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Celebrating 10 years of HOPE Sheds Light

Celebrating 10 years of HOPE Sheds Light

It's been 10 years of spreading awareness on substance use disorder and providing strength to families and individuals who have been impacted by the disease. Ten years of proving that recovery is real. Ten years of embracing multiple pathways to…

It was a December to remember for The HOPE Center

It was a December to remember for The HOPE Center

It was a December to remember for The HOPE Center in Toms River as the local nonprofit served community members in need during the holiday season through its annual Star Light, Star Bright event and Christmas Meal Giveaway.The Star Light,…

Youth giving back to youth this holiday season

Youth giving back to youth this holiday season

This holiday season, the youth groups of Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC) are doing whatever they can to make a difference in the lives of their fellow youth in and around Ocean County. From OPC's YAS (Your Authentic Self) teen…

HOPE Sheds Light hosts successful 4th Annual Evening of HOPE

HOPE Sheds Light hosts successful 4th Annual Evening of HOPE

HOPE Sheds Light, Inc. (HSL), a family focused non-profit organization offering education, resources, support and HOPE to everyone and anyone affected by substance use disorder, recently hosted its 4th Annual Evening of HOPE, honoring Beverly Prima. The sold-out event was…

Shop Downtown App Makes Giving Tuesday A Year Round Event

Shop Downtown App Makes Giving Tuesday A Year Round Event

Shop Downtown, a leading provider of digital downtown city-based merchant discount cards, today unveiled a new way for nonprofits to fundraise via the firm's new mobile app, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, just in time for…

Ocean Partnership for Children hosts Multicultural Potluck Feast

Ocean Partnership for Children hosts Multicultural Potluck Feast

Ocean Partnership for Children's (OPC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee held a Multicultural Potluck Feast on November 14 to celebrate the nonprofit's rich diversity during the holiday season."We are so thankful for the opportunity to celebrate the variety of…

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County receives $30,000 following Causeway 5K

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County receives $30,000 following Causeway 5K

A family of five was about to be evicted from their Ocean Acres home. They didn't know who to turn to for help, so they googled support services and found Family Promise of Southern Ocean County. The nonprofit was able…

Local nonprofits to host virtual presentation for families about legal guardianships

Local nonprofits to host virtual presentation for families about legal guardianships

What is a guardianship and how do you obtain one? What are the legal rights of parents and caregivers of children with disabilities? Three local nonprofits have come together to address these questions and more. Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC)…

Ocean Partnership for Children issues Request for Proposals for Community Resource Development Funds

Ocean Partnership for Children issues Request for Proposals for Community Resource Development Funds

Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC) is seeking proposals to develop and/or increase the availability of community-based resources to Ocean County youth experiencing emotional, behavioral, developmental, intellectual, substance use needs, and their families."OPC provides care management services to children and youth…

The HOPE Center to host Gift of Warmth/ Operation BBQ Relief in Toms River

The HOPE Center to host Gift of Warmth/ Operation BBQ Relief in Toms River

The HOPE Center will host Gift of Warmth/Operation BBQ Relief on Saturday, November 5th from 10am to 2pm at 253 Chestnut Street in Toms River. This event will be held in partnership with Operation BBQ Relief supported by DRJ Catering,…

Our Lady of Guadalupe receives Causeway’s CauseWheels vehicle donation

Our Lady of Guadalupe receives Causeway’s CauseWheels vehicle donation

It has been eight months since Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish's cargo van went out of service. Since then, volunteers at the Lakewood church have been utilizing their personal vehicles to pick up and transport food to serve community members…

Largest gathering of Down syndrome community in New England returned to Wakefield after 3-year hiatus to mark Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Largest gathering of Down syndrome community in New England returned to Wakefield after 3-year hiatus to mark Down Syndrome Awareness Month

The MDSC Buddy Walk, the largest gathering of the Down syndrome community in New England, returned to Wakefield Common after a 3-year-hiatus. At the walk, Governor Charlie Baker addressed the walkers and accepted the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress’ Annual Leadership…

Leading National Free Tech Training Nonprofit, NPower, Announces Ben Kesler as New Executive Director for Missouri

Leading National Free Tech Training Nonprofit, NPower, Announces Ben Kesler as New Executive Director for Missouri

NPower, one of the country’s largest nonprofits providing free IT skills training, professional development, and job placement, has announced Ben Kesler as the new Executive Director for NPower Missouri. Kesler recently served as interim Executive Director for NPower Missouri. Kesler…

Children and families are given the opportunity to engage with the arts

Children and families are given the opportunity to engage with the arts

"The coolest thing just happened in this room… and everybody saw it," said the Amazing Max Darwin. "If you [the audience] just saw a beautiful young lady floating in the air, please raise your hand [hands go up all around…

John Brooks Recovery Center underlines Alcohol Use Disorder

John Brooks Recovery Center underlines Alcohol Use Disorder

There were 2,076 substance abuse treatment admissions for Atlantic County residents with the primary drug being alcohol. This accounts for 28 percent of all admissions, second only to heroin (3,597 admissions/48 percent). Of those numbers, 452 residents were from Atlantic…

Local Rotary Club delivers ambulance to Ukraine

Local Rotary Club delivers ambulance to Ukraine

As the war in Ukraine continues on, the medical infrastructure in the country has been severely damaged due to attacks on hospitals, ambulances and other health care facilities. With medical supplies in desperate demand, one local Rotary Club has stepped…

The 5th Annual Causeway 5K is coming to Manahawkin

The 5th Annual Causeway 5K is coming to Manahawkin

It's almost time to lace up those sneakers and support a great cause! The 5th Annual Causeway 5K will be held on Sunday, October 16th at Southern Regional High School, 90 Cedar Bridge Road in Manahawkin. The event, presented by…

HOPE fills the Seaside Heights boardwalk for the ninth straight year

HOPE fills the Seaside Heights boardwalk for the ninth straight year

Nine years later and hope is stronger than ever. The 9th Annual Celebration of HOPE Walk, hosted by HOPE Sheds Light (HSL), brought nearly 2,000 individuals and families to the Seaside Heights Boardwalk on September 10th to learn about substance…

OCC Foundation unveils Legacy Campaign

OCC Foundation unveils Legacy Campaign

"The need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence and contribution," – Stephen Covey.Ocean County College Foundation is celebrating 60 years of academic growth and excellence by unveiling its Legacy…

Julie Bellezza joins OceanFirst Foundation

Julie Bellezza joins OceanFirst Foundation

Where there is a need, there is always a way. OceanFirst Foundation, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, has built a solid reputation as a good neighbor – providing grants that assist families, organizations, schools and communities in New…

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