Category Archives: Fundraiser

NJ Sharing Network: 5K Celebration of Life

The NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit organization that aims to help connect organ donors with patients in need of important transplant procedures.

Jan Hines is an assistant director for the organization and was happy to sit down with #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino to spread the awareness of organ donating throughout New Jersey.

The headquarters is located in New Providence, New Jersey and is home to a team of about 180 employees looking to help patients in anyway they can. “We work to facilitate the gift of life for patients who are waiting for an organ or tissue transplant,” said Hines in regards to what the organization does on a daily basis.

Sunday, June 2 marks the organization’s 5K Celebration of Life at the New Providence headquarters. The event is set to host 10,000 participants and will further help spread awareness and honor organ donors, along with their families.

Along with this exciting affair coming up, the Garden State will be hosting the Transplant Games of America in July of 2020 for the first time ever. The national event will focus around athletic competitions to celebrate the success of organ transplantation.

If you are interested in registering to become an organ donor, sign up for their advocacy night, join the 5K Celebration of Life and learn more about the Transplant Games of America, visit www.njsharingnetwork.org to help get involved and save more lives.

Fabulous Female – Kirsten Corley

This month’s Fabulous Female, is Kirsten Corley! Kirsten attended Stockton State, and after graduating ,worked in NY as a writer and Editorial Director. Kirsten also wrote a book about relationship lifestyles and mental health. In her spare time Kirsten would also  volunteer for fun.  In the summer of 2018, she turned that into a career by becoming the Development Associate at Covenant House. She works out of the Covenant House crisis center, in Newark NJ, coordinating young professional volunteers.

Covenant House is a non-profit organization that helps homeless and trafficked youth transition from off the streets to leading stable lives. Covenant House focuses on jobs, education and teaching youth fundamental basics with a goal of eventually living on their own.  The non-profit is currently in 32 different cities, in 6 different countries and serves up to 80,000 youth every year

Kirsten was prompted to become involved with Covenant House when she participated in a Sleep Out event in 2014.  ‘Sleep Out’ is a movement that asks individuals to sleep outside the Covenant Shelter for the night with a box and sleeping bag.  This event raises money, and brings awareness to the problem that is youth homelessness in today’s society.  

Kirsten’s main focus is to get homeless kids off the streets. She feels that when kids have the courage to walk through the Covenant House doors and admit they need help, it is her job and obligation to make sure they get where they deserve to be and have the opportunity at a great life.

In what little spare time she has, Kirsten attends public speaking events to talk about the work she does.  She also finds time to write on the side and likes to train for half and full marathons. She is constantly juggling all of her responsibilities, but feels that to be her best self means taking care of herself and striving to do things that make her happy.

As a young woman in today’s society Kirsten finds that at times there are challenges with some people taking her seriously.  She doesn’t allow this to be an obstacle, because she has a strong group of women supporting and encouraging her.  Her opinion is that right now it’s the time for women to both “drive and thrive in their careers” and that there is nothing that, with the right support and frame of mind, we can’t do.

Kirsten stays so organized with everything she’s juggling, day to day by utilizing lists. She also utilizes the calendar on her phone religiously. On Sundays she outlines her week, and writes down how her time should be spent. Her philosophy is about focusing on the here and now… which will eventually get her to where she wants to be.

I asked Kirsten how anyone can become involved and give back to their community, when donating monetarily may not be an option. Kirsten stated there are many opportunities at Covenant House, to volunteer, and getting in touch with her can be the first step. While it may be intimidating for someone to volunteer, not knowing what they are getting into, it is also the most rewarding experience.  You can check the Covenant House website for the next Sleep Out event or even to just donate!

Holiday Hip List 2018: Seltzer’s Rainbow Heart

The Hip List‘s Maria Falzo is here to tell you about her gift picks for the holidays!

Author Jayne DiGregorio stopped by the #HipNJ studio with her adorable 1 1/2 year old Bernedoodle, Bear, to chat with our Maria Falzo about the wonderful initiatives she is currently embarking on!

Jayne released a children’s book called “Seltzers Rainbow Heart” that was born from her heartbreak over losing her Yorkie, Seltzer, last May.

“It was a book that was a healing tool for me when I lost my little Yorkie, Seltzer, last May. I wanted to write a book to keep her legacy alive with all the unconditional love she offered to me and everyone who met her,” explained Jayne.

To further capture the spirit of Seltzer, Jayne recently published a coloring book called “COLOR Seltzer’s Rainbow Heart.” Portions of the proceeds from both books are donated to local animal shelters & rescues. For more information, visit www.SeltzersRainbowHeart.com.

It was important to Jayne to develop other ways to help the local pet community. For nearly a year, Jayne has been spearheading an initiative called C.A.R.E. Bearbox. Each month, Jayne collects gently used towels/blankets/toys around the community and delivers these boxes to a different Animal Shelter and Rescue. For the Holidays, Jayne is introducing the first first C.A.R.E Bearbox – 2018 Winter Box with the “Buy a Box, Give a Box” mission. With each box purchased, a box of goodies & essentials will be donated to a local Animal Shelter or Rescue. For more information, visit www.CareBearbox.com.

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