Haddonfield, NJ: The South Jersey Community Foundation (CFSJ) envisions a thriving eight-county region where all neighbors aspire, succeed, participate and give. The vision comes to fruition as FCJS inspires generosity, manages and deploys permanent charitable assets, and exercises collaborative leadership to create a more equitable region. This spring, the organization awarded a fifth round of grants from its COVID-19 response fund. Sixteen grants totaling $ 155,000 were awarded to South Jersey nonprofits serving the needs of communities in Atlantic Counties, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, ocean and Salem. Over the past year, FCJS has distributed over $ 848,000 to over 110 organizations affected by the pandemic and the associated economic downturn.
“This pandemic has created challenges for families in South Jersey, including food insecurity, unstable housing and a lack of child care facilities. These grants build on the Foundation’s efforts to help front-line people access these essential services and more, ”said CYBF Executive Director Andy Fraizer. “We salute the efforts of those who work tirelessly in the service of individuals and families.” “This vital funding through five rounds of grants would not be possible without the continued support of our philanthropic donors,” said Wanda Hardy, chair of the Foundation’s Leadership and Community Engagement Committee. “While the long-term impact of the coronavirus and the volatility it created remains uncertain, we are committed to working closely with our partners to support the recovery.”
As of March 2020, South Jersey residents, businesses and philanthropists across the state have contributed more than $ 1,310,000 to the South Jersey COVID-19 response fund for the critical needs of local nonprofits. Even as vaccine availability increases and the economy slowly begins to reopen, continued investment is needed. “The past year has been a long journey and the road ahead remains long and unexplored. Many people in South Jersey still have a long way to go to recover from the impact of this pandemic. We are grateful to have so many by our side. Thank you for your continued support, generosity and resilience. Whether small or large, every contribution makes a difference and will help make a positive impact on someone’s life, ”concluded Fraizer.
BENEFICIARIES OF THE TOUR CINQ SCHOLARSHIPS:
Atlantic County Arc – Egg Harbor, NJ With a grant of $ 10,000, The Arc will continue to provide distance programs and telemedicine to people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Atlantic County.
AVANZAR – Pleasantville, NJ The $ 10,000 grant will help house and serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in and around Atlantic County.
Camden County Habitat for Humanity – Pennsauken, NJ The $ 15,000 grant will be used to support affordable housing for partner families, continuing their mission of building homes, hope and communities in Camden County.
Cape Regional Medical Center – Cape May Court House, NJ The $ 10,000 grant will be used to continue providing telemedicine and outreach services to seniors and families in Cape May County.
Cherry Hill Free Clinic – Cherry Hill, NJ The $ 8,000 grant will be used to continue providing in-person and telehealth services to residents of Camden and Burlington counties.
Communities are revolutionizing open public spaces (CROPS) – Linwood, NJ With a grant of $ 15,000, CROPS will continue to tackle food insecurity issues across Atlantic County in farmers ‘markets, community gardens and in residents’ homes with in-person and virtual.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New Jersey – West Deptford, NJ The $ 10,000 grant will be used to provide health and telehealth services to residents living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the eight counties of southern Jersey.
Gateway Community Action Partnership – Bridgeton, NJ The $ 6,000 grant will be used by the Gateway Wellness Center to provide community counseling and other support services to residents of Cumberland and Salem counties.
Burlington and Mercer Counties Habitat for Humanity – Maple Shade, NJ The $ 15,000 grant will be used to support affordable housing for partner families, continuing their mission to build homes, hope and communities in Burlington and the Atlantic counties.
Alliance of a village – Salem, NJ The $ 5,000 grant will be used to provide virtual education, mentoring and other enrichment programs to residents of the city of Salem.
Operation Warm Up New Jersey – Glen Mills, Pa. With a grant of $ 10,000, Operation Warm will provide underprivileged children living in Cumberland and Salem counties with new free athletic shoes, building confidence and encouraging outdoor play this spring.
Partners in Learning, Inc. – Turnersville, NJ The $ 6,000 grant will be used to provide remote therapy and other supports to youth living with autism spectrum disorders in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland counties, of Gloucester and Salem.
PILOT Services – Berlin, NJ The $ 10,000 grant will be used to deliver in-person and distance programs to people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Camden and Atlantic counties.
The Starting Point, Inc. – Haddon Township, NJ The $ 10,000 grant will be used to provide remote support services to residents struggling with isolation, depression, anxiety and addiction issues caused by COVID-19, in the counties from the Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester.
VietLead – Camden, NJ With a grant of $ 10,000, VietLead will provide immunization and support services to Vietnamese residents of Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties.
Wheaton Arts– Millville, NJ The $ 5,000 grant will be used to continue providing virtual artistic and cultural offerings to residents of Cumberland County and beyond.
CFSJ works with South Jersey philanthropists, local nonprofits and neighbors to build capital, contribute assets, and create standing endowments for impact in perpetuity. By aligning donor interests and using investment income from each of its endowment funds, FCJS provides grants and builds leadership within the community to create prosperous, equitable and liveable communities for all. Learn more about CFSJ at CommunityFoundationSJ.org. For more information on how individuals or organizations can donate, funding priorities, and how to apply for a grant, please visit southjerseyresponsefund.org.