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Do you have an upcoming event coming up that you’d like to promote? I’d love to help!

It’s easy: Just send me your press release, info, pictures etc to It’s completely FREE to promote through me, all I ask is that we cross promote!

Additionally, the Etsy Store of the Week, is getting a lot of popularity  but I need more stores to feature! If you have a store or know someone with a store PLEASE contact me at Not only are you featured for a whole week, but you are added to a list of past featured winners so you are always on the site. Pretty cool, right? And yes it’s FREE to submit and be featured.

You may have also noticed that every Tuesday I’ve been listing fun events for the weekend. I will continue to do that and have that posted every Tuesday at 6pm.

I have been very active on Pinterest, I have posted a bunch of great day trip ideas, food, diner reviews and more. A few people expressed interest in helping me out on Pinterest but did not follow through with emailing me. So if you are interested…please email me at It is an unpaid position…but if you enjoy pinning then pin along with me!


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-Cyd, New Jersey Isn’t Boring

Broadway Diner in Red Bank Suddenly Closes

I am devastated! Another diner, one of my favorites, is closing! The Broadway Diner in Red Bank will always be my favorite spot in Red Bank to grab food before a show at the Count Basie Theatre, a place to get late night snacks after Improv Jam (back in the day) and a place to bring friends who came all the way to Red Bank to check out Kevin Smith movie locations.

I’m researching to see if the other 2 Broadway Diner locations are closing as well. Fingers crossed they aren’t!

I feel awful for the staff there. I know a lot of wait staff has been there forever.

RIP Broadway Diner.

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RED BANK – Bill Meyer suddenly finds himself in search of another go-to restaurant, an unfamiliar feeling for the attorney who usually ate five meals per week for nearly two decades at the Broadway Diner across from his law firm on Monmouth Street.

The Broadway Diner served as a community hub since it opened 18 years ago in 1996 as a vintage 24/7 eatery within a single-story building of glass and stainless-steel illuminated by neon lights at night. It shut its doors for the final time Monday following the death of one of it owners nearly six months ago.

“It’s resonating through the town like a family friend passed away,” said Meyer, who recalled the diner’s steel-cut oatmeal with fresh fruit as his favorite meal. “This business was basically a cog in the wheel of the Red Bank economy.”

The diner’s history stretches back to 1959 when Walter and Joanie Wilson opened it as the Palace Diner and sold it 20 years later. Afterward, the building failed to hold onto a pair of Chinese restaurants and other businesses. Then, in 1995, Rocco “Bob” Russo spotted the vacant diner while driving through the borough and noticed a sign on its door: “Bring back the diner,” it read.

Russo, who co-owned the restaurant with Rocky Coviello, died at the age of 78 this past February. His daughter, Amy Russo, who owns the popular Toast Asbury Park and Toast Montclair eateries that serve breakfast, brunch and lunch, will open a third such establishment in place of the Broadway Diner, according to Asbury Park Sun andRedBankGreen.

Coviello did not return a telephone call for comment. A spokesperson for Toast Asbury Park said through the restaurant’s Facebook page that Russo is not yet commenting on the situation.

“The Broadway Diner had its iconic presence, especially at 3 o’clock in the morning with many people who became instant friends at that hour over a cup of coffee and a smile by the staff,” Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna said. “Many seniors and many young people, who don’t have much family in the area, have adopted the waitstaff, who had been there forever, and the employees … as their family.”

Lynda Rose, executive director of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, expressed high hopes for new ownership. “The people who own Toast own the building…so hopefully they’ll bring something of that quality here to Red Bank.”

Toast Asbury Park and Toast Montclair both open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, but the planned hours and days of Toast Red Bank remain unclear. Menna said he would like to see it remain open 24 hours a day.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been drumming the beat of late-night presence operations, both retail entertainment and service-establishments for a long time, so I hope that they consider it, but ultimately they will have to make that business decision based on their model,” Menna said.

D’s Soul Full Cafe Joins Forces with The Ale House and Hoboken Menus

For more information on D’s Soul Full Cafe -

About: Dwight Thompson first started working at 918 Willow in 2005. He quickly advanced to manager of what was then known as Josh & Ive’s and eventually purchased the shop in 2006. In August 2011, local writer Stephen Bailey partnered with Dwight to continue growing the cafe’s message of great food, community, art, and music.

Address: 918 Willow Ave Hoboken, NJ; 201-604-0054
Hours: Mon-Fri 7AM-9PM / Sat-Sun 8AM-4PM
Find them on Facebook and Twitter @DsSoulFullCafe

Official Press Release:

This is very exciting news. D’s Soul Full Cafe (918 Willow Ave Hoboken, NJ) has teamed up with The Ale House (1034 Willow Ave Hoboken, NJ) and to bring you a whole new way of ordering food while sitting at your favorite bar in Hoboken!

We’re sure this has happened to you. You’re out at the bar with friends for happy hour or whatever and you start to feel a li’l hungry. The bar you’re at doesn’t have a kitchen. So you settle up your tab and move on. This sucks for the bar because they lose your business. It also sucks for you because now you have to find a new place to hang.

Some places have tried to curtail that by offering up a binder of menus for patrons to browse. That’s fine, but not very convenient. We wanted to create something different. Instead of weeding thru a pile of choices, then having to call for the food and scramble for cash when it arrives, we’ve teamed up with The Ale House and Hoboken Menus to bring you something brilliant and simple.

- How Does It Work?
Instead of the afore mentioned menu shuffle, you simply order your food from the bartender as you would at any bar/grill. D’s Soul Full Cafe created a special menu for The Ale House, including several exclusive items you can’t get even in our own cafe. For example; Mesquite Pulled Turkey on a Roll (D’s twist on a BBQ classic topped w/our homemade cucumber dill yogurt sauce) or Beer-Braised Chicken (a hearty stew of beer-braised boneless chicken thighs w/thyme, pearl onions & red potatoes).

Rather than an order going to the bar’s kitchen, it’s punched into a tablet behind the bar and transmitted to D’s Soul Full Cafe down the street thanks to a custom-built app powered by Hoboken Menus. Once it’s done, it’s rushed hot & ready to eat as you continue sipping on your favorite adult beverage. All without anyone having to pick up a phone. Also, no money is exchanged with the food delivery person. You’ll simply settle up with the bar at the end of the night as usual. We wanted this to be a seamless experience.

- How Did It Come About?
As a regular customer of D’s Soul Full Cafe, Ale House owner Joe Berg already knew the food was awesome. One evening, our Chef Dwight Thompson was at The Ale House and Joe mentioned that he wanted to serve food but didn’t want to deal with the stress of building and running a kitchen. Immediately they thought of having D’s act as the bar’s kitchen.

That’s when D’s owner Stephen Bailey contacted Sean Miller at Hoboken Menus to see if they could build the custom app. We wanted to work with Hoboken Menus because they’re small enough to be flexible yet very well-known in Hoboken. The Hoboken Menus website site does 30k menu downloads a month!

Plus, Sean and Stephen have known each other for many years thru their mutual backgrounds in the publishing industry.

- What’s Next?
Head on over to The Ale House, grab a pint (or several) and order up some grub! They’ve got cold beer, free pool, shuffleboard, great atmosphere, great people, and now great food, too.

To find out more about this, go to

8 Events to Check Out This Week/Weekend July 23rd – 27th

Monmouth County Fair - July 23rd – 27th

The original Monmouth County Agricultural Fair that includes fireworks, entertainment, home & garden tent, 4H, and much, much more! This year marks the 40th Anniversary!

Dates: July 23rd – 27th, 2014
Address: 1500 Kozloski Rd. Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: $8, kids 12 and under are Free


Shakespeare in the Park – July 24th – 26th

Sit under the stars and enjoy a fabulous production of Shakespeare. Bring your beach chairs, blankets, a picnic basket and your funny bone.

Dates: Thurs, July 24th – Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Address: Divine Park; Passaic & Fifth Aves. Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Cost: Free

AC Food and Wine Festival  – July 25th – 27th

Caesars Entertainment presents AC Food and Wine Festival: The four-day culinary and spirits festival, which features a star-studded roster of the world’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities!

Dates: July 25th – 27th, 2014
Address: Ballys & Caesars Casino in Atlantic City
Cost: To get tickets click here


32nd Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning – July 25 – 27


The largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America takes off again! Featuring more than 100 hot air balloons from around the world, live concerts and non-stop affordable family entertainment, the Festival is a must on everyone’s list of Things to Do this Summer.

The festival features the awe-inspiring spectacle of colorful balloons taking flight twice each day over the scenic Hunterdon County countryside, headlining concerts from Grammy Award winners, Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers and the latest teen sensations, children’s amusement rides, age-appropriate family entertainment and attractions, the Running with Balloons 5K race and Family Fun Run, intertactive exhibits from leading consumer brands, and hundreds of arts and crafts and food vendors. Hot air balloon rides available!

Dates: July 25th – 27th, 2014
Address: Solberg Airport;  39 Thor Solberg Rd. Readington, NJ 08889
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for kids until July 24th, $30 adults, $15 kids. To get tickets click Here
For more information check out Facebook and Twitter @NJBalloonFest


Food Truck Showdown – July 26

The Manahawkin Flea Market is hosting a Food Truck Showdown on July 26th from 10pm to 7pm. Admission is free.  The Flea Market is located at  657 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ. For more information call 609-233-0000 or email

Date: Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Address: 657 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ.
Cost: Free admission

Soulsational Festival - July 26

For the 4th consecutive year, Music & Wellness will be blissfully joined together at the Soulsational Festival at 11 am – 8 pm. The festival is a free community event featuring live music, local health and wellness businesses and practitioners, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community!

This event was created to honor, share, and explore the many healing modalities, practitioners, organizations, and businesses devoted to health and wellness right here on the Jersey Shore. Its goal is to increase awareness of the many different green, holistic, organic, and healthy options within our community, support the local economy and offer a unique interactive experience for all those in attendance.

Date: Saturday, July 26th, 2014; Opens at 11am. Rain or Shine
Address: Veterans Park; 489 Forest Hills Parkway, Bayville, NJ 08721
Cost:  Free
More info on Facebook and Twitter @Soulsational


Honey Bee Family Festival & Bee Fair – July 26

In addition to honey, did you know that bees provide us with materials to make a variety of products such as candles, soaps, lotions, medicines, and more? On this day, vendors of all these products will be on hand to tell you how these products are made and sell their wares. Of course there will be honey tasting, too! Activities include: Finger-paint Bee Mural, Honey tasting station, Make an antenna Headband, Plant a bee garden, Un-BEE-lievable Beekeeping Demonstration, Create a chromatography butterfly!

Date: Saturday, July 26th, 2014; 11 am – 4 pm.
Address: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: FREE for Members; Non Members: $7/child, $10/adult

Warren County Farmers Fair & Balloon Fest - July 26 – Aug 2

A family fun event that also features a Hot Air Balloon Festival with up to 40 balloons. Explore the Traditional Arts Building featuring demonstrations of quilting, lacemaking and more. Other highlights include 4-H and FFA exhibits and contest. Main arena events include demolition derbies, mud bogs, lawnmower races and tractor/truck pulls (some additional charges apply). The balloon festival features mass hot air balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, hare and hound races and the unique Bicycle Balloon Race, where pilots and cyclists pair up in a race of skill and speed. The Kids’ Corral is a fun and magical place where children can play, learn and even enter some contests. Best of all, activities at the Kids’ Corral are free of charge to fairgoers

Date: Saturday July 26th – August 2nd, 2014
Address: Warren County Fairgrounds; 1350 Stryker Rd. Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Cost: $7 for adults and $4 for ages 5-12. Children 4 and Under Free

Open Call for Artists for “The Baker’s Dozen” Exhibit at Arts Guild NJ

Arts Guild NJ a non profit art gallery located in Rahway,  is putting out a call to artists for their annual “Artist of the Month” competition, now renamed “The Baker’s Dozen”.

For more information on Arts Guild New Jersey visit their website. They have monthly art exhibitions which are free to attend September – June. They also have affordable art classes for adults, teens and kids throughout the year.

Social Media: Facebook and Twitter @ArtsGuildNJ

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Official Press Release:

Arts Guild New Jersey announces an OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS for our upcoming juried exhibit: “The Baker’s Dozen”, which will be from February 15, 2014 – March 12, 2015. For the past two years this competition was offered as the Artist of the Month competition, a juried competition open to fine artists everywhere in all Medias. For the The Bakers Dozen Exhibit, thirteen artists will be chosen as winners for the competition. All thirteen artists chosen for the 2015 competition will be featured in an exhibit which will be held at the Arts Guild New Jersey gallery, located at 1670 Irving Street in Rahway, NJ, scheduled to open on Sunday, February 16th, 2015. Twelve of the artists chosen will be featured on the Arts Guild New Jersey website as an Artist of the Month for one month each beginning in January 2015. The selected artists’ monthly web page will feature a dozen images of their artwork, a statement and current exhibit resume. Each artist selected will also receive a free 1 year listing on the “Artist Registry (at Additionally, an announcement for each Baker’s Dozen listing will be sent to our e-mail lists and promoted on all of our social media sites.

The deadline for submitting artwork is Friday, September 26, 2014. Submitting artists will be notified by November 21st, 2014 on the status of their application.

Interested artists can visit to complete an online entry form and upload up to six images of recent work. Images uploaded for the judging process should be formatted as JPEGS, saved at 72dpi (ppi) and be no larger than 700 pixels in either direction. There is a $10.00 entry fee which can be paid by credit card at the time of entering.

The first competition was in 2012. Chosen artists were featured on our website. To view the current listings visit: and click the “Artist of the Month” banner on the main page. The artists chosen this year in the contest will be featured beginning in January 2015.

This program is open to ALL fine artists. Judging will be conducted by Arts Guild New Jersey’s Executive Director, Lawrence Cappiello as well as additional artist jurors, to be announced. All media will be considered for this exhibit, with the exception of crafts, such as jewelry, pottery and glass.

The Baker’s Dozen winners will be announced on November, 21st, 2014 and the program will commence on the Arts Guild’s website in January, 2015. The order in which the twelve winning artists are presented does not reflect a particular rank. Winners are assigned to a month at the discretion of the judges.

About Arts Guild New Jersey

Arts Guild New Jersey is a non-profit center for the arts located in the downtown Arts District of Rahway. Each year, the Guild presents a series of fine art exhibitions and an art education color_buildingprogram that includes studio art classes for adults, teens and children, an on-going series of intensive one-day workshops for adults, and a series of summer art workshops for teens and children. Arts Guild New Jersey is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway, NJ Turnpike, Routes 1 & 9, Saint Georges Avenue (Route 27/35), and by train, via NJ Transit Northeast Corridor and Jersey Shore Lines. The exhibit program at Arts Guild New Jersey is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, which promotes health, well-being and quality of life in New Jersey’s communities, including the arts.

Diner Round Up – Park Place Diner in Matawan

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I’m running out of local diners! Soon I’ll have to hit the road and see what else is out there!

The Park Place Diner is located in Matawan, NJ on route 34. It’s very, very close to the Aberdeen diner.

It was a late dinner, or should I say late for me, and Park Place diner has a lot of great coupons…so we used a coupon to get a cheese quesadilla for $4! It was a great quesadilla too. I get annoyed when diners don’t offer guacamole. I love me some guacamole!

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I got a chicken avocado  panini which came with chips and salsa but I got fries instead. I kind of regret my decision, even though the fries were very good. I’ve just been eating a lot of fries lately.

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This was my second time at this diner and I really enjoyed it. It’s near a lot of fun, local stuff nearby too so that’s always a big plus.

Did I mention the placed was PACKED! And it was a Thursday night! They are definitely a local favorite.

Basic Info
Address: 1040 New Jersey 34, Matawan, NJ 07747
Phone: (732) 290-1978
Check out their Website - Menu is posted!
To learn more about them, check out their Facebook

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – Yes
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

Caldwell Restaurant Week Kicks Off August 10th

The Caldwell Restaurant Week begins August 10th, 2014 at participating restaurants. This is the first restaurant week for Caldwell, NJ.

For more information check out their Facebook page. See press release below.

Here is the list of participating restaurants:

image (2)Press Release:

Caldwell Restaurant Week will run from from Sunday, August 10th through Sunday, August 17th, 2014. Most of the borough’s restaurants will join the fun with special prix-fixe menus that showcase the culinary diversity of this West Essex community. Caldwell’s restaurant and food scene has been a well guarded secret in the Garden State but Devil Gourmet is looking to change all of that as we’ve signed up to be the official media sponsor of Caldwell Restaurant Week.

The idea of a summer restaurant week sounds a bit contrary because “everyone goes on vacation in the summer” but how many of know anyone who summers for the entire season? Organizers understand that there most of the community, and surrounding communities, are in town, yet very few special events are planned.With longer days making evening strolls before and after dinner possible, following Bloomfield’s lead of a summer restaurant week made perfect sense.

Caldwell Restaurant Week will showcase the diversity of dining scene with the cuisine of Spain, Italy, France, Japan and of course several variations and spins on American favorites in the spotlight. By the time August rolls around the variety is sure to be even greater! We already know that Devil Gourmet favorites Xuntas Tapas, Rockin Joe’s, and Dough will be participating. There is also a new place opening up this summer right in the center of town – that owner is excited to be a part of this event. Restauranteurs who are not sure about what is invovlved in participating or have any questions can drop a line Devil Gourmet Editor John Lee at

Did you know that President Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell? There is so much to discover here. Details of Caldwell’s first restaurant week will be shared over the coming weeks as we all get ready for the BEST SUMMER EVER!

Birthday BBQ at Big Ed’s BBQ in Matawan


Last Saturday my friends and I went to Big Ed’s BBQ in Matawan (or Old Bridge, depends who you ask) to celebrate a birthday!

Big Ed’s is pretty famous for their BBQ, BBQ sauce and of course…their all you can eat ribs.

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If you haven’t been to Big Ed’s, there are a few things you should take notice of when you’re there:
- The decor. They go all out…even in the parking lot!
- The garlic bread. It’s soooo good.
- TVs, TVs everywhere. Perfect for sporting games
- Super friendly waiters. Our waiter for the evening was great.

I’m not a ribs person (don’t judge) so I ordered a 1/2 pound hamburger. It came with a salad, a side and a fritter. I was definitely full by the time we left.

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You may think that the prices are a little high, but you get what you pay for. I don’t know anyone who walked out of there not feeling full/carrying left overs.

We got our friend a slice of cake of the big chocolate cake for his birthday (yes, the waiters sang), and although the menu says it was big enough for 2 people…we split it among 10. It was fantastic.

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If you loved your meal, they sell BBQ sauce to go, hats, shirts and even piggy banks.

People I would take here: Friends, Family. It’s a great local place! I would not recommend to vegetarians.

Frequency of return: Whenever the mood strikes!

Basic Information:
Address: 305 New Jersey 34, Matawan, NJ 07747
Phone: (732) 583-2626
Follow them on Twitter @BigEdsBBQ

Promote Your Etsy Store, Event or Business

Do you have an upcoming event coming up that you’d like to promote? I’d love to help!

It’s easy: Just send me your press release, info, pictures etc to It’s completely FREE to promote through me, all I ask is that we cross promote!

Additionally, the Etsy Store of the Week, is getting a lot of popularity  but I need more stores to feature! If you have a store or know someone with a store PLEASE contact me at Not only are you featured for a whole week, but you are added to a list of past featured winners so you are always on the site. Pretty cool, right? And yes it’s FREE to submit and be featured.

This week the Etsy Store of the Week being featured is TDL Nail Design from Matawan, NJ.  She makes awesome nail decals and can do custom ones for you too! Those who like this page get 20% off any order of $1.00 or more… use coupon code NJFB20 during checkout to receive the discount!

Audrey Hepburn Nail Decal from TDL Nail Design!

You may have also noticed that every Tuesday I’ve been listing fun events for the weekend. I will continue to do that and have that posted every Tuesday at 6pm.

I have been very active on Pinterest, I have posted a bunch of great day trip ideas, food, diner reviews and more. A few people expressed interest in helping me out on Pinterest but did not follow through with emailing me. So if you are interested…please email me at It is an unpaid position…but if you enjoy pinning then pin along with me!


Don’t forget to follow me Instagram!

I guess that’s it! Thanks for reading!

-Cyd, New Jersey Isn’t Boring

Grand Opening of Boardwalk Journey in Seaside Park to Open Tues, July 22nd

Located at the corner of N Street and North Ocean Avenue in Seaside Park, “Boardwalk Journey” is a sand museum that will feature over 5,000 square feet of detailed sand sculptures created by artist Ed Jarrett.  The exhibit will take visitors back in time to the beginning of the Jersey Shore boardwalks and deliver them to the doorstep of the future.  The Sand Museum is open for construction tours daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Admission is $1, donated to Hometown Heroes.  The grand opening is planned for  Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Guinness Official

On October 29, 2013, Ed Jarrett broke the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Sandcastle for the fourth time. His Sandy Castle stood 38 feet, 2 inches tall on Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014; doors open 5:30pm
Address: Corner of N Street and North Ocean Avenue, Seaside Park, NJ
Cost: $1 Donation
Follow Ed Jarrett on Twitter: @tallsandcastle, Facebook and Instagram
Follow Hometown Heroes on Twitter @hometownherousa and Facebook

Official Press Release:

Hometown Heroes and Ed Jarrett present the grand opening of “Boardwalk Journey” on July 22nd at 5:30PM.

“Boardwalk Journey” is a sand museum that features over 5,000 square feet of detailed sand sculptures. Located on the corner of N Street & North Ocean Ave. in Seaside Park, the exhibit will take visitors back in time to the beginning of the Jersey Shore boardwalks, and deliver them to the doorstep of the future.

Join us for our grand opening to see the spectacular sand sculptures created by Ed Jarrett, 4-time Guinness World Record Holder! Make sure you tag your photos with #SandMuseumHH so we can see what you think!

A very special thanks to Chef Mike’s ABG and Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties for providing the evening’s refreshments.

Please RSVP to Hometown Heroes by contacting us at: or calling 732-473-9400.

For more information, visit our website:

About Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes’ main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity, and encouragement by supporting local communities when unexpected needs arise during a crisis without discrimination towards an individual’s ethnicity, gender, and age. The organization provides an opportunity for all of us to give back to the community through professional assistance, financial assistance, and advocacy. Hometown Heroes helps those in need, often with little or no time, to find a solution to a problem that at the time appears overwhelming.

Hometown Heroes has provided assistance with:

- Hurricane Relief
- Homelessness
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Disability
- Providing food and heat for the elderly
- Assistance for new mothers with nowhere to turn
- Joint fundraisers with local and national nonprofits

You Can Be A Hero Too!

Whether you are a professional offering services for members of our community or an individual who wants to volunteer to help, they are looking for you!

Simply go to their website and fill out the contact form or send them a message via their Facebook page.