May Opportunities: Help HomeFront from Home During COVID-19

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Amid COVID-19, we remain committed to providing shelter, food, diapers, and other basic necessities to families in need. We’re are continuing to adapt to find the best ways to operate our essential services while keeping everyone as safe as possible. We're looking for your help.

Below are meaningful ways for you, your family, and the community to help HomeFront families and get involved remotely during this time.

1. Share this Document and Stay Up-to-Date with Us

Share this document with 3 people! Stay tuned for additional ways to help coming soon on our site and social media. Sign up for our e-newsletter: www.homefrontnj.org/newsletter-sign-up/

2. Donate or Be Part of a Virtual Fundraiser

3. Provide Urgent Items

  • To make a donation , please visit www.homefrontnj.org/donate or
    call 609-989-9417 x 107.

HomeFront already has a significant amount of unanticipated and unbudgeted expenses related to preparations for COVID-19 - and we only expect those costs to rise as our families are directly affected.

As you consider your charitable giving during this time, please keep us in mind.

  • Double Helpings Initiative: Help hungry families while helping struggling restaurants . Your donation will help feed local homeless families staying in area motels who are hit hardest during COVID-19.
    • https://www.homefrontnj.org/donate-food-delivery/
  • Virtual Run/Walk for Hope: Register for a 10K, 5K, one-mile Run/Walk, or a dog walk on June 7 - on your own, as a family, or as part of a "virtual team" and be part of this remote community.
    • https://bit.ly/HF20205k
  • Facebook Fundraiser or Virtual Rent Party: Host on social media or use video chat to help homeless families secure housing by collecting the funds they need to move into their new homes.
  • Diapers (size newborn, 4, 5, and 6)
  • Baby wipes
  • Canned goods (protein like chicken/tuna, ravioli, beef stew, soup, spaghetti sauce, and fruit)
  • Baby formula
  • Dry cereal
  • Shelf stable milk (Horizon/Natrel/Parmalat or powdered milk)
  • Pop-top canned goods and microwave-friendly food for individuals living in motels
  • Feminine hygiene products

If you’re interested in preparing complete food bags for our pantry, please email getinvolved@homefrontnj.org .

Unfortunately, right now we cannot accept donations of furniture, clothing, or housewares. We hope you understand. Our Donation Center is currently self-service with a large donation box. If you have a large volume to donate or items that cannot fit in a donation box, please contact us at getinvolved@homefrontnj.org to coordinate a drop-off.

These and more items can be purchased through our Amazon wishlist : http://bit.ly/HFMarch20Items

All items can be dropped off or delivered to 1880 Princeton Avenue in Lawrenceville.

4. Volunteer Remotely:

  • Collect items and prepare food bags at home
  • Make art for "Small Works from Big Hearts": Join this online exhibit of works, with sales supporting Homefront’s ArtSpace
    • https://bit.ly/HFArtSpSmWks
  • Put together first aid, personal hygiene, and welcome home kits
  • Make cards for our families with inspirational quotes
  • Join the Warm Welcome Design Team, remotely making items for families in our emergency housing (email catherinec@homefrontnj.org)
  • Jumpstart your spring cleaning and put aside pots and pans, linens, towels, and kitchen items to donate when we fully reopen our Donation Center

Whatever it is you do to help, show us!

We want to see what you're up to and thank you!

  • Take a picture or short clip of you volunteering at home
  • Post it on social media and tag us (or email it to us at getinvolved@homefrontnj.org with your first name)
  • Share it with others and get them involved too
Questions?
For details or additional instructions on any of these opportunities, email getinvolved@homefrontnj.org .

Our Family Campus remains open and vibrant for the families in residence. Our many housing programs are running with enhanced support to ensure that our families have up-to-date information, cleaning supplies, and resources. Our Food Pantries and Diaper Resource Center are stocking up, reaching out to vulnerable families, and making extraordinary efforts to make sure all families have the supplies they need. Our homelessness prevention and eviction prevention programs are continuing to operate. We anticipate an increased need for these services as families are put out of work.

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About HomeFront

Location:

1880 Princeton Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, US

Mission Statement

HomeFront's goal is to end homelessness in Mercer County by harnessing the caring, resources, and know-how of the community. We work to help homeless families make the transition to independence while easing the pain and burden of homelessness for children and parents.

Description

HomeFront is a non-profit agency in Central New Jersey with a host of programs to break the cycle of poverty, both for parents and their children.

HomeFront is a non-profit agency providing a comprehensive network of services for the poor and homeless in Mercer County, New Jersey. Mercer County includes Pr inceton, Lawrenceville, Ewing and Trenton. It is racially, ethnically, socially and economically diverse.

HomeFront programs provide emergency shelter and transitional and affordable housing. Our mission is to meet the immediate needs of food, shelter and safety and to help the troubled families break from the cycle of poverty. We work with single mothers, single fathers and families with histories of domestic violence, child abuse, drug abuse and intergenerational welfare. We also work with families who just cannot make ends meet in a declining economy.

HomeFront programs support literacy, education and employment for both children and parents. HomeFront helps parents work toward their GED and apply for and hold jobs. We provide preschool, after-school, tutoring and summer camp programs for their children. We work with the whole family.

Our supporters provide donations of money, food, furniture, clothing and other assets household items to our Food Pantry, Free Store and other HomeFront programs.
Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
Hunger

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Mercer County NJ AreaLawrence Twp, NJ 08648

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Visual Arts
  • Food Service
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Sewing

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • All of these opportunities can be done remotely within your own schedule.
  • We encourage social and physical distancing and do not encourage you to do anything that will endanger your health and safety.

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