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NJM Insurance Group Commits $400,000 to COVID-19 Relief Efforts

WEST TRENTON, NJ – April 28, 2020 – NJM Insurance Group, a leading property and casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, has committed $400,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts to assist families, businesses, and communities impacted by the pandemic. The funding will go toward non-profits serving essential needs, health care providers, emergency responders and coordinated statewide efforts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“Community support and corporate giving are essential in times of challenge and uncertainty,” said Mitch Livingston, NJM President and CEO. “Our commitment to these relief efforts is rooted in NJM’s core principles. During this very difficult time we will remain true to our pledge to support the communities we are privileged to serve.”

As part of its commitment, NJM will provide support to area non-profits in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that bridge gaps in essential areas, including technology needs, and food and shelter for children and families. The funds will also go to small business relief and recovery efforts, including the statewide New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, to support efforts to address the complex medical, social, and economic impact of COVID-19.

In addition to financial contributions, NJM has donated 15,000 personal protective equipment items to area frontline health care providers and emergency responders, and is providing warehouse space to Mercer Street Friends, enabling the expansion of the non-profit’s essential food bank operations in Mercer County, New Jersey.

“Our communities are fortunate to have so many organizations that are making a positive impact at a time of unprecedented hardship for so many,” said Livingston. “NJM is proud to support these organizations and we are sincerely grateful for their efforts.”

More information about NJM’s response to the pandemic is available at njm.com/covid.

About NJM Insurance Group

Founded in 1913, NJM is a leading property casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Company offers workers’ compensation, auto, homeowners, renters and umbrella coverage in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Headquartered in West Trenton, NJ, NJM employs nearly 2,500 workers and operates in a mutual fashion for the exclusive benefit of its customers. For more information, visit njm.com.

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Community Foundation of South Jersey Announces First Round of Grants from New South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund

More than 20 nonprofits serving South Jersey are receiving grants aimed at helping these critical organizations weather the devastation caused by COVID-19 and serve families across the region. The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) today announced its first round of grantees since launching the COVID-19 Response Fund in late March.

The grants total $100,000 for nonprofits serving: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem Counties. These grants address only the first 15 percent of requests received by the Community Foundation to date. Additional rounds will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

“This pandemic is devastating South Jersey communities, with the brunt of impact on our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Andy Fraizer, Executive Director. “South Jersey neighbors and organizations responded quickly to our call for help in meeting the growing need.” The Community Foundation has commitments and pledges for more than $800,000. Requests for funding total more than $1.5 million, with new requests arriving daily.

The Fund is the only such effort focused solely on the 8-county South Jersey region. It was established by a coalition of local residents, business and philanthropic partners to rapidly deploy flexible grant dollars to the nonprofit sector serving South Jersey.

Nonprofit organizations – the backbone of our communities — are on the frontlines of fighting back. They provide food, healthcare, and other crucial services where and when people need them most. “But our nonprofits are getting slammed too,” Fraizer said. “Many are laying off key staff and bleeding resources – a one-two punch that threatens the organizations and the people they serve. That’s why it’s time to help the helpers.”

The Fund is making grants in multiple rounds based on three categories.

  • Phase one: Triage – Immediate response to increased demand for services to meet economic security needs from South Jersey nonprofits.
  • Phase two: Treatment – Grants for nonprofits forced to modify their delivery modes due to COVID-19 and needing assistance to do so.
  • Phase three: Recovery – These grants will fund nonprofits facing extreme difficulty because of lost revenue due to closures and event cancellations, as well as other business model challenges resulting from the pandemic.

“We are grateful for contributions of any size from South Jersey neighbors who are able to give for immediate needs and a brighter recovery,” said Wanda Hardy, Chairperson of the Foundation’s Community Leadership and Engagement Committee.

For more details on making donations, funding priorities and how to apply, please visit southjerseyresponsefund.org.

Grant Award Descriptions

A Need We Feed Toms River
Observing an increased demand for meals and more difficulty for their clients to be able to travel and pay for food, A Need We Feed will purchase hot meals from local restaurants for distribution at social service organizations throughout Ocean County, including organizations that serve homebound seniors, veterans, homeless and children and families.

Arc of Salem CountySalem
Having to shut down day programs for clients, Arc of Salem County staff have reorganized employees to deliver services remotely as well as in person at clients’ homes throughout Salem County. Still operating group homes, they will purchase personal protective equipment for their employees to continue to deliver services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

AtlantiCare FoundationEgg Harbor Township
Experiencing an extreme increase in demand, AtlantiCare Foundation will purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for patients and staff at hospitals in Atlantic City and Pomona.

Beacon of HopeMount Holly
Observing an increase in demand for emergency assistance services, Beacon of Hope has adapted its food distribution protocol directly to clients’ homes using personal protective equipment, and is providing meals to children through surrounding schools. They are providing meals, shelter and clothing to families throughout South Jersey.

Christian Caring Center Pemberton
Christian Caring Center will provide food through a drive-thru pantry, diapers, shelter (through motels and two managed shelters), and case management services to families in Burlington County.

Community Food Bank of New JerseyHillside
CFBNJ is seeing increased demand for food and a decrease in food donations. As a result, CFBNJ has streamlined its food distribution process, but must still purchase additional food to meet the demand. With this grant funding, CFBNJ will continue ongoing distribution to clients and agency partners through its Community Assistance Pantry, distribute Emergency Meal Kits to partner agencies in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May and Cumberland counties and coordinate large-scale distribution of food and essential goods to high-capacity partners.

Community Medical Center FoundationToms River
Serving the second-highest senior population in the country, RWJBarnabas Health’s Community Medical Center (Ocean County’s largest healthcare facility), is experiencing an extreme increase in demand for healthcare services. With grant funding the organization will purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for patients and staff.

Eim Leah Lakewood
Eim Leah will deliver fresh daily meals to postpartum mothers and their families in Ocean County.

Family Promise of Southwest New JerseyGlassboro
Observing both an increased demand for services as other shelters close and the need to modify facilities to allow for social distancing, Family Promise of Southwest New Jersey will purchase food, paper products, toiletries, laundry materials and other necessities for families in Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

Gateway Community Action Partnership – Bridgeton
Designated as the Community Action Partnership (CAP) for Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties, Gateway CAP will replenish food banks emptied due to increased demand and continue to distribute food to individuals, families and seniors throughout South Jersey.

Help & Hope Ministries – Millville
A partner of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Help & Hope Ministries will purchase additional food to meet increased demands for food from families who have lost jobs due to COVID-19.

Lakewood Community Services Corporation – Lakewood
Observing an increased demand for its senior meal program and outpatient mental health services, LCSC will deliver meals to seniors in Ocean County who are isolated at home and unable to travel.

LUCY Outreach – Camden
In response to COVID-19, LUCY Outreach has transitioned services for youth and families in Camden County from in person to remote delivery. LUCY Outreach will directly help families with access to food assistance, prescription medication, housing, utilities support, furniture, toiletries, feminine products, baby food and diapers.

Mid-Atlantic States Career & Education Center – Pennsville
Having had to close work-readiness and high school equivalency exam preparation programs, MASCEC has modified its food distribution process to meet the food security needs of families in Salem and Gloucester counties, as well as disabled veterans in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties too. MASCEC will purchase additional food, supplementing donations from organizations to meet increased demand.

Parkside Business & Community in Partnership – Camden
PBCIP will expand its Food Bucks Prescription program to additional Camden families, to be redeemed for fresh produce from local corner stores, mobile food markets and food pantries.

Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey Chapter – New Brunswick
Observing increased stress from parents experiencing a loss of income due to changes in their employment, Prevent Child Abuse will provide diapers to families participating in evidence-based home visiting and teen parenting programs. Providing diapers not only meet a basic health and hygiene need for children, but also reduces parental stress (the most common reason a child may be neglected or abused).

Revive SJ – Bridgeton
Observing an increase in unemployment experienced by families from the Hispanic immigrant community in Cumberland County, Revive SJ will provide emergency relief funds to families affected by COVID-19. These funds will help cover the costs of medication, food, gas and transportation and other necessities.

Salvation Army Kroc Center – Camden
Observing a rise in clients as other pantries close or scale back, and as more people need help, the Salvation Army Kroc Center has modified its operations to provide contactless distribution at its Choice Food Pantry. The Kroc Center will support these modifications with additional food and staff, as well as personal protective equipment.

Shore Medical Center – Somers Point
Primarily serving Atlantic and Cape May counties, Shore Medical Center is experiencing an extreme increase in demand for healthcare services. Funding will purchase personal protective equipment for its frontline healthcare workforce.

Temple Lutheran Church – Pennsauken
Experiencing a 50 percent increase in clientele at its Lida Knaus Food Pantry, Temple Lutheran Church will purchase additional food from its partner, the Food Bank of South Jersey, as well as provide fresh produce, eggs, diapers (adult and baby) and toiletries to Camden County residents. Grant funds will also allow the pantry to increase the frequency of food distribution, from once to twice a month, for families in need.

Urban Promise Ministries – Camden
Urban Promise Ministries helps Camden and Pennsauken families secure needed resources through the Emergency Family Fund. Urban Promise will provide families with emergency support such as food, diapers, sanitizing supplies or utility assistance.

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley – Camden
To continue serving clients in emergency shelters, affordable housing communities, reentry programs and homeless prevention programs across Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties VOADV will purchase needed personal protective equipment, sanitation supplies and emergency food supplies.

Your Place at the Table – Mullica Hill
Despite observing growing needs for food from families, Your Place at the Table was forced to cancel food drives typically held with local partners. These drives normally supply the food necessary to feed Gloucester County families, seniors and single parents, so Your Place at the Table will purchase food for families in need.

About the Community Foundation of South Jersey:

The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) envisions an eight-county region thriving where all neighbors aspire, succeed, participate, and give.

The vision is realized as CFSJ inspires generosity, manages and deploys permanent charitable assets, and exercises collaborative leadership to create a more equitable region.

CFSJ works with South Jersey philanthropists, local nonprofits, and neighbors to build capital, contribute assets, and create permanent endowments for impact in perpetuity.

By aligning donor interests and using the investment earnings on each of its endowed funds, CFSJ makes grants and builds leadership within the community to create thriving, equitable, and livable communities for all. Currently, CFSJ manages assets of more than $23 million. CFSJ has issued more than $9 million in nonprofit grants and scholarships.

Learn more about CFSJ at CommunityFoundationSJ.org.

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Making a Difference: Donors Give $250,000 to JFS During COVID-19 Crisis

Margate, New Jersey (April 24, 2020) – This is a time of uncertainty all over the world. Although we can’t all be together, we can all work together. Our community members, businesses and supporters have joined together to ensure people receive support during this difficult time. More than $250,000 has been donated to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties to assure community members can receive the support needed through our programs and services.

AkPharma, Kessler Foundation, Antoinette & Eric Wood, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Morris Bailey & Family who are the owners of Resorts Casino Hotel, and Emily Marchese have all generosity given to COVID-19 relief efforts.

From delivering groceries to homebound seniors to feeding families to helping individuals to wellness and recover, JFS continues to provide essential support to the communities most vulnerable populations.

Hafetz & Associates employees donated $10,000 to assure seniors are safe and healthy. Their support assures Village by the Shore services including Kosher Meals on Wheels, transportation to essential doctor’s appointments, virtual socialization and grocery delivery to the 200 seniors who rely on JFS.

With many affected by unemployment and grocery shelves empty, people are turning to the JFS Food Pantry to make sure their families are fed. The NJ Pandemic Relief Fund, OceanFirst Foundation and Beth Israel Sisterhood are among the generous financial supporters. Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, the collection bins located at the Pleasantville Police Department, Linwood City Hall, Ventnor City Hall and the JFS Margate office are being filled with donations. Countless people have contributed hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food to ensure the pantry is stocked throughout the past month.

“The current economic environment is difficult and now more than ever people need assistance,” explained Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer. “We are thankful for every donation to our agency. The generous financial support of our sponsors and donors enables our work to remain at the forefront today, tomorrow and as this crisis continues.”

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Atlantic City Electric Giving Away 1,000 Free Trees To Residential Customers

Atlantic City Electric is giving away more than 1,000 free trees to its residential customers through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program.

Coming off the heels of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary, this Earth-friendly and environmentally focused initiative helps customers conserve energy and reduce household energy use through strategic tree planting. As an added benefit, according to the National Wildlife Federation, research demonstrates that exposure to trees has a relaxing effect on humans, reducing stress and impacting a sense of well-being, benefits we know many customers could take advantage of as the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic continue.

Starting on Arbor Day, Atlantic City Electric customers can reserve one free tree per household by visiting arborday.org/ace. Customers will be able to choose one-gallon trees in various selections, including Bald Cypress, River Birch, Serviceberry and Sweetgum.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and Stay-at-Home Orders in New Jersey, all trees will be delivered to each customer’s home between four and six weeks from when an online reservation is completed. Trees will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Joining with the Arbor Day Foundation, we are able to provide our customers with a great opportunity to save energy and make a difference in the environment,” said Gary Stockbridge, Atlantic City Electric region president. “As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, while also managing the health and wellbeing of our families, we are pleased to offer customers a special way to show their support for the future of our planet and promote sustainability in their neighborhood without leaving their homes.”

Trees provide benefits to a community by improving air and water quality, reducing stormwater runoff and adding to the visual appeal of a neighborhood. Since 2012, Atlantic City Electric has provided more than 13,350 trees for customers to plant, providing the opportunity for saving nearly 26.8 million kilowatt hours of energy and removing close to 204,000 lbs. of air pollutants from the atmosphere, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. The benefits from these trees are projected to provide more than $9.9 million in environmental benefits.

Through the Arbor Day Foundation’s website, customers will have the power to explore interactive tools that can help them determine the best location on their property to plant their tree for energy savings benefits. Properly planted trees can provide a homeowner many benefits, such as reducing energy use through summer shading and by slowing winter winds.

As always, and especially with so many people at home due to COVID-19,anyone planning to plant energy saving trees must call 811 at least a few days before beginning their dig to learn the approximate location of underground utility equipment. Taking the right steps before digging will help avoid accidental damage to underground lines that could disrupt services to surrounding neighbors and prevent potential injury from striking an underground electric, natural gas or other utility line. One free call to 811 connects you to New Jersey One Call, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811.

Customers unable to reserve a free tree through the internet are encouraged to call 855-670-2771 to secure a tree.

Readers are encouraged to visit The Source, Atlantic City Electric’s online news room. For more information about Atlantic City Electric, visit atlanticcityelectric.com. Follow the company on Facebook at facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric and on Twitter at twitter.com/acelecconnect. Our mobile app is available at atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.

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Resorts Casino Hotel Donates $50,000 to South Jersey Community

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (April 24, 2020) – Resorts Casino Hotel announced on April 24, 2020 that they have donated $25,000 to The Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch and $25,000 to the Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape (JFS). Morris Bailey, who is the owner of Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, a Mohegan Sun property, made the contribution on Thursday, April 23.

“During this very difficult time, so many regions are struggling with countless community services that are in need of support,” said Morris Bailey, Owner of Resorts Casino Hotel. “I am honored to be able to be in a position to help two vital groups in our South Jersey area, The Food Bank of South Jersey and JFS, with financial assistance. My family and I, along with our team at Resorts Casino Hotel, are incredibly thankful of the dedicated hard work that organizations like these two provide, especially now.”

The funds for The Community FoodBank of New Jersey will assist in their emergency work related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This food bank, founded in 1975, is the leading anti-hunger organization in the state, with facilities in Egg Harbor Township and Hillside. They have experienced a 60% increase in need coupled with a 55% decrease in product donations due to COVID-19.  

For more information on The Food Bank of South Jersey and how to help, visit CFBNJ.org

The donation to The Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape (JFS), which specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services and more throughout the Atlantic and Cape May counties, will support the elevated food pantry services, homeless support, counseling and additional emergency assistance needed during the current public health crisis.

“Atlantic County economy is one of the most affected in the country. JFS is grateful for the generous gift from Resorts Casino Hotel. This donation will assure essential JFS services are available for those who need us today, tomorrow and the coming weeks,” said Andrea Steinberg, CEO of JFS.

For more information on JFS and how to help, visit jfsatlantic.org.


ABOUT RESORTS CASINO HOTEL


Resorts Casino Hotel, a Mohegan Sun Property, brought gaming to Atlantic City in 1978 as the first American casino outside of Nevada. With 21 prime ocean-front acres on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk in North Beach, the casino resort features 942 guest rooms and suites in two historic hotel towers connected by 80,000-square-ft of world-class casino action. Resorts features two theaters, 10 restaurants, a food court with a variety of eateries, two VIP slot and table player lounges, two casino bars, indoor-outdoor swimming pool, health club and spa, salon and retail shops. Its 64,000 square feet of modern meeting spaces include 24 meeting and function rooms with ocean views and a 13,000 square-foot ballroom.

Winner of 19 Casino Player Magazine 2019 “Best of Gaming Awards,” Resorts Casino Hotel has undergone $125 million in renovations, including the all new state-of-the-art Resorts Conference Center, a large $25 million room renovation project and the $35 million Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville-themed entertainment complex with the only year-round beach bar, LandShark Bar & Grill, on the Atlantic City sand. In 2018, Resorts welcomed DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, where guests can enjoy live, in-game and general sports betting around the world.

Resorts Casino Hotel is managed by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment. For more information, visit our website or call 1.609.340.6300.