Community Initiatives

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

 

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Donate Your Old Bike

Bikes for the World has been teaming up with local community organizations on the East Coast to collect bicycles that are then distributed to vetted partner charitable organizations in over 29 countries in the developing world.  To date, Bikes for the World has rescued and repurposed almost 150,000 bikes!  These unused bikes collecting dust in our garages end up becoming a valuable resource in the developing world by creating jobs, raising income,  increasing educational opportunities and allowing access to healthcare. https://montgomeryrotary.org/page/bikes-for-the-world

 

 

 

First Habitat for Humanity Home Breaks Ground in Montgomery Township!

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On a picture-perfect day of September 12th, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity blessed and dedicated the site of the future home of Cicely Caldwell and family. It marks the first Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Montgomery Township, and the affiliate’s 54th home in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. Cicely Caldwell and her children were joined by Mayor Jaffer, Administrator Donato Neiman and Planning Director, Lori Savron, the extended Caldwell family, and representatives from Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity to celebrate a day that marks new beginnings for the Caldwells. At the ceremony, Ms. Caldwell recalled learning about Habitat for Humanity was building a home in Montgomery Township, and how she sat in her car signing up for classes. Receiving the news of her selection a few days before Christmas, Caldwell said “God used Habitat for Humanity to be a beacon for me. To be a way to realize my dreams as a homeowner.”
Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, RV Habitat was limited in the number of in-person attendees that could safely be on site, but a live video stream was broadcast from the site for all to see. The video can be watched here: https://www.facebook.com/RVHFH/videos/858510468390783/

To read  the entire press release click here

 

 

Kindness Rocks to Create a Path of Hope

The Montgomery Recreation Department is working with local artists to create a Path of Hope within the Montgomery community as a response to these unusual times. This path will be created by using stones painted by adults and children and placed around the trees and Meditation Garden at the Otto Kaufman Community Center (OKCC), 356 Skillman Road, Skillman.  A version of this idea dates back before the pandemic to 2018 with an international movement known as “Kindness Rocks,” as described on the Today Show.

Participation is easy!  Just find stones you like and use acrylic paints or permanent markers to create a design on the stone. Add your name if you like and finish your work of art with varnish to weather-proof. Then you can go to the OKCC and place your stones in areas allocated for the path, and while doing so you can admire the work of the others too! Just be sure to maintain social distance from other people who do not live with you.  Please remember to seal you painted rock with a varnish to help prevent the paint from running off during rain. To read the rest of the article please click here.
Rocks Painted by Montgomery’s Spriha Gupta and her children

 

 

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, FILL IN THE GAP.

 

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/