The Brick Distributes $54,000 in Grants to Community Service Groups
BRICK, NJ – Brick Township has distributed more than $54,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations that help those in need throughout the township.
The grants are funded by the community development block grant that the township receives from the federal government. Organizations approach the township for potential funding, and The Brick then distributes the money to the organizations.
“Social service agencies play a critical role,” said Brick Mayor John G. Ducey, introducing the grant recipients. “They are meeting the basic essential needs of our residents and doing so with care and compassion.”
Ducey said the township received requests for more than $129,000 and was able to distribute $54,438.
“Thank you to each and every one of you for what you are doing to make the world a better place,” he said. “The board and I appreciate the hard work of all organizations that applied.”
The following organizations received grants on Tuesday evening:
Ocean County ARC, $3,500: The organization serves approximately 1,000 people with developmental disabilities in Ocean County. The funds were for its professional services program, which helps its clients secure jobs that give them independence.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, $5,000: The program provides children ages 6-18 with adult mentors, as well as other services such as college preparation; children and volunteers are carefully selected to match them, including on common interests. Volunteers commit for 1 year, but pairings last an average of 3.5 years.
Jersey Center Volunteer Caregivers, $3,500: It helps support families caring for a loved one at home, in particular people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, with home visits.
Visitation Church Community Breakfast Program, $3,000: It offers a monthly meal program that feeds people in need and gives them the opportunity to connect and spend time with others.
Community Services, also known as Meals on Wheels, $5,000: Provides daily meals for homebound seniors as well as bonding and opportunity to talk and socialize, to help reduce isolation.
Dottie’s house, $3,000: The program targets women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence by providing them with a furnished apartment and support services so that they can start a new life, find a job if they do not have one and tips.
Interfaith Network, $3,500: It helps families with homeless children find housing and other forms of support.
Jersey Shore Boy Scout Council, $3,000: Grant funds help cover costs for families who cannot pay Scouting to have their children attend Scouting camp programs.
Ocean’s Harbor House, $3,000: The organization provides emergency and transitional housing for young people aged 10 to 21 who are homeless, runaway, neglected or abused.
Providence House $10,000: It provides assistance, including legal defense, to victims of domestic violence, including accompanying them to court, to help them through the legal process.
Brick Morning Rotary, $3,000: The grant is to support his Shore Movement collection campaign which includes collection bins that accept a variety of items for those in need, from food to toys, which are donated to organizations that help those in need. , including pantries.
True Vine Community Services, $1,500: Provides assistance to families surviving domestic violence, with two women’s homes and a men’s transition house, as well as counseling. It also serves as a Code Blue site.
Epiphany Church, $3,000: He helps needy families with their utility bills.
Monmouth and Ocean County Contact, $3,500: The funds will support the operation of the mental health crisis helpline.