Examples of recent Mercer Committee grant recipients include:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County – The organization’s Career Launch program provides college preparation and work readiness services to low-income Trenton Teens. Career Launch focuses on keeping teens on track to graduate from high school and prepares them for success in the workplace and higher education.
  • Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County – Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County serves almost 1,200 children during the school year, and more than 1,300 during the summer, in pre-school, before and after school, summer day camp programs, swim lessons, and youth athletic leagues, at 9 sites in Trenton, Hamilton and Ewing.
  • HomeFront – HomeFront’s Resources Network program works to help homeless and needy families fill whatever holes exist that are preventing them from living productive, self-sufficient lives, ranging from supportive childcare to educational and vocational assistance to permanent, affordable housing.
  • Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing – Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing provides hot, nutritious meals and related services to the homebound of Trenton and Ewing in order to promote their independence, dignity, health and well-being.
  • Millhill Child and Family Development Corporation’s Trenton PEERS (Performing, Educating and Engaging about Responsible Strategies) program is a teen empowerment and support program. It provides youth with the information, skills, and support they need in order to avoid gang activity, violence, negative peer pressure, and unsafe choices and focus instead on creating a bright and self-directed future.
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mercer – The education and support programs provided by NAMI Mercer assist people of all ages who are living with mental illness as well as for family members whose lives are impacted. These programs help individuals and family members gain knowledge about mental health conditions, treatments and recovery to receive the necessary support by peers to reach and maintain wellness.
  • National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton – The Ashe Elite Student Athlete Program is designed for children who exhibit the four core values of the NJTL of Trenton (acceptance of others, responsible behavior, healthy lifestyle, academic performance) and show a strong interest in becoming an advanced tennis player. The program targets youth residing in Trenton and bordering neighborhoods in Ewing and Hamilton.
  • Passage Theatre Company – Passage Theatre’s State Street project is an educational program that creates a positive and supportive environment that places the student at the center of his/her learning process. The student is guided through the creative process, to writing, editing, acting and directing.
  • People & StoriesGente y Cuentos – Working with at-risk youth from Youth Corps of Trenton and Isles YouthBuild Initiative, the organization will provide two eight week literature reading and discussion programs through short stories. Lively, structured dialogues help participants challenge assumptions, communicate across cultural, class and ethnic differences and know first-hand the transformative power of literature
  • Rescue Mission of Trenton’s Job Development program is geared toward providing residents in the organization’s Addiction Services program to receive job training and education needed to rebuild their lives. Last year the program assisted 56 individuals obtain employment, including 5 individuals in the 18-25 age group.
  • Trenton Children’s Chorus – Trenton Children’s Chorus is an after school program serving 140 children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grade. The program offers choral rehearsal, drumming, piano and theory instruction, homework help and tutoring, a healthy snack, summer camp placement, educational scholarships, and outstanding performance opportunities.
  • Trenton Community Music School – In spring 2015 Trenton Community Music School launched the El Sistema program at Grant Elementary School. El Sistema is a music education program with the priority of serving the social and cultural needs of at-risk children. It focuses on providing an environment of opportunity through collective practice of music and orchestral playing as a model for skill development an community building.
  • Trenton Educational Dance Institute (TEDI) is a program within the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. TEDI teaches students the art and life lessons of dance and reinforces skills needed to succeed in the classroom and grow into dynamic, productive individuals.
  • Trenton YMCA – Building on last year’s Stars of Science program, CFNJ has continued its support through the organization’s Science in the City Mentoring Program which aims to further engage students in multiple areas of MINT (Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Technology). Prior to the start of the Stars of Science program only 20% of the Trenton YMCA after school students indicated an interest in engineering and problem solving. After last school year’s pilot program, over 40% of the students expressed an ongoing interest. There were similar results with the Science Saturday program.

Our Committee


  • James H. Caulfield

Committee Members

  • Herbert K. Ames
  • Rev. Wayne Rodney Griffith
  • The Honorable Phyllis Marchand
  • Dennis Micai
  • Jane Rohlf, M.D.
  • Allen M. Silk, Esq.
  • Hans Dekker, President

Questions? Contact Faith Krueger at 973.267.5533 or FKrueger@cfnj.org.