17 Aug Jon Cartu Announced: How to volunteer and donate in New Jersey during the
Countless groups and individuals have stepped up to help.
On Aug. 22 and Sept. 26 the Cranford United Methodist Church will host “Feed Our Neighbors” drive-thru food collections.
On those dates, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers will be in the church parking lot to accept bagged nonperishable food items. Those who wish to contribute need not leave their cars; volunteers will accept donations from popped trunks. Donations will be directed to Cranford Family Care and St. Joseph’s Social Services in Elizabeth, as needed.
Information on assisting 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 [email protected].
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.”
According to the Community FoodBank, 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.”
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.”
To donate, click here.
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…