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Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen: Free Meals for Furloughed Employees

As the government shutdown surpasses the thirty-day mark, furloughed federal employees continue to go without pay. Yesterday, thanks to rock legend Jon Bon Jovi and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, some of those employees received a helping hand in the form of a free meal and some much-needed comradery.

Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, served up more than 70 free meals to furloughed workers and their families. The two-hour event provided soup, an entree and a dessert, and was sponsored by Gov. Phil Murphy’s organization, the Philip and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation. The governor and his wife were in attendance to talk with diners.

Soul Kitchen is an eatery that provides organic and locally grown food to its patrons. According to their site, Soul Kitchen encourages customers who can pay to provide a $20 donation for their meal. Their Pay It Forward Program uses any additional donations to cover the cost of providing meals for those who are unable to donate.

Along with a free, multi-course meal, furloughed employees were able to enjoy each other’s company. Dining with others who understand their struggle in a family-like atmosphere was a welcome change.

One patron remarked that the first thing she would like to do upon the end of the shutdown, is to return to the restaurant and pay it forward.  

A second lunch will be offered tomorrow, January 23  from noon to 2pm at Soul Kitchen’s second location in Toms River, New Jersey. Any employee wishing to participate in the event is asked to bring proof of federal employment.

Looking for a way to help? You can volunteer your time at the Red Bank or Toms River locations. You can also make a tax-deductible donation to The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

Giving Tuesday 2018

Giving Tuesday 2018 with Trinitas Health Foundation

Happy Giving Tuesday 2018! For the third consecutive year, #HipNJ will be shining a spotlight on the wonderful initiatives of the Trinitas Health Foundation.

Join us in our support of Trinitas Health Foundation’s #PeaceOfMind campaign to help renovate the Behavioral Health Facilities at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Donate today and have your #GivingTuesday gift DOUBLED; $20 becomes $40, $30 becomes $60, $50 becomes $100!! THANK YOU for your kindness!!

Donate online or call the Trinitas Health Foundation at (908) 994-8249 (8:30am – 4:30pm). You can also contribute directly on Facebook.

Learn more about #PeaceOfMind by watching the below videos:

#MakeADifferenceDay Jersey Cares

USA Weekend Magazine created Make A Difference Day back in 1992. Since then, many organizations have supported, developing campaigns centered around the holiday. Now, USA Today is its primary sponsor and organizer. It is the #1 location to find ways in which you can make a difference. Ways to celebrate are limitless. 

There are numerous organizations across the globe that focus on making a difference daily. #HipNJ would like to highlight Jersey Cares, a program filled with hundreds of volunteer opportunities, open to everyone! The make volunteering super simple! First you register, and then you can choose a volunteer opportunity, participate in an annual event, start a collection drive, or even get your company involved in their Corporate Service Program

Volunteer Opportunities 

Jersey Cares has volunteer opportunities available  every single day. For the remainder of the month, they have opportunities such as Marketplace, Tutoring and Mentoring, Pet Therapy, Halloween Costume Drives, Earth Keepers, Mobile Meals, Caring Closet, Care of the Park, Hunger Helpers, and so much more!

Annual Events 

Jersey Cares holds their Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event annually in order to embody Dr. King’s vision, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together. The goal is to strengthen their communities and build a stronger New Jersey. This year, 1700 volunteers in 20 service projects, across 10 counties, honored the legacy of Dr. MLK Jr. by serving hot meals to those who needed them, creating blankets for the homeless, painting murals in schools, sending time with seniors, and more! 

They also hold their September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event annually. In 2017, they gathered 500 volunteers at a Jersey City high school. Volunteers honored those who were affected by 9/11 through projects such as creating thank-you kits for first responders, landscaping the schools 9/11 memorial, and painting inspirational murals in the hallway. 

Customized Corporate Service Programs

Becoming a Jersey Cares Partner means getting your company involved in a non-profit partnership that will benefit the community. Your company will receive customized volunteer project planning services for your employees, clients, vendors, family members and anyone else you choose. So far, Jersey Care Partners have participated in interactive workshops, financial literacy and resume building workshops, greenhouse building and more!

In addition, apart of the Customized Corporate Service Program is The Jersey Cares On the Go Program. It provides employees the opportunity to contribute to their communities through team-based projects that are implemented right in their offices or on-site at a conference!

As you can see, making a difference is made simple by Jersey Cares. Let’s join them today!

As they say, “Be the change. Volunteer.”