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Hometown Heroes

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#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 usahometownheroes.org to donate and volunteer!

#HipNJ Helps Houston

By now, you have seen the heartbreaking devastation Hurricane Harvey left in Texas. According to the National Weather Service, Harvey has set a record for total rainfall from a single tropical cyclone in the continental United States– a mind-blowing 48 inches has fallen so far, with more to come.

Here in New Jersey, there are many ways to help our brothers and sisters across the country. Here are a few ways to get involved with some kind-hearted Garden State initiatives:

New Jersey Blood Services

Adopt a Pet

 

We’ve gotten word that everyone’s boarded and Wings of Rescue is in the air with the dogs from City of San Antonio Animal Care Services headed to NJ! We’re ready to welcome them this evening when they land at Morristown and will update later. We will continue to work with The Humane Society of the United States to support Texas in the days, weeks and months to come. The dogs being relocated were in shelters awaiting adoption prior to the disaster–moving them north to the adoption programs of St. Hubert’s and our WayStation destination partners for adoption increases capacity in Texas for sheltering pets directly impacted by the storm, helping to keep families together. To make a gift to help our ongoing efforts visit www.sthuberts.org/harveydogs. Thank you.

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New Jersey Hospital Association A 150 bed hospital in Texas has reached out to the NJHA looking for volunteer nurses for one to two weeks to fly down and be able to give their staff some relief. All expenses paid, but no salary (volunteer). They need 30 ICU nurses, 30 ED nurses and 30 med/surg/telemetry nurses.

Contact info for person at NJHA: Aline M. Holmes, DNP, MSN, RN Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs New Jersey Hospital Association (t)609-275-4157 AHolmes@NJHA.com

Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties 

Spotlight On: Sandy survivor plans to open home for Harvey victims.

Guy Madsen owns two homes in Seaside Heights. They are usually empty once Columbus Day rolls around, but he plans to allow victims of Hurricane Harvey to live in them for free.

Spotlight On: Pa., N.J. volunteers mobilize for Harvey relief in Texas.

New Jersey dispatched 16 of its Task Force 1 members on Sunday, as well as three New Jersey State Police personnel, according to Laura Connolly, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

Our thoughts are with you, Houston.