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Warren County organization receives $1K grant from local foundation

The Affinity Foundation awarded seven tristate-area organizations with grants ranging from $1,000 – $5,000 in support of programs that align with the Foundation’s mission and three focus areas– education, financial wellbeing and healthcare.

“We are proud to partner with organizations that demonstrate a steadfast commitment to the people they serve,” said Karla Wallack, executive director of the Foundation. “The services they provide are critical to helping people leave poverty behind.”

The following organizations received a grant:

  • Family Promise of Warren County in Oxford, NJ received $1,000 to support its homeless prevention services, which provide temporary assistance to those evicted due to a short-term loss of income. The funds will also benefit the organization’s rapid rehousing services, aimed to reduce the amount of time an individual or family experiences homelessness.
  • America’s Grow-a-Row in Pittstown, NJ received $5,000 for its Fresh Produce Initiative, which serves low- to moderate-income individuals and families of all backgrounds and races in rural, suburban and urban areas who are struggling with food insecurity and related health issues.
  • Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick, NJ was awarded $5,000 to support its Mobile Soup Kitchen and Community Soup Kitchen where they connect guests with comprehensive referrals to food resources, housing, and healthcare services, as well as other resources in the community that promote overall health and wellbeing.
  • HABcore, Inc. in Red Bank, NJ was given $4,000 for its Independence Pathways (IP) Program, which combines affordable housing with coordinated services. HABcore assists people struggling with chronic physical and mental health issues, connecting them with stable housing, along with support and employment services.
  • Homes with Hope, Inc. in Westport, CT received $3,000 for its After School Academic Program (ASAP), which focuses on providing consistent structure, positive role models, academic support, community service projects and enrichment activities to help children develop hard and soft skills needed for academic success and daily living.
  • 180 Turning Lives Around in Hazlet, NJ was awarded $2,500 to benefit its emergency domestic violence shelter and supportive services that focus on improving the whole spectrum of a clients’ well-being, including their financial and physical health.
  • Crossroads4Hope in Bedminster, NJ was given $2,000 for its nutrition programs in underserved communities. The program educates those at heightened risk of cancer about the effects of diet and nutrition for disease prevention. Those battling cancer also learn about nourishment to achieve their treatment goals and sustained behavioral changes in diet and nutrition.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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