Community Initiatives

We’re proud to spotlight the work of our community members who are helping those in need during this time of crisis.

 

Have you ever been hungry? Truly starving? Not the hunger you get in anticipation of a meal, but the kind of hunger that pinches the stomach and soul when you don’t know when your next meal is coming?  Unfortunately, there are children and families throughout our local communities in need of food and meals. Join us in supporting FILL IN THE GAP.
FILL IN THE GAP is a community outreach effort to feed families in need during these uncertain and challenging times. You can participate (mainly) in one of two ways:  You can either sponsor to “PAY FOR A MEAL” that feeds a Family of Five (5) from a restaurant that we’ve identified for a reasonable cost or you can “PREPARE A MEAL” that feeds a Family of Five (5).  Use your voice, use your social media platforms, contacts and share this link: FILL IN THE GAP -with your family and friends. Anyone anywhere can support FILL IN THE GAP, click this link: FILL IN THE GAP .

 

For any of our neighbors in need, Montgomery Evangelical Free Church is hosting a free community pantry. It is open daily on a contactless honor-system from 7:30am-7:30pm. Take what you need, and leave what you can. If you would like to donate unexpired non-perishables, see the list of suggested items. We are also accepting cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Please feel free to share with anyone in need! (To see the list please click the photo)


Masks for Meals
Providing meals for every mask we make.  Masks are free, but we are asking for a $15.00 donation for every mask. The money will go directly to feeding Montgomery families in need and those impacted by COVID19. We are partnering with a local restaurant, Alfonso’s Pizzeria to distribute the meals.  100% of the proceeds go to our goal of providing meals to our community.  Please place your order at mgallen3@gmail.com. (For more information please click the photo)

 

Meals for Heroes:
Founded in early March by Hillsborough High School students Navleen and Raj Boparai, this group has been regularly providing meals to RWJ University Hospitals of Somerset and New Brunswick. Meals for Heroes now has branches in Hillsborough, Montgomery, Edison, Basking Ridge, Monroe, and Queens. All Meals for Heroes initiatives are organized by the teens with the assistance of their parents. In Montgomery High School student Jai Narula, and his mom, Marissa, have been partnering with Genteels Pizzeria in Skillman to provide hot meals to the staff of the seven COVID-19 units at Saint Peter’s University Hospital through community donations. If you’d like to learn more about Meals for Heroes or donate, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/mealsforheroes

 

SAVE, a Friend to Homeless Animals:
Adopt and save not one life, but two. The pet you take home and the pet who takes their place. Every day, new pets come into the shelter in search of new families to love. The SAVE website is updated frequently, and they do their best to make sure it is as accurate as possible. While pets make excellent companions while we all stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, SAVE reminds everyone that pets are a lifetime commitment.
ADOPTION:  Adoptable animals can be viewed on the SAVE website.  SAVE is open by appointment for approved adopters only.
DONATIONS:  A shelter wishlist is posted on the SAVE website.  Donations can be left outside the front door during normal business hours.  During the pandemic, SAVE cannot accept household items including linens, towels, newspaper, used beds, toys, etc. Monetary donations are always needed and can be submitted directly on their website and sent via mail.
VOLUNTEER:  During the pandemic, SAVE is closed to volunteers and welcomes applications once the shelter at home and social distancing requirements have been lifted
FOSTER:  SAVE is not in need of additional foster families at this time.
SENIORS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM:  SAVE has an adoption program in which the adoption fee is waived for senior citizens 65+ who adopt a mature pet of 8+
Visit the SAVE website for more information https://savehomelessanimals.org/

Pavithra Veera, a rising senior at Monroe Township High School, wanted to find a way to help the SAVE animal shelter during the covid-19 health crisis, when in-person volunteering wasn’t possible.  She decided to use her artistic creativity to draw cartoons of pets available for adoption at SAVE in order to feature these pets in a fun, imaginative way.  Pavithra started by drawing the senior residents at SAVE, because she knew they were traditionally harder to get adopted.  Follow SAVE’s social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram to see more of her artwork!

 

Monty Initiative:
Monty Initiative is for students, parents, and anyone in Montgomery Township who desire to help out during this pandemic. Our mission is to centralize and monitor our effort to supply types of equipment that health care workers, first responders, and police officers need to have to fight against the COVID-19. Monty Initiative is purchasing raw material to produce PPE like face shields, Face Masks and other needed accessories.  We are hoping to raise enough money to donate sanitizer as well.  For more info please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1897755313690377/about/ 
If you have a 3-D printer and are interested in helping this effort please email: montyinitiative@gmail.com

 

Porch Photos to Benefit Front Line Workers:
The idea was conceptualized by Krish Vatsa, 7th grader at UMS after his family took a few photos to remember this unprecedented time. We are offering a 15 minute session on your porch with CDC recommended guidelines for social distancing. The photos are edited and shared with you via email for $25 minimum donation. All funds raised will provide meals to Belle Mead Post office workers and Fire Fighters, who have worked daily through this COVID crisis, and also meals to Penn Medicine Princeton Healthcare workers.
Contact Krish’s mom to set up your appointment today 908-210-6164
(For more info please click the photo)

 


Home Front:
Montgomery High School student Clare Fitzgerald is collecting items for HomeFront, an organization located in Lawrenceville, NJ that helps homeless people in Central New Jersey. Clare is collecting donations at the end of her driveway – specific information about what items are needed most are included in the flyer.  HomeFront is also accepting monetary donations on their website: https://www.homefrontnj.org
(click photo for more information)

 

 

Montgomery Evangelical Free Church:
A page has been set up on their website (www.mefc.org/help) for those seeking help running errands (e.g. groceries, prescriptions), or those needing financial assistance.  MEFC is extending this offer to members and non-members of the church; they may not be able to meet all needs, but want to help our community in this time of need. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with tasks, you can register to help at the same link. (click on picture for more info)

 

A neighborhood works together to make masks:
Masks are needed everywhere (where to find/how to make).  Montgomery is very fortunately to have some very talented people willing to sew masks for higher risk individuals, those in healthcare settings, and even for their neighbors.  There are so many wonderful individuals doing this that we could never list them all. We’d like to highlight one neighborhood which has been helping in the community through a dedicated team of mask makers. ( for more on the story please click here)

 

Montgomery middle schooler intends to ‘Starve Corona, Feed America’:
What does an eighth grader do over Spring Break, locked inside his home? He resolves to feed America. At least that is what Moksh Desai, a student at Montgomery Upper Middle School, has been doing since last month.Moksh said he was inundated with COVID-19 coverage and was deeply moved by the thought of millions of people in America who may not have access to a healthy nutritious meal during these times.
To read the rest of the article please click here

 

UMS Student Pays it Forward By Helping Peers
When Saanvi Agarawal, an 8th grader at Montgomery Upper Middle School, realized that she may not be able to return to school this year, initially, she felt distraught over the fact that this meant that the 8th grade trip to Fogbridge and the graduation ceremony celebrating now rising 9th grader, as well as many other events, would have to be cancelled. No one had expected that the coronavirus would be the new most talked-about topic of all time. Every day, she noticed her parents talking about the new rise in numbers, realizing the uncertain state of the nation. To view the flyer please click here. To read the entire article please click here.