• Category Archives Philanthropy
  • The 13th Annual HFA Community Neighbor Awards

    The Hoboken Family Alliance is now accepting nominations for our 13th annual Community Neighbor Awards to be granted in 2016 at our Cabin Fever Event at Brandt School (215  9th Street, Hoboken, NJ) ,  tentatively scheduled for February  21 , 2016.

    Non-profit organizations may apply directly or be nominated by a member of the community. They must be not-for-profit and serve children or families in Hoboken and/or Hudson County. To be considered, the organization must designate what the money will be used for, and how much they are requesting. We request that the money be utilized to directly provide a service for families or children, and not for overhead/administrative costs.   Award recipients will be asked to attend the Cabin Fever Festival on Feb. 21, 2016 (tentative), in Hoboken, to receive their award.



    In your grant submission, please include:
    • Brief description of the program and/or services
    • Organization contact name, address and phone number
    • Organization 501(c)3 non-profit tax id number
    • Amount requested
    • How many people will be affected by the receiving of the grant
    • Why the program should receive an HFA Community Neighbor Award

    The final deadline for submission is Friday, December 11, 2015.


     Submissions can be made by email to hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com or by mail to: HFA, PO Box 1194, Hoboken, NJ 07030,  Attn: Philanthropy.

    Award recipients will be chosen at the discretion of the HFA Board of Directors and only from those nominees that meet the grant criteria.    For more information on the Community Neighbor Awards, please contact, Michele Hulsman, HFA Philanthropy Director, at hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com.

    We look forward to reviewing the nominations. 






  • HFA Fifth Annual Back to School Supplies Drive

    The Hoboken Family Alliance is hosting our Fifth Annual Back to School Supplies Drive
    August 1 to September 12, 2015 to benefit children in need within Hudson County.

    HFA is committed to helping children and youth succeed and ensuring every young person is ready to learn.  Children living at or below the poverty line will find it difficult to get enough to eat this summer as their parents struggle to keep the lights on and make rent – they simply cannot afford to buy backpacks and school supplies.

    Our donations will go to children in need from the following organizations: In Jesus Names Charities, Division of Youth Family Services (DYFS) and York Street Project.

    What’s Needed: NEW Backpacks (Unisex backpacks are preferred if possible), lunch boxes, pencils, pens, pink erasers, two-pocket folders, binders, loose-leaf paper (wide rule), notebooks (both spiral & composition), scientific calculators, protractors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, calculators, rulers, pencil sharpeners with cover, pencil cases, glue sticks, scissors and index cards. Flash drives are also requested for the older children.

    For your convenience, we will have a drop box at Big Fun Toys. Big Fun Toys will be selling backpacks and some school supplies too.

    Drop-off Details: When: Saturday, August 1 to September 12, 2015 at  Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street, Hoboken (Mon-Sat. 10-7pm, Sun . 11-6 pm )

    Be sure to us your HFA CARD for a 10% discount off any purchase over $25 - www.bigfuntoys.com Also ask about the new Big Fun Toy Rewards Program!

    Cash Donations: If you prefer to financially donate, your donation of $25 will provide one backpack for a child, stocked with essential supplies. Cash donations are encouraged because HFA’s non-profit status allows it to purchase items without paying 7% sales tax. Click below to make a cash donation via Paypal:

    We will be ordering supplies as soon as possible, to ensure the children are prepared and ready to start the year right. We will once again provide tax receipts for items donated on an as-requested basis. If you are making a cash donation, your tax receipt will be automatically generated. If you are dropping off items and you would like a receipt for your tax preparation, please leave a copy of your receipt with donation items highlighted, along with your name and address. Please keep a copy of your donation for your records.

    We feel that by being prepared for the first day of school with a backpack and the right school supplies, many children will have the confidence to work towards having a successful school year. With your partnership, we will be able to accomplish this together. Please join the Hoboken Family Alliance in our Fifth Annual Back to School drive. For more information, please email Michele at hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com

    Have a great School Year!


  • Spring Fling Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 28th, 2015

    Please join us at our Spring Fling Egg Hunt.

    This is our 17th year hosting this annual fun event.
    Time: Saturday, March 28, 2015 (raindate March 29, 2015) 10 am-12 pm.
    Location: Columbus Park, Clinton Street, between 9th & 10th Streets, Hoboken.
    Cost: Free for HFA members; $5 suggested donation for non-members.

    Activities include: A stroll through the Spring Farm Egg Hunt (Find eggs and turn them in for a bag of goodies!); Bunny-hop and egg races.

    The egg hunts will be continuous, starting at 10 am, and children will trade their found (empty) eggs for a bag of goodies to take home, so that we can reuse and recycle the eggs for other participants.

    Please note that groups of children of all ages will be able to enter the Spring Farm for 15-minute intervals and re-enter. The entrance time for the last egg hunt will be at 12pm. Plan to pose with bunnies and spring themed props, courtesy of Hoboken High School art department. Please bring your cameras and baskets!

    HFA members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the park for donation to Hoboken Shelter.

    Platinum Event Sponsor
    BCB Hoboken
    Your Community Bank

    Gold Event Sponsor
    Ben & Jerry's
    CarePoint Health
    Red Bridge Homes
    Super Soccer Stars
    United Water

    Bronze Event Sponsor
    ElfTennis


  • Santa is coming to Bellie and Katrina, Saturday December 13th (12-4pm)

    Santa is coming to Bellie and Katrina
    Saturday December 13th (12-4pm)

    Celebrate the holidays with Bellie and Katrina at their holiday event.  Join us for cookies, special promotions,  giveaways and more!  A picture with Santa ($10 donation) will help support the HFA Toy Drive.

    Saturday December 13th (12-4pm)
    Bellie & Katrina
    159 4th Street
    201-239-0062
    www.BellieandKatrina.com


  • HFA 12th Annual Community Neighbor Awards Grants

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    The Hoboken Family Alliance is now accepting nominations for our 12th annual Community Neighbor Awards to be granted in 2015 at our Cabin Fever Event at Brandt School, 215  9th Street, Hoboken, NJ ,  scheduled for February 8, 2015. 

    Non-profit organizations may apply directly or be nominated by a member of the community. They must be not-for-profit and serve children or families in Hoboken and/or Hudson County. To be considered, the organization must designate what the money will be used for, and how much they are requesting. We request that the money be utilized to directly provide a service for families or children, and not for overhead/administrative costs.   Award recipients will be asked to attend the Cabin Fever Festival on Feb. 8, 2015, in Hoboken, to receive their award. 

    In your grant submission, please include:
    • Brief description of the program and/or services
    • Organization contact name, address and phone number
    • Organization 501(c)3 non-profit tax id number
    • Amount requested
    • How many people will be affected by the receiving of the grant
    • Why the program should receive an HFA Community Neighbor Award
    The final deadline for submission is Monday, December 15, 2014.


     Submissions can be made by email to hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com or by mail to: HFA, PO Box 1194, Hoboken, NJ 07030,  Attn: Philanthropy.
    Award recipients will be chosen at the discretion of the HFA Board of Directors and only from those nominees that meet the grant criteria.

    For more information on the Community Neighbor Awards, please contact, Michele Hulsman, HFA Philanthropy Director, at hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com.

    We look forward to reviewing the nominations. 


  • HFA “Back to School” Annual Backpack & School Supply Drive, Aug 16-30, 2014

    The Hoboken Family Alliance is hosting our Fourth Annual Back to School Supplies Drive through August 16 to 30, 2014 to benefit needy children in Hudson County. HFA is committed to helping children and youth succeed and ensuring every young person is ready to learn.

    Children living at or below the poverty line will find it difficult to get enough to eat this summer as their parents struggle to keep the lights on and make rent – they simply cannot afford to buy backpacks and school supplies.

    Our donations will go to children in need from the following organizations:  In Jesus Names Charities,  NJ Division of Youth & Family Services (DYFS) and York Street Project.

    What’s Needed:
    NEW Backpacks (Unisex backpacks are preferred if possible), lunchboxes, pencils, pens, pink erasers, two-pocket folders, binders, loose-leaf paper (wide rule), notebooks (both spiral & composition), scientific calculators, protractors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, calculators, rulers, pencil sharpeners with cover, pencil cases, glue sticks, scissors and index cards. Flash drives are also requested for the older children.
    For your convenience, we will have a drop box at Big Fun Toys.  Big Fun Toys will be selling backpacks and some school supplies too.

    Drop off details:
    When:   Saturday, August 16 – Saturday, August 30, 2014
    Where: Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street, Hoboken (Mon-Sat. 10-7pm, Sun . 11-6 pm ) Be sure to use your HFA CARD for a 10% discount off any purchase over $25 - www.bigfuntoys.com
    Also ask about the new Big Fun Toy Rewards Program!

    Cash donations:
    If you prefer to financially donate, your donation of $25 will provide one backpack for a child, stocked with essential supplies. Cash donations are encouraged because HFA's non-profit status allows it to purchase items without paying 7% sales tax. Also, it allows your donations to go directly toward the supplies.

    If you wish to donate $25 toward a backpack, please do so today by using the PayPal link below. Please note Backpack in the memo line.  We will be ordering supplies as soon as possible, to ensure the children are prepared and ready to start the year right.

    We will once again provide tax receipts for items donated on an as-requested basis. If you are making a cash donation, your tax receipt will be automatically generated. If you are dropping off items, please leave a copy of your receipt with donation items highlighted, along with your name and address. Please keep a copy of your donation for your records.

    We feel that by being prepared for the first day of school with a backpack and the right school supplies, many children will have the confidence to work towards having a successful school year. With your partnership, we will be able to accomplish this together. Please join the Hoboken Family Alliance in our Fourth Annual Back to School drive. For more information, please email Michele at hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com


  • Come Visit Santa at 14th Street Garden Center

    Come Visit with Santa

    NOTE: The original time for Santa has changed from 10 to 1 to 10:30 to 12:45

    Enjoy coffee, cookies and hot cocoa and get a FREE PHOTO

    Sunday, December 8th 10:30-12:45 pm
    14th Street Garden Center
    793 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ
    www.14thstreetgardencenter.com
    201-963-1414

    Jersey Cares will be collecting coats for their 18th Annual Coat Drive

    Hoboken Family Alliance will be collecting toys and pajamas for Hudson County Children

    Order your Christmas Tree ONLINE! www.14thstreetgardencenter.com

    Christmas trees arriving fresh weekly. We deliver, set up, pick up and recycle your Christmas tree!

    Be green, buy a real tree!


  • HFA – The 11th Annual Community Neighbor Award Grants

    The Hoboken Family Alliance is now accepting nominations for our tenth annual Community Neighbor Awards to be  granted in 2014 at our Cabin Fever Event, tentatively scheduled for February 9, 2014.

    Non-profit organizations may apply directly or be nominated by a member of the community. They must be not-for-profit and serve children or families in Hoboken and/or  Hudson County. To be considered, the organization must designate what the money will be used for, and how much they are requesting. We ask that the money be used to directly provide a service for families or children, and not for overhead/administrative costs.

    Please send a brief description of the program and/or services, organization contact name and phone number, your organization's 501(c)3 non-profit tax id number, amount  you are requesting  and the reason why you feel the program should receive an HFA Community Neighbor Award.  The deadline for submission is December 20, 2013.

    Submissions can be made by email to hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com or by mail to: HFA, PO Box 1194, Hoboken, NJ 07030,
    Attn: Philanthropy. Award recipients will be chosen at the discretion of the HFA Board of Directors and only from  those nominees that meet the grant criteria. Award recipients (or a representative of the organization) must be able to attend the Cabin Fever Festival on Feb. 9, 2014, in Hoboken,  to receive their award.

    For more information on the Community Neighbor Awards, please contact, Michele Hulsman, HFA Philanthropy Director, at hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com.

    We look forward to reviewing the nominations.


  • HFA “Back to School” Annual Backpack & School Supply Drive 2013

    From August 18 to September 15, 2013* to benefit over 220 needy children in Hudson County.

    *ONLINE DONATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED*

    Our donations will go to children in need from the following organizations: 40 children from In Jesus Names Charities, over 80 children from York Street Project and 40 children from the Division of Youth & Family Services (DYFS).

    What’s Needed:
    NEW Backpacks (Unisex backpacks are preferred if possible), lunchboxes, pencils, pens, pink erasers, two-pocket folders, binders, loose-leaf paper (wide rule), notebooks (both spiral & composition), scientific calculators, protractors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, calculators, rulers, pencil sharpeners with cover, pencil cases , antibacterial wipes, tissues, glue sticks, scissors and index cards. Flash drives are also requested for the older children.

    For your convenience, we will have 2 drop boxes at midtown (Big Fun Toys) and  uptown location (New York Sports Club North). Big Fun Toys will also be selling backpacks and school supplies.

    ONLINE DONATIONS ONLY -  Drop off period is currently closed.

    Midtown drop off: Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street (Mon-Sat. 10 am-7 pm, Sun 11 am-6 pm). Be sure to use your HFA Card for a 10% discount off any purchase over $25. Also ask about the new Big Fun Toy Rewards Program!
    Uptown drop off: NYSC North, 200 14th St. (7 am-7 pm).

    Cash donations: If you prefer to financially donate, your donation of $25 will provide one backpack for a child, stocked with essential supplies. Cash donations are encouraged because HFA’s non-profit status allows it to purchase items without paying 7% sales tax. Also, it allows your donations to go directly toward the supplies. If you wish to donate $25 toward a backpack, please do so by using the PayPal DONATE button below. We will be ordering supplies as soon as possible, to ensure the children are prepared and ready to start the year right.

    We will once again provide tax receipts for items donated on an as-requested basis. If you are making a cash donation via Paypal, your tax receipt will be automatically generated. If you are dropping off items, please leave a copy of your receipt with donation items highlighted, along with your name and address. Please keep a copy of your donation for your records.

    For more information about HFA’s backpack drive, please email Michele at hfaphilanthropy@nullyahoo.com.