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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS 

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

Moms Helping Moms Collection

Moms Helping Moms is a local baby supply and diaper bank that provides low-income mothers/families with critical essentials for their children so they can have a safe, healthy and happy start in life. We are collecting the following items on Friday, May 15 from 10am - 2pm for Moms Helping Moms:

• Diapers- All sizes, biggest need is sizes 4,5,6.  Also, please note, that during COVID, we are only able to accept new, unopened packages (they usually take open packs of diapers).
• Wipes
• Baby Shampoo
• Body Wash
• Bubble Bath
• Diaper Cream
• Baby Lotion

Why are diapers so important? 1 in 3 US families do not have an adequate supply of diapers for their children and diapers are not covered by government assistance programs like WIC or Food Stamps. Diapers cost about $1,000 per year per child. Without enough, children go too long in soiled diapers and parents feel more stressed by the lack of diapers than lack of food. Your donation helps low income children in our community have the basics, so they can thrive.

 

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 Community, Members and Volunteers Engagement Manager Gwen Riddick at griddick@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.
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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. 
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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.