Members of Diverse American Volunteer Association put together COVID-19 kits for those in need


OLD BRIDGE – With the goal of making society a better place, members of the Diverse American Volunteer Association continue to volunteer their time for those in need.

Jordan Glik, president of the small nonprofit organization based in Old Bridge, led a volunteer effort at Geick Park to put together 500 or so COVID-19 kits – small packages consisting of a few masks, hand sanitizer, tissues and granola bars – on Aug. 14.

“With funds from past events, we bought nine gallons of hand sanitizer from Costco and 500 little bottles from Amazon to fill with the hand sanitizer,” he said.

The COVID-19 kits were delivered to three homeless shelters in Newark – Circle of Life Shelter, New Community Harmony House, and Covenant House NJ.

The focus of the Diverse American Volunteer Association (DAVA) is community service. DAVA was founded by Old Bridge High School students in 2017 – Mohammad Sikandar, Nigel Master, Jordan Glik, Ivy McElroy, and Sofia Ruiz.

Glik said the association, which has a chapter at Rutgers University-Newark, has held numerous community service events since then including food and clothing drives in the area.

“Our founder is from Pakistan and a chapter was formed there,” he said. “We have helped raise funds to provide a fun day for an orphanage school with food vendors.”

DAVA currently has 10 members and they are always looking for new members. Glik currently serves as president and McElroy currently serves as vice president.

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