2017 Grant Opportunity for Volunteer Fire & First Aid Squads

Deadline to Apply for 2017 Grants – November 1, 2017

Every day is a good day to salute and thank the countless volunteers who give their time and talents as fire and first aid responders, caring for the sick and injured and protecting and saving the lives and property of others. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that our Volunteer Fire and First Aid Squad Grant Program is back in 2017 for squads in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Since the program began in 1997, more than $925,000 has been awarded to LOCAL squads. Annual grants of $500 are offered to squads that have tax exempt status with the IRS – 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) – and meet eligibility requirements. If you volunteer with a squad and want to learn more, please contact the Foundation and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

* Please note this program is currently not offered to squads in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester counties.

We’re Expanding to Southern New Jersey!

We enjoyed meeting so many new friends from nonprofits in southern New Jersey at our “Get to Know Us” event at Greate Bay Country Club on December 6th. We’re excited to begin our work in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester counties in 2017! If you missed the event, just give us a call and we’ll gladly fill you in on our plans for the upcoming year.

OceanFirst Helps Build with Habitat for Humanity

Our basic construction skills were put to the test this fall when we teamed up with two Habitat for Humanity  chapters on local build projects.

Although the weather was stormy at Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity’s “Building Homes from the Heart” blitz build event at the Ocean County Mall, spirits were high as teams of volunteers including our own OceanFirst team led by CEO, Chris Maher, worked on a home for  Katiria and her daughters.

The sun came out for Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County’s “House that Rock Built” event at the Monmouth Mall. Volunteers worked on a two-family home to be built in the Atlantic Highlands. Both were great experiences!

Home Runs for Heroes is a Hit

The eighth season of Home Runs for Heroes scored big for charities that help veterans and LOCAL service men and women with a total of 30 home runs hit and $30,000 in grants awarded! We thank our partners – the Lakewood BlueClaws,  a minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies organization, and Townsquare Media for another exciting season. 

Home Runs for Heroes provides financial support to nonprofit organizations that meet the emergency and basic needs of veterans and LOCAL service men and women – active and retired – and their families during difficult times. The program ties each charity partner to an inning and every home run hit by the BlueClaws at First Energy Park during the charity’s designated inning earns them a $1,000 donation. They also get awesome exposure on Townsquare Media stations. In the eight seasons of the program, $217,000 has been awarded to our charity partners.

Receiving grants this year are: American Recreational Military Services ($4,000 – 8th Inning); Army Emergency Relief ($6,000 – 5th Inning); Catholic Charities ($2,000 – 7th Inning); Chariot Riders Horses for Heroes ($4,000 – 6th Inning); GI Go Fund ($1,000 – 4th Inning); Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund ($3,000 – 1st Inning); National Guard State Family Readiness Council ($5,000 – 2nd Inning); Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society ($2,000 – 3rd Inning) and Vetgroup ($3,000 – 9th and extra Innings).

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