NJ Heroes

  • Jodina Hicks – UrbanPromise - 3/12/14

    UP Feature
    Posted on March 12, 2014

    Today I had the pleasure of naming my first hero in Camden, Jodina Hicks, Executive Director of UrbanPromise.  UrbanPromise started in 1988 as a summer camp for at-risk youth in Camden.  In 25 years, they have expanded to now include an after school program for over 400 children throughout Camden, 2 schools (K-8 and High […]

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  • Diane Taylor – Pass It Along - 2/27/14

    PIA Feature
    Posted on February 27, 2014

    Today I had the pleasure of naming my first hero of 2014, Diane Taylor of Pass It Along.  Diane was inspired to start Pass It Along (PIA) in 2001 after a group of neighborhood teenagers asked her to help them collect food for a local food pantry.  She realized there were a number of young […]

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  • Alan Weinstein – Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown - 12/12/13

    CSK FEATURE
    Posted on December 12, 2013

    Today I had the opportunity to meet Alan Weinstein of the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown and name him my 24th New Jersey Hero.  We just had our 3rd anniversary as a non-profit foundation on December 10th and I couldn’t think of a better local Hero to have to mark that milestone.  The Community Soup […]

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  • Irene deGrandpre – Roots & Wings - 9/19/13

    RW FEATURE
    Posted on September 19, 2013

    Today I had the opportunity to meet Irene deGrandpre, founder of the non-profit organization Roots & Wings in Denville.  As a former Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, Irene saw a needs of young people aging out of the foster care system.  Sadly, she watched many of them fall through the cracks due to lack […]

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  • Lore Macdonald – Horizons Program - 7/17/13

    HorizonsFeature
    Posted on July 17, 2013

    I had the opportunity to name Lore Macdonald a NJ Hero today for the amazing work she has done and continues to do for the Horizons Summer Program at Rumson Country Day School.  Eighteen years ago she co-founded this 6-week long summer educational program for at-risk youth in Red Bank.  This academic and recreational summer […]

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