2020 FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS 

as of 12/23/19

Middlesex County 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.

CARITAS PROGRAM

New Brunswick, NJ

responds to the basic human needs and provides opportunities for physical and emotional healing and wellness. The Caritas Program uses Trauma-Focused modalities to aid individuals and families therapeutically and utilizes goal-oriented groups to render larger solutions to common community concerns.

New Brunswick, NJ

promotes a supportive environment for students of all backgrounds, with a focus on gender and sexuality, while promoting both social and educational opportunities for leadership, identity, and social justice advocacy development. With a critical understanding of multiple identities and connected systems of oppression, SJE works collaboratively with students, faculty, administrators, staff and community members to develop relevant initiatives and policies that center diversity, inclusion, and intersections of identity.

Highland Park, NJ

provides low-cost, professional mental health services in central New Jersey at churches in Middlesex, Somerset, and Monmouth Counties. CBMHS allows those who would delay or go without important treatment due to lack of funds or misinformation about available resources to receive professional, compassionate care and education in a setting where they feel comfortable asking for help. This service is not appropriate for anyone in crisis, but is designed to assess strengths and needs, identify appropriate referrals, and when appropriate provide short-term individual psychotherapy.

Highland Park, NJ

commits to taking action, as needed, to ensure the human rights of all members of the immigrant community by Distributing information about immigrant rights; Responding in real time, as possible, to locations such as court houses, neighborhoods, and public spaces, in which an ICE/police detainment , or attempted action, is taking place; and Visiting people currently in detention, responding to their needs as necessary.

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.

Central Jersey

seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. They welcome any and all individuals as members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.

HEALTH, OUTREACH, PROMOTION and EDUCATION (HOPE), Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ

works to advance health and wellness at Rutgers University through community engagement and innovation. Using evidence-based curricula, HOPE provides students with tools to advocate for personal and community wellness and serves as an expert resource to faculty and staff. HOPE coordinates a large and active peer education program in which students are trained to facilitate interactive outreach and workshops on issues that directly impact students’ lives.

Highland Park, NJ

is a volunteer run organization that was established in the year 2000 to provide non-perishable food to Highland Park residents in need.  The Food Pantry is open to anyone who lives or works in Highland Park and who needs food assistance.

Central NJ

is an official affiliate site of the US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants. They are committed to resettling refugees in Central NJ, assisting asylum seekers before and after release from Elizabeth Detention Center, and supporting local faith and civic groups as they advocate for and work with refugees in their communities. Interfaith-RISE assists with housing, ESL, social services, education, medical assistance, mental health services, transportation, and supportive community integration as families and individuals journey towards self-sufficiency and independence.

JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA

Central NJ Chapter

is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON: OPEN & OUT

New Brunswick, NJ

represents a global network of LGBTQ+ and Ally individuals who are open-minded and out to make a difference by creating safe and inclusive workspaces, fostering healthier communities and empowering employees.

MCFOODS

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, MCFOODS supplies our partners with networking opportunities, resource-sharing tools and nutritional guidelines for clients. On a broader platform MCFOODS is an advocate for programs and policies intended to combat hunger and poverty.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY CENTER FOR EMPOWERMENT

Edison, NJ

is the state designated sexual violence program for Middlesex County.  They strive to support and empower survivors and significant others affected by sexual violence, and to help eliminate all forms of sexual violence through community awareness and education.

THE NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY (NAHS), New Brunswick High School Chapter

New Brunswick, NJ

was founded to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. Since 2010, New Brunswick Chapter members have given hundreds of hours of community service, visited gardens, museums, and colleges learning and engaging in art as student representatives.

Highland Park, NJ

works to reduce the rate of recidivism in Middlesex County. They partner with individuals who are  incarcerated—or have been incarcerated--in Middlesex County Jail, determining their post-release goals. They connect them to resources and provide support as they focus on transitioning into the community. NeighborCorps is a program of Churches Improving Communities, a local community development corporation dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families in Central NJ.

NEW BRUNSWICK MIDDLE SCHOOL ART CLUB

New Brunswick, NJ

spreads art and social awareness into the community. They express their feelings and emotions through creating art and sharing it with the wider community of New Brunswick. They are very proud to be spreading awareness of "seeing through hate" with their original artwork created through the heart. 

New Jersey Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (NJ-CAIC)

Highland Park, NJ

is a coalition of survivors and advocates committed to educating, legislating, and organizing to call for an end to all forms of prolonged or unnecessary prisoner isolation. They urge all stakeholders—prisoners, families, correctional personnel, health professionals, community and faith leaders, and legislators--to join this movement for humane and restorative correctional practices.

THE PRIDE CENTER OF NJ

Highland Park, NJ

provides comprehensive programming which fosters the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) community, and to increase public acceptance and champion social change for the LGBTIQ community through education and outreach.

RUTGERS STUDENT FOOD PANTRY

New Brunswick, NJ

Founded in 2016, the Rutgers Student Food Pantry 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.

SISTERWORK

New Brunswick, NJ

is committed to inspiring young women’s leadership by following a mentorship and community-based intergenerational empowerment model in New Brunswick, NJ. Their mission is to provide the resources needed to help young women imagine a thriving future by connecting them with college-aged women and professional mentors. They work with both young women and their mothers in developing their leadership and gaining access to career opportunities.

STILL WATERS ANTI-TRAFFICKING PROGRAM

Highland Park, NJ

offers comprehensive care for people who have suffered human trafficking in its most common forms: labor trafficking or sex trafficking. Attending to their trauma and supporting their human rights, Still Waters can assist survivors to meet basic needs (food, clothing, housing), health needs (physical and mental), economic needs (literacy, ESL, transportation, job skills) and the needs of noncitizens (such as obtaining ID, preparing for legal status, reuniting with family members). 

TRAUMATIC LOSS COALITIONS FOR YOUTH PROGRAM (TLC)

Middlesex County, NJ

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in New Jersey for ages 15-24. The dual mission of the TLC is suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following unfortunate losses due to suicide, homicide, accident, and illness.  This is accomplished through conferences, training, consultation, onsite traumatic loss response, and technical assistance.  The purpose is to ensure that those working with youth from a variety of disciplines and programs have up-to-date knowledge about mental health issues, suicide prevention, traumatic grief, and resiliency enhancement.

UNDOCURUTGERS, Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ

Seeks to advocate for the rights of undocumented students and dismantling dehumanizing rhetoric, as well as creating a unified supportive community.

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