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Students Host “Concert for Peace” to Benefit Women Aware

NEW BRUNSWICK–Monday night students gathered to rock out to local bands, eat cotton candy, and raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence at Bishop Beach on the Rutgers College Avenue campus. The Student Peacemakers hosted the event as a fundraiser for Women Aware after learning about our work during a tour. In addition to donating, participants wrote words of support and put them in a jar for survivors to read and know that the Rutgers community supports them.

Do you have a student or community group looking to get more involved? Contact Katie Orlemanski to set up a tour and start a conversation today (korlemanski@womenaware.net).

MAX Challenge Somerset Raises over $7,000 for Women Aware

SOMERSET–“I feel overwhelmed with the generosity of people out here today. The kindness and love in the room, especially by the 4 owners, is amazing. In a world that seems too filled with darkness at times-it is also filled with hope and light. ”

These are the words written by Women Aware’s Director of Client Services, Maliha Janjua, after she attended the MAX Day of Giving this past Saturday to benefit Women Aware. Women Aware’s former Board President Joe Camarota Jr. suggested our cause to the group, and the MAX owner said “This is a cause that we are passionate about. Having this recommended to us, and then subsequently choosing it, felt very ‘right’.”

Held at the MAX Challenge Somerset location from 8am to 10:30am, the benefit involved a family friendly workout followed by food and tricky tray/raffles. The group raised over $7,000 for victims of domestic violence. Together we get closer to our goal of ending domestic violence.

AMEC NJ Conference Donates Hundreds of Items to Shelter

NEW BRUNSWICK–Yesterday the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church donated hundreds of items to domestic violence survivors at Women Aware. The drive, headed up by Sister Coleen Williams-Lewis, was meant to recognize the mission work needed in our own communities as well as abroad. Thank you for your generosity.

Rutgers A Capella Group Raises $1,000 for Women Aware

RU ShockWave, a Rutgers group of student a capella singers, put on a Spring Concert to benefit survivors of domestic violence at Women Aware. With ticket and vendor sales, the group is donating $1,100 to help shelter and support survivors. Once again, we love our student allies!

Rutgers fraternity raises funds and awareness on campus

NEW BRUNSWICK–Congratulations to the winners of the Rutgers Pi Delta Psi’s annual Miss Cutie Pi pageant. Contestants shared their talents with the crowd from 7-11pm last night in order to raise awareness of domestic violence. All proceeds will benefit Women Aware. We love our student allies!

Wells Fargo-North Brunswick Employees Bring Spring to Shelter

Employees from the Wells Fargo-North Brunswick branch organized a Hops for Hope Campaign, and today they brought 25 Spring Baskets to mothers and children in our shelter. Thank you for making it as bright inside our shelter as it is outside. For children fleeing violence, these gifts make the journey to safety a little easier.

Happy 10 Years!

Yesterday Women Aware and the New Brunswick community gathered on Somerset Street to celebrate the MagyarBank Charitable Foundation’s 10-year anniversary. Since being established, the Foundation has provided grants to over 120 organizations in Central New Jersey–including Women Aware. Thank you for your continued commitment to our community.

Two distinguished community leaders delivered keynote addresses: New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill and Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens.

Photo from left:  Mayor Jim Cahill (New Brunswick); Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.; Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti;  Mayor Tom Lankey (Edison), Chairman of the Board for Magyar Bank; Jay Castillo, CRA Officer & President of the MagyarBank Charitable Foundation; John S. Fitzgerald,  President & CEO of Magyar Bank.

2016: A Look Back

In 2016, you drove major success at Women Aware. Together our team grew stronger, and we brought safety to more people than ever before. Thank you for joining us on our mission to end domestic violence and help survivors move beyond abuse. To learn more about the lives you changed in 2016, read the full report here.

Outgoing RWJF President Visits Women Aware Table on Her Last Day

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our volunteer table today at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Our many visitors included Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, who completed her 14-year tenure as the president and CEO of RWJF today. Check out her 7 lessons for improving health in America here. Together we can create a culture of health in our communities! We are honored to be generously funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Project Night Night Donates to Kids in DV Shelter

Today Project Night Night donated care packages for every child in our shelter. Each bag contains a book which encourages reading and family bonding, a security blanket which can be cuddled, and a stuffed animal which can become a cherished friend. Their mission is to deliver Night Night Packages to every homeless child in the country who needs one. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children we serve. Our hearts are full, thank you Project Night Night!

Are you interested in changing the life of a child? Please consider making a donation today or contact Katie Orlemanski, Development Manager to discuss your philanthropic impact (korlemanski@womenaware.net / 732-258-0415).