Giving Back

After losing her daughter to a rare form of cancer, Kristen Gillette created the Kortney Rose Foundation to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research, education and awareness....
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A 22 year old from Mahwah parlayed his love of outdoors into an organization focused on engaging young people in their natural environment. ...
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Marvin Smith has spent hundreds of hours working with the Literacy Volunteers of Union County, a non-profit dedicated to helping adults improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills....
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Ken McKeel, a tough, retired state corrections officer, says he gets a “warm fuzzy feeling” from helping dogs through the Monmouth County Society of Cruelty to Animals. ...
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In the past six years, Michael Augustowicz has given more than 5,670 hours of his time to the Bergen Regional Medical Center, working closely with the recreational department to create therapeutic and engaging activities for residents....
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Kelly McCormick of Roots & Wings helps children who age out of foster care find safe housing, achieve educational goals, and learn basic life skills....
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When Sue and Ed Goldstein’s 3-year-old daughter Valerie was diagnosed with cancer in 1970, New Jersey lacked a pediatric oncology… Read the rest

The Hackensack University Medical Center's Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) aids geriatric patients who have delirium or are at risk of delirium. ...
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Elijah's Promise was formed 23 years ago in the New Brunswick area to help feed the underprivileged....
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With the support of his family, Herb Ouida created the Todd Ouida Children's Foundation to celebrate his son's life and his triumph over childhood anxiety. ...
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After a family tragedy, Tricia Baker established Attitudes In Reverse (A.I.R.) to educated society about mental health issues and preventing suicide. ...
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Katie Meyler started the More Than Me Foundation to help girls in Liberia attend school. ...
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Plucking Heartstrings

August 15, 2011

An established restauranteur from Little Silver helps spread the holiday cheer to those less fortunate. ...
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As a volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties Inc., Sister Jane Frances Brady acts as a voice for the voiceless. ...
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After realizing few academic opportunities exist for inner city youth after high school, two successful businessmen offer them a leg up on furthering their education. ...
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The mother of an autistic son realizes there are few services for adults living with autism, and acts to change the status quo. ...
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A family breast-cancer diagnosis spurred two teens to action, and a charity was born. ...
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Used Goods, Fresh Hope

August 16, 2010

Mary Kotzas, of Toms River, founded the Resale Shop, which donates all its proceeds to Hunger Relief, a food bank in Ocean County....
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Susan Rose, of Cherry Hill, began a charity after the loss of one of her daughters....
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Jim Mock, from Bayonne, volunteers for Rebuilding Together in Jersey City....
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