Legal Services of New Jersey Needs Your Help

This week I received an urgent message indicating that Legal Services of New Jersey is facing a huge shortfall in their core funding and therefore faces their worst financial challenge in its history.  This comes at a time when due to the economic recession LSNJ is seeing a record number of clients seeking assistance due to mortgage foreclosures, evictions, utility shutoffs, denials of unemployment benefits, escalating collection actions, etc.

The note I received from my friend Rev. Bruce Davidson, Executive Director of the Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry urges supporters to contact their state legislators to voice support for bill S2881/A3968 that is pending in Trenton.  In fact, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will be holding a hearing on the bill on Monday, June 22, 2009.

Action can be taken in a number of ways but it requires people to call and write now. Please take the following action today to: 1) Call or write members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and ask them to post and release S2881/A3968 which imposes a temporary requirement on county treasurers to forward $300 from certain mortgage sales to provide funding for LSNJ.  See for the list of committee members. 2) Send a letter or call Senate President Cody and ask him to bring the bill to the floor for a vote on June 25. His district office address and phone number is: 449 Mount Pleasant Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052-2734; Phone: 973-731-6770; FAX: 973-731-0647.

To read the bill visit For a list of all state legislators with their phone, fax, and email addresses see the New Jersey Community Resources state legislature page at

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Sponors Motorcycle Run

On Saturday, May 30, 2009 the New Jersey Division of The Salvation Army will host their 3rd Annual Ride for the Red Shield Motorcycle Run. The ride begins and ends at Camp Tecumseh, 445 Mechlin Corner Road, Pittstown (Hunterdon County), New Jersey. Sign in is from 10am – 11am. The raindate is June 27. The donation is $25 per bike – $10 per passenger. Lunch only is $5 for family and friends. Included are doughnuts and coffee at start and a pig roast and BBQ at the finish. For details see The Salvation Army’s 2009 Ride for the Red Shield Motorcycle Run page and their registration sheet.

Proceeds support Camp Tecumseh and Emergency Disaster Services programs of The Salvation Army. To become a participant or a sponsor contact Ron Yuhas at 908-851-8239 or email at Early bird signup registration is $20, before May 1st.

Morristown Food Pantry Seeks Client Services Coordinator

The following post appeared this week on a social services email forum. If you know of anyone who is seeking a position in the nonprofit field then please read on. Do not respond to this blog to schedule an interview. Instead contact the Interfaith Food Pantry. The original post reads as follows:

Dear Friends,

Could you please put this in your bulletin and/or post? Position is
available now with some flexibility in the start date. Thanks a lot!

Client Services Coordinator Full Time position, part time
considered. Interfaith Food Pantry in Morristown needs organized,
resourceful, self-starter with good people, communication and
computer skills. Will be responsible for managing the Home Delivery
Program, developing referral system with agencies throughout the
county, identifying client needs and developing workshops using
community resources, providing resource information to clients,
screening for Food Stamps and other support programs, maintaining
statistical data, supervising Nutrition Educator and Distribution
Coordinator. Degree and experience in social work or counseling
preferred. E-mail resume, letter of application and salary
requirements by August 22 to or mail to
Interfaith Food Pantry, 540a West Hanover Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.

Any help that you can give to get the word out will be appreciated!

Rosemary Gilmartin
Executive Director

If you would like to see this type of information posted on the blog please let me know.