Beneficiaries

Over the past 20 years, we have been fortunate to provide assistance to many different worthy causes right here in the NYC area! Below is just the beginning of what we can do when we get together to make a difference.

We are more committed than ever to helping kids in need in our community who have especially been troubled by the pandemic. Due to this, for 2022 we have narrowed down the scope for our charity partners to specifically have a greater impact on children affected by issues revolving around education, mental health/life skills/bullying, and physical health.

In 2022, we have granted 14 charities micro-grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Local

Amazing Truth Society (f/k/a/ Jin-Che-Fway Karate)

Through a desire to honor his daughter Hope’s memory, Sensei Ray Rodriguez runs a karate program for the children in the Hoboken Housing Authority.  Karate is one the truest forms of self-expression and with honesty & much love for the craft, a student can appreciate what he or she is given. His dream is to give the ultimate gift of love by putting on fundraising shows to donate to hospitals for sick children.
     2022- Funding for upcoming karate tournament

Community Lifestyle

Community Lifestyles mission is foster a commitment to youth and teens that will promote prosocial friendships, strong interpersonal skills and reassert a sense of hope in the future. There are many issues facing New Jersey’s youth and teens. As the foundation of our future, it is critical that our youth and teens have an opportunity to obtain needed services to participate in social, recreational and sporting activities, to attend a safe and welcoming gathering place that is free from drugs and alcohol. By creating Community Lifestyle, we are focused on addressing these needs to improve access to services and investing in young people today, recognizing that our youth and teens are the foundation of our city’s future workers.

2022- To support the 8 week annual free summer camp

Hayden’s House of Healing

The mission behind Hayden’s House of Healing is to provide a safe, tranquil space for bereaved mothers, couples, children and families to heal and connect together through a variety of methods and activities offered to assist in the healing process.

     2022- sponsor parents or siblings to attend retreats

Hoboken Historical Museum

The Hoboken Historical Museum is a 35 year old institution whose mission is to educate the public about Hoboken’s rich history ,diverse culture, architecture and historic landmarks. A primary focus is children’s programs starting at PreK to high school. The museum is located one block from the Hudson River and is housed in a 19th century historic building.

     2022 – purchase books that relate to diverse holidays, cultural foods and customs for weekly story times

Hoboken Shelter

The Hoboken Shelter’s mission is to be a community partnership that transforms lives by providing meals for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and services to support people to become housed. Since opening in 1982, The Hoboken Shelter has provided 500,000 shelter beds and 2.5 million meals in our community. The Hoboken Shelter houses 50 people nightly, serves 500 meals daily, and hosts over 1,000 showers weekly. The Shelter served over 125,000 meals in 2021 and is the only food resource in the community that serves meals every day, 365 days a year. In 2021, The Shelter helped 109 of our guests become housed, moving from the street, to our Shelter, to their own home

     2022 – Funded soup kitchen meals to hungry men, women and children

HOPES CAP, Inc

HOPES Community Action Partnership Incorporated (HOPES) is a 55-year-old Community Action Agency established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to combat poverty in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since we opened our doors, our work with and impact on low‐income families has grown beyond Hoboken and throughout different areas of New Jersey, including all of Hudson County and into Union County (Plainfield) and Somerset County. It is our mission to provide services that respond to the social, educational and training needs of individuals in an effort to overcome barriers and fight the causes of poverty; our vision to accelerate positive changes that transform the lives of families in our community; and, our goal to provide a responsive, culturally competent, and person-centered experience for each and every family we engage.

     2022 – Funding the rewards for the after school program

Layups 4 Life

Our mission is to raise vital funds for cancer research and clinical trials to assist and advance life changing opportunities striving for a cancer free future.

2022 – Funding cancer research

Mile Square Theatre

Mile Square Theatre is a leading Northern New Jersey regional theatre, whose mission is to produce contemporary and classical works while advancing theatre arts education for adults and children.

     2022 – Grant used to fund scholarships to disadvantaged children so they can participate in dance and theater programs

Team Walker

Team Walker’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the children of Jersey City through academic and recreation programs that empower the children’s minds, bodies and souls. By creating programs that provide safe and constructive alternatives to the negative influences that plague inner-city youth, and through a structured academic and recreational environment, the children learn the importance of education, responsibility, persistence, teamwork and unity. Team Walker also works to identify development projects to create affordable housing as well as sourcing revenue streams for continued maintenance and operational costs. With access to positive role models and hard-won accomplishments in combination with a heightened awareness of their capabilities, the children and the local community have the opportunity to improve their quality of life significantly.

     2022- Funding the After School programs

Team Wilderness

Its the mission of Team Wilderness to grow teamwork, leadership and character within our urban youth through wilderness excursions.

Our once small one-program organization now has FIVE SIGNATURE programs: two summer programs (Summer Treks and Wilderness on the Water), two after-school programs (Wilderness Club and Photography Club), and we also have Partnership Programs!

Since 2016 we have provided several hundred teens empowering outdoor adventures. Historically about 80% of our youth are free/reduced lunch recipients and receive scholarships to attend our programs.

2022 – Grant to support the Photography Club launched in 2021

The Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County

For 129 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County (BGCHC) has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County has actively sought to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies fail to reach.

Since 1893, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County has remained a resource and pathway to success for generations of Jersey City’s and Hoboken’s young people and has grown into the largest youth-serving agency in the county. Our Club members face problems characteristic of low-income, inner-city communities, including crime, gang activity, poverty, and crowded schools. In such dire circumstances, youth have few, if any, other opportunities for recreation or enrichment programs – making the Boys & Girls Club work vitally important. Many of the members join at five years old, grow up in the Clubhouses, and stay active and engaged through high school graduation, and beyond. Today we serve more than 2,000 youth ages 5-21 annually in our Clubhouses in Jersey City and Hoboken, through our mission to enable all young people – especially those who need us most – to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens of the communities that we serve.

     2022 – Funding the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math) Instructor at the Hoboken location

TRUE Mentors

Our mission is to unearth the excellence of youth in Hudson County, New Jersey through meaningful relationships. Our Vision is to help young people develop healthy, strong relationships, allowing them to realize and reach their full potential. We offer one-to-one (Mentoring), group (Enrichment Clubs), and educational (Homework Helpers) mentoring programs to youth between the ages of 7 and 18 residing within Hudson County, New Jersey. Currently we services over 60 at-risk youth and have over 75 community volunteers involved within our programs.

TRUE Mentors, Inc was established in 2011 after previous one-on-one mentoring programs failed to align local youth with volunteers in their communities. Our focus on aligning youth with adults that are both accessible and from within their local environment sets us apart from state and national mentoring programs. In addition to our flagship, one-on-one Mentoring Program, our Enrichment Clubs and Homework Helpers have seen tremendous growth over the past decade.

TRUE Mentor’s works with over 60 highly underserved, at-risk youth, the high majority (over 90%) of which come from low-income households. In addition, over 80% of our participants identify as youth of color with a significant portion of First or Second-Generation Americans. Over 20% of the youth we service has documented Independent Education Plans (IEPs) or 504s which denote special learning needs. Our youth are talented, resilient, and amazingly diverse, but they deserve support to excel. That’s where TRUE Mentors comes in!

     2022- Funding the Enrichment Clubs program

United Children’s Music Project

United Children’s Music Project (UCMP) is a bilingual educational organization that uses music as a vehicle for social change for low‐income, mostly Latino children and youth in Hudson County, NJ through low‐cost afternoon orchestral and vocal instruction and regular performances of UCMP’s Children’s and Advanced Orchestras and Chorus. Through a disciplined, cooperative, and fun‐filled learning environment that integrates parental involvement, our structured grassroots program inspires academic excellence, enhances life skills, and builds community.  

UCMP empowers Hudson County’s at‐risk children and youth ages 3 to 18 to break the cycle of poverty by: (1) providing free instruments and low‐cost ($2.40/hour) orchestral instruction by bilingual music teachers; (2) engaging parents in their children’s musical education; (3) cultivating children’s self‐esteem, self‐expression, and cooperative learning; and 4) providing regular performance opportunities in the NJ/NY area. 

2022 – Funding part time teaching assistants after school music classes

Regional

Youth Consultation Services

For over 100 years, YCS has been serving NJs most vulnerable – healing the hearts and changing the lives of thousands of children and families each year. Our Mission is: To partner with at-risk and special needs children and young adults to build happier, healthier, more hopeful lives within families and communities. YCS programs make a real difference in the lives of children who have suffered trauma or face developmental disabilities, and families who struggle to live safely and securely while they heal and grow together.

     2022 – Grant to be used to provide support for In person services at the Helen May Straus Clinic in Union City

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