2021

Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale

Category: Faith-Based ServicesNominator: Sadia Akhtar What was their service?  Rev. Seth is a pastor at the Reformed Church of Highland Park working to protect and serve the unfortunate in the community. In the past decade, Seth has created housing for women aging out of foster homes, homeless Veterans, reentering citizens, justice involved youth, chronically homeless …

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Ed Fenwick

Category: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Champion for JusticeNominator: Lorraine Goodman What was their service? Ed is a Department of Justice Accredited Representative, who began volunteering with LALDEF in January 2019. Each week he donates between 20-30 hours of his time, screening DACA applicants, preparing DACA renewals, handling Special Juvenile Immigration cases, and submitting Citizenship …

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New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps

Category: Healthcare ServiceNominator: Julie Petix What was their service? Created in 2005, the NJ Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a network of 24 community-based units comprised of volunteers who help ensure their communities are healthy, prepared, and resilient.  MRC Units are housed within local health agencies.  During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer …

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Joe Antico

Category: Good NeighborNominator: Kate Russo What was their service? Joe is a volunteer board member at the Bridgewater/Somerville YMCA.  He jumped into action in March when COVID closed our doors.  He supported ideas and brought them to fruition so that our Y could impact thousands in the community through our Food Security program. The impact …

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Bob Junge

Category: Service by/for Armed Service Members/Veterans/MilitaryNominator: Christo Kmosko  What was their service? Volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels to the elderly during the pandemic. Provides tents, sleeping bags and warm clothing for homeless veterans as Past President of the North Hunterdon Rotary.  Cares for the vulnerable who have no voice of their own for Volunteer Guardianship …

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Zalman & Toba Grossbaum

Category: Service to YouthNominator: Faygie Levy What was their service? Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum, CEO of Friendship Circle/LifeTown, and wife Toba Grossbaum, the organization’s COO, are lifelong educators and special needs activists. Since the start of the pandemic, they have transformed their organization to provide safe, virtual and socially distanced interactive and educational programming for those …

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Toni Tomarazzo

Category: Feed/HouseNominator: Jen Giattino What was their service? On day one of the pandemic in March 2020, Toni reached out to community leaders and said ‘we need to make sure people have food.’  Over this year, she built the volunteer-led Hoboken Food Pantry and addressed the growing needs of Hoboken’s hungry and underserved, in particular …

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Stuart Steinberg

Category: Emergency Services/First RespondersNominator: Nidal Hozien What was their service? Stuart has been a volunteer EMT for more than 25 years dedicating his actual blood, sweat and tears to the service of others.  He has spent the last 20 years as Chief of the Wayne First Aid Squad and has lead NJ’s largest and highest …

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Siddhant Kumarapuram Ganapath

Category: Service through STEMNominator: Parul Aggarwal What was their service? Siddhant has committed himself to educating students about the brain. In 2019, he created The Brain Bunch, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to teach students in grades 2-8 about neuroscience. With his activity-based curriculum that he built from scratch, Siddhant has inspired scientific curiosity amongst 1000+ …

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Rileigh Leighton

Category: EducationNominator: Jennifer Longo What was their service? In 2014 at the young age of 9 years old  Rileigh Leighton created and established Rileigh’s Rainbows. Rileigh’s non profit organization provides school age students that attend the various schools in Monroe Township School District access to free school supplies. Each year Rileigh Rainbows raises funds through …

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