Community Foundation Honors Four “Young Changemakers”

September 11, 2015

CFNJChangemakerLogo_1Color_DkBlueThe Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) today announced that it will honor four of New Jersey’s “Young Changemakers.”

CFNJ will present each Young Chamgemaker with a $2,500 prize at its 35th Anniversary celebration on September 17, 2015 in Morristown.

The four Young Changemakers are leaders in their respective fields:

  • Dominique Lee is the founder and executive director of Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids (BRICK), a school management nonprofit that is restarting two of the most challenged elementary schools in Newark’s South Ward. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
  • Adam Lowy is the founder and executive director of Move for Hunger, a national nonprofit founded in Monmouth County that encourages families who are moving to donate their food to the hungry. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
  • Jasmine Moreano is the director of community engagement for City Green, a Passaic County-based nonprofit organization that facilitates the creation of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey’s cities to create increased access to healthy, local food while cultivating education in food systems, nutrition and the environment. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
  • Aakash Shah is the founder and director of Be Jersey Strong, a new organization that is training and mobilizing over 1,000 college students to serve as community health workers and have more than 100,000 in-person, one-on-one conversations with the uninsured about their healthcare options. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

“Many of the most innovative solutions to make our communities stronger are coming from new, young voices in New Jersey,” said Helen Mazarakis, a member of the CFNJ board and chair of its Public Awareness Committee, which selected the honorees. “This award recognizes the creativity and passion of these contributions and will spark an important conversation among our fundholders on some of the most effective community interventions.”

About the Community Foundation of New Jersey

Established in 1979, the Community Foundation of New Jersey’s mission is to support charitable giving that is inspired by its fundholders, targeted at making communities stronger, driven by creative solutions, and effective in achieving lasting change. Through a combination of Legacy Funds and Donor Advised Funds, the foundation has granted an average of more than $30 million each year to charitable organizations and currently stewards over $320 million in charitable assets for current needs and future challenges.