20+ South Orange-Maplewood causes to support (or join) for #GivingTuesday

This article has been updated from an article first published on November 27, 2018:

It’s Giving Tuesday – it’s time to support your local charities and nonprofits around the world and near you. Here we present over 20 local causes for your consideration.

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Reach Foundation –

Raise funds to “promote exemplary public education for all students and educators in the South Orange and Maplewood School District”. Achieve supports initiatives such as the Seth Boyden Outdoor Learning Center and the CHS Robotics Club. Find out more and donate here: reachfoundation.org.

Reach Foundation

Columbia High School Cougar Boosters –

CHS Cougar Boosters is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that provides essential financial support for student organizations at Columbia High School in Maplewood and South Orange, New Jersey. Donate here. Learn more about chscougarboosters.org.

Columbia High School Cougar Cares –

Cougar Cares of the CHS Home & School Association (HSA) seeks to address food insecurity and remove financial barriers for students through the Senior Fund, Pantry, Prom Shop and more. Donate to Cougar Cares through the HSA website; select * Donation and write “Cougar Cares” in the notes to https://columbiahsa.com/donate-to-the-hsa/. Follow Cougar Cares on Instagram @cougarcares.

Cougar Cares Thanksgiving Day 2021

Columbia High School Scholarship Fund –

The Columbia High School Scholarship Fund (CHSSF) was established in 1923 with the mission of providing needs-based financial assistance to graduates of Columbia High School for any type of post-secondary education. Since its founding, the FCSSE has awarded more than $ 1.1 million in scholarships to several thousand students. The CHSSF is governed by an independent board of directors of local volunteers and is proud to be the largest provider of scholarships based on the needs of the South Orange and Maplewood community. Donate here.

Durand-Hedden House and Garden –

Durand-Hedden House and Garden is a historic home museum that finds interesting ways to explore the fascinating past of the South Orange-Maplewood community – through nature, architecture, music, food, social life, local history, reenactments and participatory activities – and to highlight the “treasures” in our own backyards. The goal is to make the story exciting and relevant for all ages. Join us here.

The Foundation for the Orange Sud Public Library –

The SOPL Foundation was established in 2014 by a group of committed citizens who understood that necessary capital improvements would require more funding than could be obtained from public sources alone. Donate here.

Essex County Interfaith Hospitality Network

Help homeless families – parents and children – who need shelter, give them a place to stay and three meals a day by housing them in our network of churches and synagogues. While in our network of shelters, the network is working with moms and dads on a plan that addresses the issues that led to their homelessness. Goals are set and parents are compassionately guided to take the necessary steps to find a home and become independent. Donate here.

Impact100 Essex –

Impact100 Essex is a giving circle founded and funded by women in Essex County that brings women together to amplify the impact of their giving and empowering solutions for the community. Each year, Impact100 Essex awards a grant of $ 100,000 to support an important and innovative project run by a local non-profit organization. Join us here.

Isaiah House

Providing shelter, food and support to Essex County’s most fragile families and individuals since 1988. Donate here.

JESPY House –

JESPY House is a non-profit organization that empowers adults with learning and developmental disabilities to reach their full potential and lead independent lives. Our philosophy promotes choice, autonomy and independent community life for our clients. Donate here.

Maplewood Memorial Library Foundation –

As a fundraising arm of the Maplewood Library, the Foundation raised funds for the $ 22 million two-story renovation and expansion of the library’s Baker Street branch, which is currently underway. The project is funded by a combination of local public guarantees and matching public funds as well as private donations collected by the Foundation. Learn more about the project and donate here.

Maple Village Alliance, Orange South City Center, Springfield Avenue Partnership

The three Special Improvement Districts (SIDs) of South Orange and Maplewood are funded primarily through assessments of commercial properties as well as contributions from the townships. However, residents can directly contribute to supporting events and beautification projects by making a donation to their non-profit management organizations: the Maple Village Alliance, Orange South City Center and Springfield Avenue Partnership.

Essex County MEND Hunger Network –

MEND is an interfaith network of 17 member pantries located in Essex County, New Jersey. MEND strengthens and supports its pantry network by providing additional food, funds, volunteers and a monthly collaborative forum. MEND also advocates for policies to improve the quality of life for those in need in the county. Donate here.

The MEND team with Sweet Pea is donating props to Impact100 Essex for their support. Pictured: Rick Wessler, Robin Peacock, Kate Cahill and Jabbar Abdi

Rental party –

Rent Party, founded in October 2009, is a live music series based in Maplewood / South Orange, New Jersey. Proceeds from these shows help fight hunger in our community. Join us at our new digs – The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood, NJ. Donate here.

Rental party

SOMA Justice –

SOMA Justice is a registered 501 (c) (3) who advances racial and social justice in South Orange and Maplewood, provides monthly support to over 25 families in the South Orange-Maplewood School District, creates educational events and cultural events such as Black History Month. Kwanzaa’s annual programming and celebration, offers mutual aid to neighbors, and more. Donate here: somajustice.org/giving. You can also request matching donations from your employer: SOMA Justice’s tax identification number is 84-2871570.

Southern Mountain Conservatory –

The South Mountain Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation the 2,100 acre South Mountain Preserve. Visit https://www.somocon.org/.

South Mountain YMCA –

The South Mountain YMCA is one of the largest providers of child care programs, summer day camps and youth sports in Maplewood and South Orange, New Jersey. All programs and services are designed to develop children’s potential, promote healthy lifestyles and foster a sense of social responsibility. Donate here.

Y-nots Camp Staffers. Courtesy of the YMCA of South Mountain.

South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race –

The South Orange / Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization committed to creating a unique suburban community free from racial segregation in models of housing and community participation. The Coalition was founded in 1996 by a diverse group of citizens concerned about stagnant property values ​​and the perceived decline in the quality of local public schools. Since then, the Coalition has developed programs that promote the benefits of living in a racially inclusive community where all aspects of community life are integrated. Donate here.

PTA and HSA South Orange-Maplewood



High school

Orange Sud Performing Arts Center –

SOPAC is an accessible cultural destination located in the heart of downtown Orange South which presents world-class artists in an intimate and welcoming environment. SOPAC’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals, and to engage and serve the community in South Orange and beyond, through artistic experiences that inspire and transform. Donate here.

Orange South Rescue Squad

This entirely voluntary organization which responds to medical emergencies in South Orange, and also helps as needed in Maplewood, Newark and surrounding communities. Make a donation, make your online shopping through Amazon Smile or iGive.com, where you can sign up to volunteer with the rescue squad.

Orange South Rescue Squad

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