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

Haddonfield, NJ: Twenty-Five nonprofits located throughout Southern New Jersey have been awarded $222,000 in funding as part of the Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ)’s COVID-19 Response Fund. To date, $322,000 has been awarded from the Fund for organizations serving Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem Counties.

The South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund is the only such effort focused solely on the eight-county Southern New Jersey region. It was established to deploy flexible grant dollars to nonprofits helping South Jersey neighbors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The stories of these organizations adapting to meet the needs of their neighbors and communities under stressful conditions with limited resources are both inspiring and sobering,” said CFSJ Executive Director Andy Fraizer. “Our hope is that this funding provides much-needed relief in their continued efforts to serve vulnerable individuals impacted by the health, social, and economic consequences of the pandemic.” Fraizer continued, “There is much work still to do. Our team is evaluating the next round of grants and while we have commitments and pledges totaling $1 million, grant requests now exceed $6 million.”

The Fund is providing grants in multiple areas based on three categories.

  • Phase one: Triage – Support for organization 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 don’t 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 & canceled events because of COVID-19. 

“This round of grants continues our commitment to partner with nonprofit partners making a difference on the front-lines,” said Wanda Hardy, Chairperson of the Foundation’s Community Leadership and Engagement Committee. “The generous outpouring of support received from donors, large and small, is a heartwarming sign of hope. Our South Jersey community cares.”

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

GRANT AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

Allies in Caring – Hammonton

Allies in Caring is providing critical culturally affirmative & linguistically appropriate behavioral & mental health services virtually to South Jersey families & youth.

Bancroft Neurohealth – Cherry Hill

Bancroft is purchasing personal protective equipment so staff can attend to the feeding & socialization needs of low-income children & adults living with disabilities in their residential programs throughout South Jersey.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties – Vineland

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties is adapting to match & train mentors virtually, so they can provide mentoring activities remotely.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties – Northfield

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties is adapting to match & train mentors virtually, so they can provide mentoring activities remotely.

Boys & Girls Club Camden County – Camden

Boys & Girls Club of Camden County is expanding virtual academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, job training, and social recreation activities, as well as delivering education supplies and food.

Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City– Atlantic City

Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City is expanding virtual academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, job training, and social recreation activities, as well as delivering education supplies and food.

Cathedral Kitchen – Camden

Cathedral Kitchen is preparing to deliver weekly meals, food, and personal hygiene items to partners throughout Camden & Pennsauken.

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation Southern Regional Center – Woodbury Heights

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is providing services to South Jersey families facing pediatric cancer. Service includes case management, counseling, and emergency assistance for food & utilities.

Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries – Woodbury

Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries will purchase food, including fresh fruits, vegetables, and other staple items to supplement food received from the Food Bank of South Jersey.

Inspira Health Foundation – Vineland

Inspira Health is providing emergency financial support to employees facing unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19 exposure, subsidizing elder care & child care for employees who are needed in the hospitals and providing additional compensation for health workers in high demand who have made themselves available to address the surge of patients.

Interfaith Caregivers – Haddonfield

Interfaith Caregivers is supporting the implementation of a “shop for” model that allows clients to receive food & prescriptions, as well as receive social phone calls.

Jersey Cape Diagnostic – Cape May Court House

Jersey Cape Diagnostic is expanding its distance-learning curriculum and virtual job training offerings to clients throughout Cape May County.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern NJ – Cherry Hill

Jewish Family & Children’s Services is purchasing food, gift cards, and providing transportation to medical appointments for Burlington, Camden & Gloucester County clients.

Joseph’s House of Camden – Camden

Joseph’s House of Camden is meeting the basic needs of its Camden County clients, including personal hygiene assistance, food, and access to human services including securing personal identification, public benefits, mental health & addiction counseling, and veterans services.

Koinonia Family Life – Camden

A partner of the Food Bank of South Jersey, Koinonia Family Life is procuring equipment necessary to transition their food distribution families in Camden to a grab & go model.

Lakewood Resource & Referral Center – Lakewood

Lakewood Resource & Referral Center is providing information, referrals, and assistance to Ocean County neighbors applying for temporary disability insurance, family leave insurance, unemployment, SNAP, and government-subsidized health insurance.

Legacy Treatment Services – Hainesport

Legacy Treatment Services is purchasing food for youth residing in group homes, personal protective equipment for staff when in-person support is unavoidable, and equipment to expand telehealth functions for clients throughout South Jersey.

Praise Tabernacle – Egg Harbor Township

Praise Tabernacle (a partner of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey), is purchasing additional food and clothing for underserved families and homeless neighbors throughout Atlantic & Cape May counties.

Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern NJ – Vineland

Puerto Rican Action Committee is providing case management, information, referrals, and assistance to South Jersey neighbors applying for unemployment insurance benefits, SNAP, government-subsidized health insurance, and to purchase personal protective equipment for staff when in-person support is unavoidable. 

Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ – Camden

Ronald McDonald House is continuing to offer meals, laundry, and a place to stay for families of seriously ill and traumatically injured children receiving care throughout South Jersey.

Southern Ocean Medical Center – Wall Township

Southern Ocean Medical Center is purchasing personal protective equipment, food, and hotel vouchers for South Jersey frontline health care staff who have been exposed to COVID-19. 

Special Children’s Center – Lakewood

Special Children’s Center is providing virtual case management & mentoring activities, as well as delivering toys & supplies to bring comfort to youth and their families throughout Ocean County.

St. John of God Community Services – Westville Grove

St. John of God Community Services is restocking their food pantry and providing counseling to low-income families throughout South Jersey.

Vineland Soup Kitchen – Vineland

Vineland Soup Kitchen (a partner of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey), is providing food, personal care items, and personal protection items to low-income, food-insecure and homeless neighbors throughout Cumberland County.

Volunteers in Medicine – Egg Harbor Township

Volunteers in Medicine is transitioning to a telehealth model to provide primary care, specialist & prescription assistance. The organization is also purchasing durable goods to facilitate the management of chronic diseases and gift cards to offset the costs of prescriptions and food.

Community Foundation of South JerseyThe 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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New Jersey American Water Donates 1,600 Pounds of Food and $2,000 to Southern New Jersey Food Banks

New Jersey American Water’s South Operations employees from Water Works Union Local 99 deliver 400 pounds of food to the Food Bank of South Jersey. Pictured from left: Christopher Sabatina, Joseph Field, Matthew Govito, LeVar Black (kneeling), Walter Buzby, Bob Brown, John Walsh and Andrew Glass. Photograph taken by Sean Roscoe. Not pictured: Michael Watts.

CAMDEN, N.J. – May 28, 2020 – Led by the Water Workers Union Local 99, New Jersey American Water South Operations employees donated 1,600 pounds of food and $2,000 from New Jersey American Water to four local food banks in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties last week. Burlington Township Food Pantry, Food Bank of South Jersey, Pitman Pantry and St. John Outreach Food Bank each received 400 pounds of food and $500 to help fight hunger in these communities.

“Food insecurity is an obstacle many individuals face every day, but right now, more people than ever are relying on extra help to get through these difficult times,” said David Forcinito, Senior Director of South Operations at New Jersey American Water. “I am so proud of my team and especially Michael Watts, President of the Water Workers Union Local 99 for leading this effort.”

For more information about food insecurity and to locate a food bank near you, visit www.feedingamerica.org.

About New Jersey American Water

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people.

For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook

About American Water 

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing.

For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Jewish Family Service Receives Grant from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey for $60,000 to Fund Wellness Network and COVID Relief Fund

(Pictured left to right): Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg previously accepted a check from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Senior Program Officer Jennifer Goudy to support the JFS Wellness Network program. This partnership provides resources for the JFS Wellness Network to assist Atlantic County residents who have chronic conditions and experience barriers to care to identify healthier personal goals, create care plans and adopt self-management practices. (Photo provided)

Margate, NJ (May 26, 2020) – Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties has been selected to receive a $60,000 grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. The grant earmarks $40,000 for JFS’ Wellness Network and $20,000 for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

“The generous Wellness Network grant will assure that our programs and events, specifically focused on the health of individuals with mental illness, will continue seamlessly for residents throughout the county, especially during this unprecedented time,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS’ Chief Executive Officer.

For years, the Wellness Network (WN) has provided a lifeline for more than 500 Atlantic County residents who have one or more chronic conditions and experience barriers to care. The Wellness Network encourages individuals to identify healthier personal goals, create care plans and adopt self-management practices. JFS’ experience shows that WN’s innovative care coordination and patient advocacy services result in better health outcomes and a reduction in preventable hospitalizations.

“Horizon is pleased to support the important work being done by Jewish Family Service,” said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. “The Wellness Network and COVID Relief Fund align with Horizon’s commitment to helping our members access the resources they need to manage their health. The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey works across the state with grantees who share our commitment to improving the health and communities we serve,” he added.

While still providing its dozens of programs, including Wellness Network, since March, JFS has seen a 35% increase in the Food Pantry use and more than 65% increase in Kosher Meals on Wheels program. In addition, the JFS Shop at Home program grew by more than 200%. With many neighbors, especially older adults without transportation or concerned about their vulnerability of being in public, these programs are essential to ensure they remain safe and well-cared for in their home environment.

“The grant for JFS’ COVID relief efforts will assure we can continue to supply the services and resources needed to residents in our community. With many people either unemployed or underemployed due to the pandemic, the need for food has more than doubled and this grant will enable JFS to keep its Food Pantry well-stocked for individuals and families,” explained Steinberg.

Jewish Family Service Receives Grant from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey for $60,000 to Fund Wellness Network and COVID Relief Fund

For more information on JFS programs and services, visit www.JFSatlantic.org or on social media at JFSAtlantic.

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First Responder Organizations Receive $10,000 in Donations From New Jersey American Water for COVID-19 Relief

New Jersey American Water is providing $10,000 in donations to the COVID-19 emergency funds of two first responder support organizations in New Jersey. New Jersey American Water is donating $5,000 each to the EMS Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey Firemen’s Home.

“We are so pleased to be able to support organizations that provide aid to the first responders who serve our communities throughout the state year-round but especially during this public health emergency,” said Cheryl Norton, President of New Jersey American Water. “These donations are just one way New Jersey American Water says thank you for the bravery and selflessness of our everyday heroes.”

The 90-year-old nonprofit EMS Council of New Jersey represents 17,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with 259 first aid and rescue agencies throughout the state.

“Volunteer EMS is an integral part of New Jersey’s prehospital response system,” said Barbara Platt, President of the EMS Council of New Jersey. “Our member organizations are comprised of volunteers who rely on donations and fundraisers to buy equipment and PPE. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced cancellation of numerous fundraising activities for our squads, so we’re grateful for New Jersey American Water’s support during this difficult time. This donation will help us secure much-needed PPE to help keep our volunteers safe as they continue serving their communities.”

The New Jersey Firemen’s Home is the only nursing home and residential-care facility dedicated to the state’s 77,000 active and retired firefighters. The home, administrated by the New Jersey Firemen’s Board of Managers, has served over 1,787 people since it opened over 100 years ago in Boonton and currently offers 75 long-term beds, 20 residential, and 10 memory care.

“New Jersey American Water’s contribution to our COVID-19 relief fund will help us purchase the essential supplies needed to protect the health of our residents, staff, and nurses who are working very hard during this difficult time,” said Hugh Flood, Superintendent and CFO of the New Jersey Firemen’s Home.

Last month, New Jersey American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation together provided $65,000 in donations to the COVID-19 emergency response funds of the Cooper Health Foundation, Inspira Health, RWJBarnabas Health, and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.

About New Jersey American Water:

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people.

For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook

About American Water 

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states.

American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Atlantic City Electric Offers Gifting Program to Assist Friends & Family

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (May 21, 2020) – As COVID-19 continues to present health and economic challenges to our customers in southern New Jersey, Atlantic City Electric wants to remind customers of the Gift of Energy and New Jersey SHARES programs. From helping someone pay their energy bills to giving the gift of energy, these programs provide customers options to help ease the financial impacts of the pandemic.

“We’re here to help our customers who are facing hardships,” said Gary Stockbridge, Atlantic City Electric region president. “Right now, we’re all looking for ways to step up and help our community. We’ve suspended service disconnections, waived new late payment charges and more. But it’s also important to empower support within our communities. Through Gift of Energy and New Jersey SHARES, we’re able to help our customers help their friends, families, neighbors or even a local business.”

For those looking to assist a specific customer, Atlantic City Electric offers the Gift of Energy. The program allows anyone to purchase credits for Atlantic City Electric customers—including family and friends—that go toward their energy bills. The Gift of Energy is an easy way to alleviate an energy bill for a loved one or even a local business. All that is needed is the customer’s name and address or phone number associated with the account. The gift will appear on the recipient’s future energy bill as a credit. Those interested in making a purchase can do so online at atlanticcityelectric.com/gift or by calling 800-642-3780.

Through the New Jersey SHARES program, Atlantic City Electric customers can help community members in need of assistance. Simply pay exactly $1 over your Atlantic City Electric bill amount and that dollar will be contributed to New Jersey SHARES, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Atlantic City Electric matches this donation dollar-for-dollar. Donations can also be made directly to New Jersey SHARES by visiting njshares.org.

In addition to energy assistance programs, Atlantic City Electric has provided $75,000 for COVID-19 relief in South Jersey. For those struggling to pay their energy bills, Atlantic City Electric reminds customers that energy assistance is still available. To learn more about state and local payment assistance programs, visit atlanticcityelectric.com/customersupport or call 800-642-3780.

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