Good Things Happening in NP

SO MANY GOOD THINGS HAPPENING…

There are so many good things happening right now in New Providence. These challenging times have been bringing out the best in us! Our first responders, front line, and essential workers have been stellar in this crisis. They are our true heroes and we thank each and every one of them for their courage, strength, and commitment to our community especially during these unprecedented times.

The New Providence Lions have been making masks and headbands around the clock through their new Mask Making Program, a community effort led by Joe Savino Owner of Adams Fine Clothing in New Providence. In addition, the lions are collecting smartphones, tablets, and baby monitors for patients to communicate with their family and loved ones, as visitors are not permitted, and also for the caregivers themselves, who are quarantined. Many caregivers have not seen their family in weeks. Due to overcrowding in hospitals, makeshift ICU units have been setup to expand capacity and baby monitors are used extensively by the doctors and nurses to continuously monitor patients in the extended ICU units. For more information and to help, volunteer, or donate to these initiatives, please visit www.nplions.org/community/services.php.

New Providence-Our Community For All (NPOCFA), a new nonprofit group, has been helping our seniors with shopping and support during this unprecedented time in cooperation with our Senior Center (and their Senior Buddies program).NPOCFA was recently awarded a $74,000 grant from The Grotta Fund for Senior Care, and is working under the nonprofit umbrella of our Community Service Association of New Providence (CSA). The grant work is led by the group’s Executive Director, Patricia Swan Jacobs, and board members Councilman Pete DeSarno, Lions Member Bill Hoefling, and CSA President, Tom Montrone. The idea for this initiative was developed through the Community Enhancement and Economic Development Committee of New Providence, with the full support of Borough Council and Mayor Al Morgan. We are so grateful for this initiative for our seniors! Thank you! For more information and to help or volunteer please call (732) 535-8441 or email NewProvidenceOCFA@gmail.com.

FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) is an organization dedicated to helping feed our committed front line health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also supporting our local restaurants to help keep them in business. New Providence has partnered with FLAG to support our town, launching FLAG of New Providence. The NPEF has proudly teamed up with FLAG of New Providence to facilitate all donations that will be used to place orders at NP restaurants and delivered to our front line workers and volunteers fighting COVID-19. Donations can be made via credit card or PayPal on their site at http://npedfoundation.org/flag/ or Venmo: @NP-EdFoundation. We thank our NPEF (New Providence Education Foundation), Councilwoman Michele Matsikoudis and Councilwoman Nadine Geoffroy for their good work on this initiative for our community. Thank you!

Our Lady of Peace (OLP) has collected over 4000 sandwiches to continue supporting the homeless at St John’s Soup Kitchen and St Joseph’s SK in Elizabeth. Many of the soup kitchens have closed but the few that remain open need food or donations. If you would like to contribute please visit https://www.njsk.org. If you are able and would like to make sandwiches, please contact Mike Savage at (908)400-6885 or Pete Lopez at (908)956-3101. We thank all who are helping and supporting this effort. True Pioneer Spirit! Thank you!

We also would like to thank all of our organizations, local businesses, generous contributors, friends, families, and dedicated volunteers for all of your donations, efforts, and contributions to help others! We thank you!

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