We're Working to make Central New Jersey great!
We are an integral part of the Central New Jersey community. That is why we believe our role involves more than growing businesses and keeping the community informed. It involves continually working to make our communities healthier, happier and safer places for those who reside and visit here. We value the partnerships that we have with nonprofit organizations in our community, and we work hard to help them in their efforts. Our employees serve as volunteers and board members for dozens of community organizations, including American Red Cross, Curbing Hunger, United Way, Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey, and many others.
Every year, we provide thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer time to assist nonprofit organizations through four main channels:
Gannett Foundation: A philanthropic foundation sponsored by Gannett. The Gannett Foundation supports nonprofit activities across New Jersey and other Gannett influenced communities. In 2012, the Gannett Foundation made grants and matched employee donations to nonprofits for a total of $6.9 million.
Make A Difference Day: Millions of people and many businesses come together on the fourth Saturday in October to participate in Make A Difference Day. It is the largest national day of helping others and is sponsored by Gannett’s USA TODAY and its carrier newspapers, including the Asbury Park Press, Home News Tribune, Courier News and Daily Record employees and their family members volunteer on a common initiative to help our neighbors in need.
Courier News Wish Book: For 24 years the Courier News spearheads this annual social-services project. We write about 12 individuals and/or families in need of a specific item or action to make their lives better and readers provide donations. Over the course of the program, we have collected nearly $500,000 in community donations.
Home News Tribune Needy Cases Fund: This annual social-services project has been a part of our community efforts for six decades, in conjunction with the New Brunswick Lions Club. We write about eight local social-service organizations (food banks, cancer institute, etc) and readers provide donations to help further the work of the organizations. To date, the program has collected well over $1 million in community donations.