One family member expressed, “Because of the meals that were donated, I had extra money available to buy the diapers and medicine I needed that week for my baby.”Another family member said to a counselor, “I was laid off from my job and these meals held me through until I went back to work and I am so grateful.”
NJGAS has supported the life saving and life changing mission of 180 for decades and we are grateful for their belief in our mission. Beyond the corporate support the company generously gives to bolster our many programs, we have been lucky to have their employees involvement in various events. For example, as pictured below, each year employees donate funds to dress down and wear denim to bring attention to sexual assault awareness. The Denim Day Campaign which is done annually each spring during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, has raised critical funds for our mission and has highlighted the role of 180 in the community.
Also, over the years, members of the NJGAS leadership team have served on 180’s Board of Trustees providing invaluable input, wisdom and creating connections to elevate our mission throughout the community. Currently serving on 180’s Board is NJGAS Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Amanda Mullan. We are grateful for her involvement and expertise.
With the continued support of NJGAS throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, we can continue to make investments in our many programs – especially those that are stretched particularly thin due to the increasing needs from our community.
“Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It can happen anywhere, at any time, and to anybody…even in our own communities. That is why organizations like 180 Turning Lives Around are so important. For victims of sexual assault and abuse, they provide more than help; they provide hope. New Jersey Natural Gas is proud to stand with 180 and support the important work they do to bring an end to domestic violence and sexual assault and help those in need turn their lives around for the better.”
Amanda E. Mullan, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
New Jersey Resources
Thank you NJGAS! We appreciate your steadfast support of our mission.
(photos here from NJGAS past Denim Day awareness events)
Thanks to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund we are allocating additional resources to our 2ndfloor Youth Helpline. Calls and text messages have increased exponentially throughout the pandemic and the additional financial support will help us ensure that no call or text goes unanswered. Jersey for Jersey was an amazing concert full of hope and love; we appreciate everyone who donated resources, talent and donations that evening. Thank you New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.
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Keeping 180’s mission mobilized in the midst of a pandemic, requires the full support of the community. In an effort to raise funds to support its mission, 180 launched “180STRONG” – a fundraising campaign to foster financial support during this critical moment. Generously kick starting the campaign with a gift of $15,000 is corporate supporter, Crum & Forster.
Gary McGeddy, of Oceanport, NJ, and President of Crum & Forster Accident & Health, was one of three local philanthropists and business leaders that were to be honored and recognized at 180’s annual gala this past May. When the event had to be postponed due to the pandemic, Gary and his company pushed fast forward and accelerated their support of 180 despite the postponement of the event.
“Crum and Forster is honored to help 180. It’s a cause we believe in and have embraced over the last few years. With domestic violence being of particular concern during this COVID-19 pandemic, it was important for us to show our support. 180’s Safe House has been full throughout the pandemic and I understand temporary housing is being expanded in response to the increasing needs. I encourage our community to support 180 during this challenging time.”
With stay-at-home orders in place across New Jersey, many victims of domestic and sexual violence are left extremely vulnerable while quarantined with an abuser. The threat of physical and emotional violence is perhaps dominating their lives now more than ever before.
“Receiving this generous support from Gary and Crum & Forster comes at a time when our agency and the families we serve really need it” said Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director of 180, “Our largest fundraising event of the year was forced to cancel creating a gap in donations, and at the same time, our expenses are only increasing as a result of the pandemic. Crum and Forster’s generous philanthropy really gives this campaign momentum and is appreciated. I hope their participation inspires others to make a gift too. We are forever grateful to Gary and his team not only for this gift, but for the support we receive the whole year through.”
Donations can be made through a mobile device by texting 180STRONG to 41444. More details regarding the 180STRONG COVID-19 Emergent Needs Response Fund, along with stories of domestic violence survival throughout the pandemic, can be found at www.180nj.org. These particular stories help to illustrate why support is so critical at this time.
About Crum & Forster Accident & Health
Crum & Forster, rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best (2019), is a national commercial property and casualty group of insurance companies wholly owned by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Since 2000, Crum & Forster’s Accident & Health has offered a robust portfolio of specialty insurance and reinsurance products nationwide, including medical stop loss, pet, travel and other voluntary and affinity benefits.
In 2012, the division scaled to include international product capabilities through its wholly owned offshore captive facility, Crum & Forster Segregated Portfolio Company (SPC). Situated in the Cayman Islands and registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, Crum & Forster SPC is a Cayman Islands company that reports through Crum & Forster Holdings Corporation. Additional global relationships with other Fairfax entities, provide our partners with even broader flexibility in underwriting solutions.
We place a strong focus on product development and creative distribution methods, along with excellent client service and support. The qualities and capabilities of Crum & Forster Accident & Health demonstrate our philosophy of building meaningful, long-term partnerships and our dedication to providing alternative strategies in an ever-changing insurance market.
For more information about Crum & Forster, please visit: www.cfins.com
Commvault Cares! 600 meals and counting! What started out as a three week project to assist our families in the Long Branch area, is lasting now into June and we are beyond grateful. Domestic violence and food insecurity combined with the effects of the pandemic, have left so many of our families especially vulnerable. Thank you Commvault and CommvaultLife for embracing our mission and helping to change lives.
Many of our families who are surviving domestic violence have been especially affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. Our good friends at the JBJ Soul Kitchen Red Bank have stepped in to help 180 by preparing meals for our food insecure families. A special thank you to everyone involved in making this happen for us and a special shout out to Wendy at the Soul Kitchen for her great help this week!
The Soul Kitchen is known for nourishing souls in more ways than one! As most of you know, the JBJ Soul Kitchen is a community restaurant featuring fresh, healthy ingredients, and they serve these meals to in-need customers through volunteer work, or to customers paying through donations. Dining at JBJ Soul Kitchen provides an opportunity for all to EAT WELL and DO GOOD. We can’t wait to rejoin our friends at Soul Kitchen once this pandemic is behind us. Sitting in their dining room is like sitting in a good friend’s kitchen…..come on in and stay awhile. We are looking forward to seeing you all soon!
180 extends sincere thanks to our amazing Event Chairs: Pam Salvador and daughter Sophia, Laurie Buckelew, and son Jake, and Jane Yu, and daughter Lauren. Their dedication to 180 is evident as seen in the results of this successful event! Plans are already underway for next year however in the meantime, please enjoy a recap of our event photos below. Special thanks once again to our generous sponsors:
“There was a darkness in our home, but mom and 180 changed all of that for me. As I got older I learned that mom had spoken to 180 Court Liaisons at the Monmouth County Courthouse and she was able to obtain a restraining order.”
“I am now a living example that this program works and it is possible to come through a desperate situation. Now I am independently caring for my children, managing my comfortable home, working full time and continuing my education at a local University.”
“You allowed me to touch my pain and come to terms through art with the sadness I was resolved to keep buried. You have helped in the process of healing from many painful wounds. Amanda’s Easel became a refuge, a place to seek comfort and helped me to understand new ways of thinking. We are a better family because of YOU.”
“Just knowing that 180 was by my side in the courtroom gave me the strength to be there and the courage to face the defendant.”
“I think that the most important thing 180 does for its clients is to empower them. Educating sexual assault victims about their choices is handing them the tools they will need to become survivors.”
To learn more about 180, volunteer, attend an event, or to become an advocate, please reach out anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to speaking with you about the many ways you can help our community. Thank you!