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The New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women (NJFDW) is an organization of extraordinary women committed to supporting each other to advance Democratic Political goals and ideals through networking, community activism, and engagement.
The NJFDW operates under the umbrella of the National Federation of Democratic Women, established in 1971 as a means of supporting womens' voices within the Democratic Party.
The National Federation of Democratic Women gained official recognition from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and currently holds one seat on the DNC Executive Committee and three seats on the DNC general committee.
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Corona-Crisis: Donation and Volunteer Opportunities
THE 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 Website: <redcross.org
The nonprofit American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. A message on the nonprofit’s website reads, “among the growing concerns of the coronavirus, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, clients and the hundreds of animals still in our care. Your urgent gift today can help us prepare for situations like this one.”
This nonprofit’s mission is to “feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.”
NEW JERSEY PANDEMIC RELIEF FUND
According to New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy, 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.”
1355 Central Parkway S, Suite 100 San Antonio, Texas 78232
The 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.”
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: <salvationarmy.org
Food Bank of South Jersey
The Food Bank of South Jersey is accepting cash donations at foodbanksj.org
which will be used to purchase food and distribute it to local pantries.
Cathedral Kitchen in Camden City is accepting financial donations of any size to support its operations while revenue is limited. If you’d like to donate, please visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/donatetoCK. If you are interested in donating food, please contact Alex Wills at email@example.com to make arrangements.
For those in need, Cathedral Kitchen is offering to-go meals which are distributed Monday to Friday from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at 514 Federal Street in Camden City. Visitors should wear masks and practice social distancing in line.
Touch New Jersey
Touch New Jersey also provides food support for the homeless and food insecure. They are asking anyone interested in helping to support their mission during this crisis to reach out to them via their Facebook page to see how you can help.
If you are need of resources, Touch New Jersey distributes food Monday to Friday at 549 State Street in Camden City starting at 10 a.m. and while supplies last. Visitors are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing while in line.
The many agencies supporting the homeless right now are facing the challenge of a lifetime during this pandemic. To learn how you can help, please visit https://camdencounty.com/heartsandhands.
64 Passaic St., Hackensack, N.J. 07601 201-489-9454
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.”
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/
290 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Suite 1320 Livingston, N.J. 07039 973-533-1993
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.”
ANGELA CARES INC.
439 MLK Drive Jersey City, N.J. 07304 800-795-8819
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.”
AMERICA’S GROW-A ROW
150 Pittstown Road Pittstown, N.J. 08867
America's Grow-A-Row, located in Pittstown, is a nonprofit organization that grows and gleans fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables that are donated to those facing hunger throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond. All produce grown at America’s Grow-a-Row is donated to food banks, disaster relief agencies, and hunger relief agencies. America’s Grow-a-Row, with the help of over 9,000 volunteers annually, donates 1.5 million pounds, or 6 million servings, of farm fresh produce each year.
37 South Main St.
Lambertville, NJ 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. “At this time, we are requesting monetary donations as well as donations of diapers and pet food.”
or by check to Fisherman’s Mark at address listed above.
FLEMINGTON FOOD PANTRY
P.O. Box 783 Flemington, NJ 08822
The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to needy Hunterdon County families regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. The pantry reports, “We are going to have need for volunteers and supplies. But, now, because things are changing on a daily basis, we are referring people to our Facebook page
, where we will share what manpower/supply needs we have.”
2100 Wescott Drive Flemington, NJ 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.
N95 masks, eye goggles, surgical gloves, sterile gowns, comfortable and washable footwear (CROCS/adult sizes), video baby monitors, food donations for staff
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.
OPEN CUPBOARD FOOD PANTRY
PO Box 5071 Clinton, N.J. 08809
The Open Cupboard Food Pantry is a nonprofit agency serving northern Hunterdon County.
The pantry is open to receive food, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am-noon, and Friday from 4:30-7pm.
According to the nonprofit’s website, “The pantry gratefully accepts all donations of food, personal care items, and cleaning supplies, in addition to monetary donations and local supermarket gift cards.
Currently, the most needed items are: ShopRite GIFT CARDS (enables the pantry to purchase perishables and most needed items) Canned oranges, pears, peaches Canned baked beans 100% apple juice Canned spinach, carrots Coffee (Regular and Decaf) and tea.
959 Route 46 East, Suite 402 Parsippany, N.J. 07054 973-463-9600
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, agingout youth and adults struggling with mental health issues. Since 1985, we have restored hope to thousands.
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.”
FAMILY PROMISE OF MORRIS COUNTY
P.O. Box 1494 Morristown, N.J. 07962 973-998-0820
Family Promise of Morris County is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization “dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness faced by Morris County families by partnering with other public and private agencies, religious congregations and community volunteers to provide shelter, case management and mentoring services leading to self-sufficiency.” Although specific need has not be indicated on the organization website, donations can be made online: familypromisemorris.org
GROW IT GREEN MORRISTOWN
14 Maple Ave., Suite 300 Morristown, N.J. 07960
The nonprofit Grow it Green Morristown, which operates a one-acre urban farm, donated 7,000 pounds of fresh, local food to the community in 2019. According to development manager Ann Kent, “We have a small staff and rely heavily on volunteers to run our farm. Due to current situations, our farmers are missing about 40 hours of volunteer time from our college volunteers, but are continuing to grow seedlings in the greenhouse and plant at the Urban Farm to prepare for our summer harvest. We are continuing to donate our produce to Interfaith Food Pantry throughout this outbreak, making it possible for local residents to gain access to local, fresh food.”
36 South St.
Morristown, N.J. 07960 973-267-0709
Nourish.NJ is a nonprofit organization that works to create lasting solutions to the problems of hunger, homelessness and poverty. The organization offers food, housing, work readiness, medical, social and educational services 365 days a year in a “warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked.” The organization has temporarily suspended its sit-down meals and free farmers markets, but is still distributing bagged lunches and groceries. The nonprofit is in need of need of monetary contributions.
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 the near-term and long-term recovery needs of those individuals and families in Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Warren and Suburban Essex counties already struggling 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.
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.
393 Main St.
Paterson, N.J. 07501 973-523-6220
Eva’s Village is a faith-based, nonprofit social services organization. The nonprofit works to help individuals struggling with poverty, addiction and mental illness. Programs address basic needs, such as food and shelter, and more complex issues around addiction, mental illness, chronic homelessness, and lack of job training.
COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF NEW JERSEY
31 Evans Terminal Hillside, N.J. 07205 908-355-3663
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.”
Carlos M. Rodriguez, president and CEO, Community FoodBank of New Jersey remarked, “Many of our neighbors in need are already feeling the economic impact of COVID-19, while others find themselves struggling perhaps for the first time.
“CFBNJ is working to ensure access to nutritious food for vulnerable individuals and families and to meet the additional need that is likely to arise due to the virus. We are also working to create emergency meal kits with nonperishable proteins, vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal and snack items-enough food to sustain a family for several days.
Monetary donations are “absolutely the best way to help right now. Monetary donations allow CFBNJ to purchase key products in large quantities and serve more people per dollar.” Additionally, “at this time, CFBNJ is closed for volunteers to limit person-to-person contact. However, the need for volunteers is anticipated “once it is safe to do so.”
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.” 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.”
“Each evening, we host approximately 300 individuals who call the YMCA home,” said Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO. 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
SAGE ELDERCARE, SUMMIT
290 Broad St., Summit, N.J. 07901
Since 1954, the Summit-based nonprofit SAGE Eldercare has provided information, support and services “designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible.” From helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, care planning, and home health care, SAGE works to help older adults remain independent in their own homes. SAGE provides programs and services to older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset counties.
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 to be distributed directly to the community.” For an emergency food bag shopping list, go to www.sjeliz.org
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 families who are out of work or who are working less hours due to government mandated closures of businesses and schools, do not have benefits or resources to weather the crisis, incurred other debts related to COVID19 (i.e. childcare expenses because schools are closed), are low-income, hourly wage earners, or individuals without employer benefits such as paid time off.
Information: call 908-353-7171.
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