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Spirit Of Giving | Dec 07, 2014

Selective Seconds

Selective Seconds, as part of the St. Rose, Belmar St. Vincent de Paul Society, has become a model for other non-profit charities by demonstrating what can be accomplished when you combine a great idea with perseverance, dedication, hard work, and a little bit of luck.

Selective Seconds collects donated, high-quality furniture and home décor from throughout the Jersey Shore area. The sale of these items generates proceeds to provide those in need with a hand up, not a hand out. What began with the simple observation of a couch being discarded at the curbside of someone’s house and the realization that someone else might need it has turned into a full-time, year-round charity service that includes a robust staff of dedicated volunteers who not only man the store but also help collect and deliver furniture.

Since its inception in January, 2011, the furniture outreach ministry has helped financially support over one-thousand families and over three-thousand individuals by paying rent, utilities, groceries, gas and doctor office visits.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/SelectiveSecondsFurniture


Spirit Of Giving | Dec 06, 2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middelsex Counties

Big Brothers – Big Sisters is a popular non-profit organization throughout America with a branch in Monmouth County. The organization looks to take children who are suffering from emotional, social, and academic disadvantages and make a difference. Through this organization, the children will be paired up with an adult Big Brother or Big Sister to help lead them down a path of confidence and able adulthood.

The children and their Big brother or Big Sister experience a one-on-one relationship in which the adult advises and guides the child to be the best they can possibly be. The organization started locally in Tinton Falls when a man Curtis Colby befriended a boy named Joey who recently lost his father. Through this relationship Curtis saw how important relationships are to young people who need guidance and decided to contact the Monmouth County Division of Social Services and as a result the Monmouth County branch of Big Brothers and Big Sisters was created in 1976.

The program helps a variety of youth including children with a parent in jail, either one or both parents involved in drugs, or residing with a grandparent.

More at: bbbsmonmouth.org

Spirit Of Giving | Dec 05, 2014

New Beginnings Animal Rescue

Located in East Brunswick, New Beginnings Animal Rescue is made up of a small group of volunteers who run this small, no kill shelter. With a mission to help as many homeless animals as possible, the group offers adoption services to the public. Newly opened as of May 10th of this year, the group has already placed 115 pets in new loving homes. The group also holds many events in an effort to raise money to care for their adoptable pets and supplies for the shelter.

More information at: http://www.newbeginningsanimalrescuenj.org/home.html

Spirit Of Giving | Dec 04, 2014

Middletown Arts Center

The building for the Middletown Arts Center was purchased in 1998 for the original purpose of being an indoor sports facility. The town of Middletown realized that sports related programs were so popular, while on the other hand, the arts had not one related program. The building received the vote from the town to turn the recently acquired property into a space for cultural and artistic activities.  The location of the building is ideal. It is located in the middle of Middletown next to the train station making it easily accessible. In March 2007, the Middletown Arts Center opened its doors for the first time.  The arts center is extremely beneficial to the community. It offers many classes including: Guitar Workshops, Audition and Acting Technique, Jazz workshop, Oil painting, Yoga, Sewing, Stained glass window making ,and more. The center also holds many events.

For More information, http://www.middletownarts.org/



News, Spirit Of Giving | Dec 03, 2014

Light of Day

Light of Day Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer with Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life.

Light of Day – the concerts and the organization – grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin. Benjamin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1996.

What began as a single concert at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey has grown into 23 shows in thirteen countries in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Light of Day Winterfest 2015, will be held January 11th through the 19th, at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.