; The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey Awards $1.46 Million In Grants To 22 NJ Organizations
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The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey Awards $1.46 Million In Grants To 22 NJ Organizations

April 15, 2013

NEWARK – The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey announced today the awarding of $1.46 million in grants to community-based non-profit organizations throughout the state.  The funding represents the first quarterly approval of grants for 2013. The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey supports charitable organizations that promote health and arts in New Jersey.

“New Jersey’s charitable organizations often play an integral role in meeting the diverse health and quality of life needs of our state’s residents,” said Robert A. Marino, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and Chairman and CEO of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.  “The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey proudly supports these organizations and congratulates the first round of 2013 grantees.”

The Foundation awarded the following 22 grants:

  • American Heart Association(AHA) in Robbinsville, received a two-year grant of $100,000 to support the New Jersey Heart Healthy Multicultural Initiatives.  The grant supports the AHA efforts to enroll participants from diverse New Jersey communities in programs to manage hypertension, improve dietary choices and increase cardiovascular health awareness. 
  • Arthritis Foundation, Northeast Region in Iselin, received a grant of $26,000 to support New Jersey Educational Programs and Webinars.  The grant provides for a series of educational programs and webinars, presented in both English and Spanish, on the importance of physical activity and weight management as self-management strategies for decreasing arthritis-related pain, improving functional levels and preventing osteoarthritis.
  • CancerCare in Ridgewood, received a grant of $35,000 to support its Education Program for Seniors in Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties.  The program provides ten free workshops for residents over the age of 55 on breast, colon, skin and prostate cancer risks and detection.  Participants diagnosed with cancer receive support services at no cost including help navigating the healthcare system, counseling, health information, referrals, education, and practical and financial assistance.
  • ChoiceOne Pregnancy & Sexual Health Resource Centers in Lawrenceville, received a grant of $25,000 to fund its Optimal Health Program, a health literacy program for women of childbearing age.
  • Essex County Parks Foundation in Newark, received a grant of $15,000 to support the 2013 Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series.  The series offers 20 free concerts at more than 15 parks within the Essex County Parks System.
  • Garden State Philharmonic Symphony Society in Toms River, received a general operating support grant of $20,000 to fund its 2013 season.
  • Jewish Familly Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties in Somerville, received a grant of $10,000 to fund its Healthy Aging Program.  The program screens and treats depression in seniors ages 65 and older at partner sites throughout Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.
  • Literacy Volunteers of Morris County in Morristown, received a grant of $15,000 to support its “Can You Tell Me Where it Hurts?” program, a series of eight-week health literacy workshops for low-income, immigrant adults.  Students are recruited from the Morris County community and the Zufall Health Center.
  • Main Street Counseling Service in West Orange, received a grant of $25,000 to support its Defeating Childhood Depression Program.  The grant provides depression screening and treatment for economically disadvantaged, at-risk children at the Valley Settlement House and the Main Street Counseling Center, both located in West Orange, and in select Newark schools.
  • Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs in Dover, received a grant of $15,000 to support Keeping Our Minds with Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression, Empowering Activities for Seniors) program.  The program provides depression screenings, referrals, and educational workshops for Hispanic older adults in Morris County. 
  • Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (METC) in Madison, received a grant of $10,000 to support its Expansion of METC Senior Programs.  The grant supports the expansion of the museum’s senior program into Ocean and Monmouth Counties and offers seniors eight hands-on programs focused on art history and early American Culture.
  • Newark Boys Chorus School in Newark, received a general operating support grant of $25,000 to funds its 2013 school programming.
  • Newark School of the Arts in Newark, received a general    operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its 2013 school programming.
  • New Jersey Hall of Fame in Newark, created to honor citizens of New Jersey who have made invaluable contributions to society, received a grant of $25,000 to fund the creation of a Mobile Museum to transport educational exhibitions to schools around the state. 
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, one of the top ten largest performing arts centers in the United States, received a five-year general operating support grant of $1 million.  The grant funds: The Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City, a free outdoor summer concert series held every Thursday evening in NJPAC Theater Square Plaza during July and August 2013; and the Latin, Urban Music and Urban Comedy Performances to be held in Prudential Hall during the 2013-2014 season.
  • Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program in Phillipsburg, received a grant of $10,000 to support the Shining Stars Art Education Theater Program. The program offers free weekly after-school classes in dance, music and visual arts for school-aged children as well as children with special needs who reside in Phillipsburg.
  • Ocean Professional Theatre Company in Manahawkin, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund    its Mainstage and children’s productions.  The grant also supports the theatre’s summer internship and apprentice programs for college and high school students.
  • Princeton Festival in Princeton, received a general operating support grant of $15,000 to fund the 2013 festival season.
  • Puerto Rican Family Institute in Jersey City, received a grant of $35,000 to support the Diabetes, Mental Health and Health Empowerment Program. The program provides interactive health wellness and educational workshops for Latinos in Hudson and Union Counties.
  • Symphony in C in Camden, received a general operating support grant of $20,000 to fund  its signature Musician Internship Program, Young Composers Competition and the Music Matters Program.
  • Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, received a grant of $10,000 to support its Theater Access for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program. The grant supports Theater Access programs for Monmouth and Ocean County residents. The programs offer large print playbills, sign interpretation, open captioning, audio description, assistive listening, wheelchair accessibility, and bus transportation for selected group field trips to performances.
  • Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, received a grant of $10,000 to support the Glasstown Collective Education Program.  The group of children’s programs includes:  The GrowCreative Preschool Program that provides free year-round museum access to teachers, students and their families from the Millville Child Family Center; The Glasstown Partnership that provides glassmaking programs for City of Millville fourth graders; and The Juvenile Justice Studio Partnership that provides an intensive arts and mentoring program to teen offenders.

About Horizon Foundation
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations.  For more information about the Foundation, visit www.horizonblue.com/foundation.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health services corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, serving 3.6 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com.

 

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