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Foundation awards $200,000 in grants, emergency pandemic support

Foundation awards $200,000 in grants, emergency pandemic support

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey (JWFNJ), a donor-advised fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, has awarded $160,000 in competitive grants to six local nonprofit organizations working to transform the lives of women and girls.

In addition, JWFNJ donated $40,000 in one-time emergency dollars in unsolicited grants to organizations responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

Since its formation in 2007, JWFNJ has awarded grants to approximately 78 organizations in New Jersey and Israel, totaling more than $1.1 million.

“JWF has a long history of supporting organizations that benefit issues like women’s health, housing stability, and food insecurity,” said foundation director Cheryl Rosario. “This year, supporting projects that seek to address racial disparities and communities impacted by the pandemic are more important than ever.”

The large grants awarded for 2020-2021 are as follows:

Women’s health: College of American Pathologists Foundation, New Brunswick — $30,000 for the See Test and Treat Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute and RWJ University Hospital, ensuring uninsured women have access to mammograms and other preventative tests.

Menstrual equity: Community Food Bank of NJ, Hillside — $30,000 for the Period Initiative, a menstrual equity program that addresses period poverty by providing sustained distribution of monthly supplies to those in need.

Civic engagement: Girl Scouts of Northern NJ, Riverdale — $10,000 for Voter Girl Civic Advocacy, a program that teaches Girl Scouts ages 7-18 about citizenship, voting, and leadership.

Food insecurity: Newark Beth Israel, Newark — $30,000 for Women’s Wellness Pantry, a program that improves the health and well-being of pregnant and new moms by addressing food insecurity.

Maternal health: Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern NJ, Newark — $30,000 for Trusted Links, a peer education program that engages community advocates to lead reproductive health discussions and empower Black women who are at the highest risk of experiencing maternal mortality and morbidity.

Housing stability: Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Newark — $30,000 for a program designed to increase housing stability for women in need by providing free legal assistance to tenants.

Emergency dollars to organizations responding to the Covid-19 crisis include:

Arad Cultural Center and Be’er Sheva Fund for Development, Israel: $10,000 to purchase laptops and tablets to girls in partner communities to continue their education.

Community FoodBank of NJ, Hillside: $10,000 for food and hygiene products and the distribution of emergency meal kits.

Jewish Family Service of Greater Metro-West, Florham Park: $10,000 to help women at-risk of experiencing increased domestic violence, isolated seniors, and others who require emergency assistance.

Oasis-A Haven for Women and Children, Paterson: $10,000 to help fund the distribution of grab-and-go meals during the pandemic.

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