The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Awards More Than $600,000 in Grants to 31 Non-Profit Organizations

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Grantees’ programs enhance health and quality of life throughout New Jersey

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The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is proud to support those programs that strengthen the communities we serve

Celebrating a decade of philanthropy in 2014, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey today announced the awarding of $613,250 in grants to 31 New Jersey non-profit organizations.

“Community-based organizations are working hard to enhance the public health and cultural vitality of the Garden State, and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is proud to support those programs that strengthen the communities we serve,” said Robert A. Marino, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Chairman & CEO and Foundation Board Chairman.

Since its inception in 2004, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded 1,032 grants totaling nearly $37 million to support New Jersey non-profit organizations.

The Foundation awarded the following 31 grants at its September 2014 Board meeting:

  •     Algonquin Arts, in Manasquan, received a $15,000 general operating support grant to fund performing arts programs in dance, theatre and music and for educational programs for children.
  •     American Diabetes Association, in Bridgewater, received a $40,000 grant to support the Diabetes Education for Latinos in Northern New Jersey program, which trains volunteer educators to conduct diabetes workshops in a culturally responsive and sensitive manner.
  •     Arc of New Jersey, in North Brunswick, received a $28,000 grant to support an expansion of the Healthy Lifestyles Project, which educates individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and helps them to make positive changes to improve their health.
  •     Bergen Performing Arts Center, in Englewood, received a $20,000 general operating support grant to increase programming and arts education offerings.
  •     Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, in Hackensack, received a $50,000 grant to support the BVMI Free Diabetes Patient Care and Education for Uninsured program for its diabetic and pre-diabetic patients.
  •     Discovery Orchestra, in Warren, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund educational programs.
  •     Friends of Grace Seniors, in Englewood, received a $20,000 grant to support the Obesity Prevention Program for Korean-American Children and Youth, which provides screening, education seminars for youth and their parents, one-on-one counseling for parents and special physical activity classes for youth.
  •     Great Swamp Watershed Association, in New Vernon, received a $10,000 grant to create a new, one-mile trail in its Conservation Management Area in Harding Township, maintain and expand existing trails, and to install a picnic area and signage.
  •     Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, received an $11,750 grant to support the Enabling Creativity program, a collaboration with Enable, Inc., that provides hands-on art workshops for adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities.
  •     Henry J. Austin Health Center, in Trenton, received a $50,000 grant to support the Asthma and COPD Management Program, an evidence-based educational program for patients of all ages suffering from or at risk of having asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  •     HOPES Community Action Partnership, in Hoboken, received a $20,000 grant to support the On the Road for Healthier Homes program, which provides health education workshops, one-on-one counseling, and home-based health services for low-income, disabled and senior populations in Hudson and Union Counties.
  •     Hunterdon Art Museum, in Clinton, received a $21,000 grant to support the HAM Art in the Schools program. The program uses SKYPE technology to allow artists who are exhibiting at the Museum to converse with children in schools and community settings. Following the SKYPE chats, on-site Museum instructors work with the children on an art project inspired by the artist.
  •     Integrity House, in Newark, received a $20,000 grant to support the Psychiatric Services for Clients with Co-occurring Disorders program, which provides in-house screenings and treatment for clients with substance abuse and depression or other mental health disorders.
  •     Ironbound Community Corporation, in Newark, received a $25,000 grant to support the Health Literacy Project for immigrant and bilingual families. The project provides one-on-one coaching to increase health care knowledge, assistance in navigating the health care system and in accessing health care services, as well as health literacy workshops and health fairs.
  •     Jazz House Kids, in Montclair, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to enable students, ages 8 to 18 years, from struggling communities to participate in year-round jazz education and performance programs.
  •     Jewish Vocational Service of Metro West, in East Orange, received a $12,500 grant to support the JVS Wellness Works Healthcare Initiative, which provides its clients with health care services and case management, preventive screenings, health education and an annual health fair.
  •     Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, in Pleasantville, received a $25,000 grant to support the Health Literacy Education and Outreach program, which integrates health literacy curricular materials into tutor training workshops so that tutors can add a health literacy component to their literacy education lessons.
  •     Mayo Performing Arts Center, in Morristown, received a $10,000 grant to support the Performing Arts Company, an ensemble of 25 students, ages 13-21, which performs Broadway-style musical numbers at hospitals, community events, nonprofit fundraisers and festivals, free-of-charge.
  •     McCarter Theatre Company, in Princeton, received a $10,000 grant to support the McCarter Access/Patron Services Program, which provides accessibility services for patrons who are visually or hearing impaired and patrons with mobility limitations.
  •     Monmouth County Arts Council, in Red Bank, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to support community and arts education programs.
  •     Montclair Art Museum, in Montclair, received a $15,000 grant to support the Free Family Days program, which twice annually, on weekend afternoons, offers guided exhibition tours, art projects, live performances and workshops to the general public, free-of-charge.
  •     Montclair Film Festival, in Montclair, received a $20,000 general operating support grant to fund the 2015 Film Festival and Free Summer Series Under the Stars.
  •     Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs, in Dover, received a $15,000 grant to support the Keeping Our Minds with Healthy IDEAS program, which screens, educates and manages depression through a behavioral-activation approach among Hispanic senior citizens in Morris County.
  •     Newark Arts Council, in Newark, received a $15,000 general operating support grant to fund operations and support the Open Doors Studio Tour and the ArtStart Grants Program.
  •     Newark Museum Association, in Newark, received a $30,000 grant to support Horizon Plaza Public Programming to include the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Dinosaur Day, the Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire and the Festival of Lights Holiday Concert Series, all of which will take place in the Museum and the adjoining outdoor Horizon Plaza.
  •     Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, in Millburn, received a $15,000 grant to support the 2014 Fifth Grade Parent Alert, a brochure provided to all New Jersey schools with a fifth grade class for distribution to parents and caregivers to educate them about substance abuse and to encourage them to communicate with their children about its dangers.
  •     Passage Theatre Company, in Trenton, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund its 2014-2015 season programming.
  •     Rowan University Foundation, in Glassboro, received a $10,000 grant for the Get FIT @ School Toolkit, which is a resource for teachers to provide wellness programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The grant will support the development, pilot testing and evaluation of a fitness component to be included in the Toolkit.
  •     State Theatre Regional Arts Center at New Brunswick, in New Brunswick, received a $30,000 grant to support the 2015 Artist-in-Residence program, featuring poet Glenis Redmond and providing a series of free workshops for disadvantaged, underserved students and adults in central New Jersey.
  •     Tri-State Actors Theater, in Newton, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund the 2014-2015 professional season, theatre classes, New Plays Reading Series and the Summer Intern Training and Production Program.
  •     Urban Healthcare Initiative Program, in East Orange, received a $25,000 grant to support the UHIP’s Community Wellness Program, which provides community-based health education and coordinated health care for uninsured individuals through nurse practitioner-led interdisciplinary mobile medical assessment teams.

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is celebrating 10 years of serving New Jersey’s communities. The Foundation promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations. For more information about the Foundation, visit http://www.horizonblue.com/foundation.

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