Since 2006, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has worked to break the cycle of hunger, poverty and homelessness through developing partnerships, creating programs and providing grant funding to support innovative community benefit organizations.
It is the organization’s goal to recognize and maximize the human potential in those affected by hunger, poverty and homelessness by offering assistance in establishing programs that provide food and affordable housing while supporting social services and job training programs.
The Foundation started its work through the localized efforts of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team and its celebrity owners (which included Jon Bon Jovi). The Foundation quickly expanded its work to have a national presence in it’s commitment to develop role models for our city on the individual level, corporate level, and community level by developing, promoting, and assisting in innovative and long-lasting solutions to rebuilding pride in one’s self and one’s community – one SOUL at a time.
In October 2011, the Foundation opened the first JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ to address issues of food insecurity. The community kitchen serves nutritious, culinary dishes designed by Soul Kitchen Chefs in a beautiful restaurant atmosphere. The Kitchen uses a ‘pay it forward’ model asking diners to contribute either volunteer hours or a donation for their meals. In May 2016 JBJ Soul Kitchen expanded to open a second location in The B.E.A.T. Center in Toms River, NJ. Since its inception, the Kitchens have served over 85,000 meals, most recently reaching the goal of serving 51% of paying diners and 49% of diners’ in-need.
The JBJ Soul Kitchen also runs the Employment and Empowerment Team (EET) Program which connects a team of volunteer coaches with qualified Kitchen volunteers. The volunteer coaches utilize their professional expertise to aid with resume writing, interview skills, job coaching, financial counseling, legal advice and job placement. The EET Program has assisted Kitchen volunteers with over 100 job offers with a 97% successful placement rate.
This website currently includes archived news items documenting the work we’ve done since the Foundation’s launch as the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation in October 2006. The site will be updated as we continue to make a difference in the City of Brotherly Love and beyond… and ask you to join us in changing lives, one SOUL at a time.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Jon Bon Jovi – Board Chairman
Craig Spencer – Vice-Chairman
Leo Carlin – President
Stephen Perna – Vice President
Mimi Box – Vice President
Paul Korzilius – Treasurer
Sister Mary Scullion – Board Member
Sara Peters – Secretary
Heather Goldfarb – Associate Director, Assistant Treasurer
1600 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
PLEASE NOTE: JBJ Soul Foundation is not liable for any personal mail sent to the office for one of our Board Members. Any mail or packages received that do not involve our mission will not be accept or returned.