Share your generosity with worthy area charities
This year join forces with other like-minded individuals and organizations, such as the ones that follow, to continue Bergen County’s long-standing spirit of caring commitment to improving our communities and all of those who call it home.
Center For Food Action of New Jersey
192 West Demarest Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631
Contact: Director of Communications & Community Relations Jennifer Johnson
Phone: (201) 569-1804, ext. 28
Mission: The organization’s goal is to prevent hunger and homelessness and to improve the lives of individuals and families. It provides emergency food, utility and housing assistance, advocacy, counseling services and access to other community resources. CFA helps clients find solutions to problems, achieve financial stability and create a brighter future.
Habitat For Humanity of Bergen County
121 Carver Ave., Westwood, NJ 07675
Contact: Executive Director Jacey Raimondo
Phone: (201) 457-1020
Mission: Habitat For Humanity of Bergen County was established in 1994 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Its mission is to provide decent, affordable homes for hardworking Bergen County families.
New Concepts For Living
68A West Passaic St., Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Contact: Associate Executive Director Adam Fishman
Phone: (201) 843-3427
Mission: New Concepts For Living is a community non-profit organization committed to people with disabilities and their families. Inspired by the vision of families and consumers, New Concepts enables people to realize their dreams and achieve their individual potential through quality community program supports and services.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
1 Bergen County Plaza, Suite 440, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact: Executive Director Ellen Davis
Phone: (201) 336-7520
Mission: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) For Children of Bergen County is an independent, non-profit organization of professionals and trained volunteers who have been appointed by the NJ Family Court to advocate for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. CASA works to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to these children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes.
Multiple Sclerosis Care Center
Holy Name Hospital
718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Contact: Development Officer Lisa Futterman
Phone: (201) 833-3000, ext. 3899
Mission: The Multiple Sclerosis Care Center is New Jersey’s only non-profit licensed facility providing healthcare and related services to patients with MS regardless of their ability to pay.
Hope For Children Research Foundation
700D Lake St., Ramsey, NJ 07446
Contact: Executive Director Meg Minassian
Phone: (201) 962-8686
Mission: The hope of the foundation is finding new treatments and cures for children with neurological diseases. The foundation hopes a doctor will never again have to say to a mother or father, “Take your child home; there’s nothing we can do.”
Pet ResQ, Inc.
24 West Railroad Ave., Suite 172, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Contact: Founder Robyn Urman
Phone: (201) 450-5992
Mission: Pet ResQ, Inc. is a small group of volunteers who believe that all living creatures deserve a change. They exist solely on donations and the efforts of volunteers and foster homes. They tend to rescue the elderly and handicapped pets that otherwise would not stand a chance at life.
Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation
P.O. Box 547, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Contact: Founding President & Executive Director Lisa Yue
Phone: (866) 808-2873
Mission: The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation is dedicated to finding the cause and cure for pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening disease of the heart muscle, through the support of research, education and increased awareness and advocacy.
1086 Teaneck Road, Suite 2G, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Contact: Executive Director Elana Silber
Phone: (201) 833-2341
Mission: Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Their mission is to offer a community of support to woman of all Jewish backgrounds diagnosed with breast cancer or at an increased genetic risk by fostering culturally relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals and related resources.
Pony Power Therapies
1170 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430
Contact: Founder & Executive Director Donna Spett
Phone: (201) 934-1001
Mission: Pony Power Therapies is a non-profit organization giving special needs and at-risk children and adults a unique opportunity to ride, care for and interact with horses. The riding and non-riding activities enhance individuals’ physical, social and emotional wellbeing in a safe, nurturing farm environment.
200 Club of Bergen County
560 Hudson St., Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact: Executive Director Andrea Betancourt
Phone: (201) 229-0600
Mission: To benefit law enforcement, fire or emergency personnel who die or are seriously injured in the line of duty. Their motto is “serving our servants.”
Heightened Independence & Progress (hip)
131 Main St., Suite 120, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact: President/CEO Eileen Goff
Phone: (201) 996-9100
Mission: Heightened Independence & Progress is a non-profit agency run by and for people with disabilities. With Centers For Independent Living in Bergen and Hudson counties, hip’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve independent living through outreach, advocacy and education. hip offers wide-ranging programs and services to people with disabilities of all ages.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund’s New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter (JDRF)
1480 U.S. Highway 9 North, Suite 306, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Contact: Executive Director Jess Backofen
Phone: (732) 219-6654
Mission: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research while providing support for those living with Type 1 Diabetes and their families in the community.
Julia’s Butterfly Foundation
637 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 285, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Contact: President Christine Callahan
Phone: (201) 675-9961
Mission: Julia’s Butterfly Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of terminally and chronically ill children and their families. The foundation honors the memory of 6-year-old Julia Marie Bommer, who passed away in 2005 following her brave battle against a rare kidney disorder. It is the foundation’s goal to pay tribute to Julia’s life by helping other children and their families struggling with the demands of their unique circumstances. The foundation is humbled by the courage and dedication of the children and caregivers they support, and consider it a privilege to provide financial aid, physical assistance and services to those who need it most.
Tomorrows Children’s Fund (TCF)
30 Prospect Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact: Administrative Director Susan Garbe
Phone: (551) 996-5504
Mission: The Tomorrows Children’s Fund was founded by a group of committed parents to help their children and others like them with cancer and serious blood disorders. With the help of friends and supporters, today, TCF provides a warm, healthy and loving environment for children in treatment, a full scope of services to relieve families’ emotional and financial stress and the very best possible medical care – all of which confirms TCF’s belief that through hope, hard work and heartfelt generosity, extraordinary things are possible.
bergenPAC (Performing Arts Center)
30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ 07631
Contact: President & CEO Dominic Roncace
Phone: (201) 816-8160
Mission: To make the live performing arts accessible, and to speak to the lives of its diverse community. bergenPAC builds a creative home for artists of excellence and relevance, who entertain and enlighten, inspire and inform audiences.
Foundation for Autism Training and Education (FATE)
P.O. Box 1157, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Contact: Director of Development Sheilagh Cirillo
Phone: (201) 541-9833
Mission: FATE strives to help individuals with autism achieve their highest level of independence within their home, school and community.
West Bergen Mental Health
120 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Contact: Chief Development Officer Barbara Krusko
Phone: (201) 444-3550
Mission: The agency’s mission is to treat severe mental illness in children and adults and promote psychological health and personal growth. It provides comprehensive treatment and supportive services for clients and the surrounding community.
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County
64 Passaic St., Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact: CEO Lynne Algrant
Phone: (201) 489-9454, ext. 201
Mission: The Volunteer Center of Bergen County strengthens the community by connecting people with opportunities to serve, operating model volunteer programs, building capacity for effective volunteering and participating in strategic partnerships that meet community needs.
The Community Chest
122 S. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ 07631
Contact: Executive Director Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer
Phone: (201) 568-7474
Mission: The Community Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to residents and provides coordinating and planning services in Englewood, Englewood Cliffs and Tenafly to support a range of needs, including hunger, afterschool programming, elderly care, career counseling for women, mental health services, environmental education and medical care to low-income pregnant women.
The Comedy Cures Foundation
122 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670
Contact: Founder Saranne Rothberg
Phone: (201) 227-8410
Mission: The Comedy Cures Foundation is a national non-profit organization bringing joy, laughter and therapeutic humor programs to kids and grown-ups living with illness, depression, trauma and disabilities.
Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. (RBARI)
2 Shelter Lane, Oakland, NJ 07436
Contact: Executive Director Megan Boyle
Phone: (201) 337-5180
Mission: RBARI believes that all animals have a natural right to humane treatment, including proper care, respect and safe shelter. Their primary mission is to provide sanctuary while finding permanent, loving homes for the many animals that arrive in their shelter, including feral, elderly, handicapped and formerly abused animals. Animals in their care receive lots of love, shelter, food and medical care. RBARI adheres to a “no-kill” policy, giving animals an open-ended stay at a warm, safe place until loving homes can be found.
Youth Consultation Services (YCS) Foundation
235 Main St., Third Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact: President & CEO Richard Mingoia
Phone: (201) 678-1312
Mission: AT YCS, the mission is to advocate, educate, shelter and care for children in need and their families so that each can further develop the skills, self-worth and hope necessary for success within their communities.
Family Promise of Bergen County
100 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Contact: Executive Director Kate Duggan
Phone: (201) 833-8009
Mission: To provide hospitality to the homeless and to keep families together in times of crisis, guiding them through temporary periods of homelessness by helping them create an achievable vision and develop a strong foundation for self-sufficiency.
North Jersey Friendship Home
125 Atlantic St., Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact: Director of Operations John Alecci
Phone: (201) 488-2121
Mission: To maximize the independence and community living skills of persons experiencing severe and persistent mental illness, in order to reduce unnecessary hospitalization, secure other health and welfare services, as required by each individual referred to Friendship House for treatment, and to render assistance voluntarily in a safe, comfortable environment. Friendship House is a non-profit rehabilitation center offering comprehensive behavioral health services, vocational training and employment support for adults with all types of disabilities. Services are designed to address the unique needs and goals of every individual.
New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera
P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Contact: Chorus Coordinator Mary Ellen Rohon
Phone: (201) 886-0561
Mission: New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s mission is: 1) to enhance the cultural life of the community by providing a complete range of fine musical programming; 2) to educate the community about the uplifting benefits of music and, in particular, grand opera; 3) to educate and introduce youth to the joy of fine music; and 4) to provide performance opportunities to musicians and offer study grants to young performing artists.
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation
1701 Tower Drive, Edgewater, NJ 07020
Contact: Fred Fiddle
Phone: (877) 444-1149
Mission: The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, the first not-for-profit and only all-volunteer-run organization in the United States to focus on adult autism has been blazing trails since 2002. It creates paths leading to fulfilling and potential driven lives. The endowed programs at America’s leading universities, resources, and public policy/awareness initiatives are person-centered and derive from the needs and hopes of the diverse population of adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
Jewish Home Foundation of North Jersey, Inc. (JHF)
10 Link Drive, Rockleigh, NJ 07647
Contact: Executive Director Melanie S. Cohen
Phone: (201) 750-4231
Mission: The mission of the Jewish Home Foundation of North Jersey, Inc. is to provide aid and support to the not-for-profit organizations of the Jewish Home Family, Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Jewish Home Assisted Living, Jewish Home at Home and Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center. The purpose is to make healthcare, education, life enrichment, scientific and other charitable efforts available to the seniors, the elderly and infirm in the community, without regard to the individuals’ ability to pay.
Alzheimer’s New Jersey – Northern Regional Office
690 Kinderkamack Road, Suite 300, Oradell, NJ 07649
Contact: Executive Director Elaine Winter
Phone: (201) 261-6009
Mission: Alzheimer’s New Jersey, formerly known as Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, provides programs and services to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers who live in Bergen County and the 13 other New Jersey counties. Association programs and services include education and training, support groups, respite assistance and a toll-free telephone, HelpLine.
Adler Aphasia Center
60 West Hunter Ave., Maywood, NJ 07607
Contact: Director of Development and Communications Elissa Goldstein
Phone: (201) 368-8585
Mission: The Adler Aphasia Center’s mission is to be a vital resource to anyone whose life or profession is touched by aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder that impairs the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading and writing. It occurs most often form a stroke or brain injury. This condition affects a person’s ability to communicate, but does not affect their intellect. Adler Aphasia Center provides people with aphasia the assistance they need in regaining basic communication skills, as well as their self-esteem and self-confidence, often lost as a result of their disability.
Center For Hope and Safety
12 Overlook Ave., Suite A, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Contact: Director of Development Jean Kirch
Phone: (201) 498-9247, ext. 301
Mission: Center For Hope and Safety’s mission is to assist women and children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse. The agency provides emergency and transitional housing, emotional support, as well as a diversified continuum of services focused on safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency.
The Office of Concern Food Pantry
55 West Demarest Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631
Contact: Director George McKenna
Phone: (201) 568-1465
Mission: The Office of Concern Food Pantry serves “the poorest of the poor” in northern New Jersey by supplementing their food and other basic needs with bags of food each week. Food packages contain canned goods and other non-perishables, as well as fresh poultry, fruit and vegetables and dairy products. St. Cecilia’s Church in Englewood sponsors The Office of Concern Food Pantry, but the pantry is independent functionally and financially. It serves all regardless of religion, race or culture. They are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each week, they move 4.5 tons of food from their warehouse to their front office for distribution to 750 needy families. The 501 (c)(3) organization is staffed by dedicated, unpaid volunteers, who operate through the generosity of foundations, businesses, churches, schools, community organizations and individuals.
The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc.
335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
Contact: Visitor Services Manager Leslie Naghshineh
Phone: (201) 445-8311, ext. 102
Mission: The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc. was established to restore, maintain and interpret The Hermitage, along with its grounds and outbuildings. Their mission is not only to provide these services, but also to communicate to a diverse audience of students, scholars and the general public, the site, its archives and its collections as they relate to local, regional and national history beginning in 1740.
Giants of Generosity, Inc.
201 Piermont Road, Suite 16, Cresskill, NJ 07626
Contact: President & CEO D. Jane Chagaris Albanese
Phone: (201) 567-2622
Mission: Giants of Generosity’s mission is to quickly respond to the urgent needs of people in the community who are experiencing critical, life-altering situations. It does this by providing financial relief, connections to valuable resources and service providers. Its goals are achieved with much greater impact by leveraging resources, expertise and relationships with other, like-minded organizations whenever possible. Giants of Generosity is fully funded by the generous donations of area residents and by corporate grants.
Girl Scouts Council of Northern New Jersey
300 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652
Contact: Marketing and Public Relations Director Lynn Apolinaro
Phone: (973) 248-8200
Mission: Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others. The Girl Scouts Council serves one in every four girls in 61 Bergen County towns, over 13,000 girls. Girls, ages 5-17, meet in age-level groups on a regular basis or they may participate in short term activities, special interest groups, neighborhood activity centers or camping.
Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF)
1 Grand Ave. Suite 3, Englewood, NJ 07631
Contact: Associate Director Danielle De Laurentis
Phone: (201) 568-5608
Mission: NNJCF focuses on civic engagement, education, public health and the arts by working with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profits and citizen groups to improve community life. Foundation partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by sharing ideas, services and resources. The ArtsBergen initiative supports and encourages creative place making, the integration of arts and culture into an area to build community and boost the local economy.
Advance Housing, Inc.
100 Hollister Road, Teterboro, NJ 07608
Contact: President & CEO Carolyn Jaime
Phone: (201) 498-9140
Mission: The mission of Advance Housing, Inc. is to expand the range and scope of supportive housing opportunities available to persons with psychiatric disabilities. In addition, Advance Housing, Inc. seeks to make similar options and services available to other individuals who are in need of supportive housing. The array of outreach services, designed to help people live independently and productively in the community, will exceed the highest standards of professional practice.
Beautiful Self, Inc.
P.O. Box 241, Allendale, NJ 07401
Contact: Founder Michele Bonacorte
Phone: (201) 818-8753
Mission: Feeling beautiful and being able to love yourself is considered a luxury by most. Beautiful Self, Inc. is a unique therapeutic, transformational experience that peels back the layers of insecurities to expose self-love and acceptance by changing perception of inner beauty and power. Beautiful Self, Inc. believes a woman’s self-worth is essential to how she navigates and contributes to the community around her.