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.

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