We’re Working to make the Jersey Shore great!
We are an integral part of the Jersey Shore and 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 the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation, American Red Cross, FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Light of Day Foundation, Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey, Monmouth and Ocean Development Council (MODC) 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.
Light of Day Foundation: The Asbury Park Press is the presenting sponsor of a week-long music festival every January in Asbury Park raising money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses. The international festival continues to grow and attracts musicians from all over the world, including the Jersey Shore’s favorite son, Bruce Springsteen. Last year’s donations with the support of the Asbury Park Press topped $400,000.
Asbury Park Music in Film Festival: The first annual Asbury Park Music in Film Festival was held on April 10-12, 2015 and we are already planning 2016. The three-day festival, including rock legends such as Robert Trujillo of Metallica and Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, fuses the rich musical heritage of Asbury Park with filmmakers and industry leaders from around the world. Focused on music influenced films and videos, the festival raises money to provide valuable music education for children K-12 throughout the City of Asbury Park.