2021 FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS

CIVIC LEAGUE OF GREATER NEW BRUNSWICK
New Brunswick, NJ

has operated for over 75 years to strengthen African American families and other minority family groups in the greater Brunswick community. The League accomplishes this by advocating, promoting, and providing community-based services that empower families and improve their quality of life. The League, with various partners and organizations, conducts programs in education, training, health care, employment, and housing, to enhance sustainability of families within their communities.

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

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


EDISON GREENWAYS GROUP

New Brunswick, NJ

Founded in 1991 with a grant from the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the Edison Greenways Group works with township, county, state, and federal organizations to raise awareness about open space preservation, environmental, and bicycle & pedestrian issues.


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

GARDEN OF HEALING

New Brunswick, NJ

helps individuals live a more healthful and happy life. With regular practice of stress management, yoga and therapeutic touch, they work to ease the body's discomforts and find a way inward to the heart and soul- a gateway to infinite peace and happiness.

GLSEN

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.
 

HEALTHIER MIDDLESEX

New Brunswick, NJ

Healthier Middlesex is a diverse, multi-sector, community-focused consortium comprised of a wide variety of stakeholders including community-based organizations, academic institutions, and health departments. We believe in the transformative power of collaboration and partnership. We are focused on identifying the strengths and opportunities within our community, aligning the efforts and resources of our partners, while developing structured and sustainable strategies that integrate health and wellness into all aspects of our community.


HIGHLAND PARK COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY

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.


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.


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.
 

KIDDIE KEEPWELL CAMP

Edison, NJ

Started in 1924, KKWC was developed as a “fresh air” focused camp dedicated to providing summertime enjoyment to under-resourced Middlesex County children who were suffering from tuberculosis.  Ever since, it has been their mission to develop and nurture physical health, responsible social expression, self-esteem, mental well-being and other sustainable life skills through a holistic approach and diverse programming.
 

LOWER RARITAN WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP (LRWP)

New Brunswick, NJ

Works to protect the Raritan River and the Lower Raritan Watershed, preserve areas that are not yet degraded, and restore habitat and biodiversity to polluted and damaged landscapes within the Watershed. The LRWP got its start as a group of concerned “civic scientists” seeking data on the health and safety of the water in New Jersey’s Raritan River. They found that little data had been collected since the 1970s, and their partnership of citizens, non-profits, government representatives, University researchers, business representatives and others organized to gather data through civic science. They use this information to prioritize stewardship and advocacy so as to improve the quality of the water in the Raritan River and the health of the Lower Raritan Watershed ecosystem.
 

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.
 

METUCHEN FIRST AID SQUAD

Metuchen, NJ

The Metuchen First Aid Squad’s mission is to provide high quality emergency medical care and transport for the residents and visitors of Metuchen. Volunteer members have been proudly offering this free service to the community since 1948.

There are three ways to volunteer:

  • The Metuchen First Aid Squad Cadet Program — for ages 16-18

  • The Metuchen First Aid Squad Certified EMT Program for NJ State Certified EMTs

  • Metuchen First Aid Squad Auxiliary — for those not interested in providing pre-hospital care

 

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

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.


NEIGHBORCORPS RE-ENTRY SERVICES

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.

THE 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 SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

New Brunswick Campus, NJ

seeks to advance health and wellbeing and prevent disease throughout New Jersey, the United States, and the world, by preparing students as public health leaders, scholars, and practitioners; conducting public health research and scholarship; engaging collaboratively with communities and populations; and actively advocating for policies, programs, and services through the lens of equity and social justice.

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.
 

WOMEN AWARE

New Brunswick, NJ

Women Aware envisions a society where individuals can live free from violence and injustice. Their mission is to promote the safety and self-sufficiency of individuals and families affected by domestic violence in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Since 1981, Women Aware has provided services to survivors of domestic violence, focusing on practical skills while offering intensive case management, including safety planning, counseling, housing assistance, life skills, parenting education, creative arts therapy for children, advocacy, health education and screening, translation services and pastoral care.

PROGRAM PARTNERS

American Hungarian Foundation

Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University

Metuchen Human Relations Commission

Metuchen Public Library

NAACP, New Brunswick Area Branch

New Brunswick Free Public Library

Rutgers University Art Library

Zimmerli Art Museum

list in progress as of 1/20/21