2019 FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS

New Brunswick, NJ

is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50+ to choose how they live as they age. AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. They work tirelessly to fulfill the vision of a society in which all people live with dignity and purpose, and fulfill their goals and dreams.

New Brunswick, NJ

connects the university with the community through its public lectures, cultural events—notably the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival—and teacher training. The Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center, a vital part of the Bildner Center, contributes to the Center’s commitment to reduce prejudice, encourage knowledge about Jewish life, and to promote inter-group understanding.

New Brunswick, NJ

Founded in 1955, the Foundation’s ongoing mission is to communicate the story of American Hungarians through the Hungarian Heritage Center, which is the only facility of its type in the United States. Through their museum, library, archives, lecture series, crafts workshops and other educational programs and alliances, the AHF is the center of excellence for enabling cultural discovery, supporting research and enhancing the understanding and appreciation of the Hungarian heritage in America for future generations.

Piscataway, NJ

supports the University’s core mission to foster an educational climate based upon diversity and inclusiveness. The Center showcases the contributions of Asians and Asian Americans, through an array of cultural presentations, exhibits, performances, demonstrations, lectures, seminars and meetings. Acting as an informal home away from home for many undergraduate and graduate students, a place where friendship, diversity, and unity bloom.

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.

Middlesex County, NJ

CASA of Middlesex County is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving abused and neglected children who are living in out-of-home placements. CASA recruits and trains volunteers to advise the courts and advocate for the children’s best interests.

New Brunswick, NJ

exists to research, document, interpret and promote Latino/a, Hispanic, Caribbean, and Latin American arts and culture. CLAC envisions a learning community where students can better integrate experiential, academic and service learning about Latino culture in order to become strong leaders and responsible global citizens. Through dynamic collaboration with other academic and student affairs units, the Center seeks to enhance Latino student recruitment, retention and successful graduation at Rutgers University.

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 free and low-cost professional mental health counseling, support groups, and community education at seven church locations in central New Jersey. CBMHS allows those who would go without important treatment due to lack of funds or misinformation about available resources to receive professional, compassionate care in a setting where they feel comfortable asking for help. CBMHS partner churches play an important role in fighting the stigma often associated with seeking treatment.

New Brunswick, NJ

is a not-for-profit community-based organization, operated to strengthen African American families and other minority family groups. This is accomplished by advocating, promoting and providing community-based services that empower families and improve their quality of life. ​The League supports and conducts programs in the areas of education, training, health care, employment, housing and economic empowerment with the aim of enhancing the stability and growth of families within their communities. This aim is accomplished in conjunction with corporations, human service agencies, churches, community organizations, schools and volunteers.

New Brunswick, NJ

mission is to engage artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. coLAB Arts facilitates creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connects artists with community partners and mentors, and executes productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action.

New Brunswick, NJ

fosters campus-community collaborations that advance the public good. They  accomplish this mission by connecting faculty, students, and community leaders to work together to promote positive social change and access to opportunity through academic and civic partnerships.The Collaborative offers a unique space for faculty and nonprofit professionals to bring their respective knowledge together to tackle society’s most pressing issues in the areas of access, equity, public policy, literacy, food security, youth development, and arts and culture.

New Brunswick, NJ

is the non-profit corporation formed by Middlesex County and the UWCJ to create a true system to end homelessness in the County. We build coalitions and foster collaborative strategies and public-private partnerships among local government, housing developers and social service providers. Collectively, our mission is to rehouse people as quickly as possible and to provide connections to community resources to enable them to sustain their new homes.

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 110,000 free meals per year at their Community Soup Kitchen and trains previously unskilled workers for careers in the food services industry.

New Brunswick, NJ

is a comprehensive neighborhood organizing and development initiative focused on the area of New Brunswick between Somerset St and Livingston Ave. The heart of the Esperanza Project is our Resident Leadership Team, made up of neighborhood volunteers dedicated to working together for a better tomorrow for the New Brunswick community, especially its immigrant families. The Esperanza Project is a program of the non-profit organization New Brunswick Tomorrow.

Highland Park, NJ

Located in the Reformed Church of Highland Park, The Global Grace Cafe is dedicated to serving delicious food and building a global community in Highland park. Featured chefs hail from around the world, and all proceeds go to benefit refugee resettlement.

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.

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, 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.

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.

New Brunswick, NJ

works to restore, enhance, and conserve, the natural resources of “New Jersey Watershed Management Area 9” (the Lower Raritan Watershed) through science-based stewardship, education and innovation.

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.

New Brunswick, NJ

is a New Brunswick based advocacy group that exists to create social awareness around prisoner reformation for previously incarcerated students and to promote education in criminal rehabilitation institutions. RUMVP-SO is interested in creating agents of change within communities and offers participants opportunities to engage in community outreach, in prison tutoring, and other on and off campus activities that transform society for the better and promote advocacy and reform around in-prison education.

New Brunswick, NJ

use the arts to educate and raise awareness of Islamic feminism and challenge the authority of misogynistic culture, and to represent their people.

New Brunswick, NJ

mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

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, NJ

provides educational, cultural and recreational resources and services to all of the diverse people in New Brunswick. The library provides access to the universe of information, and especially that which is of immediate relevance and interest to the community.  This access is provided through print, audio, video, and electronic materials selected, organized, and maintained so as to be accessible and relevant to the present and future needs of the community it serves.  

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 Brunswick, NJ

was founded on a vision – a vision that serves as a guide post for the city’s revitalization, where all New Brunswick residents have the opportunity for a high quality of life; including but not limited to, education, employment, food, health, housing, and safety. We're building on our successes to better the lives of the residents of New Brunswick, while also driving change to move people forward.

New Brunswick, NJ

is a membership based organization that educates, organizes, and fights for justice and better working conditions. They are a community union of ordinary people doing things together that can’t be done on their own, such as confronting abuses in the workplace, fighting for immigration reform, learning English as a Second Language, and workplace health and safety.

Highland Park, NJ

is a statewide grassroots organization fighting for social, racial and economic justice. The fair housing program educates people about their rights under the Fair Housing Act, and coordinates fair housing investigations in the areas of rentals, sales and accessibility for people with disabilities, performs data analysis and facilitates complaint resolution. Additionally they provide fair housing education and assistance to housing providers, nonprofit professionals and various organizations statewide.

New Brunswick, NJ

fosters community and inclusion on the Rutgers University – New Brunswick campus by centering the needs, experiences and history of students belonging to the African diaspora. They offer initiatives, resources and services that demonstrate a commitment to supporting historically underrepresented students and creating inclusive and safe spaces for students to engage, develop, process, navigate, heal and advance within society and the university community.

PhotOvoiceS, Saint Peter’s University Hospital

New Brunswick, NJ

provides students a way to highlight the positives in their communities and in return students have taught us about who they are. Many times, youth from disadvantaged or low-income communities are given stereotypes that carry stigmas. PhotOvoiceS gives us a lens into their world: one that depicts their resiliency, the love for their families, how much they value education, plans for the future, and the many healthy ways they live their lives.      

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.

Highland Park, NJ

provides low income students with reading disabilities cost-free, individualized, reading tutoring. They provide structured literacy tutoring services to the community of Highland Park, NJ using trained contracted tutors with Special Education experience.

Highland Park, NJ

builds new housing, renovates existing properties and purchases functioning homes to create permanent, supportive housing for people in need in Central NJ. They serve many vulnerable populations, including low-income families, the chronically homeless, and populations with special needs, including youth aging out of foster care at age 18; youth leaving the criminal justice system; veterans with health problems; and individuals with mental health issues.

Highland Park, NJ

promote healthy age-appropriate development for teens in Highland Park by providing an environment designed to help develop positive social skills and social competence, foster moral development, enhance self-esteem and build trust and understanding with their peers and surrounding communities.

New Brunswick, NJ

explores, promotes, and documents the creative production of underrepresented artists and local/global communities that are fostering innovation and shaping arts and culture in New Jersey.

Highland Park, NJ

provides enriching social and educational programs for children, families, and adults to create connections and foster a sense of belonging in our diverse community.

Middlesex County, NJ

promotes the safety and self-sufficiency of individuals and families affected by domestic violence in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Their comprehensive programs provide support across the spectrum of client needs—from emergency crisis intervention to long-term efforts toward independent living. They offer free and confidential services including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, community education, support groups, and children’s programs.

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