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Want to Volunteer in Toms River?
We took a quick picture while volunteering at Simon's Soup Kitchen in February.
Looking for ways to help out in your community?
There are many places in Toms River, Seaside Heights and Ocean County are in need of volunteers to help continue the great work they are doing. Here are some of the ones that we are involved with and are always looking for more people to help out:
- Ocean County Library Homebound Services delivers books to those unable to get to the library. Click here to learn more about volunteering at the library.
- Friends of the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch hold events such as used book sales, jewelry sales and organize trips to benefit the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library. Visit their Facebook page to learn more.
- Simon’s Soup Kitchen in Seaside Heights provides nutritious meals, free of charge, to anyone who is seeking nourishment or companionship in a safe, warm, and caring environment. Anyone is welcome, regardless of age, sex, race, financial need or religious belief. To learn more about volunteering click here. Due to Covid, they are offering meals to go until it is safe to reopen the cafeteria.
- S.A.V.E. Thrift Store sells donated items where 100% of the proceeds goes to the animals in their care. They take unwanted, homeless and abandoned animals and provide them with medical care and a safe and nurturing environment until they find there forever homes. S.A.V.E. is a no kill shelter.
- The Hope Center provides support, resources, referrals, food to clients as they work to overcome a current life crisis.
- Just Believe Inc. benefits the Code Blue Shelter by giving the homeless hope and refuge in Toms River. They are a nonprofit, which manages the Code Blue shelter at the building Riverwood Park, supports those in need as they work to turn their lives around in Ocean County. They also operate a thrift store called Just Believe Boutique located at 734 Route 37. If you wish to volunteer please email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda at email@example.com.
- OceanCares Foundation support Ocean Mental Health Services (https://oceanmhs.org/) help people with mental health needs have access to services and supports, allowing them to live healthier and succeed in their treatment goals. Our very own Kathy is the current board president for the OceanCares Foundation To volunteer click here
- Contact of Ocean and Monmouth Counties provide helplines for our community on a 24-hour basis year after year since 1975 Click here to volunteer or click here to check out their upcoming events. One of their big fundraising events is their gift wrap station they set up at the Ocean County Mall during the Holiday Season.
- The local fire departments and first aid squads are usually in need of volunteers to help with fundraising ideas and helping out at event fundraisers.
- The American Red Cross always need volunteers at their local blood drives.
These are just a few options in and around Toms River where you can volunteer. There is a never ending need for volunteers and many different organizations and charities to choose from.
If you are not comfortable volunteering there are lots of wonderful, local organizations in need of donations:
- Ocean’s Harbor House provides a safe haven and caring environment for vulnerable youth to enable them to unlock their potential and learn skills that will empower them to build healthier lives, relationships and futures. Want to help? Click here to donate.
- Ocean Mental Health Services has a here of items if you prefer to purchase items and drop them off.
Attending fundraising events is another great way to help out local organizations. By attending, you get to enjoy the event and the organization gets to benefit from the extra income. Once Covid is over, get out there and enjoy some fun events to benefit local charities:
- Ocean Mental Health Services has their Third Annual OceanCares Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 8th 10AM-3PM at Traders Cove Marina, Brick rain or shine. Click here for more details.
Good Practices to Help You Avoid the Spread of Germs
The CDC recommends that everyone should practice good hygiene, be careful with meetings and travel and handle food carefully. If you feel sick, please be courteous of others by staying home to limit the spread of germs.
Some easy precautions to take to avoid germs:
- No Handshaking
- Disinfect surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, handrails, desks, light fixtures, toilets, etc. regularly
- Increase ventilation by opening windows and keeping open when possible
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, SERVPRO of Toms River are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. Call us today at 732-349-9898.
SERVPRO of Toms River Keeps Our Fire Fighters Hydrated This Summer
Today, SERVPRO of Toms River proudly presented to the Toms River Fire Commissioners 11,000 bottles of water to be distributed amongst all the Toms River Fire Departments. We feel it is with the utmost importance to help keep our brave firefighters hydrated during fire calls. Special thanks to Maurice B Hill, Kevin Geoghegan, and Josh Kopp for helping with this presentation to our wonderful Fire Service in Toms River.
CAREing for Children 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic 2019
Owner of SERVPRO of Toms River and Chairman of the 2019 Golf Classic, Michael Reilly, sporting the fashionable, limited edition SERVPRO socks.
CAREing for Children is our local, nonprofit 501(c)3, formed by the OCBA (Ocean County Business Association.) Our goal every year is to raise money for local, underprivileged families who struggle during the holiday season. We believe that no child should go without food to eat or gifts at the holidays. With the funds raised each year, we are able to purchase large quantities of toys and food for distribution during the holiday season. This year CAREing for Children will be able to purchase $30,000 for the 2019 holiday season.
In order for CAREing for Children to be successful each year we rely on our members along with local businesses and individuals in our community. Without the combined effort of all these people, we would not be able to help as many as we do each year. Thank you to all who donated, volunteered, and participated in any way to make this year our biggest year.
A Special Thank You to All Military Families this November
Military families often endure unique challenges as they support their soldier so we thank them not just this November but all through the year.
Every November, The Armed Services celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nation’s support and commitment to the families of military personnel. Throughout the month of November, Army families serving around the world are being recognized and honored for the commitment and contributions they make every day through a variety of observances.
All of us share in the responsibility of caring for our military families and veterans. These families have stepped up to the plate at great personal cost. Unsure of what you can do for Military Family Month? You can do one or more of the following ideas or create your own:
- Create a care package for them to enjoy while away from home.
- Thank an Active-Duty Member, Veteran, Military Spouse, or Military Child for their service and sacrifice.
- Visit war memorials with your family to teach your children the value of service.
- Fly the U.S. Flag.
- Thank someone in a military uniform and/or surprise someone in military uniform with a free coffee, dessert or drink if in line behind you.
- Adopt a military family for the holidays by sponsoring a Food Basket or Toys for junior enlisted military families.
- Make a donation or volunteer with a military assistance organization
As we acknowledge and appreciate our veterans of the past and present for their noble and brave service to our nation, we offer gratitude for their sacrifice and for the security and protection of our freedoms. SERVPRO of Toms River would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to military families for the support they provide for our service members on a daily basis. Your sacrifices on behalf of our country are truly inspiring.
17th Annual OCASBO Golf Scholarship Fundraiser
A big thank you to all the volunteers, new and returning, who helped us distribute all the bags.
The 17th Annual Ocean County Association of School Business Officials Scholarship Fundraiser, held on May 24, 2018 at the Sea Oaks Country Club was a huge success. This event raises money to provide two students from each Ocean County public high school with scholarships. This year the golf outing sold out again, hosting 144 golfers. They enjoyed the beautiful weather all day on the course while competing in some friendly games. The games included Hole in One, Beat the Pro, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Lowest Scoring Foursome and the winners went home with some great prizes.
Thanks for inviting SERVPRO of Toms River to be a part this great event.
Help the National Weather Service Build a Weather Ready Nation
Hurricane Preparedness Week for 2018 is May 6 through May 12, and is your time to prepare for a potential land falling tropical storm or hurricane. The goal of Hurricane Preparedness Week is to inform you about hurricane hazards and provide knowledge, which you can use to take action. The National Weather Service will focus on a different topic each day of the week:
Day 1 Determine Your Risk
Day 2 Develop an Evacuation Plan
Day 3 Assemble Disaster Supplies
Day 4 Secure am Insurance Check Up
Day 5 Strengthen Your Home
Day 6 Check on Your Neighbor
Day 7 Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan
For more information on each day, please visit the National Weather Service .
CAREing for Children and the Ocean County Business Association
This is the first delivery of toys for the 2017 holiday season that will soon be delivered to those in need.
Join SERVPRO of Toms River and the Ocean County Business Association with their adopted non-profit charity CAREing for Children. CAREing for Children distributes toys and food to needy, local families over the month of December for the holidays. The majority of the toys are delivered through other agencies, including:
- Island Heights Methodist Church
- Preferred Behavioral Health
- Ocean County Sheriff’s Office
- DYFS of Toms River
- C.E.A.N. Inc.
- Providence House
- Lakehurst Police Department and Fire Squad
- Lakehurst VFW
- Lakehurst Fleet Rescue
- Beachwood and Pine Beach Police
- Hope Center of Toms River
- Seaside Park Police and Borough
- Ocean Inc. of Barnegat
- Morning Star Presbyterian Church
- Joseph’s Church
- many individual families.
”The gifts are always unwrapped, so everyone can see what they are receiving. We categorize them by age group, sex, baby or young adult which helps the agencies tailor the gifts to their recipients,” explains Clare Bojus, chair of CAREing for Children.
CAREing for Children is a year round endeavor. The 60 plus members of the OCBA collect donations throughout the year at their monthly meetings and bring toy donations to their December meeting. Our largest fundraiser event is the Annual Marty Aronow Golf Classic in May.
To become a member of the OCBA or to donate to CAREing for Children, please visit the OCBA's website.
Happy Veterans Day November 11, 2017
SERVPRO of Toms River would like to thank all who served in The United States Armed Forces. We thank you for your service and commitment, not just today, but every day.
David Kenyon Webster, a member of E Company, 506th Regiment of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division during World War II and aspiring writer, said it best "Those things that are precious are saved only by sacrifice."
Getting Back on Course
SERVPRO of Toms River all set up and ready to welcome the golfers at the fourth annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic.
Getting Back on Course
A Day on the Green Helps Local Families Have a Happier Holiday
Mold, muck, dust, dirt, water, soot, odors—these are just a few of our favorite things, and we happily spend our days elbow deep in filthy endeavors. But every now and then, we like to ditch the hazmat suits and head outdoors for some fresh air and a good clean game of golf.
And when we can tee off for a good cause? Doubly amazing.
In early May 2017, owner Mike Reilly rallied friends and colleagues to play a round at the fourth annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic, hosted by the Ocean County Business Association (OCBA) and benefiting OCBA’s charitable arm, CAREing For Children (CFC).
When we arrived at the beautiful Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson, the skies looked threatening, but it thankfully never rained. And while Team SERVPRO’s score will forever remain a secret, we had a lot of fun and enjoyed bonding with our teammates and fellow golfers.
Sadly, we did not sink a hole-in-one, which would have qualified us to drive off in a new car donated by Down’s Ford. Nor did we win the other contests: low score, longest drive, closest to the pin, putting contest, or beat-the-pro competition.
Our disappointment vanished over cocktails and dinner in the clubhouse, and we salivated over the many exciting prizes available on the silent-auction table.
All in all, it was a wonderful day, which—in the end—helped create a magical morning for hundreds of local families over the holidays.
OCBA: Businesses Helping Businesses
We’ve been members of OCBA since 2013 and have made many friends and professional connections. It’s been an invaluable support system. The group helps us continually learn about the business environment here in Ocean County and New Jersey, discover new resources, and expand our horizons as entrepreneurs.
Aside from being an excellent business and networking organization, the OCBA has a big heart, too, in the form of its CAREing For Children 501(c)3 philanthropy. For many years, we’ve collected donations from members and used those funds to buy toys, clothing, and food boxes for underprivileged families in Ocean County during the holidays.
These gifts are then distributed through numerous local charities, including DYFS of Toms River and Lakewood, Pine Beach and Beachwood Police Departments, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, and St. Joseph’s Church in Toms River. We’ve put smiles on the faces of thousands of kids and their parents—people who would otherwise have had next to nothing under their Christmas trees.
Since the Charity Golf Classic began four years ago, we’ve been able to make even more of an impact. The event funnels 100 percent of its profits to CFC. In its first year, we netted $10,000. In 2015, we doubled the amount. That number rose to nearly $26,000 in 2016, and we had record participation of 102 golfers. In its fourth year, we brought in close to $20,000.
Want to play in 2018 or join the OCBA?
The fifth Annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic might be a year away, but it is never too early to join us. Interested? Click here for details.
Chef's Night Out
SERVPRO of Toms River is proud to be one of the sponsors for Chef's Night Out for The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education.
The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education had it's an annual Chef's Night Out on March 6, 2017 at the Pine Belt Arena at Toms River High School North. The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to help ensure a quality education for students of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School. It is our mission to augment, supplement and complement the programs of the Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools through the attraction of private resources for the exclusive benefit of its students and staff.
Chef’s Night Out was a fun filled night of sweet and savory delicacies from dozens of local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, specialty stores and wine and beverage distributors. We sampled Seafood Bisque and New England Clam Chowder from ACME Draft House, beef empanadas from Caneda’s, kale salad from Harrogate, mushroom risotto from Cuisine on the Green, short ribs from Martell’s Water’s Edge and pulled pork sandwiches and cinnamon roll pancakes from The Four Seasons Diner. They had delicious donuts from OB-CO’s and cupcakes from Jennie Cakes. The OCVTS's Brick Culinary and Pastry students made amazing desserts including my favorite, crème brulee. So many wonderful dishes from 709 Bistro, Bonefish Grill, Blend on Main, Bahama Breeze, Joey D's, Prime 13, Toms River Ale House, Tuscan Bistro Bar, Winward Tavern, Klee’s, Café Diem, Waypoint 622, Mulberry Street, Labrador Lounge and more. We discovered delicious wines made by 19 Crimes and beer from Beach Haus Brewery and Hunterdon Brewery.
A special thank you to everyone who made this evening a success.
Give Blood to Celebrate March's American Red Cross Month
Give Blood for March’s American Red Cross Month
Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products. The Red Cross must collect 14,000 units of blood every day to fulfill the country’s needs.
During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes, those who reach out to help people in need. These are the people who:
- Help disaster victims get on the road to recovery.
- Give blood to help a hospital patient
- Brighten the day of an injured service member who is in a hospital far from home.
- Take one of our lifesaving classes and step forward to assist someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.
Red Cross Month is a great time to become part of the Red Cross. You can work on a preparedness plan with members of your household so you are ready for emergencies. You can become a Red Cross volunteer. Or you can give blood or a financial donation to become an everyday hero.
To become part of The American Red Cross in New Jersey please visit Red Cross New Jersey or call the Ocean County Chapter at 732-349-9230.