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Our Partner Charities

Our Mission is to create an environment whereby we become a platform for people to perform their civic duty. We believe everyone has a civic responsibility to help their community become a better place to live, be it through the arts, education, sports, environmental projects, historical projects or support for the community heroes including our military and its veterans and disadvantaged or disabled people. Our Clients include:

Featured Partner Charities

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HEART 9/11

HEART 9/11 is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization founded by Bill Keegan, a retired Port Authority Police Department Lieutenant who served as Operations Commander for the W.T.C. Rescue/Recovery Mission. The organization is composed of veteran police officers, fire fighters, construction trade union workers, surviving families of those killed on September 11, 2001, and others. They volunteer their time and labor, as well as their wealth of knowledge and experience in responding to and handling disaster situations. www.heart911.org

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MEND NJ Food Pantries

Meeting Essential Needs With Dignity (MEND) is an interfaith network of 16 food pantries located throughout Essex County, NJ. Our anti-hunger coalition, the largest in Essex County, has been providing emergency food to individuals and families in need since 1980. MEND is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. MEND works to alleviate hunger in Essex County by supporting our network of food pantries. Support includes fresh and healthy food, funds, social services referrals, volunteers, and a forum for member pantries. MEND advocates for policies to improve the quality of life for those in need in the County. www.mendnj.org

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Heroes on the Water

Heroes on the Water helps our Nation’s warriors and veterans from all branches of the United States military unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. What looks like a day trip of paddling and fishing is in fact something much deeper and long-lasting. www.heroesonthewater.org

Additional Partner Charities

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Union Chapel AME Church Copy

The Union Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1917 by a group of faithful men and women, many whom were from Blakely, Georgia who had migrated to Newark, NJ; in order to take advantage of greater socio-economic opportunities. The congregation began as a Sunday School which met in the home of Mary B. Austin on Livingston Street in Newark. Rev Anthony Mitchell Sr. was appointed during the Fall Convocation of 2008 and was ordained an Itinerant Elder at the 2009 New Jersey Annual Conference by Bishop R. F. Norris. Rev. Mitchell continues to provide the necessary leadership that U C so desires. www.unionchapelame.org

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Conserve Wildlife of NJ

Rare wildlife species live, much like New Jersey residents, in the mountains of the north, the pastoral farmland of central New Jersey, the bays and swamps along our coasts as well as on skyscrapers, bridges and at the edges of suburban subdivisions. These species live a challenged life where roads represent impenetrable obstacles, developments spell the demise of habitat and contamination in wetlands can wipe out an entire generation. It is our duty, and our privilege, to protect these species. www.conservewildlifenj.org

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Bethel AME Morristown

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Morristown, New Jersey, is the first black congregation in Morris County, incorporated in 1843 by the Bethel Mite Society. Bethel Church of Morristown lives the mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, ministering to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed. Our Mission is rooted in the foundation laid by Bishop Richard Allen, who in the City of Philadelphia in 1787 started the movement that later became the African Methodist Episcopal Church. www.bethelmorristown.org

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NFL Alumni Caring for Kids

NFL Alumni also has a traditional mission of “Caring for Kids” across the country. Player alumni give back in their local communities by raising funds for youth-related charities through their 35 regional chapters. It is a tradition that has existed for more than 50 years. Alumni support typically raises more than $1.5 million dollars for worthwhile causes. www.nflalumni.org

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United Service Organizations (USO)

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. For over 75 years, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side. www.uso.org

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Urban Promise

Urban Promise's mission is to equip Camden's children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership. www.urbanpromiseusa.org

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UNICO – Raritan Chapter

UNICO's mission statement is to promote and enhance the image of Italian Americans; for members to be of service to the community; to promote Italian heritage and culture; to promote,support and assist charitable, scientific, cultural, educational, and literary projects; to promote members’ interest in public welfare and to cooperate with others in civic, social, and cultural development. www.unico.org/chapters

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The Raptor Trust

The Raptor Trust is one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. Located in central New Jersey, the Trust includes a hospital with state-of-the-art medical facilities, quality exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building. A stalwart advocate for birds of prey for three decades, it is now recognized as a national leader in the fields of raptor conservation and avian rehabilitation. www.theraptortrust.org

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The Garden Club of New Jersey

The Garden Club of New Jersey is the state affiliate and a charter member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., (NGC), a non-profit educational organization. The membership of NGC is composed of nearly 200,000 members, 6,000 member garden clubs, 70 national affiliates and 300 international affiliates around the globe. NGC is the largest volunteer organization of its type in the world. www.gardenclubofnewjersey.com

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St. Francis College of Brooklyn

St. Francis College is a private, independent, co-educational, urban college whose Franciscan and Catholic traditions underpin its commitment to academic excellence, spiritual and moral values, physical fitness, social responsibility, and life-long learning. We educate the whole person for a full, relational life, developing the students’ talents and abilities to form confident alumni well prepared for graduate study, for meaningful, fulfilling careers, as well as for collaborative, service-oriented leadership.www.sfc.edu

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Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart – Newark, NJ

Located at 89 Ridge Street in Newark, NJ, the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart was built starting in 1899. State and national recognition has been accorded Newark's majestic Cathedral Church, which was designated an historic landmark by the New Jersey Historical Society in December, 1974. Two years later, on December 22, 1976, national recognition was given the Cathedral through its designation as a National Historic Site. www.cathedralbasilica.org

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Rutgers University Foundation

Created in 1973, the Rutgers University Foundation advances Rutgers' pursuit of excellence in education, research, and public service. We provide the bridge between donors and the schools and programs, faculty, and students that make up this university. We help to match caring people with satisfying and meaningful opportunities to make gifts that have an impact on Rutgers.www.support.rutgers.edu

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NY State Troopers Marine Corp Association

The New York State Troopers Marine Corps Association is a non-profit organization. Our motto is "From the Halls of Montezuma to the roads of New York State." We firmly believe in the old saying "Once a Marine, always a Marine." The NYST Marine Corps Association's purpose is to bring together the knowledge and experiences of Marines past and present, young and old and to benefit the Marines and family members during an unforeseen financial crisis. www.nyst-marine.org

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NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifices, courage and valor of Vietnam veterans and that encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey. www.njvvmf.org

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NFL Optimal Bowl

The Optimal Bowl is a fun filled event for adults and kids. The event includes teams playing touch football with the NFL Alumni as coaches. Tours of the private rooms in the stadium, autograph and photo sessions with the Alumni and rare memorabilia. A wellness expo and performance by a children’s orchestra as well as other exciting activities. www.optimalbowl.com

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National Italian American Foundation

The mission of the National Italian American Foundation is to serve as a resource for the Italian American Community; to preserve the Italian American heritage and culture; to promote and inspire a positive image and legacy of Italian Americans; and to strengthen and empower ties between the United States and Italy. www.niaf.org

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Lyons Veteran Hospital

Originally called "soldiers homes" or "military homes," New Jersey's veterans' hospitals have a long history stemming back to the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln established the first asylum for soldiers and sailors in Augusta, Maine. It was the first of its kind. Since then, the system has expanded considerably. Now operating under the Veteran Health Adminstration, the Lyons Campus is one of two hospitals located in the greater New York Metropolitan area. www.newjersey.va.gov/locations/lyons_campus.asp

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Imperfectly Perfect

Imperfectly Perfect’s mission and goal is two fold. One goal being to work with the Congenital Heart Disease Community to help them establish a healthy foundation for their life. This includes physically, cognitively, and emotionally; each through different resources. We will create a nationwide community for the Congenital Heart Disease Community and establish a platform of support for each individual with heart disease and their families. The second goal is to educate the public, and to raise awareness, on the need to be heart healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.. This includes but is not limited to, promoting annual cardiology check ups, nutrition, exercise, diet and overall creating a lifestyle that centers around heart health. http://www.imperfectlyperfect.org/

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Hunterdon County Historical Society

The mission of the Hunterdon County Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the evolving social and material history of the entire County of Hunterdon, New Jersey. The Society will fulfill its mission through educational programs, research and publications, and by maintaining for public benefit the growing collections of the Society and the buildings that house them: The HCHS Archives, the Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library and the 1845 Doric House Museum. www.hunterdonhistory.org

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Hackensack Riverkeeper

Hackensack Riverkeeper defends the Public Trust resources of the Hackensack River Watershed through a fourfold strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation. The organization employs that strategy on behalf of the people and wildlife that depend on the river and its watershed for life. Hackensack Riverkeeper carries carry out its mission through a combination of formal and nonformal environmental education programs designed to raise awareness of the people of the Hackensack River Watershed. www.hackensackriverkeeper.org

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GySgt. John Basilone Parade

The Basilone Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization operated exclusively for charitable purposes. Our mission is specifically to raise funds to ensure a better quality of life for veterans as well as cancer patients. Funds raised will be distributed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Steeplechase Cancer Center, and the Fisher House Foundation. www.basilonefoundation.com

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Global Hydranencepaly Foundation

Global Hydranencepaly Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated on June 14, 2011, and registered with the commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission. Ultimately, they serve as a network for ensuring quality of life for families touched by this rare neurological condition. Global Hydranencepaly Foundation is a parent run foundation organized and managed by volunteers. www.hydranencephalyfoundation.org

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Garden State Sikh Association

The Garden State Sihk Association is a non-profit religious organization that strives to learn, practice, and promote religious, cultural, and social values based on the concept of WAHEGURU (One God) and universal brotherhood. Sihks believe in Sarbhat dah phalla, which means "welfare of all" "may everyone be blessed" or "may good come to all". This is a term which forms an important part of the Sikh prayer called the Ardas. This term reflects an important part of Sikh philosophy. The term establishes a new precedence set by the Sikh Gurus - It encourages and compels the Sikh to ask for the "well- being of everyone in the world". In establishing this concept, the Gurus have set a new standard for the Sikhs – not only should the Sikhs pray for their own Sell-being but also needs to ask for the blessing for "all the peoples of the world." http://www.gssa.us/

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FBINAA

The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBI NAA) is a non-profit, international organization of nearly 17,000 senior law enforcement professionals dedicated to providing our communities, states, countries, and profession with the highest degree of law enforcement expertise, training, education and information. Members are graduates of the FBI’s prestigious National Academy Program, representing all 50 states, 170 countries and over 7,500 law enforcement agencies. Over 50,000 graduates have completed the FBINA Program. FBINAA members make up the highest 1% of all senior law enforcement in the world. www.fbinaa.org

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Discover a New Future

Discover A New Future serves economically disadvantaged women via various non-profit organizations throughout New Jersey. Our overall goal is to help women to develop alternative strategies to overcome barriers that have gotten in the way of their success so they can become more self-sufficient. In so doing, they are able to live the life that they desire and deserve. www.discoveranewfuture.com

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. We are dedicated to attacking CF from every angle. Our focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and — ultimately — to find a cure. www.cff.org

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Barry Fixler Foundation

The Barry Fixler Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Barry Fixler in 2010. Barry Fixler is a United States Marine Corps veteran who fought in Vietnam with 26th Marines (Echo 2/26) in 1967 and 1968. His unit received a Presidential Commendation for its role in the legendary Siege of Khe Sanh. Barry was named Rockland County’s Veteran of the Year in 2009 for his involvement in the community and his work with wounded veterans. www.fixlerfoundation.org

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B+ Foundation

The B+ Foundation is about Kids Helping Kids Fight Cancer — raising money through dance marathons, 5Ks, T-shirt sales and more, to provide financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer nationwide. The B+ Foundation also funds critical, cutting-edge childhood cancer research.www.bepositive.org

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Autism NJ

Autism New Jersey is a nonprofit agency committed to ensuring safe and fulfilling lives for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them. Through awareness, credible information, education, and public policy initiatives, Autism New Jersey leads the way to lifelong individualized services provided with skill and compassion. We recognize the autism community's many contributions to society and work to enhance their resilience, abilities and quality of life. www.autismnj.org

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Special Olympics New Jersey

Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. www.sonj.org

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All Stars Project Newark

All Stars Project, Inc strives to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. With a bold vision to be recognized as America's leader in Afterschool Development, All Stars Project operates in five major metropolitan areas across the US. In New Jersey, they operate two programs, the All Stars Talent Show Network and the Development School for Youth. https://allstars.org/locations/new-jersey/

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Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF)

Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF) has distributed over $40 million in aid, primarily to the children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed in the line of duty. The foundation encourages the spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical development of children through education, and raises funds to provide those children with scholarships for higher education. www.mc-lef.org

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Hope for the Warriors

Hope For The Warriors was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. Hope For The Warriors has remained grounded in family values as the organization expands both the span of programs offered and the number of wounded, family members, and families of the fallen assisted. The leadership of the organization remains in the dedicated hands of combat veterans and military family members. Together, our board of directors, staff, and volunteers work tirelessly to serve those who have sacrificed so much. The integrity of our organization is paramount and therefore our representatives are as honorable and noble as our mission and the people we serve. www.hopeforthewarriors.org

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Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum

The mission of the Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum / Urban Educational Project is to provide educational enrichment to the thousands of children who visit the Explorer and to provide academic and vocational opportunities to the at-risk young adults from New Jersey Youth Corps who built and staff the museum. www.jerseyexplorer.net

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Meadowlands Conservation Trust

The Trust was formed to acquire and preserve environmentally valuable land and to enhance the environment of the Hackensack Meadowlands District and the Hackensack River Watershed. The Trust is supported in part by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) through the use of their staff and facilities. www.meadowlandsconservationtrust.org

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Raritan Fire Department

Today the Raritan Fire Department consists of three pumpers with a combined pumping capacity of 3,750 gallons per minute, an aerial platform with a reach of 75 feet, a crash truck, a chief's car, and plenty of firefighting equipment. The 30 members of Relief Hose Company No. 2, trained and certified in the science of firefighting, are dispatched in an instant by pagers. Some 225 alarms per year are handled, in contrast to the half dozen alarms per year around the turn of the century. The firefighters of Relief Hose Company No. 2 could be identified today by their predecessors because they are still characterized by a willingness to help their neighbors, a desire to promote the welfare of their community, the bravery required to confront the dangers of fire, and the pervasive sense of duty. There is no doubt that the Company today, after 143 years of service, is still loyal to its motto: "Where duty calls, there you will find us." www.raritanfire.com

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Operation Shoebox

Operation Shoebox embraces a practical mission of providing hands-on support for our troops deployed overseas and returning home. It is the mission of Operation Shoebox to meet the needs of every hero with dignity and appreciation.Whether it looks like packing coffee, socks, toothpaste and sports gear into care packages or sending letters of encouragement, whether it looks like organizing fundraisers or collecting supplies for homeless veterans, Operation Shoebox is committed to treating every hero with care and honor. www.operationshoebox.com

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Resource Center of Somerset County

The Resource Center of Somerset is a private, nonprofit agency which has been serving people affected by domestic abuse in Somerset County for over 35 years. Founded by a small group of volunteers who provided emergency shelter for women escaping abusive relationships, the Resource Center of Somerset provides services to survivors of domestic abuse - women, men and children, free of charge, and has expanded services to include not only emergency shelter but legal advocacy, outreach counseling, community education, volunteer Domestic Violence Response Teams working with local police departments, transitional housing and more. www.safe-sound.org

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Schiff Nature Preserve

The Schiff Natural Lands Trust, Inc., is a member-supported, community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open space, serving as a model of environmental stewardship, providing educational opportunities, and improving the ecological value of natural areas using best management practices. We maintain an active nature center and offer a variety of programs open to the public for environmental education, research and passive recreational activities consistent with the preservation of natural areas. www.schiffnaturepreserve.org

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Spectrum Works

Spectrum Works is a unique nonprofit that provides job training and employment to young adults with autism by building inclusive workforces at its partner companies. The training program works with high schools to allow young adults with autism to enter a workplace as a paid trainee, work alongside neuro-typical coworkers, and learn the skills needed to be outstanding employees. www.spectrumworks.org

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Raritan, NJ Historical Society

Although many years have passed since the first settlers set foot in this area, Raritan still retains its small town charm. Walking along Somerset Street, one can still see original Colonial homes, stores, and churches, and three of the four original homes are still in use today. For those of you who remember the Raritan of yesterday, enjoy this walk down memory lane. We all must treasure the images of the past and remember to capture the images of today. This is the way to preserve our heritage and culture for future generations. www.raritanboro.org/history-of-raritan

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Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. www.scouting.org

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Elijah’s Promise

Elijah’s Promise harnesses the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger, and change lives. We fight to end hunger by serving good food for all at our community soup kitchen, providing education and jobs in the food industry through our Promise Culinary School, encouraging neighborhood agriculture at our community garden, offering social services to those in need, engaging in community advocacy and creating social enterprise food businesses that further social good. www.elijahspromise.org

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ALS

Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. http://www.alsa.org/