State Charity Program

Each year, student leaders at our member schools raise thousands of dollars for a special State Charity that is chosen by their State Officers each April. At the Spring Awards Program in May the new State Charity for the coming year is announced, while awards are presented for various levels of support.

Donation/Award Application Forms

Click on one of the links below to access the form that should accompany your school's State Charity donation. Please mail this completed form with your donation to the Southern Office (PO Box 968, Delran NJ 07085).

NOTE: State Charity donation checks must be made PAYABLE TO NJASC or they will not count toward your school or the state award totals!

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to download form or e-mail your pledge by Thursday May 28
Microsoft Word (.docx) format
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Application to become our next State Charity

Are you a charitable organization with an interest in applying to become our next State Charity? Download the application form and more information below...

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Form posted September 2015
Microsoft Word (.docx) format
Form posted September 2015

 

Recent State Charities

Click on one of the links below to learn more about recent State Charities that have been selected by the NJASC State Officers.

WEBSITE: www.hopelovescompany.com

Hope Loves Company is a non-profit that supports children and grandchildren of patients with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Below is a video that details what Hope Loves Company has accomplished over the past few years...

This year’s NJASC State Charity, Hope Loves Company, was founded in 2012 by Jodi O’Donnell-Ames to fill a big need in the ALS community - support of children who have parents or grandparents living with ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects over 30,000 Americans annually.  Patients typically live only two to five years after onset of symptoms.  The disease has no known cause or cure to date and 85% of patients have children.  Hope Loves Company or HLC is the only nonprofit with this mission in the entire United States.

Jodi lost her husband Kevin O’Donnell to ALS in 2001; he was only 35 years old.  Two years later, she married Warren Benton Ames, also a widower to ALS.  The Mercer County couple united in hope and raised three children who had lost a parent to ALS before the age of 10. There were no available resources for their children so they vowed to create them. Warren’s children: Nora and Adam Ames, and Jodi’s daughter, Alina O’Donnell, have all graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School and are now volunteers at Hope Loves Company, helping children who are currently caregivers to their terminally ill parents.

Watching their children volunteer at Hope Loves Company’s premier program, Camp HLC, brings joy to Jodi and Warren. "Our children bring hope and support to everything they attend.  It is a blessing to watch them help other children after all that they have endured," says Jodi, "Seeing NJASC students doing the same, is a continuation of that pride."

CLICK HERE to view an article in People - "Jodi O'Donnell-Ames Helps Children Who Have Parents Battling ALS"

To add to the excitement of this wonderful news, Jodi O’Donnell-Ames was a high school member of NJASC and her program, Camp HLC, is held at Fairview Lakes YMCA Camp in NJ, exactly where she attended Student Council training in the 1980s. About this serendipity, Jodi says, "I am a proud graduate of NJASC. I believe in encouraging and embracing student leadership. NJASC is an effective forum for tomorrow’s innovators and entrepreneurs. I am grateful to once again be included in its enthusiasm."

Both NJASC and Hope Loves Company are excited to watch the 2015-2016 school year unfold. NJASC and its over 200 member schools will be inviting the staff of Hope Loves Company to many speaking engagements across the state; Hope Loves Company can’t wait to work with the state’s young adults who are making the world a better place!

 

Website: www.christineshope.org

In January of 2010, 22 year old Christine Gianacaci of Hopewell Township and several of her classmates from Lynn University, traveled to Haiti on a mission of hope; to help children and to feed the poor. When a massive earthquake struck on January 12th, the Hotel Montana in Port-Au-Prince collapsed and Christine, along with 3 other students and two professors, were killed. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of all those who died that day. They each represented the qualities of kindness, caring, giving and compassion that are so desperately needed in our world today. While these six wonderful people are gone, the love and energy they created in their lives is still very much alive.

The Christine’s Hope for Kids Foundation was created to continue the legacy and generous spirit of Christine Gianacaci, and her desire to help underprivileged children have an opportunity for a better life. The mission of our Foundation is to continue Christine's spirit and loving qualities; to help less fortunate children and to support local community agencies that work with and benefit children.  We not only want to raise money to support our mission, but also teach and communicate the idea that every person can make a difference each day by helping others and being kind.

Yes, Christine’s death was a terrible tragedy. It was a terrible loss for her family and friends. But the truth is, in her short life, Christine achieved something that many of us never achieve; she found a purpose and a calling that gave her true happiness and purpose. She died doing what she was meant to do. She died doing what she loved. We cannot change the past, but we can work together to turn this tragedy into triumph. Christine started something of real substance and meaning. The real tragedy would be if those who knew her and loved her didn’t follow through.

Because of Christine’s kindness, compassion, determination and generosity, thousands of children in New Jersey will have an opportunity for a better life. That is the commitment of this foundation and our promise to Christine. We look forward to working with NJASC and the student leaders of our home state in the coming year to continue our work and promise.

 

Website: www.herocampaign.org

CLICK HERE for information about the NJASC Hero Campaign!

The HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers seeks to end drunk driving tragedies nationwide by promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers. Our goal is simple: to register one million designated drivers and make having a designated driver be as automatic as wearing a seatbelt.

The HERO Campaign is a federally registered, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that partners with law enforcement agencies, schools and colleges, bars, taverns and restaurants, the United States Navy, professional sports teams including the New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies, state divisions of highway safety and community chapters across New Jersey and the United States.

On the night of July 22, 2000 Ensign John R. Elliott, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, was struck and killed by a drunken driver on his way home for his mother’s birthday. The driver had been arrested earlier that day on DUI charges and was released only to get back in the car drunk, killing himself and John.

HERO – Origin of the name: John distinguished himself as a Human Education Resource Officer (HERO) at the Naval Academy. HERO’s are elected by their peers to counsel and mentor other members of their company. John was selected as the outstanding HERO in his graduating class.

The HERO Campaign has already worked with a number of schools in New Jersey, including Ocean City High School, where each year a "HERO Walk" takes place on the famous Ocean City Boardwalk. Now as the NJASC State Charity, the HERO Campaign looks forward to partnering with many other New Jersey schools to raise both funds and awareness

The HERO Campaign is not an anti-drinking campaign.  Instead, we encourage common sense and responsibility by promoting individuals to “Be a HERO. Be a Designated Driver.” - a message that appeals to the hero in all of us.

 

Website: www.hugsforbrady.com

Hugs for Brady Foundation is dedicated to helping children with pediatric cancer. Our moral compass is directed to support children with cancer in any and every way possible. We started the Hugs for Brady Foundation shortly after our 13 month old son, Brady Michael, was diagnosed with Non-Differentiated Acute Leukemia, a very rare form of leukemia.

Brady Michael Wells
August 21, 2008 - July 30, 2010

Our goal is simple: to help in any and every way possible to ease the pain of the children and their families who have cancer. We pledge that every dollar donated will be spent in the pursuit to help find a cure for pediatric cancer.

From buying custom built wagons, computers, TVs, video games, to help in the funding of financing a pediatric & hematology fellowship program; every dollar donated is spent in the pursuit to make the lives of children with cancer better.  

Our non-profit organization serves people of all races, creeds, and religions. We do not discriminate. We merely support all causes concerning pediatric cancer.

Our ultimate goal is to eradicate pediatric cancer. We will not rest until pediatric cancers of all types are a forgotten nightmare.

Our volunteer base is growing at a steady pace. With this growth, we have been able to accomplish more, and have a larger impact upon our community. We welcome new volunteers with open arms. Please inquire today about how you can become a cherished part of the Hugs for Brady Foundation.

Thank you so much for all of your support; it is such a worthy cause. On behalf of Brady and all of the children with cancer, any donation will be greatly appreciated.

 

WEBSITE: www.good-grief.org

Good Grief is a resource for grieving children and their families. Through our support center and workshops we help children during the difficult times of their lives and offer support and guidance to the adults in their lives. We currently provide direct services for children and adults coping with loss due to death. 

Our MISSION is to normalize grief in our society and create resilient communities where children coping with loss grow up emotionally healthy and able to lead meaningful and productive lives.  This is done through our year-round peer grief support center and educational workshops. 

 

We BELIEVE THAT grief is a natural reaction to loss, we all have within us the natural capacity to heal after a loss, the duration and intensity of grief are unique to each individual, and that caring and acceptance assist in both the grieving and healing processes.

 

In our PRACTICE we accept and affirm all feelings in our Support Circle, we provide caring support and serve as companions on each individual's unique journey through loss, we are empathic listeners and compassionate witnesses, we believe every person has the right to be heard and understood, we gather as a grieving community to honor each other's stories and to hold hope in the presence of suffering, and we care for ourselves with compassion and understanding so that we may do the same for others.

For more information please contact Marisa Bolognese, Good Grief Executive Director by e-mail at marisa@good-grief.org

 

Listed below are State Charities chosen each year by the NJASC State Officers; since 1981 over three million dollars have been raised by the student leaders of New Jersey in support of these worthy organizations and their causes...

2010-2011 Spread The Magic www.spreadthemagic.org
2009-2010 Family Reach Foundation www.familyreach.org
2008-2009 P.O.A.C. (Parents of Autistic Children) www.poac.net
2007-2008 The Valerie Fund www.thevaleriefund.org
2006-2007 The Little Rock Foundation www.tlrf.org
2005-2006 The Simpson-Baber Foundation www.simpson-baber.org
2004-2005 Buddy Ball  
2003-2004 Cherished Creations www.cherishedcreations.com
2002-2003 The Sunshine Foundation www.sunshinefoundation.org
2001-2002 Camp Fatima www.campfatimanj.org
2000-2001 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society www.lls.org
1999-2000 C.O.S.A.C. (Autism) www.autismnj.org
1998-1999 Colleen Giblin Foundation www.colleengiblinfound.org
1997-1998 Missy Maloney Childrens Fund  
1996-1997 The Ian Foundation  
1995-1996 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation www.cff.org
1994-1995 The Epilepsy Foundation www.epilepsyfoundation.org
1993-1994 Make A Wish Foundation nj.wish.org
1992-1993 Multiple Sclerosis Society www.nationalmssociety.org
1991-1992 The Rainbow Foundation www.rainbowfoundation.org
1990-1991
Children's Hopes and Dreams www.hopesanddreamsfoundation.org
1989-1990 American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
1988-1989 ???  
1987-1988 Emmanuel Cancer Foundation www.emmanuelcancer.org
1986-1987 Huntington's Disease www.hdsa.org
1985-1986 The Epilepsy Foundation www.epilepsyfoundation.org
1984-1985 The Arthritis Foundation www.arthritis.org
1983-1984 Hemophilia Society www.hemophilia.org
1982-1983 ???  
1981-1982 The National Burn Foundation www.burnfoundation.org


 

State Charity Awards

Click on one of the links below to view recent State Charity award winning schools...

Some of our 2014 and 2015 State Officers present a check for $104,000.00 to our 2014-2015 State Charity, Christine's Hope For Kids.

State Champion

  • Allentown High School

Top Three Middle Schools

  • FIRST - Eisenhower Middle School
  • SECOND - Monroe Township Middle School
  • THIRD - Lopatcong Middle School

Top Three High Schools

  • FIRST - Allentown High School
  • SECOND - Shawnee High School
  • THIRD - Delsea Regional High School


$5000 Club Awards

  • Allentown High School
  • Delsea Regional High School
  • Donovan Catholic High School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • Monroe Township Middle School
  • Randolph High School
  • Shawnee High School

$2000 Club Awards

  • Burlington County Institute of Technology - Medford
  • Bordentown Regional High School
  • Brooklawn Middle School
  • Delaware Township School
  • Edison High School
  • J.P. Case Middle School
  • John P. Stevens High School
  • Lopatcong Middle School
  • Melvin H. Kreps Middle School
  • North Hunterdon High School
  • Parsippany Hills High School
  • Phillipsburg High School
  • Readington Middle School
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School
  • Seneca High School
  • Stone Bridge Middle School
  • Timberlane Middle School

$1000 Club Awards

  • Bayonne High School
  • Bloomsbury Elementary School
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
  • Columbia High School
  • Cranford High School
  • Cumberland Regional High School
  • Franklin High School
  • Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • Hillsborough Middle School
  • Howell High School
  • Logan Middle School
  • Manchester Township High School
  • Mount Olive High School
  • Neptune High School
  • Ocean City High School
  • Olson Middle School
  • Parsippany High School
  • Rancocas Valley Regional High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Rutherford High School
  • Sayreville War Memorial High School
  • South Brunswick High School
  • Steinert High School
  • Stewartsville Middle School
  • Thomas Grover Middle School
  • Washington Township High School
  • West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South
  • Westfield High School
  • Winslow Township Middle School

 

The 2013 State Officers thank the student leaders of New Jersey for their hard work and generosity in raising a grand total of $117,000.00 to support our 2013-2014 State Charity, The HERO Campaign

State Champion

  • Allentown High School

Top Three Middle Schools

 

  • FIRST - Monroe Township Middle School
  • SECOND - Brooklawn Middle School
  • THIRD - Eisenhower Middle School

Top Three High Schools

 

  • FIRST - Allentown High School
  • SECOND - Shawnee High School
  • THIRD - Randolph High School

$5000 Club Awards

  • Brooklawn Middle School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • Monroe Township Middle School
  • Monsignor Donovan High School
  • Phillipsburg High School
  • Randolph High School
  • Shawnee High School

$2000 Club Awards

  • Absegami High School
  • Belvidere High School
  • Bordentown Regional High School
  • Cherokee High School
  • Holy Cross High School
  • J.P. Case Middle School
  • John P. Stevens High School
  • Lopatcong Middle School
  • Melvin H. Kreps Middle School
  • North Hunterdon High School
  • Readington Middle School
  • Stone Bridge Middle School
  • Timberlane Middle School
  • West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

$1000 Club Awards

  • Bayonne High School
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
  • Collingswood High School
  • Columbia High School
  • Community Middle School
  • Cranford High School
  • Cumberland Regional High School
  • Delaware Township School
  • Delsea Regional High School
  • Edison High School
  • Edison Intermediate School
  • Franklin High School
  • Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • High Point Regional High School
  • Hillsborough High School
  • Kittatinny Regional Junior High School
  • Logan Middle School
  • Montgomery High School
  • Mount Olive High School
  • Neptune High School
  • Ocean City High School
  • Olson Middle School
  • Oxford Central Middle School
  • Parsippany High School
  • Parsippany Hills High School
  • Rancocas Valley Regional High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School
  • Rutherford High School
  • Sayreville War Memorial High School
  • Shore Regional High School
  • South Brunswick High School
  • Southampton Township School #3
  • Stewartsville Middle School
  • Thomas Grover Middle School
  • Washington Township High School
  • Westfield High School
  • Williamstown High School
  • Winslow Township Middle School

The 2012 & 2013 State Officers thank the student leaders of New Jersey for their hard work and generosity in raising a grand total of $130,000.00 to support our 2012-2013 State Charity, Hugs For Brady

State Champion

  • Allentown High School

Top Three Middle Schools

  • FIRST - Readington Middle School (tie)
  • FIRST - Eisenhower Middle School (tie)
  • SECOND - Timberlane Middle School
  • THIRD - Monroe Township Middle School

Top Three High Schools

  • FIRST - Allentown High School
  • SECOND - North Hunterdon High School
  • THIRD - Monsignor Donovan High School

$5000 & $10,000 Club Awards

  • Allentown High School ($10,000 Club)
  • Brooklawn Middle School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • Monroe Township Middle School
  • Monsignor Donovan High School
  • North Hunterdon High School
  • Phillipsburg High School
  • Readington Middle School
  • Shawnee High School
  • Timberlane Middle School
  • Westfield High School

$2000 Club Awards

  • Bordentown Regional Middle School
  • Cherokee High School
  • Community Middle School
  • Delsea Regional High School
  • Hillsborough Middle School
  • Hunterdon Central Regional High School
  • J.P. Case Middle School
  • John P. Stevens High School
  • Logan Elementary School
  • Madison Junior School
  • Melvin H. Kreps Middle School
  • Parsippany Hills High School
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School
  • Seneca High School
  • Shore Regional High School

$1000 Club Awards

  • Bayonne High School
  • Belvidere High School
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
  • Burlington County Institute of Technology-Medford
  • Collingswood High School
  • Columbia High School
  • Cranford High School
  • Cumberland Regional High School
  • Delaware Township School
  • Edison High School
  • Edison Intermediate School
  • Franklin High School
  • Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • High Point Regional High School
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Kittatinny Regional Junior High School
  • Lopatcong Middle School
  • Millstone Township Middle School
  • Mount Olive High School
  • Ocean City High School
  • Olson Middle School
  • Oxford Central Middle School
  • Parsippany High School
  • Rancocas Valley Regional High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Somerville High School
  • South Brunswick High School
  • Steinert High School
  • Stewartsville Middle School
  • Sussex County Technical High School
  • Washington Township High School
  • West Windsor Plainsboro High School South
  • Williamstown High School
  • Winslow Township Middle School

 

The 2011 State Officers return to present a check for $105,000.00 to our 2011-2012 State Charity, Good Grief.

State Champion

  • Monroe Township Middle School

Top Three Middle Schools

  • FIRST - Monroe Township Middle School
  • SECOND - Readington Middle School
  • THIRD - Timberlane Middle School

Top Three High Schools

  • FIRST - Allentown High School
  • SECOND - Westfield High School
  • THIRD - Phillipsburg High School & North Hunterdon High School

$5000 Club Awards

  • Allentown High School
  • Edison Intermediate School
  • Madison Junior School
  • Monroe Township Middle School
  • North Hunterdon High School
  • Phillipsburg High School
  • Readington Middle School
  • Timberlane Middle School
  • Westfield High School

$2000 Club Awards

  • Brooklawn Middle School
  • Cranford High School
  • Eisenhower Middle School
  • Franklin High School
  • Hunterdon Central Regional Middle School
  • J.P. Case Middle School
  • John P. Stevens High School
  • Melvin H. Kreps Middle School
  • Monsignor Donovan High School
  • Seneca High School
  • Shawnee High School
  • Steinert High School

$1000 Club Awards

  • Barnegat High School
  • Belvidere High School
  • Bordentown Regional High School
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School
  • Clayton High School
  • Collingswood High School
  • Columbia High School
  • Cumberland Regional High School
  • Delaware Township School
  • Edison High School
  • Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • High Point Regional High School
  • Hillsborough High School
  • Hillsborough Middle School
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Kittatinny Regional Junior High School
  • Logan Township Elementary School
  • Lopatcong Middle School
  • Montgomery High School
  • Mount Olive High School
  • Oakcrest High School
  • Ocean City High School
  • Palmyra High School
  • Rancocas Valley Regional High School
  • Riverside High School
  • Roosevelt Intermediate High School
  • Rutherford High School
  • Sayreville War Memorial High School
  • Shore Regional High School
  • Somerville High School
  • South Brunswick High School
  • Stewartsville Middle School
  • Thomad Grover Middle School
  • Washington Township High School
  • Williamstown High School