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Brick Awards $43K In Grant Funding to Local Nonprofits

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The Brick Township municipal complex. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The Brick Township municipal complex. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Township has obtained $43,000 in grant funding for local charitable organizations, with Mayor John Ducey having announced the recipients during a ceremony at a recent meeting of the township council.

Under the grand program, the township applies for funding on behalf of organizations. This year, about $150,000 was requested.

Ocean County Meals on Wheels, as in previous years, received the largest single grant – $10,000 – to ensure that “no senior citizen goes hungry” in Brick, said Jim Sigurdson, the organization’s executive director. Brick’s contribution to the program goes toward ensuring the nutrition center at the VFW Post on Adamston Road continues to serve healthy meals to township seniors, and that transportation issues are solved at the local level.

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Through Brick’s commitment to transportation alone, the county organization saves as much as $80,000 annually.

“It is a partnership that I can honestly say, should be mirrored in every municipality, but unfortunately is not,” Sigurdson said.

The second-highest grant was awarded to Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, specifically to support the organizations ongoing projects within the township. The grant funding will be used in Habitat’s “A Brush With Kindness” program, which helps families in need complete necessary repairs on their homes.

Additional funding went to:

  • Ocean County Hunger Relief, $4,000, for “immediate assistance” to those who cannot afford food.
  • Providence House, $3,500, toward the organization’s efforts to provide legal advocacy and counseling to victims of domestic violence in Brick Township.
  • Dottie’s House, $3,500, to support the organization’s shelter for battered women in Ocean County.
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network, $3,000, to support the organization, which shelters local homeless families in churches, including one in Brick, Epiphany Roman Catholic Church. Representatives from the organization said 16 and 26 children are currently being provided food and shelter, with the average stay of a family lasting 106 days.
  • Jersey Shore Council, Boy Scouts of America, $2,500, to fund summer camp registration and scouting materials, such as uniforms and books, for boys whose families could not otherwise afford participating in scouting.
  • The Arc of Ocean County, $1,500, to go towards a pre-employment program that teaches those with intellectual disabilities skills they need to obtain a job.
  • Ocean’s Harbor House, $1,500, to help the organization assist homeless and abused youth with shelter, food, and life skills outreach.
  • Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, $1,500, to cover background checks and extra insurance so 158 volunteer drivers can assist elderly residents get to appointments.
  • Visitation Soup Kitchen, $1,250, for the expansion of the soup kitchen schedule. Previously, the kitchen served hot lunch on the third Wednesday of each month. Now, the kitchen also serves soup and sandwiches every Wednesday, maintaining the hot lunch on the third week of each month.
  • Big Brother and Big Sisters of Ocean County, $1,000, to support mentoring efforts.
  • STEPS, $1,000, toward temporary housing for potentially homeless local residents, as well as mediation in court.

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  • Spell Check

    They brag as if we save 80k on road so let’s give it away. STOP! The road are horrible let’s put that finding for the rroad saving back into the roads that have not been done in decades. They repave lake Rivera yearly but most of the neighborhoods in brick have terrible roads. If we improved these roads and pushed fios coverage to brick people may clean up these neighborhoods and build nicer beach communities but we have horrible legislation. If it doesn’t go back to that give the money back to pay down debt or back to us to lower our crazy taxes. Taxes always go up but never down around here and my services have been worse. Only good thing this town has done in a decade is the garbage system that is all.

    • These grants have nothing to do with road construction. That is funded through the capital budget (or DOT grants, if the township is lucky enough to receive one). The grant funding referenced in the story is specifically earmarked for nonprofit organizations.

  • Smokin

    It’s nice to assist these charity that are helping others…but there is still a very big responibilty to the people taxpayers in brick town to maintain the roads and and overall conditions of the town…