State Charity Program

Each year, student leaders at our member schools raise thousands of dollars for a special State Charity that is chosen by their State Officers each April. At the Spring Awards Program in May the new State Charity for the coming year is announced, while awards are presented for various levels of support.

Donation/Award Application Forms

Click on one of the links below to access the form that should accompany your school's State Charity donation. Please mail this completed form with your donation to the Southern Office (PO Box 968, Delran NJ 07085).

NOTE: State Charity donation checks must be made PAYABLE TO NJASC or they will not count toward your school or the state award totals!

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January 2018

Application to become our next State Charity

Are you a charitable organization with an interest in applying to become our next State Charity? Download the application form and more information below...

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Recent State Charities

Click on one of the links below to learn more about recent State Charities that have been selected by the NJASC State Officers.

Stay tuned for more information!

WEBSITE: www.americasgrowarow.org

America’s Grow-a-Row’s mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. This program started in 2002 with a small plot and a single volunteer (Chip Paillex). After seeing a plea from the Flemington Food Pantry requesting that any gardeners donate excess produce, Chip and his daughter Kyra, who was four years old at the time, cultivated their own garden and donated about $3,000 worth, or 120 pounds, of produce that year. From these humble beginnings, we’ve grown into an organization that has donated over 6 million pounds of produce through the active participation of more than 7,000 volunteers!

At America’s Grow-a-Row we:

  • Provide fresh, healthy produce to those in need
  • Educate people of all generations about hunger and ways to help
  • Introduce our youth to farming and healthy eating
  • Cultivate in tomorrow’s leaders the habit of giving back
  • Contribute to the sustainability of agriculture

Planting & Harvesting

We GROW, GLEAN & GIVE? away free fresh produce by organizing groups to plant and harvest from our own farms and our partner farms. (See locations below.) At each visit we provide a short presentation about hunger issues and healthy eating.

Free Farm Market? Program

Throughout the season (mid-July through October) we deliver produce every other week to food desert areas (areas where people lack access to healthy, fresh, affordable produce) in Newark, Jersey City, Camden, and Morristown to set up a Free Farm Market?.  By partnering with organizations in each of these cities, we can connect with residents in need of produce and thus help address issues of diabetes, obesity, and other health concerns that are often associated with food desert areas and financial hardship.

Grow-a-Row Kids Farm Days

We collaborate with our Free Farm Market? partners to bus children from low-income areas to our farm during the summer months for Grow-a-Row Kids Farm Days. The children spend a day learning about nutrition, healthy eating, and agriculture; harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables to take home to their families and neighbors; and taking part in outdoor games and activities. Email julie@americasgrowarow.org or see more information about signing up here.  A basic background check for volunteers will be required. 

Off the Field Gleaning

Every day, our volunteers rescue “not quite retail perfect” produce from ShopRite stores in Clinton and Flemington to deliver it to local food pantries in New Jersey. Email julie@americasgrowarow.org to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Winter/Spring Education Presentations

During the off season, we give presentations about America’s Grow-a-Row and deliver educational programs (about hunger, poverty, and healthy eating) to schools, after school programs, faith-based organizations, universities, the work place, and more.  Our goal is to connect with groups that visit us in the field so they can better understand the issues our communities face and then take steps to improve these conditions. Take a look at the variety of workshops we offer here (Word or PDF) and reach out to julie@americasgrowarow.org to schedule your date!

Where We Do It

 

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WEBSITE: www.biancaskids.org

Our mission is simple - to grant wishes to children in need. If a child has been displaced by the foster system, struck by tragedy, or affected by disability, then he/she is one of Bianca's Kids. In the hardest of times, we just want to be a small reminder of how loved they truly are. That's why every wish counts.

Established in 2010, Bianca's Kids is a 501(c)(3) approved nonprofit organization that grants wishes to foster, sick and needy children.  Our founder, Debbie Savigliano, founded Bianca’s Kids in memory of her niece Bianca Yodice. It was Bianca's passion for children that inspired our organization, which focuses on bringing joy to the most worthy children.

Whether a child is struggling due to mental, physical, emotional or financial issues - every child in need is considered one of Bianca's kids. To date, Bianca's Kids has served over 13,000 children in New Jersey and around the United States. Our goal is to make that number grow by the thousands.

In 2013, Bianca's Kids was named one of the fastest growing nonprofits in South Jersey. In 2014 & 2015 Bianca’s Kids won the prestigious "Top Ranked Nonprofit" award from GreatNonprofits.org.

Unlike other organizations, Bianca's Kids' supporters get to see their donation dollars at work via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Every wish and every bit of outreach we preform is posted on social media for you to see.  We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and CLICK HERE to enjoy the ride through our wish grantings.

 

WEBSITE: www.hopelovescompany.com

Hope Loves Company is a non-profit that supports children and grandchildren of patients with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Below is a video that details what Hope Loves Company has accomplished over the past few years...

This year’s NJASC State Charity, Hope Loves Company, was founded in 2012 by Jodi O’Donnell-Ames to fill a big need in the ALS community - support of children who have parents or grandparents living with ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects over 30,000 Americans annually.  Patients typically live only two to five years after onset of symptoms.  The disease has no known cause or cure to date and 85% of patients have children.  Hope Loves Company or HLC is the only nonprofit with this mission in the entire United States.

Jodi lost her husband Kevin O’Donnell to ALS in 2001; he was only 35 years old.  Two years later, she married Warren Benton Ames, also a widower to ALS.  The Mercer County couple united in hope and raised three children who had lost a parent to ALS before the age of 10. There were no available resources for their children so they vowed to create them. Warren’s children: Nora and Adam Ames, and Jodi’s daughter, Alina O’Donnell, have all graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School and are now volunteers at Hope Loves Company, helping children who are currently caregivers to their terminally ill parents.

Watching their children volunteer at Hope Loves Company’s premier program, Camp HLC, brings joy to Jodi and Warren. "Our children bring hope and support to everything they attend.  It is a blessing to watch them help other children after all that they have endured," says Jodi, "Seeing NJASC students doing the same, is a continuation of that pride."

CLICK HERE to view an article in People - "Jodi O'Donnell-Ames Helps Children Who Have Parents Battling ALS"

To add to the excitement of this wonderful news, Jodi O’Donnell-Ames was a high school member of NJASC and her program, Camp HLC, is held at Fairview Lakes YMCA Camp in NJ, exactly where she attended Student Council training in the 1980s. About this serendipity, Jodi says, "I am a proud graduate of NJASC. I believe in encouraging and embracing student leadership. NJASC is an effective forum for tomorrow’s innovators and entrepreneurs. I am grateful to once again be included in its enthusiasm."

Both NJASC and Hope Loves Company are excited to watch the 2015-2016 school year unfold. NJASC and its over 200 member schools will be inviting the staff of Hope Loves Company to many speaking engagements across the state; Hope Loves Company can’t wait to work with the state’s young adults who are making the world a better place!

 

Website: www.christineshope.org

In January of 2010, 22 year old Christine Gianacaci of Hopewell Township and several of her classmates from Lynn University, traveled to Haiti on a mission of hope; to help children and to feed the poor. When a massive earthquake struck on January 12th, the Hotel Montana in Port-Au-Prince collapsed and Christine, along with 3 other students and two professors, were killed. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of all those who died that day. They each represented the qualities of kindness, caring, giving and compassion that are so desperately needed in our world today. While these six wonderful people are gone, the love and energy they created in their lives is still very much alive.

The Christine’s Hope for Kids Foundation was created to continue the legacy and generous spirit of Christine Gianacaci, and her desire to help underprivileged children have an opportunity for a better life. The mission of our Foundation is to continue Christine's spirit and loving qualities; to help less fortunate children and to support local community agencies that work with and benefit children.  We not only want to raise money to support our mission, but also teach and communicate the idea that every person can make a difference each day by helping others and being kind.

Yes, Christine’s death was a terrible tragedy. It was a terrible loss for her family and friends. But the truth is, in her short life, Christine achieved something that many of us never achieve; she found a purpose and a calling that gave her true happiness and purpose. She died doing what she was meant to do. She died doing what she loved. We cannot change the past, but we can work together to turn this tragedy into triumph. Christine started something of real substance and meaning. The real tragedy would be if those who knew her and loved her didn’t follow through.

Because of Christine’s kindness, compassion, determination and generosity, thousands of children in New Jersey will have an opportunity for a better life. That is the commitment of this foundation and our promise to Christine. We look forward to working with NJASC and the student leaders of our home state in the coming year to continue our work and promise.

 

Website: www.herocampaign.org

CLICK HERE for information about the NJASC Hero Campaign!

The HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers seeks to end drunk driving tragedies nationwide by promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers. Our goal is simple: to register one million designated drivers and make having a designated driver be as automatic as wearing a seatbelt.

The HERO Campaign is a federally registered, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that partners with law enforcement agencies, schools and colleges, bars, taverns and restaurants, the United States Navy, professional sports teams including the New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies, state divisions of highway safety and community chapters across New Jersey and the United States.

On the night of July 22, 2000 Ensign John R. Elliott, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, was struck and killed by a drunken driver on his way home for his mother’s birthday. The driver had been arrested earlier that day on DUI charges and was released only to get back in the car drunk, killing himself and John.

HERO – Origin of the name: John distinguished himself as a Human Education Resource Officer (HERO) at the Naval Academy. HERO’s are elected by their peers to counsel and mentor other members of their company. John was selected as the outstanding HERO in his graduating class.

The HERO Campaign has already worked with a number of schools in New Jersey, including Ocean City High School, where each year a "HERO Walk" takes place on the famous Ocean City Boardwalk. Now as the NJASC State Charity, the HERO Campaign looks forward to partnering with many other New Jersey schools to raise both funds and awareness

The HERO Campaign is not an anti-drinking campaign.  Instead, we encourage common sense and responsibility by promoting individuals to “Be a HERO. Be a Designated Driver.” - a message that appeals to the hero in all of us.

 

Listed below are State Charities chosen each year by the NJASC State Officers; since 1981 over three million dollars have been raised by the student leaders of New Jersey in support of these worthy organizations and their causes...

2012-2013 Hugs For Brady www.hugsforbrady.com
2011-2012 Good Grief www.good-grief.org
2010-2011 Spread The Magic www.spreadthemagic.org
2009-2010 Family Reach Foundation www.familyreach.org
2008-2009 P.O.A.C. (Parents of Autistic Children) www.poac.net
2007-2008 The Valerie Fund www.thevaleriefund.org
2006-2007 The Little Rock Foundation www.tlrf.org
2005-2006 The Simpson-Baber Foundation www.simpson-baber.org
2004-2005 Buddy Ball  
2003-2004 Cherished Creations www.cherishedcreations.com
2002-2003 The Sunshine Foundation www.sunshinefoundation.org
2001-2002 Camp Fatima www.campfatimanj.org
2000-2001 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society www.lls.org
1999-2000 C.O.S.A.C. (Autism) www.autismnj.org
1998-1999 Colleen Giblin Foundation www.colleengiblinfound.org
1997-1998 Missy Maloney Childrens Fund  
1996-1997 The Ian Foundation  
1995-1996 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation www.cff.org
1994-1995 The Epilepsy Foundation www.epilepsyfoundation.org
1993-1994 Make A Wish Foundation nj.wish.org
1992-1993 Multiple Sclerosis Society www.nationalmssociety.org
1991-1992 The Rainbow Foundation www.rainbowfoundation.org
1990-1991
Children's Hopes and Dreams www.hopesanddreamsfoundation.org
1989-1990 American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
1988-1989 ???  
1987-1988 Emmanuel Cancer Foundation www.emmanuelcancer.org
1986-1987 Huntington's Disease www.hdsa.org
1985-1986 The Epilepsy Foundation www.epilepsyfoundation.org
1984-1985 The Arthritis Foundation www.arthritis.org
1983-1984 Hemophilia Society www.hemophilia.org
1982-1983 ???  
1981-1982 The National Burn Foundation www.burnfoundation.org


 

State Charity Awards

Click on one of the links below to view recent State Charity award winning schools...

Some of our 2016 State Officers return to present a check for $101,000.00 to our 2016-2017 State Charity, Bianca's Kids

State Charity Champions

  • Allentown High School ($10,000)

Top Three Middle Schools

  • FIRST - Eisenhower Middle School ($5500)
  • SECOND - Stone Bridge Middle School ($3000)
  • THIRD - Delaware Township School ($2194.77)

Top Three High Schools

  • FIRST - Allentown High School ($10,000)
  • SECOND - Bordentown Regional High School ($7000)
  • THIRD - Gloucester County Institute of Technology ($5250)

$5000 Club Awards

  • Allentown High School
  • Bordentown Regional High School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • Mount Olive High School
  • North Hunterdon High School
  • Phillipsburg Middle School

$2000 Club Awards

  • Brooklawn Middle School
  • Burlington County Institute of Technology - Medford
  • Delaware Township School
  • Delsea Regional High School
  • J.P. Case Middle School
  • John P. Stevens High School
  • Kingsway Regional High School
  • Melvin H. Kreps Middle School
  • Neptune High School
  • Randolph High School
  • Sayreville War Memorial High School
  • Stone Bridge Middle School

$1000 Club Awards

  • Bayonne High School
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
  • Buena Regional High School
  • Cranford High School
  • Delran High School
  • Franklin High School
  • Hillsborough High School
  • Holy Cross Academy
  • Howell High School
  • Hunterdon Central Regional High School
  • Kittatinny Regional Junior High School
  • Knollwood School
  • Logan Township Elementary School
  • Lopatcong Middle School
  • Manchester Township High School
  • Mercer County Technical Schools Health Sciences Academy
  • Monroe Township Middle School
  • Northern Burlington High School
  • Ocean City High School
  • Oxford Central Middle School
  • Parsippany High School
  • Parsippany Hills High School
  • Rancocas Valley Regional High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School
  • Rutherford High School
  • Seneca High School
  • Shawnee High School
  • South Brunswick High School
  • Southampton Township School #3
  • Stewartsville Middle School
  • Thomas Grover Middle School
  • Timberlane Middle School
  • Voorhees High School
  • Washington Township High School
  • West Essex Middle School

 

Our 2015 State Officers are back to present a check for $117,000.00 to our 2015-2016 State Charity, Hope Loves Company!

State Champion

  • Allentown High School

Top Three Middle Schools

  • FIRST - Eisenhower Middle School
  • SECOND - J.P. Case Middle School
  • THIRD - Monroe Township Middle School

Top Three High Schools

  • FIRST - Allentown High School
  • SECOND - Bordentown Regional High School
  • THIRD (tie) - Burlington County Institute of Technology - Medford, Donovan Catholic High School, Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Phillipsburg High School


$5000 Club Awards

  • Allentown High School
  • Bordentown Regional High School
  • Burlington County Institute of Technology - Medford
  • Donovan Catholic High School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • J.P. Case Middle School
  • Phillipsburg High School
  • Westfield High School

$2000 Club Awards

  • Brooklawn Middle School
  • Delaware Township School
  • Delsea Regional High School
  • Franklin High School
  • John P. Stevens High School
  • Kingsway Regional High School
  • Lopatcong Middle School
  • Monroe Township Middle School
  • Mount Olive High School
  • Olson Middle School
  • Riverside High School
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School
  • Sayreville War Memorial High School
  • Seneca High School
  • Shawnee High School
  • Summit High School
  • Thomas Grover Middle School
  • Timberlane Middle School

$1000 Club Awards

  • Absegami High School
  • Bayonne High School
  • Bloomsbury Elementary School
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
  • Columbia High School
  • Cranford High School
  • Edison High School
  • Holy Cross Academy
  • Howell High School
  • Kinnelon High School
  • Knollwood School
  • Logan Township Middle School
  • Manchester Township High School
  • Mercer County Technical Schools Health Sciences Academy
  • Neptune High School
  • Ocean City High School
  • Oxford Central School
  • Parsippany High School
  • Parsippany Hills High School
  • Pohatcong Elementary School
  • Rancocas Valley Regional High School
  • Randolph High School
  • Readington Middle School
  • Rutherford High School
  • Shore Regional High School
  • South Brunswick High School
  • Southampton Township School #3
  • Stewartsville Middle School
  • Washington Township High School
  • West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
  • Williamstown High School
  • Winslow Township Middle School

 

Some of our 2014 and 2015 State Officers present a check for $104,000.00 to our 2014-2015 State Charity, Christine's Hope For Kids.

State Champion

  • Allentown High School

Top Three Middle Schools

  • FIRST - Eisenhower Middle School
  • SECOND - Monroe Township Middle School
  • THIRD - Lopatcong Middle School

Top Three High Schools

  • FIRST - Allentown High School
  • SECOND - Shawnee High School
  • THIRD - Delsea Regional High School


$5000 Club Awards

  • Allentown High School
  • Delsea Regional High School
  • Donovan Catholic High School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • Monroe Township Middle School
  • Randolph High School
  • Shawnee High School

$2000 Club Awards

  • Burlington County Institute of Technology - Medford
  • Bordentown Regional High School
  • Brooklawn Middle School
  • Delaware Township School
  • Edison High School
  • J.P. Case Middle School
  • John P. Stevens High School
  • Lopatcong Middle School
  • Melvin H. Kreps Middle School
  • North Hunterdon High School
  • Parsippany Hills High School
  • Phillipsburg High School
  • Readington Middle School
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School
  • Seneca High School
  • Stone Bridge Middle School
  • Timberlane Middle School

$1000 Club Awards

  • Bayonne High School
  • Bloomsbury Elementary School
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
  • Columbia High School
  • Cranford High School
  • Cumberland Regional High School
  • Franklin High School
  • Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • Hillsborough Middle School
  • Howell High School
  • Logan Middle School
  • Manchester Township High School
  • Mount Olive High School
  • Neptune High School
  • Ocean City High School
  • Olson Middle School
  • Parsippany High School
  • Rancocas Valley Regional High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Rutherford High School
  • Sayreville War Memorial High School
  • South Brunswick High School
  • Steinert High School
  • Stewartsville Middle School
  • Thomas Grover Middle School
  • Washington Township High School
  • West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
  • Westfield High School
  • Winslow Township Middle School

 

The 2013 State Officers thank the student leaders of New Jersey for their hard work and generosity in raising a grand total of $117,000.00 to support our 2013-2014 State Charity, The HERO Campaign

State Champion

  • Allentown High School

Top Three Middle Schools

 

  • FIRST - Monroe Township Middle School
  • SECOND - Brooklawn Middle School
  • THIRD - Eisenhower Middle School

Top Three High Schools

 

  • FIRST - Allentown High School
  • SECOND - Shawnee High School
  • THIRD - Randolph High School

$5000 Club Awards

  • Brooklawn Middle School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • Monroe Township Middle School
  • Monsignor Donovan High School
  • Phillipsburg High School
  • Randolph High School
  • Shawnee High School

$2000 Club Awards

  • Absegami High School
  • Belvidere High School
  • Bordentown Regional High School
  • Cherokee High School
  • Holy Cross High School
  • J.P. Case Middle School
  • John P. Stevens High School
  • Lopatcong Middle School
  • Melvin H. Kreps Middle School
  • North Hunterdon High School
  • Readington Middle School
  • Stone Bridge Middle School
  • Timberlane Middle School
  • West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

$1000 Club Awards

  • Bayonne High School
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
  • Collingswood High School
  • Columbia High School
  • Community Middle School
  • Cranford High School
  • Cumberland Regional High School
  • Delaware Township School
  • Delsea Regional High School
  • Edison High School
  • Edison Intermediate School
  • Franklin High School
  • Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • High Point Regional High School
  • Hillsborough High School
  • Kittatinny Regional Junior High School
  • Logan Middle School
  • Montgomery High School
  • Mount Olive High School
  • Neptune High School
  • Ocean City High School
  • Olson Middle School
  • Oxford Central Middle School
  • Parsippany High School
  • Parsippany Hills High School
  • Rancocas Valley Regional High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School
  • Rutherford High School
  • Sayreville War Memorial High School
  • Shore Regional High School
  • South Brunswick High School
  • Southampton Township School #3
  • Stewartsville Middle School
  • Thomas Grover Middle School
  • Washington Township High School
  • Westfield High School
  • Williamstown High School
  • Winslow Township Middle School

The 2012 & 2013 State Officers thank the student leaders of New Jersey for their hard work and generosity in raising a grand total of $130,000.00 to support our 2012-2013 State Charity, Hugs For Brady

State Champion

  • Allentown High School

Top Three Middle Schools

  • FIRST - Readington Middle School (tie)
  • FIRST - Eisenhower Middle School (tie)
  • SECOND - Timberlane Middle School
  • THIRD - Monroe Township Middle School

Top Three High Schools

  • FIRST - Allentown High School
  • SECOND - North Hunterdon High School
  • THIRD - Monsignor Donovan High School

$5000 & $10,000 Club Awards

  • Allentown High School ($10,000 Club)
  • Brooklawn Middle School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • Monroe Township Middle School
  • Monsignor Donovan High School
  • North Hunterdon High School
  • Phillipsburg High School
  • Readington Middle School
  • Shawnee High School
  • Timberlane Middle School
  • Westfield High School

$2000 Club Awards

  • Bordentown Regional Middle School
  • Cherokee High School
  • Community Middle School
  • Delsea Regional High School
  • Hillsborough Middle School
  • Hunterdon Central Regional High School
  • J.P. Case Middle School
  • John P. Stevens High School
  • Logan Elementary School
  • Madison Junior School
  • Melvin H. Kreps Middle School
  • Parsippany Hills High School
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School
  • Seneca High School
  • Shore Regional High School

$1000 Club Awards

  • Bayonne High School
  • Belvidere High School
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
  • Burlington County Institute of Technology-Medford
  • Collingswood High School
  • Columbia High School
  • Cranford High School
  • Cumberland Regional High School
  • Delaware Township School
  • Edison High School
  • Edison Intermediate School
  • Franklin High School
  • Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • High Point Regional High School
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Kittatinny Regional Junior High School
  • Lopatcong Middle School
  • Millstone Township Middle School
  • Mount Olive High School
  • Ocean City High School
  • Olson Middle School
  • Oxford Central Middle School
  • Parsippany High School
  • Rancocas Valley Regional High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Somerville High School
  • South Brunswick High School
  • Steinert High School
  • Stewartsville Middle School
  • Sussex County Technical High School
  • Washington Township High School
  • West Windsor Plainsboro High School South
  • Williamstown High School
  • Winslow Township Middle School