Awards Granted to Date
On November 19, 2019, we were proud to award FOUR $110,000 grants to four incredible non-profits who are transforming lives every day. Our 2019 grantees, Asbury Park Music Foundation, Clean Ocean Action, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Saint Mark’s Center for Community Renewal, will soon be up and running with their Impact-funded projects.
Huge thanks to our three generous community partners, Ocean First Foundation, Grunin Holdings/Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, and Still-well Hansen Inc. who joined forces to provide a grant of $12,500 to our 2019 runner-up, Social Community Activities Network (SCAN), in recognition of the tremendous work they are doing to enhance the quality of life for 50+ adults in Monmouth County.
2019 Grant Recipients
ASBURY PARK MUSIC FOUNDATION
(Arts & Culture)
Our mission is to provide music education programs for under-served youth and also run live music events to unite our diverse community, improve the economic well-being of residents, and preserve the City’s legacy as a destination where music lives and music gives.
CLEAN OCEAN ACTION (COA)
(Environment, Parks & Recreation)
The goal of Clean Ocean Action is to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters of the NJ/NY coast and 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, and the small yet mighty team applies research, education and citizen action with fact-based campaigns to implement environmentally-sound solutions to waterway pollution.
THE PROJECT: Student Environmental Advocates and Leaders (SEAL)
Youth spend too much social time with technology and not enough socializing with peers in thoughtful and productive activities or dialogue. They spend little time outdoors learning and marveling at its wonders. In fact, now the environment itself is a source of anxiety due to climate change, plastics, chemical pollution, and predicted mass extinction of wildlife. In response, COA seeks to turn its new office into a center of environmental stewardship for underserved communities where, through a strategic and well-defined program, high school students will be empowered to become mindful and resourceful leaders: Student Environmental Advocates and Leaders (SEAL) is based on COA’s years of successful student-focused program experience.
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (“CASA”)
(Children & Families)
CASA is a strong voice for the foster children of Monmouth County who have been removed from their homes due to extreme parental abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. CASA recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to be advocates and champions for each child. CASA volunteers then work to ensure that needed services and assistance are provided to help move each child toward a safe and permanent home.
THE PROJECT: Expansion of Services to At Risk Foster Youth
CASA seeks to expand services to reach additional at-risk youth by implementing the newly created CASA of Monmouth County growth plan. The plan will provide for at least 55 never before served foster children to be assigned to Monmouth County CASA Advocates each year over the next five years, until eventually all of the 553 children in Monmouth County’s foster care system have been assigned a much-needed CASA volunteer. What this means is that the grant from Impact 100 will ensure that at least 110 never before served children in care will have been assigned a CASA advocate by the end of the grant period in 2021.
SAINT MARK’S CENTER FOR COMMUNITY RENEWAL (CCR)
(Health & Wellness)
We aspire to improve the health and well-being of our expanding community by serving each individual’s needs so that they feel genuinely cared for and welcome. We are committed to serving through an integrated model of reducing food insecurities, supporting the various needs of our guests, advocating and connecting our guests to the support community around them and proving educational opportunities that will enhance their daily life and well-being. We provide a supportive and safe environment where anyone can volunteer to serve the community using their own individual skills and gifts.
THE PROJECT: Kitchen Expansion and Modernization
We operate a USDA approved “soup” kitchen and extensive food pantry. This project will expand and modernize the existing antiquated and undersized kitchen to better serve our guests and to provide additional opportunities for volunteers. Upon completion, we will have the facilities to also provide a variety of nutrition education opportunities for the community. Plans include providing guests and outside organizations with facilities for classes, demonstrations, experiences in the culinary arts, as well as allowing more volunteers in the kitchen during preparation and service. We will expand hours to include occasional evenings. We will add delivery services for guests who are elderly, disabled, or do not have transportation.
2018 Grant Recipients
CAREGIVER VOLUNTEERS OF CENTRAL JERSEY (Health & Wellness)
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (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.
$112,000 grant was used to fund the Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program (ARCP) with Connections Thru Music (CTM): Transforming Lives from Isolation to Hope. This project is transforming the lives of Caregivers, their loved ones with dementia, as well as the volunteers, mentors and youth who support them in Monmouth County. The Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program (ARCP) provides a weekly 3-hour visit by a specially trained and individually matched volunteer, allowing the overwhelmed Caregiver the opportunity to “take a break” from the daily challenges of life. Connections Thru Music (CTM) is an extension of ARCP. This intergenerational music program connects students to elders with dementia, using the power of music to inspire, empower and increase empathy. These services are provided free of charge with no income restrictions.
CFC LOUD N CLEAR FOUNDATION (Children & Families)
Loud n Clear Foundation 501c3 is a grassroots New Jersey registered nonprofit Recovery Community Organization providing a model relapse prevention program that supports all pathways to recovery through peer driven and operated programs. They are 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, sober social activities, and reintegration into society through participation in the all encompassing CFC Recovery Community.
CFC is using the $112,000 grant to fund the Family Preservation Program which focuses on building a recovery conscious family unit, healing each individual family member, and empowering the entire family unit in a unique, realistic, and interesting way. This program encompasses and involves the entire family by providing recovery sensitive resources, education and activities for both individual growth and family growth. CFC supports each family battling addiction with kindness, care, compassion and empathy. This program strives to relieve stigma and shame commonly associated with addiction and mental health, and simultaneously educates, heals and strengthens the family unit. In turn, this creates stronger neighborhoods and healthy productive communities.
FAMILY RESOURCE ASSOCIATES (Education)
Family Resource Associates, Inc. (FRA) helps families and individuals dealing with a broad spectrum of disabilities by providing lifelong skills and support that enable them to reach their fullest potential. FRA creates “PossAbilities for people with disAbilities” by connecting 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.
FRA is using this $112,000 grant to fund the CEO project which focuses on finding employment for people challenged by significant cognitive limitations by identifying individual strengths, talents, interests and passions. Using a new approach to finding or creating customized niche employment opportunities is the exciting part of CEO, which is not available anywhere in Monmouth County. CEO is modeled after Griffin-Hammis Associates, “customized employment” for people with disabilities. Real and long-term employment is possible through a personal exploration done by creative approaches from highly trained staff and business reshaping.
2017 Grant Recipients
In 2017 we awarded two grants of $123,000 to support the following high-impact projects.
COVENANT HOUSE NEW JERSEY is using its grant to help provide a clean, safe housing space in Asbury Park for homeless and at-risk youth while offering them the skills, habits and guidance they need to succeed on their own.
THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF MONMOUTH COUNTY (MHAMC) is using its grant to deliver the Lifelines program to 50 new Monmouth County schools to combat the growing epidemic of teen suicide. Lifelines trains faculty members, administrators and the wider community using a proven model of youth suicide prevention, intervention and postvention that builds resilience and creates safety nets for those at risk.
2016 Grant Recipient
Impact’s inaugural grant of $145,000 to 180 Turning Lives Around funded the creation of a Family Justice Center (FJC) at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold. The FJC enables 180 Turning Lives Around to coordinate trauma-recovery, child and adult mental health services and housing/financial/legal support services in a streamlined manner in one location. Based on a national model proven to reduce victim homicides and increase abuser conviction rates, the FJC will also strengthen prevention efforts, hold offenders accountable and reduce repeat offenses.