2023 FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS

THE BLACK COMMUNITY WATCHLINE
New Jersey 
Chapter

was created to empower individuals to speak out and address instances of anti-Black violence, aggression and bias. The Watchline provides a platform to report immediate threats of racial violence, microaggressions, and racially motivated experiences that undermine the respect, dignity and fair treatment that Black people should receive. 

BRADY - UNITED AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE 
New Jersey Chapter

The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.

THE CITIZENS CAMPAIGN

mission is to expand the leadership and problem solving capacity of America by offering colleges, high schools and citizens proven tools for direct participation in government problem solving and citizen leadership. They educate all Americans to the fullness of their political power and introduce them to the shared experience of public service performed by participating in No-Blame Problem Solving of public issues.  
 

DINA’S DWELLINGS, TOWN CLOCK CDC
New Brunswick, NJ

provides permanent, supportive, and affordable homes to survivors of domestic violence and their children.


ELIJAH’S PROMISE

New Brunswick, NJ

harnesses the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger and change lives. They operate a community soup kitchen, culinary arts school, catering business and connect low-income individuals and families with social and health services. With the support of volunteers, donors and community partners, Elijah’s Promise serves more than 200,000 free meals per year at their Community Soup Kitchen and trains previously unskilled workers for careers in the food services industry.
 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FOOD PANTRY

Metuchen, NJ​

  • Provides healthy food in a dignified way, to those in need in the Metuchen/Edison area, without regard to race, color, religion, age, handicap, sex or national origin

  • Strengthens the community while providing individuals/groups with the ability to serve others through volunteering time and/or giving food or monetary donations

  • Educates clients and the public of additional programs and issues of hunger in the area

 

FOOD & WATER WATCH

New Brunswick, NJ​

mobilizes regular people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water, and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities, and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

HIGHLAND PARK GIVES A HOOT

Highland Park, NJ

is a nonprofit fund created by the Borough of Highland Park to contribute to the well-being of Highland Park students in need.  Donations to the fund are used to provide lunches to these students when school is not in session and offer opportunities to ensure their success in school and the future.  Since its inception in December 2015, they have supplied more than 450 lunches to children.

KIER’S KIDZ
New Brunswick, NJ

Since 2012 their primary missions has been to help children, adolescents and young adults with cancer, to fund cancer treatment and research, and to engage college, high school and younger students in philanthropic activities and in otherwise not available educational activities.

 

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

Greater New Brunswick Area Chapter

is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that advocates for voter empowerment and fair legislation and policies by encouraging civic engagement and working to establish a more politically informed populous.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.  The organization serves: East Brunswick, Edison, Franklin Township, Highland Park, Hillsborough, Metuchen, Monmouth Junction, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Skillman, Somerset, and South Plainfield. 

MOMS DEMAND ACTION

NJ State Chapter

is a grassroots movement fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. They pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of families. They also work in their own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. They know that gun violence is preventable, and are committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe.

NAACP

New Brunswick Area Branch

Is a civil rights organization working to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. This year's installation focuses on their newly formed Climate Change committee to address local environmental justice issues.

NEW JERSEY BLACK WOMEN PHYSICIANS ASSOCIATION

New Brunswick, NJ

is a nonprofit organization and network of Black women physicians dedicated to advocacy and the elimination of healthcare disparities within communities of color and other vulnerable populations. They form partnerships within the community to provide advocacy, mentorship, education and healthcare navigation.

NEW JERSEY HARM REDUCTION COALITION (NJHRC)

New Brunswick, NJ

is comprised of advocates and organizers advancing harm reduction and equitable drug policy reform in New Jersey. They are people who use drugs, who are in recovery, and who are harmed by the War on Drugs and overdose deaths. They are family members, neighbors, and community leaders united in our commitment to the philosophy and practice of harm reduction. NJHRC works in coalition with partner organizations who seek a bolder and more just response to the overdose crisis and War on Drugs, which have disproportionately harmed people of color and those living in poverty. 

RCHP AFFORDABLE HOUSING CORPORATION

Highland Park,  NJ

purchases, rehabs, and runs affordable housing for low-income residents across central New Jersey, and help create support systems – including intentional, compassionate community – for each individual and family. In addition to housing, they oversee three programs that provide support services for refugees and asylum seekers:  

  • Accompany Now!  – home studies and post-release services to unaccompanied minors.

  • Still Waters – assists people who have been subjected to human trafficking.  

  • Interfaith-RISE – helps resettle refugees from around the world in central New Jersey.  

REPLENISH

Middlesex County, NJ

provides nonperishable foods and necessities to our network of over 130 partner organizations throughout the 25 towns in Middlesex County to ensure that all residents have access to nutritionally adequate food and necessities at all times. Additionally, Replenish supplies  partners with networking opportunities, resource-sharing tools and nutritional guidelines for clients. On a broader platform, Replenish is an advocate for programs and policies intended to combat hunger and poverty.

RUTGERS CLIMATE INSTITUTE

New Brunswick Campus, NJ

is a university-wide effort to: understand the mechanisms that drive global and regional climate change; understand the human and social dimensions of climate change, including how social, economic, political, cultural, and behavioral factors drive climate change, shape vulnerabilities, and condition response strategies; study the impacts of climate change, particularly its effects on densely populated, coastal regions; and inform and educate society about the causes and consequences of climate change.

RUTGERS STUDENT FOOD PANTRY

New Brunswick Campus, NJ

is of one of the over 20 food pantries in New Brunswick and exclusively serves Rutgers students.  The food pantry provides groceries and toiletries for any student in need, but more than that connects students with resources to take care of the physical and psychological demands associated with food insecurity.

RWJUH HVIP Working together Against Violence to Empower (WAVE)
COMMUNITY CONSORTIUM

New Brunswick, NJ

The WAVE Consortium was convened by RWJUH in March of 2020, as part of its Hospital Violence Intervention Program (HVIP), which serves traumatically injured victims of community violence (gunshot, stabbing, or assault). The WAVE Consortium is comprised of service providers and organizations who serve crime victims among their patient/client populations, and community members. Goals of WAVE include promoting trauma-informed and healing-centered care at all of our agencies and organizations, to create a more trauma-informed community, promoting and addressing awareness of root causes of community violence, such as poverty, structural racism, and underinvestment in communities of color, and reducing community violence.

STOP NESE COALITION

NY/ NJ

is a coalition of citizens and advocacy groups that formed to stop Williams-Transco’s Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE), a new polluting fossil fuel project that includes a massive gas compressor station in Central New Jersey and a 23.4-mile pipeline that threatens New Jersey and New York communities, Raritan Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the environment and climate.

URBAN AG LAB, Rutgers University

New Brunswick Campus, NJ

supports academic and outreach efforts that connect urban and suburban communities with agriculture and open space in order to enhance the economy, landscape, and culture of New Jersey. Working with faculty, staff, and students from multiple disciplines in SEBS and Rutgers at large, as well as with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, OAUP serves farmers seeking to develop urban agriculture enterprises, urban non-profit organizations pursuing local food production, municipalities and organizations wanting technical assistance in green infrastructure and open space planning, and students eager to engage in sustainable projects on campus and in their communities.

PROGRAM PARTNERS

American Hungarian Foundation

Civic League of Greater New Brunswick
GLSEN

Highland Park Public Library

Middlesex County Center for Empowerment

New Brunswick Free Public Library

Rutgers University Art Library
Rutgers, 
Collaborative Center for Community-Engaged Learning and Research

Rutgers University- School of Communication and Information

Zimmerli Art Museum

list in progress as of 1/3/22