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NAIOP New Jersey 2011 Community Action Project

"Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation"
July Food Drive and Volunteer Day
and Fall "Tools 4 Schools" Drive to Benefit the

Community Food Bank of New Jersey

Ilene Jablonski (pictured) and Kathryn Koserowski of Mack-Cali presented an amazing donation of school supplies to NAIOP NJ CEO Mike McGuinness on November 2.

NAIOP Supports New Jersey Kids with "Tools 4 Schools"

Following the success of our July Food Drive & Volunteer Day, NAIOP NJ conducted a “Tools 4 Schools” drive to benefit the Food Bank’s “Kids Division”.

The Kids Division has a simple goal: to improve the lives of children and break the cycle of poverty. By providing them with classroom supplies, new clothing, and nutritious, kid-friendly meals, children are given opportunities they might not otherwise receive. Turning a life around can begin with offering some of the most basic things many of us might take for granted. Tools 4 Schools runs a free store for teachers in low-income districts.  Kids Closet provides brand-new clothing to children in need throughout New Jersey.

Members brought backpacks and bags filled with school supplies to the November 7 President's Awards Dinner.  In addition, we collected over $1300 in cash donations. Thanks to all who contributed!

Questions? Contact Barbara Morford (732-729-9900 or

50 NAIOP New Jersey members, staff and friends braved the heat wave to volunteer at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey on July 22. See more photos here. The Food bank’s operation is amazing (seven football fields could fit inside): a full-time staff of 110 and about 30,000 volunteers annually keep this massive facility going to the benefit of about 1,500 non-profit charities in 18 counties across our state, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, after-school programs and senior centers.  The estimated reach is 900,000 people each month, a number that has climbed in this protracted economic slowdown.  

NAIOP volunteers worked in the Clean Room to package pasta...enough to feed 9,000 people! Members also brought over 650 pounds of food donations and we have collected over $2,000 in cash donations so far. Lunch, prepared by the Food Bank’s Catering Division (a very successful job training program) and generously sponsored by Elberon Development Co., included a presentation by Volunteer Coordinator Faye Kuhn and a short documentary on the realities of hunger.

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey (a designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization) supplies food to 1,200 non-profit charities across our state, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, after-school programs and senior centers. 45% of the people who receive food from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey are children and 10% are elderly. 18% of clients with children said that their children sometimes skipped meals because there was not enough money for food during the previous 12 months.

Virtual Food Drive
Click here to donate anything from peanut butter and jelly to a monetary donation in any amount via our Virtual Food Drive.  It's safe, secure, quick and easy!

Other Chances to Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities year round, please contact Faye Kuhn or Laura Sodano for details. Phone: 908-355-3663.

Learn more about the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, a designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

2011 Project Volunteers, Sponsors & Donors

Volunteer Lunch Sponsor:
Elberon Development Co.

The Following Members & Member Firms Have Provided Volunteers, Donated Funds or Conducted a Food Drive for This Year's Project
  • Adler Development, Josh Adler
  • Advance Realty Group: Kevin Tartaglione
  • Brach Eichler, Jason Rubin
  • Brandywine Realty Trust, Steve Jennings
  • Caryl Communications
  • Cassidy Turley, Doug Twyman
  • Cole Schotz: Iryna Lomaga Carey
  • Cronheim Mortgage: Janet Proscia
  • Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company: Walter Schwabe & Bill Dixon
  • Denholtz Associates: Kris Hurlbut, Steve Geltzeiler, Audra Murphy & Christina Jordan
  • First Industrial Realty Trust: Rick Vanderbeck
  • Forsgate Industrial Properties: Alex Klatskin
  • Greek Development: Elliott Kosoffsky
  • Greenberg Traurig: Steve Fleissig
  • GSH Group: David Galante
  • GS Wilcox & Co.: Gretchen Wilcox
  • Hartz Mountain: Allen Magrini
  • HFF, LP: Angela Matassino, Elizabeth York, Mike Cerulo, Shawn Bagot, Sam Seiden, Mike Oliver, Calvin Jones and Mike Klein
  • Institute St. Onge: Gene Preston
  • K923, LLC: Liz Geary and Bob Bovaso
  • Langan Engineering, Jorge Berkowitz
  • Lee & Associates: Rick Marchisio
  • Liberty Property Trust, Mark Goldstein
  • Matrix Development Group: Russ Tepper
  • M&T Bank: Sam Higgins & John Taylor
  • Mountain Development: Michael Seeve
  • NAIOP NJ: Mike McGuinness, Barbara Morford, Kathy Iola, Theresa McGuinness and Anne Marie McGuinness
  • Organizational Services: Pat Hanley
  • Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC: Jonathan Prince
  • Raritan Environmental Engineering, LLC: Gary Boyer
  • Rockefeller Group Development: Clark Machemer
  • Russo Development: Omer Ahmed and Lisa Sikora
  • Sax Macy Fromm: Marqus White, Marqus White Jr., George Livanos, Katie Livanos, Cheryl Keiser and Pat Philipson
  • Somerset Development: Tom Michnewicz
  • T&M Associates, Gary Dahms

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