Community Connections

Community Connections

Community Connections is a community service initiative that uses New Jersey Wind Symphony performances as a platform to bring greater recognition to the organizations in our community serving worthy causes beyond the music world.  This initiative reaches beyond our performance hall to build bridges to the local organizations that do so much to help those in need. We are committed to forging a partnership between “culture and nurture.”

Community Connections features a “Guest Table” in our lobby for local organizations, particularly those devoted to the prevention of hunger, homelessness, and other social concerns. Our Guests share their mission with us at a special table, displaying their printed materials, signing up new contacts, meeting our players as well as our audience and spreading their message.  We urge you to visit with our Guests at each concert.

The Center for Food Action (CFA), founded in 1976, is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization that provides emergency services to northern New Jersey’s poorest and most vulnerable residents. CFA provides food, housing, utility and heating assistance and offers counseling and advocacy services to low-income individuals and families. CFA is headquartered in Englewood and has sites in Fairview, Hackensack, Mahwah, Ridgefield, Ringwood, and Saddle Brook. In 2014, at the request of Bergen Community College, CFA opened a site on BCC’s Paramus campus in order to serve low-income students and their families.

People from more than 100 towns in northern New Jersey receive a wide range of emergency and case management services so that they are able to put food on their tables, keep a roof over their heads, keep their lights and gas on, heat their homes and get the information, referrals, counseling and advocacy services they need to improve their lives.

Eva’s Village is a non-profit, comprehensive social service organization located on a 3-block campus in Paterson, NJ, with a mission to provide care and support for people struggling with poverty, hunger, homelessness, mental and physical health issues, the disease of addiction, and lack of job readiness. Their interconnected community of recovery and support services helps thousands of men, women, and children each year by addressing basic needs of food and shelter , as well as complex issues around addiction, mental illness, and chronic homelessness. Funding for their Community Kitchen, Medical and Dental Clinic, Childcare and Education, and Culinary School programs depend almost entirely on private donations.