GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

On behalf of Sam P. Lamparello, CMB | President & Chief Executive Officer:
The Union Count Educational Services Commission (USESC) and Foundation (USESF) serve a public education agency and fundraising entity, providing educational programs and services to disabled children, as well as other students who could not be served appropriately, either in a regular classroom or within the special education programs in their local districts. The USESC serves all 21 municipalities in Union County.  Today, the UCESC has grown to serve more than 7,000 children annually. With no local tax base, state or federal aid, all programs and services are funded through tuition and fees, or paid by member school districts. Additional income is derived from local, state and federal grants, but it’s the support of local businesses like MLB, that most impacts the UCESC mission and reality. We are proud to sponsor the organization and its efforts.

On behalf of Francis Lamparello, PE | Chief Financial Officer:
Marist High School is a private Roman Catholic co-educational college preparatory secondary school. It is owned and operated by the Marist Brothers of the Schools, and international religious congregation of educators with schools in over seventy countries.  Marist first opened its doors in September, 1954.  Under the leadership of Brother Leo Sylvius, the school’s first principal, Marist High School quickly established a reputation for excellence. Strong support from parents and the wider community made it imperative to plan a new and larger school. In 1962 the present campus was acquired and on April 23, 1964 ground was broken for a new building which would tie together existing buildings on the campus.  For over 50 years, Marist High School has fostered three district traditions: the pursuit of academic excellence, the heritage of Catholic education, and the unique spirit and heritage of the Marist Brothers.  Marist assists students in forming their consciences by emphasizing the dignity of the individual and Christ’s call to serve others.  The faculty of Maris is committed to the charism of the founder, Saint Marcellin Champagnat: “To make Jesus known and loved through the Christian education of youth.” Marist’s hope if that each of its graduates is committed to life-long learning. 

On behalf of Justin m. Demola | Chief Operating Officer:
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic disease through research and treatment.  Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude Children’s Hospital works day in and day out researching ways to help cure pediatric diseases.  After it opened in 1962, St. Jude’s has brought the survival rate of childhood cancer from less than 20,000 to above 80% today.  Annually 7,500 patients are seen at St. Jude’s. Currently St. Jude’s works hard every day to fight and cure childhood diseases such as cancer, immunodeficiency, sickle cell diseases, infectious diseases and genetic disorders.  Without donors like us St. Jude’s would not be able to run because patients and families pay no money out of pocket for treatments and trials that they are part of.

C.A.R.E. In cooperation with school, business and community members, C.A.R.E., Inc. hopes to reach as many families as possible.  Our primary goal is to reduce the socio-economic and emotional barriers affecting students in our schools.  We also hope to increase awareness of these needs, thereby finding greater resources by which to meet our goal. The people involved in C.A.R.E.’s work have been helping families for over 10 years.  In cooperation with school, business, and community members, C.A.R.E. hopes to reach as many families as possible.  With the support of numerous companies and the success of the annual fall walk, C.A.R.E. has been able to provide help to over 300 families with their specific needs, including: purposes and camps, gift certificates, transportation to hospitals and doctor appointments, school supplies, and a holiday gathering. C.A.R.E. had also provides resources for families to successfully navigate through both school and life. Out future plans include providing counseling services, a health fair, and tutoring services.  

Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida is a center that take care of children; it’s not a part of what they do, it’s what they do.  They believe in treating every child as if it were their own.  It is their mission to provide world-class pediatric care and pursue lifesaving research in their hospitals.  The strive to keep every child healthy, while also prompting things such as wellness and safety.  They want to be a voice for children on both local and national loves. Nemours is one of the largest non-profit organizations that is devoted to children’s health. Everything they do is to better the health and lives of the children they serve. And by donating we are helping provide lifesaving care for children, and help to fund research to find new treatments and cures for pediatric diseases.

Children’s Miracle Network began in 1983 as a telethon, organized by Marie Osmond, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joseph G. Lake.  The group’s efforts raised nearly $4.8 million for 22 children’s hospitals. Today, CMN Hospital’s help 10 million sick and injured kids treated at 170 member hospitals across North America.  Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the United States and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Members of the Fanwood Scotch Plains Rotary Club are from diverse walks of life _ from business and professional roles, in government and non-profit organizations. Rotary is non-religious and non-political, open to member of any rave, culture or creed. Member are committed to making their communities better places to live, as they enjoy the fellowship of Rotary with like-minded persons. They carry out a broad range of cultural, humanitarian, and educational programs that touch people’s lives in the local and the global community.  Rotary is a world-wide of organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.  Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Bow and Arrow Babies is an organization created in honor of Brandon and Brianna. The lives of these New Jersey children were immediately changed last December (2015) when they were both diagnosed with a life-threatening blood disorder called Fanconi Anemia. It’s a rare disease that affects only 1 in 160,000 people.  There are approximately only 1,000 cases in the U.S. Brandon’s bone marrow is failing.  He requires a transplant yet there are no good donor matches.  Brianna isn’t symptomatic but doctors predict she will require a transplant within the next few years.

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The Condogno Center is a New Jersey 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the life and work of Francis Xavier Cabrini (Mother Cabrini), development of a television production that will portray the life and works of Mother Cabrini demonstrating how the strength and power of one immigrant, acting through God, overcame all odds and inspired a worldwide ministry to help the poor. Mother Cabrini established 67 individual missions, across 16 countries and 6 continents, including cities in the United States, Italy, England, Spain Brazil, Argentina and Nicaragua.  

The Soup Kitchen Ministry has been fulfilling its "mission to SERVE the poor and hungry in our community as did our patron, Saint Vincent de Paul, unconditionally with dignity and hospitality for all" since the INAUGURAL FIRST MEAL that was served on May 18th, 2017. The first menu served consisted of Ziti with meat balls, green salad, bread and butter, and desert.  We will continue serving our guests at 5:PM.  This is a parish endeavor that every parishioner can join that will make us all feel good about “feed my sheep”.  You can help with volunteering your time and/or donating whatever you can.  We are in need of disposable paper products for serving food including utensils, napkins, and towels; CASH donations are very much needed to purchase food. Please make check payable to ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOUP KITCHEN, write "Soup Kitchen donation" in memo line, and give to Fr. Sergio or Fr. Hermes or place it in a sealed envelope clearly marked SOUP KITCHEN and drop in the collection basket during Mass or mail it to: Father Sergio Nadres, Pastor; St. Vincent de Paul Church; 979 Avenue C; Bayonne, NJ 07002