SRHS blood drive

Southern Regional High School's National Honor Society recently sponsored its annual blood drive, collecting 166 pints, which will help 498 people, the school said.

NHS members planned the event from scheduling to helping after donors gave blood, with the help of advisor Ruth Tummey.

Helping VIM

Members of the Cape Island Masonic Lodge installed a new kitchen at the Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County clinic in Cape May Court House recently.

The Masons gutted the old kitchen and installed new cabinets, flooring, counter tops, sink and a dishwasher, said Sandy Gott, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees. VIM provides medical care to the uninsured.

Volunteer of the Year

Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer, Jean Harris, of Atlantic City has been named CASA of New Jersey's 2012 Volunteer of the Year. She was recognized March 1 at a gala in Franklin Township, Somerset County, for her 22 years of service to children in foster care.

Harris has advocated for more than 50 foster children in three different CASA programs, the group said. CASA volunteers work with children in the foster care system until they are placed in safe, permanent homes.

ShopRite donation

ShopRite will donate 45,000 cans of vegetables to food banks in the six states it serves, after 45,000 of its customers participated in its "Cans for Fans" program through Facebook in January.

ShopRite "fans" were encouraged to share ShopRite's official Facebook page with friends, and for every fan on ShopRite's official Facebook page at the end of January, ShopRite promised to donate one can of food to local food banks. The fan total was 45,000 at the campaign's end. Community FoodBank of New Jersey received its share on March 6.

Laptop donation

Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation Board members William McMahon III, of McMahon Agency in Ocean City, Will Morey, of Morey's Piers in Wildwood and Tim Rundall, of South Jersey Industries, Inc. in Hammonton, donated gently used laptops to three Atlantic Cape students ,Joushlyn Loya and Enrique Ramos of Mays Landing, and Kenneth Witkowsky of Cape May recently.

Student Support Services staff members Alonna Brown, Anita Polanco and Tammy DeFranco identified students who did not own computers, and helped arrange the donation.

Scholarships available

The Metropolitan Business and Citizen's Association Foundation is accepting scholarship applications until April 15. The group will award $8,000 in mostly $1,500 scholarships, with funds raised throughout the year at events. Scholarships include awards to Atlantic County students and teachers, and the Soundra and Pierre Hollingsworth Scholarships for Atlantic City residents.

This year there is a new South Jersey Industries Women's Leadership Scholarship. For applications and details visit

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Obesity grant

Boys & Girls Clubs in Atlantic City, Camden, Newark and Trenton will share a $50,000 grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, for the obesity fighting program Triple Play.

The money will help the clubs engage 350 children, ages 6 to 18, in the evidence-based nutrition and fitness program, a club spokesperson said.