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Spring Food Drive
The United Way of Ocean County is collecting nonperishable food items during their Spring Food Drive in April.Donations may be left at the Townsquare Media studios and offices located at 8 Robbins Street in Toms River during regular business hours and at Good Friend Electric’s in Toms River, Brick, Lakewood, Lacey and Manahawkin stores. Click uwocnj.org for additional information.
Adopt a Hydrant
When it snows, fire hydrants often get buried by snow plows. In the event of a fire, fire fighters loose precious time finding and digging them out before they can be hooked up. Help the firefighters in your neighborhood protect you by Adopting a Hydrant. It only takes a few minutes to clear a 3-foot section around a hydrant of snow in the winter and vegitation overgrowth in the summer. Having a clear hydrant will make a very big difference when they’re needed. This message from the Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex County Police, Fire and EMS facebook page and the firefighters in your town.
Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26
Man of LaMancha
Brick Township High School presents their spring musical Man of LaMancha in the school’s auditorium on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call 732-785-3000 for tickets and additional information.
Friday, April 25
Brick Township Volunteer EMS Building Station 16 holds their first Gift Auction at their firehouse located at 500 Aurora Place in Brick from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call (732)948-7723 for tickets and additional information.
Dance Expressions Bee-Cause Dance Company holds their first Gift Auction to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County in Cafeteria 9-10 at Southern Regional High School 90 Cedar Bridge Road Manahawkin from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Call 732-505-3400 for additional details.
Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27
Fast Tracks, Food Truck Festival
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson holds their Fast Tracks and Food Truck Festival on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 with delicious food from tons of food truck vendors and wine sampling from local New Jersey wineries. The Fast Tracks and Food Truck Festival is free to enter with theme park admission. Visit Sixflags.com for more information and enter promo code: FOOD TRUCK for discounted tickets.
Saturday, April 26
Pink Your Ride Day & Contest
Paint the Town Pink is a Meridian Health campaign to spread awareness about the importance of annual mammography. The campaign kicks off at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown and the Ocean County Mall in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with everything available to pick up that you need to pink your ride. Come with your vehicle decorated in pink and be part of the Pink Your Ride Contest. Click PinkYourRide.com or call 855-PINK-411 for additional details.
Lacey Craft Fair Time
The Lacey Township High School PTSA holds their Craft & Vendor Fair at the school starting at 10 a.m. Click lthsptsa.org for additional vendring information.
Fisherman’s Flea Market
The Lanoka Harbor Volunteer Fire Company hosts a Fisherman’s Flea Market at the Firehouse on Route 9 from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Call 609-693-3602 for vending and additional information.
The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties hosts their 2014 Humanitarian Gala at the Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale starting at 6:00pm. The evening will feature a special spotlight on honoree Tom Donovan, President and Publisher of the Asbury Park Press. Also honored will be Jim Filip, restauranteur and FoodBank Board Member Emeritus, and The Marowitz family from Frank’s Big and Tall. Patrick J. Strucke is this year’s Jr. Humanitarian. For tickets and additional information click FoodBankmoc.org or call 732 918-2600 ext. 224.
Sunday, April 27
Expressions Hair Salon located at on Clayton Avenue in Toms River holds a Cut-a-Thon to benefit SEARCH Day School in Ocean Township (Monmouth County) from 12noon – 3 p.m. SEARCH Day Program is one of the leading schools and adult providers in the State that serves individuals with autism spectrum disorder. For more information call 732-341-4422.
Family Picnic and Fun Day
The American Legion Riders of New Jersey host a Family Picnic and Fun Day to benefit the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation from 12 noon – 4 p.m at the George P. Vanderveer American Legion Post 129 located at 2025 Church Road in Toms River. The day’s events include a BBQ, games, and music by the Lifters and the Goldenseal Band. Uniformed active duty are free of charge. For more information, please call 732-232-3286 or click njvvmf.org.
Monday, April 28
Sensory Awareness Event at IPlay America
IPlay America of Freehold hosts a Sensory Awareness Event to benefit Autism Speaks from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy 4 hours of unlimited rides, a $10 game card and 100 bonus tickets for only $14.95. Click iplayamerica.com for more information.
Thursday, May 1
La(crosse) Out Cancer
The Old Bridge Youth Lacrosse Association holds their La(crosse) Out Cancer game featuring the Knights boys lacrosse team against Scotch Plains-Fanwood at Lombardi Field on Route 516 in Old Bridge at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the game will go to support Friends of Stephen Bartlett. Stephen is an Old Bridge High School sophomore with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Saturday, May 3
POAC Walk for a Difference
POAC holds their Walk for a Difference event at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, home of the BlueClaws featuring the walk, an autism resource fair, food, entertainment and more to help POAC continue to support the families and teachers of children and adults with autism throughout New Jersey. Click lakewood.poacwalk.org for more information.
Derby for Declarations
The 309 Restaurant on Arnold Avenue in Point Pleasant Avenue hosts the Derby for Declarations dinner to watch the running of the Kentucky Derby from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the race along with a gourmet dinner buffet, wine tasting, hand rolled cigars and more. Declarations provides person-centered, community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness throughout New Jersey. Click kentuckyderbyfordeclarations2014.eventbrite.com for tickets and additional information,
Step into Spring Sale
Popcorn Park Zoo hosts their Step into Spring sale featuring a flea market and bake sale plus the pets that are available for adoption from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click ahscare.org or call 609-693-1900 for additional information.
Sunday. May 4
Childhood Leukemia Foundation Gift Auction
Childhood Leukemia Foundation holds their 5th annual Auction of Hope Gift Auction at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood. Call 732-920-8860 or click clf4kids.org for more information.
Paulette Steps Toward Cancer Wellness 5K Run/1 Mile Walk
The CentraState Healthcare Foundation holds their 5th annual Paulette Steps Toward Cancer Wellness 5K Run/1 Mile Walk at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Click centrastatefoundation.org for more information.
Pet Adoption Event
Puppy Love Pet Adoption teams up with the North Shore Animal League of Long Island for their Tour for Life pet adoption event at Petco on Hooper Avenue in Toms River from 12noon -5 p.m. Many area pet adoption groups will bring their pets to the event. Other activities include a pet chiropractor, a vet to chip dogs, face painting for kids, games, vendors and more. Click animalleague.org for more information.
March for Babies
The March of Dimes holds their March for Babies on the Asbury Park boardwalk starting at 11 a.m. The walk supports research and other programs nationwide and New Jersey to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. Click marchforbabies.org for registration and additional information.
New Jersey AIDS Walk
The New Jersey AIDS Walk takes place at five locations in New Jersey to demonstrate solidarity to 35,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey. The Walk takes place in Atlantic City, Asbury Park, Morristown, Newark and Ridgewood. Click njaidswalk.org for additional information.
A Shore Thing 5 K
The Ocean County Board of Realtors A Shore Thing 5 K takes place at Winding River Park in Toms River to benefit Family Promise of Sothern Ocean County, Head Start, Contact of Ocean County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County. For more details call 732- 244 – 8111.
Spring Tea Fundraiser
The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation holds its 6th annual Spring Tea Fundraiser at the Brick Elks Lodge located on Hooper Avenue in Brick from 12 noon- 3 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of live music, food and tea plus a gift auction and more. ECF provides services to families in Ocean and Monmouth counties whose children are battling cancer. Click emmanuelcancer.org or call 732-202-7062 for more information.
Monday, May 5
Manchester PBA #246 Golf Outing
Manchester PBA holds their fifth annual Golf Outing at Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson to benefit the the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness and urging greater research of the brain condition which affects more than one million Americans. For more information call 732-657-2009, Ext. 6356 or
Tuesday, May 6
OCC Foundation Golf Outing
The Ocean County College Foundation holds its 13th annual Golf Outing at Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson. For more information call 732-255-0492.
Thursday, May 8 – Sunday, May 11
Jersey Fresh International Three Day Event
The Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown hosts the Jersey Fresh International Three Day Event Thursday, May 8 – Sunday, May 11 featuring horses and riders competing to qualify for the World Equestrian Games. Click horseparkofnewjersey.com for more information.
Friday, May 9
Casino Night Dinner
Shore Dreams for Kids holds their Casino Night fundraiser at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of dinner, live entertainment, and casino gambling in support of Shore Dreams for Kids, an organization made up of volunteers from all over New Jersey and surrounding areas that share their love for power boating to bring community awareness to those children who love the open water and otherwise may never be able to experience the thrill of power boating. Click ShoreDreamForKids.org.
Saturday, May 10
Kids Stuff Flea Market
The Ocean County Parks & Recreation Department holds their annual Kids Stuff Flea Market at Ocean County Park on Route 88 in Lakewood from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Click oceancountyparks.org or call 1-877-OCPARKS for additional information.
The Robert J. Novins Planetarium, along with the Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (A.S.T.R.A.), will host Astronomy Day on the Ocean County College Main Campus in Toms River. A daytime program from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. includes exhibits, activities and demonstrations. An evening program features A.S.T.R.A. members setting up telescopes on the lawn, weather permitting. The Novins Planetarium Theater will also have sky shows throughout the day. Call 732-255-0342 or visit ocean.edu for more information.
Walk for Mary’s Place By The Sea
The third annual Walk Mary’s Place By The Sea takes place on Broadway in Ocean Grove starting at 12noon. Mary’s Place provides a place and a respite for women with cancer to heal their minds, bodies and souls. Call 732-455-5344 or click marysplacebythesea.org for information.
Late Spring Flea Market
Allaire Village, Incorporated hosts a Late Spring Flea Market as a fundraiser in the Show Field of Allaire State Park in Wall Township from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. with more than 100 vendors displaying new, used, and collectable treasures of all types. Flea Market Vendors participate by pre-registration only. Rain date is Sunday, May 11. Call 732-919-3500 visit allairevillage.org for more information.
Monmouth Beach School PTO
The Monmouth Beach School PTO holds their 3 Mile Run/Walk and mile kids run at the school located on Griffin Street in Monmouth Beach starting at 9 a.m. Pre register at RaceForum.com /Mb. Call 732.539.1580 for additional information.
The Bayville First Aid Squad holds their inaugural benefit Car Show at Veterans Park on Forest Hills Parkway in Bayville from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. featuring music, trophies and more. Call 732-269-1313 for more information.
Wednesday, May 14
GOTCC Business & Consumer Expo
The Greater Ocean Township Chamber Of Commerce holds their 26th Business & Consumer Expo at Jumping Brook Country Club. From 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Click gotcc.org or call 732.660.1888 for additional information.
Friday, May 16 & Saturday, May 17
Jay Dooley Memorial Foundation 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
The 4th annual Jay Dooley Memorial Foundation 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament takes place at the Holy Cross School in Rumson to raise funds for local children and teens living with learning disabilities and depression. 100% of proceeds benefit JDMF community partners. Click jaydooley.com or call (908)216-2083 for more information
Friday, May 16
Buy Rite Liquor presents their Super Sampling charity event at the Doubletree Inn on Hope Road in Eatontown from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. to benefit the Ashley Lauren Foundation and the Sarala Bathena Foundation featuring over 500 wines, craft beers and specialty spirits along with gourmet food. The Ashley Lauren Foundation is based in Colts Neck and offers hope and help to kids with cancer throughout New Jersey and their families. Click buyriteliquor.com or call 201-239-1200 for tickets and additional information.
One Simple Wish Open
One Simple Wish holds their first golf tournament, the OWS Open, at the Princeton Country Club. Click onesimplewish.org for more information.
Saturday, May 17
New Jersey Chili & Salsa Cookoff
The 25th annual Chili and Salsa Cookoff takes place along Washington Street in downtown Toms River from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Taste all three chili and salsa and cast your vote for People’s Choice, try the chili eating contests for kids and adults, enjoy live music, rides, face painting and activities for the kids and more. Click downtowntomsriver.com for additional information.
Bradley Beach Town Wide Yard Sale
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bradley Beach Fire Department holds their Town Wide Yard Sale. For information on participating call (732)776-7887 or check their Facebook page.
United Way of Ocean County Mighty Can 5K Run and Walk
The United Way of Ocean County holds their Mighty Can 5K Run and Walk at St. Francis Community Center on Long Beach Boulevard starting at 8 a.m. Dress as your favorite superhero and help fight hunger in Ocean County.Click uwocnj.org for registration and more information.
Classic Car Show
The Fossils of South Jersey car club holds its 26th annual Classic Car Show at Jackson Memorial High School starting at 11:30 a.m. Registration for vehicles (1989 and older) starts at 9 a.m., with a portion of the proceeds going to Fossils’ Ocean County Vo-Tech Automotive Program Scholarship fund, Providence House, Toys for Tots, and other area charities. For more information call 732-928-9028 or click fossilscarclub.com. Rain date: Sunday May 18th.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Herbertsville Fire Co hold a Flea Market at 601 Herbertsville Road in Brick from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 732-840-8078 for additional information.
Sunday, May 18
Bark in the Park
The 2nd annual Bark in the Park 5K Run, 1 mile heart walk and kiddie dash takes place at Harry Wright Lake on Lake Road in Manchester, rain or shine, to benefit American Rescue Dog and the Lakehurst-Manchester Rotary Club starting at 9:30 a.m. Click americanrescuedog.com for additional information, registration and vendor opportunities.
Great Strides Walk
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation holds their annual Great Strides Walk in Point Pleasant, a family-oriented event with a healthy 5k walk, children’s activities, food, and festivities to to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development. Click fightcf.cff.org for additional information.
The Jersey Shore Animal Center holds their first Bowl-A-Thon Challenge at Ocean Lanes on Route 88 in Lakewood from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sponsor a team and cheer on the teams as the JSAC staff challenges the staff of Bricktown Veterinary Hospital. Click Jerseyshoreanimalcenter.org for more information.
Thursday, May 22
Veteran’s Tribute and Fashion Show
The Sussex County Technical School presents their Veteran’s Tribute and Fashion Show to benefit the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetary starting at 6:15 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information call: (973) 383-6700 ext. 243.
Saturday, May 24
Ride to Remember
Manalpan PBA Local 229 hosts their Ride to Remember starting at 10:15 a.m. at Raceway Park in Englishtown, proceed to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel for a brief ceremony and then head back to Raceway Park. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Township of Ocean (Ocean County) holds its Founder’s Day at the Priff Elementary School on Route 532 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include a pet parade, free children’s rides, over 100 crafters, a flea market, love bands and fireworks over Barnegat Bay in the evening.
Saturday, May 31
Avon Day Cookout
The Avon Volunteer Fire Department hosts their Avon Day Cookout at the Firehouse on Main Street in Avon from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Enjoy food, entertainment, the Avon Barksdales and more.
The Race for Respect
Ocean Mental Health Services holds their Race for Respect, a 5K run/walk to honor those who live their lives with a mental illness. Click oceanmhs.org or call 732-575-1492 for additional information.
Sunday, June 1
Rock for the Nurses 2014
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund teams-up with the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar in Point Pleasant to help the nurses of Ocean Medical Center at its third annual fundraiser Rock for the Nurses 2014 starting at 12 noon. The six hour event will feature live performances from The Matt Noffsinger Band, The Pickles, Two Story Outhouse, Guns 4 Hire Trio, Ned Ryerson, Tyler Veit and Where’s Judy with an all you can eat BBQ buffet, pig roast, tent party and more. All proceeds from the event will go to The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund which annually benefits the nurses of Ocean Medical Center by providing nursing scholarships to nurses and nursing students looking to further their formal education in the nursing profession. For more information log on to forfarscholarship.org.
Thursday, June 5 – Saturday, June 7
The Friends of the Toms River Library are looking for donations of books in pristine condition, CD’s and video (no VHS format) for their Book Sale Thursday, June 5 – Saturday, June 7. Donations may be dropped off at the library located at 101 Washington Street in Toms River during regular hours.
Saturday, June 7
Asbury Park Blues and Brews Festival
The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation’s (JSJBF) Summer Series of Festivals kicks off with the Asbury Park Blues and Brews Festival from 12:00 noon -8:00 p.m. at Bradley Park, 5th and Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ (across from Convention Hall and the Boardwalk). Enjoy live performances, food, crafter and sponsor exhibits, Beer and Wine Garden, and activities for the entire family, rain or shine. Click jerseyshorefestival.org for the festival lineup and times.
Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk
The Monmouth County Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk takes place at Monmouth University in West Long Branch beginning at 10 a.m. to help fund research and raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Click here for registration and addition an information.
Sunday, June 8
Saverio B. Costantino Memorial Food Drive
The Lacey Food Bank holds the 3rd annual Saverio B. Costantino Memorial Food Drive at Lacey Community Hall in Forked River from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Those who donate non-perishable items will be in the running to win prizes. The food drive was created in memory of former Lacey Little League President Saverio “Sam” Costantino, who passed away in 2007. Click laceyfoodbank.org or call (609)709-4097 for more information.
Friday, June 11
Doggy Yappy Hour
Ocean County Parks & Recreations holds their Doggy Yappy Hour at Ocean County Park on Route 88 in Lakewood from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. featuring displays, vendors, demonstrations and more. Dogs on a leash and are vaccinated are welcome to accompany their owners. Call 877-OCPARKS or click co.ocean.nj.us for more information.
Sunday, June 22
Cruise for the Cure
American Legion Riders 455 holds their Cruise for the Cure event starting at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in Hamilton at 10:30 a.m. and ending at their Post in New Egypt at 12 noon with live music from Rambler, food, fun and more . Call 609-209-6666 for additional information.
Saturday, September 13
Seaside Semper Five
The Seaside Semper Five and 1 mile fun run takes place in Seaside Park to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps and the MARSOC Foundation starting at 9 a.m. The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is the Marine Corps service component to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). MARSOC trains, organizes, equips and, when directed by Commander, USSOCOM, deploys task-organized, scalable and responsive U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Forces in support of Combatant Commanders and other Agencies.Click seasidesemperfive.org for additional information.
Blessing of the Animals & Pet Adoption Day
Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church and People & Paws Pet Ministry present their Blessing of the Animanls and Pet Adoption Day at the church located at 714 Herbertsville Road in Brick from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 732-458-2080 for registration and additional information.
Around The Shore
Emmanuel Cancer Foundation
The the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation provides a variety of specialized services, at no charge, to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer. accomplish this through professional in-home counseling, advocacy on behalf of the families, material support such as food, clothing, toys, and household items and emergency financial relief. Call 908-322-4323 or click EmmanuelCancer.org for additional information.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors USA
Neighbors HelpingNeighbors USA is a free, peer-led volunteer job search networking and support group targeted to individuals who are actively looking for work and interested in reinvgorating their job search.Membership is open to anyone in career transition, including unemployed, underemployed individuals and recent college graduates in the fields of business, non-profit, and education, as well as persons re entering the job market, struggling small business owners and anyone looking for part-time or volunteer work. Click nhnusa.org for meeting locations around New Jersey.
The Childhood Leukemia Foundation
The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference in lives of children battling cancer. Since their inception in 1992, their mission has remained resolute to create innovative free programs to support the emotional needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families too. Located in Brick, CLF’s welcomes groups and individuals seeking volunteer opportunities. Visit clf4kids.org or call 732-920-8860 for more infomation.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) holds volunteer training throughout New Jersey. The goal of the CASA volunteer is to facilitate placement of a child into safe, permanent home. They are looking for individuals with a desire to help children – no special background is needed. Call 732-270-6803 or visit oceancountycasa.org for more information.
The Hope Center at the House of Hope of Oceans County, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides help and hope for those who are in need. Their mission is to provide resources, referrals, food and targeted financial assistance to clients as they work to overcome life crisis. Clients come to them with a variety of needs, including shelter for the homeless or to help with other urgent needs, which are paid through their Human Needs Fund.
What if it was your friend or family member who needed life saving blood? Would you be there? TheCommunity Blood Council of New Jersey is there, a not-for-profit blood center helping save lives. Help save lives by donating blood or setting up a blood drive in your area. For more information call the Community Blood Council at 877-244-8365.
Each year, there are over 2 million poison exposures reported to Poison Control Centers across the US. The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) has been the state’s regional drug and poison information system for the past 25 years. NJPIES is a non-profit organization that offers poison emergency and drug information services to NJ residents via its hotline (1-800-222-1222). Trained health professionals (doctor, nurse, or pharmacist) are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to assist callers with poison emergencies, poison prevention information, drug information, food poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, treatment advice following bites/stings, medication side effects and interactions, etc. All calls are free and confidential. Services are available for the hearing impaired (973-926-8008) and for those who speak languages other than English.
New Jersey’s statewide 2-1-1 Help Line is a 24/7 one-stop, non-emergency call center operated by the United Way for people seeking help & information. Easily accessible by landline, cell phone and the internet at nj211.org, calls are free & confidential with multi-lingual specialists always available. Specialists can provide information & referral services to callers about a variety of issues including basic human needs resources, support for seniors & persons with disabilities, support for children & families, employment support.
You hoped it wouldn’t happen but it has. You’ve lost your job. You’ve got a family to support. Your skills may be out of date. What do you do now? You need the personal support and services of a unique organization. Professional Services Group is ready to help. They can help you with everything from resume writing to interviewing and everything else you need to showcase your valuable skills. If the unthinkable has happened, don’t hesitate. PSG is a no-cost New Jersey Department of Labor supported volunteer organization for professionals in transition. More Info
The County Connection, located near JC Penney’s at the Ocean County Mall, is a service of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders. County residents can learn about programs, services and activities available to them in Ocean County. The County Connection is open regular mall hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. For more information, call (732)288-7777 or visit the County Connection web site at co.ocean.nj.us.
Einstein’s Alley Vet Career Connect - Einstein’s Alley Vet Career Connect is designed to match members of the New Jersey National Guard, a New Jersey veteran or the spouse of a veteran the veteran, to the career that is perfectly suited to them. This initiative focuses on the individual soldier’s strengths and motivations by using a proven Personality Assessment Profile that has been used by over 25K companies to assess over 2.5 million people. This Profile objectively quantifies an individual’s competencies as well as their strengths and potential and matches those core strengths to the requirements of a job. The expected outcome is a career and not just a job – with the employer needs matched to the employee’s career desires. For more information call (609)524-1200.
Dell’Omo Realtors in Plaza II on Route 35 in Ocean Township is teaming with the Monmouth County SPCA to find homes for people and pets. With every home sold Dell’Omo Realtors will sponsor a pet at the shelter. The office will also act as a drop-off location for blankets, towels other items for the MSPCA’s pets. For more information call (732)531-5008 or visit ajdellomo.com.
Ocean County Hunger Relief is collecting children’s clothes, coats, & shoes (sizes infant to teen), book bags, and lunch boxes for needy children in Ocean County. There is a desperate need because the organization almost never has these items. Especially needed are baby items such as diapers, wipes, shampoo, baby wash, etc. The children receiving the donations are either very poor or homeless. Donations may be dropped off at the Hunger Relief office on North Main Street in Toms River or by calling (732) 505-HELP or by visiting ochungerrelief.org.
Jersey Shore Partnership - Did you know that bathing water quality at New Jersey’s ocean and bay beaches is checked at least once a week? Testing is done more frequently here than in any other state to make sure that our water is safe for swimming. New Jersey has set the standard for nationwide water quality testing. The Jersey Shore Partnership is New Jersey’s leading champion for beach protection and replenishment. To learn more, visit jerseyshorepartnership.com.
The Ashley Lauren Foundation, a non profit, charitable organization dedicated to bringing hope and help to children in New Jersey who have been diagnosed with cancer seeks volunteers throughout the state to help them achieve this goal. Volunteer opportunities include providing material & emotional support, helping with parties & other fun activities for the children, helping with grant writing, public relations and media support, legal assistance, office help and printing services. Please call 732-458-4200 or visit ashleylaurenfoundation.org for more information.
Did you know nearly twenty percent of adults living in New Jersey cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application, decipher a train or bus schedule, or understand verbal instructions in the workplace? Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County is seeking volunteer tutors to teach basic literacy and English as a Second Language to local residents in Monmouth County. There are presently students waiting for tutors. They need your help. Training classes are being conducted now and throughout the coming months. Contact Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit www.lvmonmouthnj.org.