The North Central Jersey Association of Realtors® (NCJAR) recently raised over $15,000 for The Military Family Assistance Pantry through various fundraising efforts. Throughout the course of 2019, NCJAR held several events to help raise awareness and profits for the nonprofit organization. Some notable events include NCJAR®’s Annual Charity Golf Outing, which was held in June 2019 and was attended by over 100 members of the organization. Recently, NCJAR® held a Charity Casino Night, where all proceeds and donations went directly to the Military Family Assistance Pantry.
The Pantry is run solely by volunteers, and the space was donated by the City of Paterson. All the food and personal items have been donated by organizations that have run drives or monetary donations.
“There are so many people that need assistance in our communities--whether it be veterans, senior citizens, young mothers, children, people who suffer from health-related afflictions, homelessness, hunger, etc.,” NCJAR® Trustee Debra Flower said. “The existence of nonprofits like the Military Family Assistance Pantry is essential to address these issues.”
Flower has been a key component in connecting NCJAR® to the Military Family Assistance Pantry, and has been instrumental in its growth from its opening day back in February 2018. She witnessed the organization start off by serving a few veterans and their families to currently 48 families and increasing.
The nonprofit organization began as a small pantry, offering food to those who visited the center every third Saturday of every month, but as needs expanded, the Pantry evolved into a resource center. Additional shelves have been added and are stocked with toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, soap, paper products, laundry soap, etc. The Pantry also assists with employment, housing, education, clothing, furniture, auto needs, medical and dental services.
The proceeds raised by NCJAR® will be used to purchase food, holiday gifts, and aid in educational costs. According to Flower, a few veterans have even returned to school and will need additional support for transportation and supplies.
The check was recently presented to Irma Gorham, President of the Rotary Club of Paterson Great Falls and Director of the Paterson Housing Authority at NCJAR®’s Board of Trustees meeting.
“The Pantry could not exist and continue to grow without the support of our many partners,” Flower said. “We are in constant need of food items, paper products, dish soap, laundry soap and personal products. Any donation is gratefully accepted and assists us in keeping our shelves stocked.”