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Coat Drive Provides Hundreds with Warm Coats & Accessories

On Saturday, January 7th, Franciscan Charities held its Annual Coat Drive. Despite the snowy weather, hundreds of people lined up early in the morning. Volunteers greeted everyone with hot chocolate and an abundance of homemade cookies. Each adult or family was assigned a personal shopper to help them select a warm coat, scarf, hat, gloves, [...]

January 9th, 2017|

Holiday Toy Drive Success

The wet weather on Saturday didn't stop Santa and our incredible volunteer elves from hosting our annual Holiday Toy Drive! Children and their families starting lining up early on Saturday morning, December 17th, in anticipation of our annual Holiday Toy Drive. Though some snow had coated the ground overnight and rain fell, our guests kept [...]

December 19th, 2016|

It’s about Hope — Your giving counts, support our annual Toy and Coat Drives

Many families need our help during the holiday season. Join us in providing warm coats and holiday toys to those in need by donating to our annual Toy and Coat Drives. During our 2015 Toy Drive, we gave away over 1,000 toys to smiling children! Each child that attends our Toy Drive is able to [...]

November 17th, 2016|

Franciscan Charities Receives Grant from Wells Fargo

Franciscan Charities was awarded a $1,000 grant by Wells Fargo Foundation to support our mission of tending to the critical needs of the poor in Newark.   The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo [...]

November 1st, 2016|

Community Spotlight: Race Farm of Blairstown, N.J.

Race Farm is a fourth generation family farm started in 1938 with a commitment to sustainable agriculture and community giving. Located in Blairstown, N.J., Race Farm has been an avid supporter of Franciscan Charities, as well as many other charitable organizations, through the Give it Fresh Today (G.I.F.T.) program at the Summit Farmer’s Market, various [...]

October 9th, 2016|

Attention: Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Franciscan Charities is in need of volunteers to work in the soup kitchen on the first Monday of the month. We are looking for permanent “team” members to help prepare and serve the meal. The hours are 10:30 to 1:45. If interested, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Mary Lee via email at mldt@comcast.net

October 9th, 2016|

Save the NEW Date for our 6th Annual Charity Golf Outing!

Due to the weather forecast, our 6th annual Charity Golf Outing (originally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19th) has been postponed until Monday, September 26th. Same time/place. We hope you can all still join us next week. Thank you!

September 18th, 2016|

Q & A with Ana Hazard, Director of the Healing Ministry of Divine Mercy

This month's blog feature is a very special woman -- Ana Hazard, the Director of the Healing Ministry of Divine Mercy. Ana joined us for a heartfelt Q & A regarding her introduction to Brother Paul Miller, her current role, and the ministry's mission. Read on to learn about her remarkable and inspiring story. 1) Hi [...]

September 8th, 2016|

Summer Program Success for Newark’s Kids

This year our Children's Summer Program was staffed a little differently and, with the program officially ending for the season tomorrow, we'd like to highlight the success of our talented staff of interns. David Asamoah-Duodu, who will be pursuing his doctorate degree in psychology at Rutgers in the Fall, joined us as the Director of [...]

August 11th, 2016|

Teen Volunteer Brings Innovative Solution for Girls to Soup Kitchen

This July, our Soup Kitchen welcomed back long-time volunteer Olivia, a rising senior at Verona High School. Olivia has been coming to the kitchen for many years, volunteering for a variety of our programs. Now a teenager, she wanted to take on a more independent role and focused her attention on our Literacy Program. By doing so, she formed a [...]

July 29th, 2016|