Hillsborough Township’s Community Assistance Network (CAN) received a grant from Griswold Home Care of Somerset County for its work to combat an increase in food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The money was awarded through the Jean Griswold Foundation’s Griswold Gives COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program, which supports senior-focused nonprofits facing a lack of funding, resources and volunteers due to the pandemic, according to information provided by SPRYTE Communications.
Hillsborough Township’s Social Services Department has two missions, according to Assistant Director Cathy Faerber. The first is to enhance the lives of the senior population by providing activities designed to improve their overall health and well-being and to keep them living independently as long as possible. The second mission is to provide supplemental services to residents who are less fortunate than most.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread, nonprofits are struggling to meet the increasing needs of local seniors, many of whom are unable to leave their houses to get essential products and services.
“During such uncertain times, it’s important to lend a hand to local nonprofits serving the growing number of people in need – especially seniors,” Ted Dzvileski, director of Griswold Home Care of Somerset County, said in the statement. “Our office is right here in Hillsborough. We’re part of the local community and we’re the neighbors of the families we serve. That’s why, on behalf of the Jean Griswold Foundation, we are very proud to support Hillsborough Township’s CAN.”
Launched in 2019, Griswold Gives is an annual grant program that helps Griswold Home Care franchise directors give back to their communities by awarding grants to local nonprofits of their choice. This year, the Jean Griswold Foundation activated the program early under the new name, Griswold Gives COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program, to provide immediate support during the ongoing crisis, according to the statement.
The Jean Griswold Foundation is a private charity established by Griswold Home Care to further the company’s belief that care for the elderly and disabled should be available to all. Every dollar donated is used to further its mission to support programs and services that allow seniors to age in place. Nationally, the Jean Griswold Foundation has partnered with Meals on Wheels America to help seniors and disabled adults in need, according to the statement.
To learn more about Hillsborough Township’s CAN, visit www.hillsborough-nj.org/departments/social-services.
To learn more about and donate to the Griswold Gives COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program, visit www.jeangriswoldfoundation.com/.