NCJAR Provides GI Go Fund with $5,000 Donation to Help Veterans and their Families

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The North Central Jersey Association of REALTORS (NCJAR), the largest local association of REALTORS in NJ, has provided the GI Go Fund with $5,000 to support their mission of helping veterans through smarter government solutions and is currently exploring future initiatives with the organization.

GI Go Fund co-founder Nick Manis receiving a donation from NCJAR President Ilene Horowitz.

"We have always valued home ownership for veterans and recognize the importance that REALTORS have in providing our heroes the opportunity to achieve the American Dream they fought for," GI Go Executive Director Jack Fanous.

The GI Go Fund, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides assistance to military veterans, recently received financial support from the North Central Jersey Association of REALTORS (NCJAR). The association donated $5,000 to the fund and is currently exploring future initiatives.

NCJAR is the largest local association of realtors, with 6,200 members serving the counties of Morris, Essex, Union, Somerset, and Sussex. NCJAR provides a wide array of benefits and services designed to assist members in pursuing the real estate profession with fairness, integrity and competence.

“By supporting the GI Go Fund, NCJAR hopes to make a positive impact in the lives of those who have served our country,” said Ilene Horowitz, NCJAR president. “These men and women fought for us and they deserve all our support. We look forward to continuing our initiatives with this wonderful organization.”

The mission of the GI Go Fund is to assist veterans and their families with their needs through smarter government solutions. Whether through partnering with state and local governments like in Newark with Mayor Cory Booker to provide hands-on support to veterans seeking anything from employment to housing or giving veterans the tools and resources they need to access the critical financial benefits and healthcare that they have earned, the organization has helped tens of thousands of veterans and their families with their needs.

The organization was founded in 2006 following the death of Army Lt. Seth Dvorin while in Iraq. Dvorin was a close friend of the organization’s co-founders, brothers Jack Fanous, James Fanous, plus friend Nick Manis and his brothers, Alex Manis and Peter Manis.

“We have always valued home ownership for veterans and recognize the importance that REALTORS have in providing our heroes the opportunity to achieve the American Dream they fought for,” said GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous. “They can be the key to helping veterans find the homes and prevent them from ever facing homelessness. I am so grateful that President Ilene Horowitz, CEO Mary Cano, and the entire NCJAR team have shown this level of support for our cause, and I am thrilled that our realtors are showing such a strong dedication to veterans and their families.”

“We began the GI Go Fund to preserve the memory of our dear friend by providing comfort and assistance to our nation’s heroes,” said Nick Manis. “We realized that many veterans and their families don’t get the help they need and deserve upon their return home. As a REALTOR myself, I understand how we as a community can provide veterans with everything from foreclosure and eviction prevention to their first front door key, and I am grateful for the support the NCJAR has shown to our efforts to help our former military personnel with these issues.”

The organization has hosted numerous “Job and GI Bill Fairs” and has set up an employment program to match veterans with potential employers and even assist if further career training is needed. It also hosts outreach events called “Stand Downs,” which connect homeless veterans with housing options and career and addiction counseling. The organization conducts frequent “Midnight Missions for Homeless Veterans,” an outreach event once featured on ABC's "Secret Millionaire" during which volunteers go out and provide food, clothing and emergency medical assistance to homeless veterans.

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