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Community Foundation of South Jersey Announces Round Three COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

Twenty-six nonprofits in South Jersey receive more than $161,000 in grants.

Haddonfield, NJ:  The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) announces grants to twenty-six (26) nonprofit organizations from the COVID-19 Response Fund.

The total amount awarded in round 3 is $161,500. To date, $483,500 has been awarded from the Fund to organizations serving Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem Counties.

These grants support nonprofits working on the frontline of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. It is the only dedicated response fund of its kind specifically targeted to the eight-county region.

Since March when the Fund was established, South Jersey neighbors, businesses, and philanthropy across the state contributed more than $1,075,000. Even with this overwhelming response, more help is needed. During the same period, CFSJ has received 219 grant requests totaling more than $6 million from local nonprofits. 

“In a time of great stress and concern for our families and neighbors, we can take action and assert control by making a financial gift to a pooled resource and communal effort such as the COVID-19 Response Fund,” said CFSJ Executive Director Andy Fraizer. “Guided by Community Foundation knowledge regarding South Jersey communities and impactful nonprofits the Fund is supporting a wide range of needs. We are grateful for the response to date from donors who have contributed to the Response Fund, yet we know our region’s recovery will be a long-term challenge, and we will continue to do all we can to support those who have been disproportionately affected.”

The COVID-19 Response Fund was set up to provide grants with three distinct phases. One round of grants was distributed as part of phase one totaling $100,000. Two rounds have now been distributed in phase two totaling $383,500, and it is anticipated that another round will be approved before phase three begins:  

The three Phases include:

  • Phase one: Triage – Support for organizations meeting the immediate basic needs of our South Jersey neighbors.
  • Phase two: Treatment – Support for organizations modifying their service delivery methods so South Jersey residents do not lose access to critical health, human, and social services.
  • Phase three: Recovery – Support for organizations that had to shut down operations, let go of staff, or lost income due to postponed or canceled events because of COVID-19. 

“We are proud to support our local nonprofits working on the front lines to care for our neighbors struggling during this unprecedented time,” said Wanda Hardy, Chairperson of the Foundation’s Community Leadership and Engagement Committee. “Although we have entered Phase two of New Jersey’s reopening, we know that there is still so much need in our communities, and that need will continue well into the future as we look towards the recovery response.”

For more information on how individuals or organizations can make a donation, funding priorities, and how to apply for a grant, please visit southjerseyresponsefund.org

GRANT AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus – Elmer

Appel Farms is supplying virtual S.T.E.A.M. and arts lab programming, as well as distributing supplies and food assistance.

ARC of Gloucester County – West Deptford

ARC of Gloucester County is supplying personal protective equipment and providing food assistance.

Atlantic City Rescue Mission – Atlantic City

The Mission is supplying food assistance and performing case management services.

Boys & Girls Club Gloucester County – Glassboro

Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester County is providing virtual and in-person academic and social enrichment activities, distributing supplies, and providing food assistance.

Calvary Baptist Church– Little Egg Harbor

The Calvary Baptist Church is providing both food and personal hygiene assistance.

Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers – Camden

The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is providing case management services, transportation assistance, and supplying personal protective equipment.

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey – Toms River

TheCaregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey is providing both food and transportation assistance.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Camden – Camden

The Catholic Charities Diocese of Camden is providing food assistance, transportation assistance, and supplying personal protective equipment.

Center for Environmental Transformation – Camden

The Center for Environmental Transformation is providing both food assistance and employment assistance.

Coastal Volunteers in Medicine – Forked River

The Coastal Volunteers in Medicine are supplying personal protective equipment and providing prescription assistance.

Eastern Service Workers Association – Pleasantville

The Eastern Service Workers Association is providing food assistance and emergency basic needs assistance.

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County – West Creek

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County is providing emergency basic needs assistance and case management services.

Hope Center – Toms River

The Hope Center is providing food assistance, shelter assistance, and providing emergency basic needs assistance.

Jefferson Health New Jersey – Voorhees

Jefferson Health New Jersey is working to provide emergency basic needs assistance.

Katz Jewish Community Center – Cherry Hill

The Katz Jewish Community Center is working to provide virtual senior and youth educational programming.

Latin American Economic Development Association – Camden

The Latin American Economic Development Association is providing virtual case management.

Literacy New Jersey – Willingboro

Literacy New Jersey is providing virtual literacy programming and case management services.

Meals on Wheels of Salem County – Salem

Meals on Wheels of Salem County is supplying personal protective equipment and providing food assistance.

MudGirls Studios – Linwood

MudGirls Studios is providing food assistance and emergency basic needs assistance.

Oaks Integrated Care – Mount Holly

Oaks Integrated Care is providing food assistance to those in need.

Ocean County YMCA – Toms River

The Ocean County YMCA is providing virtual senior and youth programming, as well as food assistance.

Project Hope – Camden

Project Hope is providing emergency basic needs assistance.

Rural Development Corporation – Vineland

The Rural Development Corporation is supplying personal protective equipment and providing food assistance.

St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society – Camden

The St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society is providing food assistance, shelter assistance, and providing emergency basic needs assistance.

Salvation Army Atlantic City – Union

The Salvation Army Atlantic Cityis supplying personal protective equipment and providing food assistance.

The Huddle of South Jersey – Salem

The Huddle of South Jersey is providing virtual fatherhood programming.

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