For the second winter in a row, the JBJ Soul Foundation has offered a blanket donation campaign online. We have blankets for sale, donation, or you could buy one/donate one. Once the blankets are donated, they are shipped to the Foundation office where we contact our community partners involved in homeless outreach programs to see who is in need of extra blankets for those they serve. This winter, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to send blankets to the outreach programs of three of our partners: Project H.O.M.E.’s “Hub of Hope”, Joseph’s House, and Covenant House’s new outreach program in Camden, NJ.
SparkAction and Youth Leadership Institute Launch Social Media Competition for Youth-Led Solutions to Connect More Young People to Jobs and Economic Opportunity
April 12, 2012– Musician and member of the youth-focused White House Council for Community Solutions Jon Bon Jovi today joined SparkAction and the Youth Leadership Institute to launch the SparkOpportunity Challenge, an innovative “crowdsourcing” competition for young people to share their ideas on how to create local jobs and opportunities for youth. Winners will receive prizes and tools to get their ideas off the ground.
Today Heart of Camden held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a home for Jorge Cartagena, a young boy who turns 10 this month was shot in the eye by a stray bullet last year. Jorge will be moving into his new home with his grandmother, Manuela Pintor, who is also a new homeowner. The celebration was held outside of Manuela and Jorge’s new home in the Waterfront South community of Camden, NJ.
(March 19, 2012 – Red Bank, NJ) – On behalf of the JBJ Soul Foundation, Jon Bon Jovi, who is also a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, today joined W. Scott Gould, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on a media teleconference to announce a developer challenge called Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless).
We have been sharing stories with you on our site regarding our Co-Chair of the Soul Foundation, Jon Bon Jovi, who has been serving on the White House Council for Community Solutions for the past year and a half. During that time frame much of his work at the Council has been parallel to our work at the Foundation and has been extremely helpful in informing our work.