2014 WRAP UP
2014 was an outstanding year for People for People Foundation. We assisted hundreds of individuals and families by providing everything from monetary grants and administering utility assistance to providing valuable resource connections and advocacy.
Our small grant program was able to help with such diverse needs as supplying new kitchen utensils, linens and clothing for homeless families that have moved to the next level and able to secure work and a place to live to providing funds to purchase needed medications for those not able to afford them due to a family crisis or emergency, and so many other needs in between.
People for People is still the only agency in Gloucester County that is authorized to process the Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses (TRUE) program and the new Public Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) program. We also work directly with New Jersey SHARES and the agencies providing LIHEAP and USF for utilities. Our staff is well trained in all areas of energy assistance and also serve as advocates with other programs.
2014 also saw us holding successful fund raising events as lead agency of The Heart of Gloucester County.
People for People held several fund raising events to support the Heart of Gloucester County entry into the Greater Woodbury Chamber’s “Dancing with the Gloucester County Stars” with CarolAnn Jeronimo volunteering as our dancer.
We held our first ever Touch-a-Truck and more in August drawing over 800 people to the 4H Fairgrounds to look at and play with everything from Fire Trucks to Limos, to huge Dump Trucks to the Coast Guard Strike Force Trailer. People for People also held a Coach Bingo and other events as well.
The funds raised will be used to fund two new programs, “Rapid Response” for veterans and active duty personnel and Heart to Heart, a vocational mentoring program for Middle and High School students.
Yes, 2014 was busy and exciting, and even bigger and better things are coming in 2015.
People for People was able provide valuable services and assistance to the veteran community through our partnership with the Gloucester County Veterans Helping Veterans program as well as holding several successful events honoring veterans and their families.
The People for People Vets Picnic was a big success with over 1200 people attending our free picnic honoring our veterans and their families. A big thank you goes to the Harrison House, Duffield’s Farms, Wellshire Farms, The South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Association, Glassboro VFW, Glassboro and Mullica Hill Rotary Clubs, Greg and Colleen Armstrong and the Gloucester County 4H Fairgrounds Association. A great day of good food, entertainment and friendship was had by all.
The 2014 People for People Wreaths of Remembrance was once again a spectacular event with over 700 volunteers braving the cold, wet weather to help lay over 2000 holiday wreaths on the graves of our veterans and family at the Gloucester County Veteran Memorial Cemetery. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and veteran groups and especially to the hundreds of people that donated as little as $6.00 to $500 to purchase the wreaths.