Community Wish Lists
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2018 Finalists’ Wish Lists
Christine MacKay, Manager, Monmouth County
CVCJ is dedicated to providing vital, free assistance to the elderly, veterans, those with dementia and Caregivers to enable them to remain independent in their own homes and live their lives with dignity and joy. This is achieved through a network of more than 1000 volunteers, 70 interfaith partners and a variety of services. All assistance provided is designed to honor the older residents in our community and relieve the stress of family Caregivers striving to keep their loved ones home for as long as possible.
2018 Grantee: CFC Loud n Clear Foundation
CFC Wish List
Lynn Regan, Executive Director
CFC is a grassroots nonprofit Recovery Community Organization (RCO) providing a model relapse prevention program that supports all pathways to recovery through peer driven and operated programs. Our mission is committed to helping individuals and families struggling with addiction find, maintain, and strengthen their recovery through peer-based support, certified intervention and professional treatment guidance, community education and naloxone trainings, educational presentations, sober living homes, social activities, and reintegration into society through participation in the all encompassing CFC Recovery Community.
2018 Grantee: Family Resource Associates (FRA)
FRA Wish List
Nancy Phalanukorn, Executive Director
Office: 732-747-5310 ext. 112
FRA helps children, adolescents and people of all ages with disabilities to reach their fullest potential. FRA connects individuals to independence through modern therapies and advanced technology. Acknowledging the powerful influence of the family, we remain committed to them by offering both support and education.
2018 Runner Up: The American Littoral Society
American Littoral Society Wish List
Hillary Critelli, Director of Development
Tim Dillingham, Executive Director
The American Littoral Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same. Since 1961 the Society has worked to protect the coast and its resources through a blended methodology of advocacy, conservation, and education. This three-pronged approach is the Society’s comprehensive strategy for protecting and preserving ecologically important places, engaging communities and the public, and advancing new and innovative practices for coastal conservation.
2018 Runner Up: Asbury Park Music Foundation
Asbury Park Music Foundation Wish List
Jim Lenskold, APMF Board Chairman
Asbury Park Music Foundation’s mission is to keep the Asbury Park music legacy alive by providing under-served youth with life-changing music education, helping the local music scene thrive and uniting a diverse community through music. The organization envisions that this community-wide, inclusive and collaborative effort will make Asbury Park a premier music destination whose economic and cultural vitality benefits all citizens and reflects the diversity of its population.
2018 Semi-Finalists’ Wish Lists
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM, the Club)
BCGM Wish List
Cindy Fagan, Grant Manager
BCGM is a non-profit youth development organization whose mission is to empower all young people—especially those who need us most—to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. In a world where youth face tremendous obstacles and a variety of risks every day, BGCM provides a structured environment, acceptance, compassion, safety, and solutions to grow and thrive because every child deserves a great future.
Clean Ocean Action
Clean Ocean Action Wish List
Clean Ocean Action (COA)’s goal is to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters of the NJ/NY coast. COA includes 115 organizations, hundreds of businesses and thousands of citizens who are united to protect nature’s most important resource: the ocean. COA’s unique coalition is a proven successful model which unifies groups to stop threats and reduce pollution to the waterways and ocean. The professional staff includes a PhD and an attorney. The small and effective team applies research, education, and citizen action with fact-based campaigns to implement environmentally-sound solutions.
Clean Water Fund
Clean Water Fund Wish List
Amy Goldsmith, NJ State Director
firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-963-9714 Ext 251
Jenny Vickers Chyb
Clean Water Fund’s mission is to develop strong community-based environmental leadership and to bring together diverse constituencies to work cooperatively for sensible solutions that address public health, environmental/justice, consumer and community problems. To that end, Clean Water Fund has helped people campaign successfully for cleaner, safer water, air, and energy; protection from toxic pollution in our homes, neighborhoods and workplaces; promote waste reduction, sustainability, stop the sprawl and climate mitigation/resiliency measures; conservation of natural resources, as well as make the democratic process more accessible to those most affected.
Count Basie Center for the Arts
Count Basie Wish List
Maria D. Sorensen, Vice President of Development
732-224-8778, ext. 128
The mission of the Count Basie Center for the Arts (formerly the Count Basie Theatre) is to inspire, educate and entertain through its distinct and engaging cultural and artistic offerings that reflect the diversity of the region. As a non-profit organization, the Count Basie Center is committed to enriching the community’s quality of life by generating opportunities for participation in the arts, partnering with schools, collaborating with other mission-based organizations and driving regional economic prosperity. The Count Basie Center has made great strides in becoming New Jersey’s premier center for the cultural arts by diversifying performances and broadening the impact of its esteemed arts education program.
Hark-ALS (Hark) was founded in 2011 in memory of Charles W. Dourney, a lifelong athlete, coach, and father of seven children, who courageously battled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (“Lou Gehrig’s disease”) until his death in November 2009. Hark’s mission is to foster healthy, active responsible children through programs and events that address their physical, emotional and mental well-being. Hark serves as the affiliate non-profit organization for Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey (GOTRCNJ), founded in 2001.
Horizons Wish List
Lori Hohenleitner, Executive Director
732.842.0527 ext. 5438
Horizons is a transformational community-centered approach proven to close the achievement gap for children and put them on a path to success in school and life. Anchored by a six-week summer program, we are committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that enhance self-esteem, foster awareness of community responsibility, build problem-solving skills, and encourage a life-long interest in learning. Horizons emphasizes a commitment to social responsibility, community service, and diversity.
InterFaith Neighbors Wish List
Stephanie A Ferrier, Senior Development Officer
732-775-0525 x 220
Interfaith Neighbors’ mission is to assist those less fortunate among us meet life’s basic necessities while seeking to improve the quality of life for individuals and families and the communities in which they live.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Monmouth County
JFCS Monmouth Wish List
Paul B. Freedman ACSW, Executive Director
Our mission is to provide innovative, responsive, cost effective, non-sectarian human services that enhance the quality of life for children, families and the aged in our community, while reflecting the shared compassion, ancient wisdom and unifying traditions of Judaism.
The Arc of Monmouth
The Arc of Monmouth Wish List
Kristy Palmer, Assistant Director of Development
732-493-1919 ext 125
The Arc of Monmouth supports and empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to live, work, and participate in their communities. We believe that people with disabilities are defined by their individual strengths, their abilities, and their dreams – not by their challenges.
Common Ground Grief Center
Common Ground Grief Center Wish List
Lynn M. Snyder, Executive Director
The mission of Common Ground is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens and young adults grieving a death, can come together and share their experiences as they begin the journey through the grief process.