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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS 

Below, find ways to connect with the Y and our community virtually. 

Drop-off Toiletries Drive - Homeless Solutions

Our Y is hosting a Drop-off Toiletries drive to help support Home Solutions in Morristown. Our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness need your help! Please drop off toiletries (list of needs below) in our Family Center lobby (111 Kings Road) beginning Monday, November 9 through Friday, November 13 at 2:00PM. Staff and volunteers will help safely transport items to Homeless Solutions. 

We hope you can join the Madison Area YMCA in helping these neighbors by donating toiletries and supplies that they greatly needed at this time. The Homeless Solutions shelter provides meals to its guests, who are mostly women with children. But during the pandemic, many guests are without employment and lack funds for some essential toiletry and sundry items such as these:

  • Masks
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Hand Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Cleaning Supplies – as we approach cold/flu season and see a rise in COVID cases we particularly need Lysol type sprays, disinfecting wipes and disinfectant sprays. 
MORE ABOUT HOMELESS SOLUTIONS
Founded more than 30 years ago, Homeless Solutions addresses temporary homelessness by operating the County shelter and supporting shelter guests to return to work and independent living. Homeless Solutions  also provides affordable apartments for guests in transition out of homelessness and develops and manages a variety of affordable rental homes throughout Morris County to enable low-income adults to avoid homelessness. Among these properties is the Mt. Kemble Home in Morristown, which provides permanent housing to single low-income senior women. Homeless Solutions also offers its guests an array of support programs and workshops on topics such as financial literacy and job seeking.

Amazon Smile- Increase your Impact

During this time of social distancing looking to purchase items on Amazon? Visit Amazon Smile and select "Madison Area YMCA" as your charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Y at no extra cost to you!

Community Food Bank of NJ

The Madison Area YMCA along with YMCAs across the state of New Jersey are partnering with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to distribute emergency food boxes to families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Boxes contain shelf-stable food items such as peanut butter, canned goods, applesauce, breakfast cereal, etc.

If you would like more information about this program please contact Associate Development Director Melissa DeSalvo at mdesalvo@madisonymca.org.

FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group)

Chatham and Madison residents are feeding workers on the front line in the COVID-19 fight. The FLAG donation site has raised over $100,000 and continues to provide dozens of meals to workers out there on the front lines fighting the pandemic.
Learn more


Library of the Chathams 1,000 Masks Challenge

The Library of the Chathams is seeking help to make 1,000 masks for our first responders as supplies are short and we want to avoid having to wash and re-use masks.
Learn more


Madison Senior Shopping Network

The Madison Senior Shopping Network is now available for Madison’s senior citizens and other vulnerable members of our community. This grassroots, all-volunteer group is ready to help seniors avoid grocery stores to help protect them from COVID-19.
Learn more



St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center

Our friends at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center recently launched a drive-thru pet food bank for those in our community who cannot afford it.The center's "Drive-Thru Pet Food Bank" opened Wednesday at the shelter at 575 Woodland Ave., Madison. There are two pick-up times: 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Learn more

They are working hard to provide struggling NJ pet families with what they need. Even with the generous gift from GreaterGood.org in use around the state, the supply of cat food is already exhausted. Please leave donations on the volunteer cottage porch and they will get them throughout the day—safety rules require they don’t have traffic inside the building. Visit their Amazon wishlist:
Click here

LALDEF

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LALDEF) is a grassroots nonprofit organization formed to defend the civil rights of all immigrants in Mercer County and facilitate their access to health care and education, as well as to advance cross-cultural understanding in the Mercer County area.

LALDEF has compiled a comprehensive resource list for COVID-19 in Spanish. 



ALICE Fund of the United Way

For ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households and those in poverty, life was already a financial struggle even before the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, ALICE families need our help.

ALICE
- needs help keeping the heat on, paying rent, and buying diapers.
- needs internet access so a child can learn from home.
- needs help paying for costly medications and ongoing therapies.
- needs enough food to eat more than one meal a day.

If you know someone through the Fund's six-county footprint who is struggling, they can learn more about the program at:
http://unitedwaynnj.org/ourwork/alice.php.

The UnitedWay encourages households to continue to submit their applications. Requests will be processed by the United Way in the order they were received, as additional funding becomes available. Applications can be found at:
http://www.unitedwaynnj.org/give/sf_alicerecoveryfund_application.php

TRI-TOWN CARES

Madison, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, and local members have joined forces to compile some helpful resources for all of our residents known as Tri-Town Cares. Visit www.tritowncares.org for mental health, substance abuse, suicide, kids/teens, veterans and seniors and faith based resources.