Caring Hearts

July 29, 2019 at 12:37 p.m.
Caring Hearts
Caring Hearts


Representatives from OceanFirst Foundation presented a $25,000 grant on Feb. 28 to diocesan officials and representatives of Catholic Charities’ Caring Cupboard Pantry at Ocean Emergency and Community Services. From left, Sister Joanne Dress, D.C.; Marlene Lao-Collins, executive director of Catholic Charities; Katherine Durante, executive director of OceanFirst Foundation; Vito Nardelli, president and chief operating officer of OceanFirst Financial Corp.; Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.; and Jackie Edwards, service area director for Emergency and Community Services. The Caring Cupboard provides assistance with basic needs, including food and clothing as well as other essential items, including diapers, soap, shampoo and other household items. In 2011, OceanFirst Foundation contributed roughly $1 million to community initiatives, with a total of more than $22 million in combined donations to over 600 local organizations since its inception in 1996.

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Representatives from OceanFirst Foundation presented a $25,000 grant on Feb. 28 to diocesan officials and representatives of Catholic Charities’ Caring Cupboard Pantry at Ocean Emergency and Community Services. From left, Sister Joanne Dress, D.C.; Marlene Lao-Collins, executive director of Catholic Charities; Katherine Durante, executive director of OceanFirst Foundation; Vito Nardelli, president and chief operating officer of OceanFirst Financial Corp.; Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.; and Jackie Edwards, service area director for Emergency and Community Services. The Caring Cupboard provides assistance with basic needs, including food and clothing as well as other essential items, including diapers, soap, shampoo and other household items. In 2011, OceanFirst Foundation contributed roughly $1 million to community initiatives, with a total of more than $22 million in combined donations to over 600 local organizations since its inception in 1996.

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