’Toole said, “The staff at Harrogate has always considered our residents part of our family and now more than ever we needed to show them how much they all mean to us. The development of the Winter Wonderland was one of the many ways we wanted to show them. We wanted to offer them a beautiful holiday display that they could walk through daily to brighten up their day. This display has had such a positive impact on the residents who have walked through it. For some residents it brought them back to memories from past family gatherings, their childhood, and hope that the future will be bright once again. It brought smiles to some faces as well as tears to their eyes.”
Gloria Walsh, associate executive director, said, “We may be apart this holiday season, but at Harrogate the holiday spirit is alive and thriving for our residents with help from caring staff and families.”
Melissa Chalker, director at the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, applauded Harrogate for its efforts on behalf of its residents. “What they’ve done in Lakewood is wonderful, innovative. People should look at it as an example. And, after the holidays have passed, continue to look for innovative ways to make people smile.”
And, Chalker said she hopes gifts of food and money to pantries and other organizations that seniors look to for assistance continue after the holidays, too.
She noted that the state’s 21 county offices on aging, which connect seniors to resources, “reported a 5,000 percent increase in calls for emergency food assistance from those 60 and above.”
“When most people think of (those) 65 and over, they see them as retired or living comfortably.” But, Chalker notes, “54 percent of people 65 and older lack means for basic necessities.” Chalker was citing data from elderindex.org.
She said the senior population has been hit by job loss during the pandemic. “The Census Bureau did a pulse survey which revealed 43 percent of those 65 and over reported loss of income from employment during the pandemic.” Chalker said, “A lot of people over 65 are still working for economic reasons or to fill a gap. Some people have their identity tied to work.”
Chalker also encourages seniors reach out to local senior citizen centers. She said some seniors don’t know about the services available at the centers, which go far beyond bingo, and others might think “it’s not for them.” She noted that regular meetings, etc., have been put on hold, but there are plenty of resources seniors can tap at the centers. “County offices on aging and senior centers are hidden gems.”
Information on how to contribute to 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.”
Community Access Unlimited is asking the community to donate to “help the agency cover emergency expenses and support not only the usual scope of health and wellness needs for the members we serve, but also, the many complex new challenges to well-being that have emerged with the ongoing pandemic.
“Donations will help meet some of the uncovered costs for things like safety supplies and Personal Protective Equipment to develop and deliver remote services to CAU members where temporary shut-downs have created gaps in vital services, and activities that support continuing progress and wellness as they adjust to the evolving phases of ‘the new normal.’
“The pandemic has brought added stress and mental health challenges that many of us are facing, and CAU’s members with disabilities are no different. The agency is continually finding new ways to support wellness through its services, offering virtual behavioral health sessions and stimulating, engaging daily challenges and projects to members quarantined at home. Your donations help us to ensure these activities can continue for the duration of the pandemic.”
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.”
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.”
Nicole Williams, communications and public relations manager for the organization said, “Though we were unable to accept volunteers early in the pandemic, we are accepting them now. Actually, we’re in dire need of them. For perhaps the first time in our 45-year history, we are facing a critical shortage of volunteers, and we need people to sign up now more than ever.”
Volunteers must be 14 and older and must sign a waiver. Social distancing is strictly observed during volunteer shifts, temperatures are taken for all who enter the building, and masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer are provided. Volunteers age 14, 15 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
515 Madison Ave.
New York, N.Y.
GENYOUth is a national nonprofit organization that works to create healthier school communities. The organization has announced the launch of a national campaign — “For Schools’ Sake – Help Us Feed Our Nation’s Kids!” – to raise funds for schools to feed food insecure students. As part of this, GENYOUth also created the COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund, which schools can apply to for grants for resources/equipment to feed hungry students during COVID-19 school disruptions.
According to the nonprofit, to date, more than 350 New Jersey schools have applied for over $1 million in grants. To donate, click here or text SCHOOLS to 20222.
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.
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 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.
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.
Soup Kitchen 411
Soup Kitchen 411 is a nonprofit organization that purchases professional quality meals from local restaurants and serves them at soup kitchens. For information on donating and volunteering, click here.
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
607 N. Jerome Ave.
Margate, NJ 08402-1527
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 “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.
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.Care Plus reports, “All proceeds directly benefit CarePlus clients through medication aid, housing support, services, training, and educational scholarships.”
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.
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley
531 Market St.
Camden, N.J. 08102
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley works to provide community-based assistance to populations in need so they can lead self-fulfilled, independent lives.
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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.
Bessie Green Community Inc.
510 Broad St.
Newark, N.J. 07102
Known among its neighbors as “The Red Door,” Bessie Green Community Inc. has been serving the underprivileged of Newark since 1978. According to a statement on the organization’s website, “Our soup kitchen in Newark, NJ, is just one of our many popular programs. Providing hot meals, clothing, and bags of food, Bessie Green Community seeks to fulfill its mission statement of: Feeding, clothing, and supporting our neighbors with compassion and dignity.”
To donate, 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.
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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
590 North 7th St.
Newark, N.J. 07107
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark “participates in the Church’s social mission by recognizing the inherent dignity and worth of all people and responding with sincere Christian compassion to the corporeal needs of the poor and marginalized.” According to statement on the nonprofit’s website, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark continues to provide many essential services to the community.” To donate, click here.
Episcopal Diocese of Newark
31 Mulberry St.
Newark, N.J. 07102-5202
The food ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark has seen “a dramatic increase in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the suburbs as well as the cities. Many people are turning to a food pantry for the first time, and these ministries are expanding to meet other needs, such as diapers and other baby items. Here are just three of our food ministries that would welcome assistance from the community.”
- Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Orange – Holy Trinity’s Food Pantry (315 Main St. in West Orange) is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, providing staples to about 300 families (approximately 1,000 people) a week. Its Meals to Go program is currently supplying 150 lunches every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. The food ministry is need of volunteers, as some of the people who once helped are going back to work. To inquire about volunteering, email email@example.com. To donate, click here.
- St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newark – St. Andrew’s Food Pantry (933 South 17th St. in Newark) has served the Clinton Hill section of Newark for 35 years. Pre-COVID-19, it served 75 to 100 families every Friday, but by late March that had doubled. They’ve also started distributing diapers, wipes and formula due to the needs of families with young children. To donate, click here.
- Christ Episcopal Church in Teaneck – Christ Church (480 Warwick Ave. in Teaneck) has run its “Faith Hope and Love Food Pantry” for more than 30 years. Pre-COVID-19, the pantry was open twice a month, serving about 40 people per month. Now, the pantry is open every week, serving an average of 60 families (approximately 250 people) from 16 surrounding towns. Donations of items are accepted on Fridays; please call the church at 201-833-4502 to schedule a drop-off. Most needed items are peanut butter, beans, rice, pancake mix, shelf stable milk, pancake syrup, pasta, juice, canned meat, tomato, sauce, soup, cereal, jelly, oatmeal, canned fruit, tuna fish, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, baby food, diapers (all sizes including adult) and wipes. For those who would like to send a donation of items through Amazon or other online delivery, please address the order to the food pantry in care of the Rev. Michelle White, 333 Warwick, Ave., Teaneck, N.J. 07666. Monetary donations to purchase items can be made by check, payable to Christ Episcopal Church – Pantry Fund and mailed to 480 Warwick Ave., Teaneck, N.J. 07666.
Essex County Family Justice Center
Leroy F. Smith Jr. Public Safety Building
60 Nelson Place, 2nd Floor
Newark, N.J. 07102
Essex County Family Justice Center provides “multi-disciplinary life-saving services” to victims of domestic violence residing in Essex County. According to a statement released by Carolyn Picciani, FJC’s director of grant administration and communication, “The COVID-19 pandemic has created new dangers for individuals in abusive relationships and the FJC is providing individualized safety planning in response to the new challenges. The FJC welcomes donations to assist with operations, which are currently running off-site. Victims, as well as families and friends of victims are encouraged to call 973-230-7229 or use the ‘Chat with an advocate’ function on the website.”
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark
P.O Box 32189
Newark, N.J. 07102
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark is operating a food pantry out of its West & Central Village Community Resource Hub at 298 South Orange Ave. in Newark. Distribution, conducted every Wednesday at noon, food boxes contain up to 12 shelf-stable meals per family. Mobile grocery delivery is available for Newark seniors, the immuno compromised, and other neighborhood residents who cannot leave their homes. Call 862-288-8365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Habitat of Greater Newark’s chief executive officer Jeffrey J. Farrell said, “Food insecurity is a pressing worry for many residents of Newark’s West and & Central Village.” To donate, click here.
238 North Munn Ave.
East Orange, N.J. 07017
Isaiah House was founded in 1986 to provide homeless families and individuals in Essex County access to emergency and temporary shelter, daycare, a food pantry, and supportive services. These services “enable clients to escape violence, addiction and unsafe situations, rebuild their lives and create a new beginning for themselves and their families.”
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Isaiah House remained open and continued to provide services and accept families into its shelter. The organization increased food pantry rations and removed a proof-of-identification requirement so that families could obtain essential goods. The organization was also selected as one of three agencies in East Orange to coordinate and manage rental assistance funds awarded by the City of East Orange.
For more information on helping Isaiah House, click here.
Livingston Lions Club
204 Hillside Ave.
Livingston Community Center, Room 115
Livingston N.J. 07039
The Livingston Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, which is comprised of more than 1.4 million members, serves more than 200 countries and regions around the world. According to a statement on the organization’s website, “Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief – to serve their community.” For information on the organization “responding to the coronavirus,” go to https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/coronavirus.
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.
Newark Working Kitchens
Newark Working Kitchens (NWK) is a nonprofit which enlists local restaurants to deliver “nutritious meals to vulnerable populations — low-income seniors and families, the homeless, and front line medical responders — sustaining and strengthening the neighborhood anchors that will power the city’s comeback.
NWK identifies populations in need via Newark City Hall, Newark Public Schools, Bridges Outreach and Newark Emergency Services for Families, and works with tenants associations and community organizations to “ensure meals are provided to those who need them most.”
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; forks/spoons; cups; napkins; 55-gallon heavy duty garbage bags; cleaning supplies such as bleach, de-greaser; air freshener, antibacterial soap; mopheads; oven mitts; sponges; plastic aprons; hair nets; extra-large latex gloves; dish detergent; aluminum pans and foil.
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 such as corn, string beans and peas; N-95 masks, parboiled rice, coffee, sugar and marinara sauce.
United Community Corp.
332 S 8th St.
Newark, N.J. 07103
The United Community Corp. is a nonprofit that works to build on “the intrinsic strengths of our clients; by connecting them to necessary resources, we support them in taking control of their lives, preventing or confronting crises, and achieving goals.”
To donate, click here.
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.
CASA of Somerset Hunterdon and Warren
148 Main St., Bldg. D1,
Lebanon, NJ 08833
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.
Family Promise of Hunterdon County
8 Bartles Corner Road, Suite 11
Flemington, N.J. 08822
Family Promise of Hunterdon County Inc. is a nonprofit that works to provide services to both help overcome and prevent homelessness through the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) – a network of congregations and volunteers who provide overnight/weekend shelter, home-cooked meals, and companionship to families who enter the program. Comprehensive case management, licensed counseling services and a donation program are also available. To donate, click here. To learn about volunteer opportunities, click here.
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.”
Hunterdon Healthcare COVID-19 Support Fund
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.
Donate supplies such as: 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)
Donate blood. 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.”
Community Action Service Center (Rise)
P.O. Box 88
116 North Main St.
Hightstown, N.J. 08520
Rise is a social service nonprofit organization which has been providing direct and referral services to vulnerable populations in the East Windsor-Hightstown community since 1967. According to the organization, “The well-being of children and families in our local neighborhoods continues to be our top priority.”
During the COVID-19 emergency, the Rise office remains open and case managers are on-site to assist via telephone with SNAP, WIC, unemployment, and NJFamilyCare applications.
The organization reports that it will “gladly accept monetary and food donations, personal hygiene products, diapers, as well as donations of face masks and gloves for our wonderful volunteers who make our work possible.” For information on ways to help, go to https://www.njrise.org/donate/.
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 funds on “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.”
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.”
The Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team in Middlesex County at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, serves those with serious and persistent mental illness.
Catholic Charities operates three PACT teams within Middlesex County – in Perth Amboy, East Brunswick and New Brunswick. These teams are comprised of a variety of staff members, including nurses, social workers, licensed counselors and substance abuse counselors, peer advocates, vocational specialists, housing specialists, team leaders, and psychiatrists. These staff members work on the front lines, delivering food and medication, providing activities, and transporting clients to urgent doctor appointments. The PACT teams provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They support families and communicate with hospital staff as needed.
The Catholic Charities’ Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) is guided by the principal that individuals with mental illness, even those with the most impaired functioning, can reside in normal settings in the community if adequate supports and services are provided.
Last year Catholic Charities’ PACT teams provided more than 15,000 hours of support to PACT consumers. To donate, click here.
CPA COVID-19-HELP for Perth Amboy
P.O. Box 999
Perth Amboy, N.J. 08862
The nonprofit is guided by a committee of individuals that includes local leaders, business owners, pastors, and residents as well as board members from the Perth Amboy Business Improvement District (BID). Its mission is to “rapidly gather contributions, purchase food and distribute the goods to families with food scarcity needs in Perth Amboy.” To donate, click here.
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, “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.
Hands of Hope Food Pantry
P.O. Box 1057
Edison, N.J. 08818
Hands of Hope is a nonprofit, community-based organization “committed in providing an efficient and effective centralized system for distributing food to alleviate hunger.”
The nonprofit’s efforts are focused on helping those in need “sustain good nutrition, health and most of all human dignity by providing a means for the individual to meet their full potential and to silence the pain hunger brings.” To donate, click here.
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.” 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
Since Sammy’s Hope in-person 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.
250 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
The mission of the nonprofit is to promote the safety and self-sufficiency of individuals and families affected by domestic violence in Middlesex County. Women Aware’s hotline, 732-249-4504, and emergency shelter continue to be open 24/7 through the COVID-19 pandemic. To donate, click here.
18 Homestead Lane
Roosevelt, N.J. 08555
Roosevelt Community4u Food Bank was established in 2014 with a mission to help people in need with the basic necessities while preserving their dignity. The food bank delivers more than 350 weekly food packages and cooked meals to families and seniors in need.
The organization reports that since March, “we saw a growing need for food in rural and urban food-insecure communities. It is obvious that as the weeks go by and unemployment surges, this dramatically increases the vulnerability of these households. We now hold monthly food distributions serving over 2,000 families so that they can have food to put on their table. Since many of the recipients have never visited a food bank or been in need of our services we have really broken down the stigma that getting free food is only for poor families.”
For information on donating and volunteering, click here.
Freehold Area Open Door
39 Throckmorton St.
P.O. Box 1073
Freehold N.J. 07728
The nonprofit Open Door is an interfaith agency that has been serving the Freehold Area since the late 80′s as a food pantry plus supports an advocacy program and a after school program. To make a donation, visit the agency website, www.freeholdareaopendoor.org.
3300 Route 66
Neptune, N.J. 07753
The mission of the nonprofit Fulfill is to “alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth & Ocean counties and to make sure that all people at all times have access to enough nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy life.”
According to a statement on the nonprofit’s website, “Demand for food continues to rise during the coronavirus crisis as soup kitchens and schools close.” Fulfill, formerly known as the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, reports that “A $30 donation funds a 4-day Crisis Relief Box for a family of four. The Jersey Shore has always taken care of its own during challenging times. We did it after Sandy, and we will do it again… but we need YOUR help.” To donate, click here.
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, toiletries, diapers and 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
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 nonsectarian, 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 and community garden, donated 26% more fresh food this year to help meet the challenge of rising food insecurity. Over the course of the pandemic, Grow It Green Morristown has continued to create safe, equitable access to healthy, nutrient dense local produce through weekly produce donations to local families and food distribution partners. Despite limited volunteers and the absence of corporate groups at The Urban Farm, they donated 160% more than they did just two years ago.
As the nonprofit operated a farm stand for 22 weeks and is running an outdoor Winter Farmers’ Market, it continues to educate about the importance of healthy eating and sustainable living. The Grow it Green Morristown farm educator created and distributed virtual environmental and health education lessons, as well as created take-home kits, available to all families in the community. Grow It Green adapted protocols at the Early Street Community Garden and parklet to serve as a safe, therapeutic outdoor space of respite during the pandemic
Grow It Green has served the New Jersey community for more than a decade, and is asking for donations to make smart investments in productivity so it can operate and grow its impact for years to come. According to executive director, Lisa Alexander, “Your support will allow us to focus on our community’s changing needs and adapt our programs to provide services with the most impact.” Donations can be mailed to the above listed address or made online at https://growitgreenmorristown.org/donationpage.
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.
Loaves and Fishes Community Food Pantry
513 Birch St.
Boonton, N.J. 07005
The nonprofit organization “helps feed anyone who comes to us needing food. Our offerings include boxed and canned food, produce, dairy products, eggs, diapers and personal hygiene products, poultry and meat. We are currently serving 60+ families a week primarily from Boonton and the surrounding communities but we turn no one away who needs food.”
The nonprofit is currently seeking monetary contributions “so we can purchase cases of fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and milk. For more information, email Marilyn Ward at firstname.lastname@example.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
Market Street Mission
9 Market St.
Morristown, N.J. 07960
According to a statement on the nonprofit’s Facebook page, “Our mission: to minister to the homeless, helpless and hopeless in Northern New Jersey by meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs through a structured program which enables them to lead responsible, productive lives.” 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 Sussex Ave.
Morristown, N.J. 07960
57 E. Park Place, 2nd Floor
Morristown, N.J. 07960
nourishnj.org 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, “We are distributing meals, groceries and supplies seven days a week, as well as holding socially-distant Free Farmers Markets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at our new facility at 36 Sussex Avenue. We are accepting physical donations at 36 Sussex (though we ask that donors please reach out beforehand to schedule a drop off) and financial donations can be made through our website or mailed to 57 E Park Place, 2nd Floor, Morristown, NJ 07960.”
Spring Street Community Development Corp.
65 Spring St.
Morristown, N.J. 07960
The nonprofit Spring Street Community Development Corp. works to improve the quality of life for Morris County families by addressing economic, educational and social needs while preserving the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area.
A statement on the nonprofit’s website reads, “As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making adjustments so that we can continue to serve those in need as well as maintain a safe environment for our workers, volunteers and guests.
“We started with the adjustment to our Thursday food pantry operation as we are pre-packaging grocery bags and distributing them to our guests. This minimizes large crowds and allows us to work with pantry clients on an individual basis, as needed. Secondly, for Table of Hope we are giving out carry out containers. We are not having sit down meals at this time. Our hours of operation for the Food Pantry (2-4:45pm) & Table of Hope (5:30-7 p.m.) remain the same.
“As we make adjustments to meet the ever changing circumstances, it is difficult to know what exactly will be needed. The best way to assist us at this time is by making a donation through our website www.springstreetcdc.org. Financial donations will allow us to get the food and supplies we need, when we need them, and get them to our guests as quickly as possible.
“While a donation is best for us so that we can adjust to the changes quickly and effectively, we would also greatly appreciate assistance with the following supply needs: Three-compartment carry-out containers, pan liners, grocery bags (preferably reusable/recyclable but will take plastic bags), cleaning products, hand sanitizer-at least 60% alcohol, hand soap, gloves, paper towels, hair nets.”
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.
Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey
175 South St.
Morristown, N.J. 07960
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA), a regional home care and hospice agency that serves residents in Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties, continues to care for patients during the coronavirus pandemic. The VNA provides services including nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; telehealth, certified home health aides, customized private care solutions and caregiver training. It also operates Friendship House, a social adult day care center in Boonton Township, and the VNA Inpatient Hospice at Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital. To donate, click here.
(see Monmouth County)
1769 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, N.J. 08753
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.
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 provide care and support for people struggling with poverty, hunger and homelessness. During the COVID-19 pandemic Eva’s has adapted programs and services to protect the health and safety of clients, staff and the community. The nonprofit reports, “We are still caring for 150+ halfway house and shelter residents, serving 300-400 to go meals each day, and offering counseling and support through telehealth services, telephone outreach and a peer support hotline for those struggling with substance use disorders and mental health issues. We have temporarily suspended all in-person and on-site volunteering, but there are many ways the community can help during this time.”
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.
Feeding Hands Food Pantry
120 Orlando Drive
Raritan, N.J. 08869
Feeding Hands Food Pantry was started about six years ago by Lois Bennett, a Hillsborough resident, in partnership with Emmanuel Church in Somerville. A statement provided by the group reads, “What makes this pantry unique is the not only their passion to serve those in need, but the compassion with which they serve. They provide not only food, but hope; they are constantly looking to connect their clients to other resources, and they are tremendous stewards of the resources they are given, both financially and materially. The drive through food pickup is contactless, and has been a lifeline for those impacted by this crisis.”
Click here to donate or volunteer.
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.
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.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County
98 West End Ave.
Somerville, N.J. 08876
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County is a homeless shelter for families with children in Somerset County. IHNSC provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, case management, basic needs and food security through a network of interfaith congregations and partnerships with community organizations.
According to the organization, “The current atmosphere has halted our emergency shelter intake services, as homeless families are typically housed at host congregations on a weekly basis. Present limitations have resulted in housing families in hotels to ensure that they are safe, with food being delivered to our day center on a daily basis. IHNSC also continues to support families in our continuum of care programs aimed at helping them maintain their independence. Food, basic needs and monetary donations are excellent ways to support IHNSC. We are also looking for a donation of overnight residential space to be able to begin intake operations again.” Volunteers looking to donate can call the Day Center at 908-704-1920.
Operation Jersey Cares
PO Box 551
Somerville, NJ 08876
The nonprofit Operation Jersey Cares works to ensure that those who are deployed, as well as those who have served, are supported. According to Dana Gooditis, secretary/fundraising, “To date we have shipped in excess of 1,000,000 pounds of needs to our deployed service men and women. We have also been there for our troops as they return from tour, enter civilian life and need guidance, support and/or a ‘hand up’ with their current financial or medical situation(s).”
She noted, “We were contacted to help fulfill the need of our veteran and active military communities during the pandemic. Due to COVID-19, the meals provided to these heroes had stopped, and they were now in search of support.”
To donate or get involved, go to the nonprofit’s website.
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.
Somerville Elks Lodge 1068
375 Union Ave.
Bridgewater, N.J. 08807
Somerville Elks Lodge 1068 is functioning as a collection site for the Somerset County Food Bank. Donations of nonperishable food items may be dropped off at lodge on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
55 Bank St.
Sussex, N.J. 07461
According to a statement on the nonprofit Project Help website, “Our original mission was to serve the homeless veterans in northern New Jersey. Since our inception, we have been able to expand our services to include such things as financial support (for qualified hardship cases) and legal assistance. Project Help has a vast array of partners who can cover just about every type of need our veterans and families face. We also have a presence in central and southern New Jersey and at times, can make referrals to other states.
“One of our major initiatives in 2018 is job/career placement as well as housing. A good many of the veterans we work with are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Others suffer from disabilities that limit them in many ways, especially as it relates to working in the civilian world. Additionally, we are involved in a new initiative to assist veterans with criminal records to help them successfully re-enter into freedom, preparing them while incarcerated.”
Additionally, during the coronavirus crisis, the nonprofit has been working to support front line healthcare workers.
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 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.), rice, pancake mix, shelf-stable milk, apple sauce, bread, coffee, tuna, 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. To donate, click here.
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.”
According to Bridges director of development Elizabeth Christou-Woodall, “We are back doing runs with volunteers, and there are opportunities for providing lunches, toiletry kits, and necessity clothing items.”
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.
Moms Helping Moms Foundation
1118 North Ave.
Plainfield, NJ 07062
Moms Helping Moms Foundation is a New Jersey baby supply and diaper bank that provides low income families with the essential baby items that they need to give their children a “safe, happy and healthy start.”
According to senior development associate Meredith Carpenter, “Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March to June, Moms Helping Moms provided 237,000 diapers to children and families across New Jersey. This is a 131% increase over the same time in 2019.”
Carpenter notes that donations are urgently needed as community and individual drives have been significantly reduced due to social distance guidelines. To donate, click here.
New Jersey Veterans Network
3 Bond St.
Union, N.J. 07083
New Jersey Veterans Network, according to a statement on the organization website, “is a volunteer mobile outreach program that is completely dedicated to helping our veterans and their families live a better life. The mission of NJVN is to create a system of Community Veteran Liaisons (CVL) whose role is to identify veterans and connect them with resources and solutions designed to meet their unique set of needs.” During the coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey Veterans Network team is “working diligently to provide services and essentials for our veterans during this crisis.” To donate, click here.
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, thread.
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.
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.
Family Promise of Warren County
65A Washington Ave.
Oxford, N.J. 07863
Family Promise of Warren County is a nonprofit that works to provide services to both help overcome and prevent homelessness through the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) – a network of congregations and volunteers who provide overnight/weekend shelter, home-cooked meals, and companionship to families who enter the program. Comprehensive case management, licensed counseling services and a donation program are also available. To donate, click here. To learn about volunteer opportunities, 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 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.
Warren County Habitat for Humanity
31 Belvidere Ave.
Washington, N.J. 07882
WCHFH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For information on donating, click here or volunteering, click here.
Other major organizations accepting donations to provide aid during the coronavirus pandemic include:
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
- Food for the Poor
- Meals on Wheels
- United Way
Article Courtesy By: NJ.com