Monmouth Nonprofits Raise Money to Match A Community Thrives Grants


Seven nonprofits in Monmouth County have applied for 2021 A Community Thrives grants and are raising the required matching funds for the final exam.

A Community Thrives is the fundraising and granting initiative of the Gannett Foundation and the USA TODAY NETWORK, which includes The Asbury Park Press and

In 2020, three Monmouth County nonprofits – Lunch Break at Red Bank, the LADACIN Network in Ocean Township, and Interfaith Neighbors in Asbury Park – received $ 9,000 in grants from A Community Thrives.

Grants are awarded for specific projects or for operating funds. To be eligible for the final exam, nonprofits must raise $ 3,000 or $ 6,000 in matching funds, depending on their size. The fundraiser started on July 19 and ends on August 13.

A Move For Hunger donation box

Here’s how each organization would use the money and a link to their fundraising page.

Lions Club Eatontown Foundation, Eatontown

The Eatontown Lions Club serves Eatontown and the surrounding communities with programs and activities, such as promoting a healthy vision, operating a pantry, providing scholarships and carrying out projects of service. Now the organization wants to build the Challenger Playground, which will be installed in a 4,500 square foot area of ​​the 80 Acre Leon Smock Park in Eatontown.

Interfaith Neighbors Inc., Asbury Park

The organization seeks to help the less fortunate meet the basic needs of life while improving the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The organization is looking to raise funds for the Kula Urban Farm Extension Project, an initiative to purchase a vacant plot of land next to the farm and double its hydroponics operations.

LADACIN Network, Ocean

The LADACIN network provides care, including educational, therapeutic, residential, recreational and supportive services to infants, children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities or delays. The organization raises funds to continue to serve its mission in the service of the most vulnerable citizens of the community.

Lunch break, Red Bank

Lunch Break provides food, clothing, life skills training and camaraderie to those in need in the greater Monmouth County area. Donations help maintain all of the organization’s programs, which include serving full meals and providing grocery bags to local families, providing ESL classes and financial training sessions, and distribution of clothing and work clothes.

Mary’s Place by the Sea, Ocean Grove

Mary’s Place by the Sea is a respite home, located one block from the Atlantic Ocean, for women receiving cancer treatment. Services, such as oncology massage, nutrition education, counseling, Reiki, guided meditation, and yoga, are offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of supporters and fundraisers.

Move Against Hunger Inc., Neptune

Move for Hunger mobilizes the moving, relocation and multi-family housing industries to collect unopened, non-perishable food from moving people and deliver it to local food banks and pantries in the United States and the United States. Canada. The support will help accelerate the organization’s response to the country’s growing food crisis.

Shore house, long branch

Shore House is the only community-based, non-residential, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery program for adults living with severe mental illness in New Jersey. It aims to provide opportunities for members to achieve optimal mental, behavioral, physical and spiritual well-being by addressing the social factors affecting people with severe mental health problems.

David P. Willis; [email protected]


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