MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Susan Bass Levin

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Susan Bass Levin

Member Profiles, SJ WOMEN GIVE
Susan strongly believes in the mission of Impact100 South Jersey. “I enjoy catching up with long-time friends and colleagues, many of whom I haven’t seen in quite a while. We have shared experiences and goals, but often live separate lives, and Impact100 allows us to reconnect.  Plus, Impact100’s contributions are significant and meaningful to South Jersey non-profit organizations. It proves there is power in numbers,” said Susan. She is also very impressed by the young women who know how important it is to make a give back.   As a very prominent South Jersey community member, Susan's accomplishments are numerous. She moved from her first job as an attorney to being the Mayor of Cherry Hill and served in the cabinet of three New Jersey governors. Susan was the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of…
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2 Ways Members Supported Habitat for Humanity Beyond the Check

2 Ways Members Supported Habitat for Humanity Beyond the Check

Beyond The Check, Grants
Part of Impact100 South Jersey's goal is to partner with grantees beyond transformative grant making. Impacting organizations Beyond the Check is an important aspect of Trust Based Philanthropy. To that end, several members participated in 2 of 2023 grantee Habitat for Humanity's work. Habitat Build Three Impact100 SJ members assisted the construction staff of our 2023 grantee Camden County Habitat for Humanity in installing windows in a Camden row home that will be sold to a family to help them achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life.  Michele Susson, Lindsey Cowperthwait, and Valerie Buickerood worked with construction manager Tony Wideman and his assistant Will to weather seal and install windows and to board them up upon completion to ensure they remain intact while other work continues.…
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GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT: 2022 $50,000 Grantee Creates Accessible Nature Trails

GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT: 2022 $50,000 Grantee Creates Accessible Nature Trails

SJ WOMEN GIVE
The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) received a $50,000 general operating grant in July of 2022 from Impact 100 South Jersey. Funds were applied to support the Pinelands Is for Everyone initiative. This funding helped build PPA’s internal capacity to finalize plans, provide staff training and develop accessible ecotours, purchase adaptive equipment, and hire a full-time Access Nature and Disabilities Advocate to oversee and coordinate the program. PPA’s Pinelands Adventures program has devoted substantial time to training itself to lead inclusive programs, designing and testing inclusive hikes with the help of individuals with various kinds of disabilities.  PPA hired Sean Kane-Holland in November of 2022 to serve as the lead staff person and advocate for the Pinelands Is for Everyone initiative. A perfect fit for PPA and the initiative, Sean graduated…
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Shereen Chen Gray

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Shereen Chen Gray

Member Profiles
Shereen Chen Gray came to America with her parents when she was 2 years old. At the age of 16, Shereen became a U.S. citizen. As an immigrant, Shereen observed family members who could not speak English arrive in the United States and learn to adapt and grow to take care of their families. This is a strength that Shereen has admired and been inspired by throughout her life. This experience has led her to a successful career as an Immigration attorney which has led her to want to give back to those who are in need.   Several of Shereen’s friends and business acquaintances belong to Impact100 South Jersey. After hearing about the great work Impact100 South Jersey does in giving high-impact grants to area nonprofits, she wanted to get involved to help as…
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties recognizes Impact100 SJ member & Big Sister Valerie Buickerood

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties recognizes Impact100 SJ member & Big Sister Valerie Buickerood

Beyond The Check, Grants
Impact100 South Jersey member Valerie Buickerood (pictured on left) has been a mentor in our grantee Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties Mentor2.0 program since the fall of 2022. The program was funded by the Impact100 SJ core mission grant in 2019 and was fully launched in 2021. Buickerood was matched with a H.S. junior named Luz (pictured on right) to help her identify her goals and map out her post high school journey. Mentors help strengthen college or career aspirations, and build an understanding of college eligibility, the application process, and support systems, or help mentees in their search for programs that align with their career goals. Luz is in her senior year and getting ready to apply to colleges. Buickerood has supported her in drafting…
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Upcoming Grantee-Member Events

Upcoming Grantee-Member Events

Beyond The Check, Events
Browse our upcoming BEYOND THE CHECK events and opportunities! In addition to the transformative grants we award, we organize opportunities for our members to engage with the organizations our grants support. These events are open exclusively to 2023 & 2024 members. Heart of Camden Winter Coat Drive NOW through December 15th We are taking part in the Heart of Camden‘s Winter Coat Drive. This is yet another way Impact100 South Jersey and our members support our grantees beyond the check.  In addition to dropping off new or gently used coats, hoodies, sweaters, hats and gloves at the Heart of Camden location at 1840 South Broadway, you can also drop items at the homes and offices of Impact100 South Jersey members until December 8th. Drop off Locations Farmers Against Hunger Holiday Packing…
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Member Spotlight:  Mimi Butler

Member Spotlight: Mimi Butler

Member Profiles
Mimi Butler calls herself a ‘volunteer-holic’. When she attended middle school, someone asked her to go door to door to raise money for a disease. She knew then that a great part of her life would be to always give back. Mimi’s parents were extremely active with Einstein hospital, Philadelphia. Originally, they were involved only with the Philadelphia Psychiatric hospital, later named Belmont Comprehensive Center. Her mother volunteered weekly at this hospital for the psychiatric needs of children and adults. When Mimi was a teenager, she joined her mother at weekend events. She even remembers winning a basket of wine at a luncheon before age 21. Once Mimi’s Mom passed, Mimi continued her legacy at Belmont organizing holiday parties and fundraisers. Now, while Einstein no longer owns Belmont, Mimi is involved…
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BEYOND THE CHECK: 2 Hands-On Opportunities to Help 2023 Grantee Habitat for Humanity

BEYOND THE CHECK: 2 Hands-On Opportunities to Help 2023 Grantee Habitat for Humanity

Beyond The Check
If you like to roll up your sleeves and feel that intoxicating sense of accomplishment, these projects are for you! Space is limited, so make sure you RSVP as soon as possible. Habitat for Humanity BUILD Thursday October 5 | 9 AM to noon Join in a Habitat for Humanity Build project on Thursday, October 5th from 9 am to noon in Camden. The build site is located at 649 Royden St., Camden, NJ 08103 and is part of their Homeownership Program. It’s currently vacant and being renovated to, upon completion, be sold to a family to help them achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life. Impact100 SJ volunteers will prepare and install new windows throughout the home (no prior experience necessary). There may…
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Beyond the Check: Members Donate Needed Personal Care Items to 2023 Grantee Heart of Camden

Beyond the Check: Members Donate Needed Personal Care Items to 2023 Grantee Heart of Camden

Beyond The Check, Grants
Here's more proof that ours is a community of compassionate, generous women who are always thinking about how they can improve the lives of others. Our deepest thanks to Beth Gamel, who saw a need and responded quickly! She and four other Impact100 South Jersey members took part in the Heart of Camden's CARE Drive donating diapers and feminine hygiene products. Beth, along with Nancy Sullivan, Lisa Pendarvis, Abby Cohler & Bev Volpe — all members of the Women, Children & Families Grant Review Committee — donated: 2 large boxes (186-192 diapers each) 3 regular boxes (80-120 diapers each) 2 small bags (26 diapers each) of newborn to 28-lb. diapers 2 large boxes of maxi pads 1 large box of tampons 1 box of menstrual cups 3 packages of baby…
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Grantee Spotlight:  LUCY Outreach

Grantee Spotlight: LUCY Outreach

Beyond The Check, Grants
Impact100 South Jersey’s 2020 Core Mission grantee LUCY Outreach has grown in so many ways over the past few years. Their physical space, number of young people and families served, and their staff have all increased and are enjoying their 10,000 sq. ft. dream building! Check out the video to see the many ways LUCY, which stands for Lifting Up Camden's Youth, serves Camden children, families, and the community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GXe2LNju-I In order to make all of this happen, every day, year round, LUCY Outreach depends on individual volunteers to assist with afterschool homework support, meal prep/ cooking with young people, career mentoring, and assisting staff with managing activities. View the many volunteer opportunities on their website. They are flexible with scheduling and appreciate any available time you can give to…
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