UPS DONATION ENSURES SAFETY AND
WELL-BEING OF STUDENTS
UPS New Jersey District and The UPS Foundation recently donated $50,000 to Concordia Learning Center at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind to replace the ground level surface of the school’s sensory playground with artificial turf. The project permanently raised the ground elevation of the playground to the required ADA compliant height. This generous award ensures the safety and well being of students who are blind, visually impaired and have multiple disabilities and allows them the full use of the playground facility. The sensory playground provides essential therapeutic exercise and social interaction for children with disabilities which enhance their physical and cognitive development. As the only school for the blind in New Jersey it is imperative to continue our mission and provide the specialized services these children require to develop to their greatest potential.
UPS New Jersey District employees work through The UPS Foundation to organize food drives, work in soup kitchens and help improve impoverished communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. They're all part of the UPS “Neighbor to Neighbor” program; the personal heart of UPS's philanthropic outreach.
The UPS New Jersey District is comprised of areas covering northern and central New Jersey as well as Staten Island and Catskills in New York. Associate volunteers represent numerous company departments including Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, Operations, Security and Transportation.
TD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS
CONCORDIA’S EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Jersey City, NJ – The TD Charitable Foundation, funded by TD Bank, recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Concordia Learning Center at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind to help support the school’s Early Intervention Program.
The successful program provides direct developmental and early intervention services to infants and toddlers who are blind, visually impaired and have multiple disabilities and their families throughout New Jersey.
TD Bank’s D. Nicholas Miceli, Market President, and Renee Rattigan, Community Relations Manager, recently visited Concordia Learning Center and met with the school’s Executive Director, Judy Ortman, and teachers and students. Concordia honored the TD Charitable Foundation for its continued support of children with special needs by dedicating a leaf on the school’s Giving Tree in the Foundation’s name.
”The Early Intervention Program is a wonderful initiative that benefits children and their families throughout New Jersey,” said Miceli. “We are proud to support Concordia Learning Center and St. Joseph’s School for the Blind and the services they provide to children with disabilities.”
A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.
Volunteer Day 2012
More than 20 associates from the UPS New Jersey District recently spent a Volunteer Day of Caring at Concordia Learning Center at St. Joseph's School for the Blind. The team members tackled a series of hands-on projects including painting at the school and residential facility and reconstructing an office in preparation for a new classroom.
Working through The UPS Foundation, company employees organize food drives, work in soup kitchens and help improve impoverished communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. They're all part of the UPS “Neighbor to Neighbor” program; the personal heart of UPS's philanthropic outreach.
The UPS New Jersey District is comprised of areas covering northern and central New Jersey as well as Staten Island and Catskills in New York. Associate volunteers represented numerous company departments including Engineering, Human Resources, Operations, Security and Transportation.
THANK YOU UPS!
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ToysRUs Grant Awarded to Concordia
Concordia Learning Center has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund through its 2011 New Jersey grant initiative. The grant, which aligns with the Children’s Fund mission of keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need, will support Concordia’s Early Intervention Program in counties throughout New Jersey. Selected from a pool of more than 500 proposals, Concordia demonstrated a distinctive commitment to supporting children in New Jersey and was one of 54 charities to receive funding from the $1 million initiative.
CONCORDIA LEARNING CENTER WELCOMES
Jersey City, NJ – On Friday, November 18, 2011, Concordia Learning Center at St. Joseph's School for the Blind kicked off the holiday season with a roar as Holiday Express rolled into the school. More than 70 singers, musicians, and a bus full of volunteers made magic happen in the wink of an eye. The holiday extravaganza was a special event featuring Santa Claus, Cookie Monster, Elmo and the Grinch…all on hand to bring big smiles to the school’s students and staff.
Celebrating their 18th year of giving, Holiday Express is a grass roots, non-profit organization founded in 1993 by New Jersey restaurateur and musician, Tim McLoone. Motivated by gratitude and a sense of giving back to those less fortunate, McLoone banded friends and musicians together to bring the joy of music to groups throughout the Tri-State area.
Today, Holiday Express is comprised of more than 1,300 volunteers delivering music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to adults and children who are physically and mentally disabled, living with AIDS or homeless as well as isolated elderly and others in need.
From November through December this extraordinary group brings approximately fifty “interactive private parties” to clients who might otherwise be overlooked during the holiday season. Their events include a rock’n’roll band, costumed characters, choreographed parodies, crafts, games, food, good cheer, gifts and lots of hugs!
For the children at Concordia Learning Center, Holiday Express offers the perfect beginning to a magical holiday season. Concordia Learning Center, the only school for the blind in New Jersey, offers comprehensive services for students with blindness, visual impairments and multiple disabilities, ages 3-21 and an early intervention program for infants from birth to 3 years of age with vision impairments and possible multiple disabilities. The school also provides a pre-school program for 90 non-disabled 3 year- old children from Jersey City.
To learn more about the school please visit contact Ellen Felicetta, Director of Development, at (201) 876-5432 x 113.
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