Giving Back briefs: Museum honors volunteers, firefighters aid cancer survivors and other news of the volunteer community

Lucas Adams, of Mays Landing, a member of the South Jersey Mariners swim club, delivers donated food to Kathy Steinman, of the Community Food bank in Egg Harbor Township.

Mariners swim for food

The South Jersey Mariners swim club held its annual Swim For Food event at the Hess School in Mays Landing on Nov. 2. The team collected 400 pounds of food, and $150 for the Community Food Bank in Egg Harbor Township.

Museum honors volunteers

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Bob Olivieri and Jane Kotz, of North Cape May, and Jim and Diane Morton, of Cape May, have been named Outstanding Volunteers of the Quarter by the Board of Directors at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum at the Cape May Airport in Lower Township.

Originally from Philadelphia, Olivieri is a World War II veteran with a passion for all things military. Kotz has been a volunteer at NASW for many years and is the ultimate volunteer, always eager to help, according to staff at the museum..

Jim and Diane Morton have volunteered for NASW since Jim Morton retired in 2006 as a flight inspection pilot with the Federal Aviation Administration. Diane Morton retired this past March from Crest Savings Bank.

Helping cancer survivors

Career Firefighters of Cape May County raised $33,600 to aid the Survivors of Cancer group. Firefighters from Wildwood, North Wildwood, Ocean City and Cape May raised funds by selling pink T-shirts.

"We had no idea how large of a donation we would be able to collect when the event started and we are overwhelmed with how much support the community gave us" said George Rea, President of the Cape May firefighters union. Their chiefs allowed members to wear the shirts on duty as well in an effort to help promote cancer awareness. There are still a limited amount of shirts available at the fire stations.

The firefighters also held a beef and beer fundraiser at the Cape May VFW post, raising an additional $2,500.

Survivors of Cancer, based in Wildwood, helps Cape May County cancer patients, survivors, and organizations. More information is online at

Oyster Creek donation

The Oyster Creek Employee Campaign Team raised a record $301,000 in donations for the United Way of Ocean County. It is the largest donation in the 36-year history of the non-profit organization. The campaign will be used for services in the Ocean County area. A record 110 Oyster Creek employees each gave more than $1,000 and a total of 370 people donated to the campaign.

Girls fight cancer

The Get Real Girls Club at Creative Achievement Academy in Vineland started the school year with a breast cancer awareness campaign. Among their many fundraisers, the girls made and sold pink ribbons and bracelets. Teacher Megan Moss and Nakijah Rivera, Shaw'nae Still, Judy Smith, Raven Cobbs, Chelsea Derby, Christina Acevedo Dana Powell, and Michele White raised $908 which was donated to the American Cancer Society.

Gun shop owner gives back

Robert Butkowski, owner of American Arms LLC in Hammonton, has donated $1,000 to the Hammonton Cancer Foundation.

"I wanted to show a softer side of the firearms industry by giving back to our community and directly helping people in need," said Butkowski. Part of the contribution came from the sale of pink hoodie sweatshirts.

David Mauriello, foundation president, said the group so far has raised $100,000 to help cancer patients through the South Jersey Cancer Fund, which helps cancer patients pay bills.

Donations can also be made to the Hammonton Cancer Foundation to P.O. Box 1066, Hammonton, N.J., 08037.

Grant reviewers needed

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic and Cape May Counties is seeking volunteers to review grant applications for the Impact Fund. This critical role ensures that through objective analysis, investments are made in local programs that deliver measurable results in the areas of education, income, and health. Volunteers are asked to commit to approximately 10 to 20 hours from December through February to the review process. A brief training will be provided, and a portion of the process is online.

Interested volunteers should contact Darwisa Strabuk at 609-568-1181 or email More information can be found at

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