We’re proud to spotlight the work of our community members who are helping those in need during this time of crisis.
The 2020 Kidsgiving event hosted by Montgomery Charity Foundation. This year we are collecting food for the Montgomery & Hillsborough food pantries and gifts/cash for Steps-Together, a local 501c3 that supports Somerset County families facing medical crises like childhood cancer. More info can be found at bit.ly/donate4kids20
First Habitat for Humanity Home Breaks Ground in Montgomery Township!
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.
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: Contact SAVE to volunteer as a foster for kittens, or mature pet who doesn’t thrive in the shelter environment
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/