Each year the New Jersey Wireless Association chooses at least one different charity and donates a large portion of its annual proceeds. Since its inception, NJWA has proudly donated more than $170,000 to local chapters and charities in New Jersey. The following are past and present charities hand-chosen by NJWA:
Breast Intentions and The TEARS Foundation
The New Jersey Wireless Association is pleased to announce Breast Intentions and the TEARS Foundation have been selected as our charity partners for 2017. Proceeds from the 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing will go to these two important organizations.
“Breast Intentions is a 501(c)(3) charity started in New Jersey by two high school teens in 2007 who witnessed the first hand the struggles of treating breast cancer in their mother and two aunts all within the same year. Wanting to make a difference, they began selling t-shirts, candy, and bracelets to raise money for healing families in their community. The money raised has purchased wigs, prosthetics, paid living expenses, transportation to and from treatments, co-pays and utility bills. For more information on Breast Intentions visit www.breastintentions.org and don’t forget to ‘Check Yourself Out!'”
“The TEARS Foundation is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to compassionately assist bereaved parents with the financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their precious baby who has died. Many of the founders and volunteers at The TEARS Foundation have experienced the loss of their own baby, and want to reach out in this way to support newly bereaved parents in their time of devastating sorrow.”
Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation (2016)
The New Jersey Wireless Association is pleased to announce the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation has been selected as our charity for 2016. Proceeds from the 10th Annual Charity Golf Outing went to this important organization.
“The Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation was established in December 2004 in honor of the memory of Meghan Bradley, who passed away on November 7, 2004 due to brain cancer. In preserving her memory, we aim to raise the public awareness and research of pediatric brain cancer.”
The Foundation’s mission statement is to: I. Raise public awareness regarding pediatric brain cancer through education and advocacy, II. Raise funds for pediatric brain cancer research in the hopes of saving the lives of other children in the future, and III. Provide scholarships to local area school students for outstanding achievements.
For more information and to donate, visit www.meghanrosebradleyfoundation.org
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated $25,000 to the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation from the proceeds of our 2016 Golf Outing. Watch video here
Little Kids Rock (2015)
The New Jersey Wireless Association is pleased to announce Little Kids Rock has been selected as our charity for 2015. Proceeds from the 9th Annual Charity Golf Outing went to this important organization.
“We are dedicated to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to unlock their inner music-maker. That is Little Kids Rock’s mission, and since 2002, we have given more than 400,000 undeserved schoolchildren across the U.S. access to fun, engaging, Modern Band music classes and brand new instruments at no cost to the students, teachers, or school districts.”
Little Kids Rock accomplishes this mission by: I. Providing weekly music education classes to K-12 students in public schools that were stripped of their music programs, II. Pioneering innovative teaching methods that are rooted in children’s knowledge of popular music forms such as rock, pop, blues, hip-hop, country, reggae and R&B, and III. Preparing teachers to offer classes utilizing the Association’s Modern Band methods and materials.
For more information and to donate, visit www.littlekidsrock.org
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated $25,000 to Little Kids Rock from the proceeds of our 2015 Golf Outing.
Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation (2014)
The New Jersey Wireless Association is pleased to announce that the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation has been selected as our charity for 2014. Proceeds from the 8th Annual Charity Golf Outing will be earmarked to go to this important foundation.
“I didn’t know that prolonged heartburn could cause me to lose two-thirds of my esophagus and one-third of my stomach. My name is Bart Frazzitta, and in 1999, I was diagnosed with an adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, more commonly known as esophageal cancer. My treatment included intense chemotherapy and radiation, and a 7 hour surgery.”
Esophageal Cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and its survival rate, because it is discovered so late, due to its elusive symptoms, reflects only a 15% chance of surviving 5 years. 17,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2012, with a death toll of 15,000.
Diocese of Trenton (2013)
The New Jersey Wireless Association is pleased to announce Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton has been selected as our charity for 2013. Proceeds from the 7th Annual Charity Golf Outing went to this important organization.
Catholic Charities, Diocese Trenton provides essential services to 100,000+ New Jersey residents every year. Services include basic needs like food, clothing and shelter plus specialized services such as drug treatment, mental health and legal support. Programs are designed to help people and families be self-sufficient and end the cycle of dependence. This not only improves people’s lives, but strengthens the community.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton will be the lead agency in a state-wide effort to provide Disaster Case Management services to Superstorm Sandy victims. NJWA chose this charity because of the work they do in New Jersey and their dedicated efforts for hurricane victims.
For more information and to donate visit www.dioceseoftrenton.org.
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated $10,000 to the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund of Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton from the proceeds of our 2013 Golf Outing
Wounded Warrior Project (2012)
The New Jersey Wireless Association is pleased to announce that Wounded Warrior Project has been selected as our charity for 2012. Proceeds from the 6th Annual Charity Golf Outing went to this important cause.
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Their purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life. Thousands of wounded warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment.
For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project from the proceeds of our 2012 Golf Outing.
Autism Speaks New Jersey (2011)
New Jersey Wireless Association is proud to announce our charity for 2011 is Autism Speaks, New Jersey.
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005. Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
At Autism Speaks, the goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. They are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated $10,000 to Autism Speaks from the proceeds of our 2011 Golf Outing.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul (2009-2010)
Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, (or “Vincentians” ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States.
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated $2,500 in 2009 and $7,500 in 2010 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Homes for Our Troops (2009)
Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2004. They are strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001. It is their duty and our honor to assist severely injured Servicemen and Servicewomen and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans we serve.
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated $2,000 to Homes for Our Troops for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Minard, Union Beach, NJ in 2009. SSG. Minard lost both of his legs in a roadside bombing while on a tour of duty just north of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq.
Philipsburg/Port Murray Food Pantry (2009)
The Philipsburg/Port Murray Food Pantry serves families of military members currently serving overseas. The families of military members experience hardship during deployment. The participating military families have access to the pantry at no cost. This assists them in making ends meet while they await the return of their loved ones.
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated $1,780 to the Philipsburg/Port Murray Food Pantry in 2009.
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (2008)
MSF’s resources assist people who have MS, their families and caregivers, regional support groups, and healthcare professionals. Access to their programs and services is available through their interactive web site or their national, toll-free helpline staffed by caring caseworkers and peer counselors. MSF’s priority is to serve with empathy, resourcefulness and responsibility.
All MSF services, as well as information, literature and subscriptions to our publications are provided free of charge. The MSF neither sells memberships nor requires participation in fund-raising activities by individuals or support groups.
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated $5,000 to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in 2008.
American Cancer Society (2008)
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. With more than two million volunteers nationwide, the American Cancer Society is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States.
More than 3,400 local offices nationwide are organized to deliver cancer prevention, early detection, and patient services programs at the community level.
Because cancer takes a toll on the person diagnosed-as well as family and friends-the Society offers support and service programs to try to lessen the impact. These programs cover a wide range of needs-from connecting patients with other survivors to providing a place to stay when treatment facilities are far from home.
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated $5,000 to the American Cancer Society in 2008.
Toys for Tots (2007)
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated approximately $1,000 worth of toys to Toys for Tots in 2007.
The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (2007)
The FoodBank began in 1984 when three people saw hunger at the Jersey shore and decided to make a difference. They purchased a small, dilapidated warehouse in Spring Lake. Carpenters, masons and other members of the community donated work, office furniture and supplies. Food streamed in from hundreds of donors. After one year, the FoodBank was serving 25 charities with 100,000 pounds of food.
Ten years later, nearly two million pounds of food was being distributed annually from the same small warehouse. Bursting at the seams, the FoodBank undertook a capital campaign in 1998 to construct a new facility in Neptune. Three years later, the current 40,000 sq. ft facility became a reality.
Today, the FoodBank serves over 270 pantries, soup kitchens and other feeding programs with over 5 million pounds of food annually. The FoodBank also operates a Culinary Training Program for people in need of better-paid jobs, a Kids Cafe and Backpack program for children, a Mobile Pantry, and Food Stamp Outreach Program. With the help of roughly 1,000 volunteers each year, the FoodBank’s programs are truly a community effort, working to eliminate hunger by providing emergency food, skills training, outreach programs and advocacy for families in need.
The New Jersey Wireless Association donated approximately $2,000 worth of food to the Food Bank in 2007.
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation (2007)
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston on August 19, 1994, as a public charity. The Foundation developed from a close relationship between patients and healthcare professionals who identified the need for comprehensive information and support for brain aneurysm patients, their families, and the medical community.
The foundation’s mission is to provide support and educational materials to the medical community, the newly diagnosed, survivors, family members, friends and the general public regarding the facts, treatment options, and recovery process for brain aneurysms. With the help of the medical community, remain steadfast and earnest in the pursuit of brain aneurysm research that can directly benefit those affected.
The New Jersey Wireless Association made a $10,000 contribution to the Bran Aneurysm Foundation in 2007.
Call to Protect (2006)
CALL to PROTECT® is a national philanthropic program aimed at combating domestic violence. All donated phones are sent to their logistical partner, ReCellular, Inc., where they are either refurbished and sold, or recycled.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds generated by the sale of the refurbished phones are used to make grants to national organizations working to end family violence. All phones donated that are obsolete or damaged are recycled according to strict environmental standards.
The NJWA contributed numerous used phones to Call To Protect in 2006.