COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Efforts throughout New Jersey Funded to Address Communities’ Greatest Needs

With a focus on small New Jersey communities and geographic areas of the state that have less access to funding, New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) – a statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – ­­­recently selected 13 community-based organizations to receive grants totaling $400,000 to address immediate needs such as food, housing and income assistance, and social isolation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thirteen community-based organizations have each received COVID-19 emergency response funding as part of the $5 million RWJF has committed to relief efforts in its home state of New Jersey, which has been hit particularly hard by the Coronavirus. Ranging between $20,000 and $60,000 each, these grants support relief and recovery efforts focused on connecting older adults to their communities through technology; providing resources and support to in-home childcare workers so they can remain open and safely care for children of essential workers; preparing and distributing meals to older adults and children; providing direct emergency assistance to individuals and families who don’t qualify for other types of support for rent, food or other emergency expenses, and more.

Following are the organizations that received this funding to support their work to move New Jersey along the path to recovery:

Acenda Integrated Health – $30,000 for Healthy Community, Summer Eats Program, Gloucester and Atlantic counties.

Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) – $50,000 for CATA COVID-19 Response with Farmworkers and Low-Wage Latino Workers in Southern New Jersey, South Jersey.

Community Affairs and Resource Center – $60,000 for COVID-19 Resiliency Project, Monmouth County.

Family Support Organization (FSO) of Burlington County – $20,000 for Burlington County FSO COVID Relief Fund, Burlington County.

Gateway Community Action Partnership ­– $20,000 for Marino Center Kitchen: Feeding Homeless and Senior Population, City of Bridgeton.

Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc. – $20,000 for COVID-19 Pandemic Relief for Hispanic Family Center, East Camden and South Jersey.

Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties ­– $30,600 for Reducing Social Isolation of Older Adults through Technology, Statewide.

Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs – $50,000 for Strengthening the Wellness of Morris County and Surrounding Communities in Response to COVID-19, Morris County and Town of Hackettstown.

NJ Communities United ­– $20,000 for Supporting In-Home Early Childhood Educators During COVID-19, Statewide.

The NORWESCAP Fondo de Oportunidades has selected its first round of applicants who will each receive a gift card to help with emergency expenses.

NORWESCAP – $50,000 for Fondo de Oportunidades COVID-19 Emergency Response, Hunterdon, Warren, Morris, Somerset and Sussex counties.

SERV Centers of New Jersey, Inc. –$20,000 for Emergency COVID-19 Relief for Hudson, Union and Passaic Counties Consumers and Their Family Members, Hudson, Union and Passaic counties.

Urban League of Essex County – $20,000 for Addressing Food Insecurity Due to COVID-19 in Newark’s Fairmount Heights Neighborhood, City of Newark.

Urban Revival Project – $20,000 for New Brunswick COVID-19 Food Relief Project, City of New Brunswick.

To learn more about these awards and receive updates about each organization’s work, contact the NJHI program for more information.

Learn more about RWJF’s commitment to its home state of New Jersey.