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Hometown Heroes

#HipNJ had the pleasure to sit with Michael Schwartz, founder of Hometown Heroes, and talk about his Garden State charity.

HipNJ first had the opportunity to work with Hometown Heroes during their Restore the Shore campaign, which raised over three million dollars for the 10,000 people and 2,700 families that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Since then, the charity has only expanded, both in size and in mission.

Hometown Heroes is located on Toms River, and recently opened an office in L.A. Schwartz seeks to open more chapters, saying, “we’re just trying to grow this thing nationally.” The charity works by “partner[ing] heroes in the community with people in need.” The heroes are real people who want to use their skills and talent to make their community and the world a better place.

Hometown Heroes provides relief to those struggling with domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness, and more. According to Schwartz, “we try to fill those gaps that other charities can’t.” The charity empowers not only the people they help, but also those who volunteer. Or, as Schwartz likes to say, those who “wear a cape and be a hero.”

To help Hometown Heroes fill those gaps, visit to donate and volunteer!

Happy National Cat Day #NationalCatDay

For all you animal lovers out there today is your chance to make a difference on National Cat Day. There are many deserving cats out there so stop by an animal shelter and adopt a kitten or cat. Here are some local New Jersey shelters to check out!

Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc in Oakland

Bloomfield Animal Shelter in Bloomfield 

Happy Tails for Fali! ? #kittensofinstagram #kittenseason #kittens #rescue #adoptdontshop #animalshelter

A photo posted by Bloomfield Animal Shelter (@bloomfield_animal_shelter) on

Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City

Eleventh Hour Rescue in Morris

?? She's perfect #eleventhhourrescue

A photo posted by J a c k i e N i c h o l l s (@jackie2rose) on

Byram Animal Rescue Kindness Squad in Byram 

Paperwork at the shelter can take furever sometimes ❤??

A photo posted by Kelly Sullivan ? (@kellsullivann) on

Happy National Cat Day!

Do Something Nice Day

On National Do Something Nice Day we have come up with a list of random acts of kindness that you can spread throughout the day to family, friends, co-workers and even strangers.

  1. Compliment a stranger
  2. Write a thank you note
  3. Be thoughtful
  4. Hold the door for someone
  5. Say ‘thank you’ as often as you can
  6. Call your loved ones and tell them you love them
  7. Donate clothing to those in need
  8. Be patient
  9. Cheer someone on
  10. Leave nice comments on social media sites
  11. Share
  12. Volunteer to do something you would not normally do
  13. Say ‘hello’ to strangers
  14. Smile
  15. Let co-workers know that they are doing a good job
  16. Be understanding
  17. Listen
  18. Be happy for others
  19. Avoid gossip
  20. Stand up for someone

Spread the kindness on Do Something Nice Day.  If you do good you will feel good!