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Providing Meals to Those in Need During the Pandemic

– At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the stay-at-home order restricted many Bridgeton residents from leaving their homes. This prompted the Live Healthy Bridgeton coalition to redirect its community engagement efforts to provide community support. With the…

Planting Seeds of Hope

– While developing our Neighborhood Plan in 2018, we surveyed Millville residents to find out what they wanted in their neighborhood. A community garden was top of the list. We are very proud that we were able to make this dream…

The BIG Shift

– Who would have that thought in mid-March, when our organization, Holly City Development Corporation, decided to work remotely, that seven months later we would still be in the midst of a pandemic? No one did. We had projects and programming…

Feeding the Bridgeton Community During a Pandemic

– In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, my fellow Next GEN Leaders and I began our mission to address food insecurity by developing surveys to determine which families that did not have transportation to the designated “Grab-and-Go” sites operated by…

Recognizing the Needs of Our Community

– Millville is a close-knit community where everyone knows each other. Because of this, we have a very strong coalition of community partners. We also have an amazing team of Community Builders who live and work with families in the neighborhood…

Getting through Rough Times

– With schools closed and interactions among peers replaced by social distancing, the Bridgeton Next GEN Leaders are participating in journaling exercises to remain connected to each other, to their coaches and to the community. Project Director and coach Nina Young…

Fighting Food Insecurity

– There are many health-related issues within my city, and as Bridgeton’s Next Generation Community Leaders (Next GEN Leaders), our team chose to target food insecurity. In Fall 2019, we visited downtown Bridgeton and set up tables with bags of fresh…

An Air of Resident-Driven Change in Millville

– There is an excitement in the air as residents come together to make changes in their community. Millville’s Center City residents have been meeting monthly to take on projects that will change the city’s environment. Given different project ideas, residents…

More Than Just A Meal – Making a Connection!

– The Next Generation Community Leaders program has become a very successful youth team that helps empower its community. Bridgeton’s group is well-known for our successful youth feeding sites. Every day in July, we visited six feeding sites and not only…