Organizations that received Celebration Grants:


Albertina Kerr Centers


Located in Portland, Oregon

  • Provides a wide range of care and skills training for children and adults with severe developmental disabilities
  • Offers 24-hour care in safe, stable group homes for 193 children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Supplies a range of intense psychiatric services for children and counseling for their families


For more information, visit


American Red Cross, Camden County Chapter


Located in Pennsauken, New Jersey, serves Camden County

  • Provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies
  • Programs include blood center, disaster services, and CPR/first aid training


For more information, visit


Animal Welfare Association (AWA)


Located in Voorhees, New Jersey

  • Accepts animals with care and housing provided until a more suitable placement can be found
  • Provides low-cost spay and neuter services, pet assisted therapy, and humane education
  • Each year, more than 9,500 animals receive care through AWA programs


For more information, visit


Anna Sample Complex


Located in Camden, New Jersey

  • Transitional housing hosts five homeless families and assists women to become self-sufficient
  • Safe haven program helps residents address their addiction issues so they can become stable
  • Anna M. Sample house gives temporary emergency shelter to 65 residents, accommodating single women and families


For more information, visit


Down Syndrome Indiana


Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, serves central Indiana and the larger Down syndrome community

  • Dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome
  • Serves as a conduit of information, support, and advocacy, which promotes growth and inclusion in the community
  • Programs include buddy walk, outreach programs, parent network, and community groups


For more information, visit


Food Bank of South Jersey


Located in Pennsauken, New Jersey, serves Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties

  • Southwest New Jersey's largest source of government and non-government food assistance
  • Centralized food distribution system ensures that low-income and disadvantaged residents can access groceries
  • Food distribution program annually links four million pounds of food with over 200 charitable food providers


For more information, visit


(Read more about Subaru and the South Jersey Food Bank in Drive Winter 2010 and Summer 2009.)


Friends of Camden Animal Shelter (FOCAS)


Located in Lindenwold, New Jersey

  • Formed in 1990 to try to do something about the animal problem in Camden County
  • Rescues and welcomes abandoned and unwanted companion animals in a no-kill environment
  • Pet Therapy Program brings of cats and dogs to people whose health would benefit from the companionship


For more information, visit


Helping Hand Rescue Mission


Located in Huntington Station, New York

  • Provides food, clothing, household items, education, and counseling
  • Reaches children that suffer from poverty, and provides families with educational and character-building instruction, food, and supplies
  • Provides children's outreach, pantry, community closet, computer learning center, and back-to-school program


For more information, visit


 Higher Ground Youth Challenge


Located in Denver, Colorado, camp located near Estes Park, Colorado

  • Provides safe environment for at-risk youth to challenge themselves and their beliefs through mentoring and outdoor experiences
  • Incorporates a weeklong, outdoor camp and an ongoing mentoring program
  • Reached over 300 youth to date


For more information, visit


Humanitarian Service Project


Located in Carol Stream, Illinois, serves DuPage and Kane counties

  • Started with purpose of helping needy families during the Christmas season
  • Helps alleviate the pain and suffering of poverty-stricken seniors and children
  • Provides Christmas groceries and gifts, delivers seniors monthly food and household products, supports children's birthdays with toys and party and school supplies, provides needy children and their families with food during summer


For more information, visit


Kingsway Learning Center


Located in Haddonfield and Moorestown, New Jersey

  • Special educational school devoted to the academic and therapeutic needs of children with multiple learning and developmental disabilities
  • Offers early intervention program, elementary and secondary education program, and therapeutic support
  • Community outreach programs allow students to be a visible and integral part of the community


For more information, visit


Larc School


Located in Bellmawr, New Jersey, serves five counties in South Jersey

  • Special education school serving students with a wide range of moderate to severe disabilities
  • Offers programs for ages three to 21 at no cost to families
  • Focus on each student's individual goals and capabilities, allowing success to take flight


For more information, visit




Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Prepares more than 70,000 home-delivered meals for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other life-threatening illnesses at no charge
  • Helps people with a life-threatening illness maintain their independence and live longer, healthier lives
  • Dietitians promote wellness through nutrition education and counseling


For more information, visit


National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley


Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serves Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania; Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties in New Jersey

  • Only volunteer-led health organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, alleviation, and cure of multiple sclerosis
  • Educates people about how to overcome the disease's physical, social and financial effects, and customizes services to address individual's specific needs
  • Trains health care professionals to ensure that each patient receives the best, most up-to-date care


For more information, visit


New Visions Homeless Day Center


Located in Camden, New Jersey

  • Provides breakfast and lunch, shower and laundry facilities, food pantry, clothing closet, mail services, and assistance in finding jobs
  • Only center in Camden that serves men as well as women and children
  • Only day shelter in Camden that provides showers for women


For more information, visit




Located in Mableton, Georgia, serves Cobb County and Marietta city school districts

  • Places struggling elementary students and underperforming schools on a more successful path through quality reading instruction
  • Goals include increasing number of students passing grade-level reading and vocabulary tests
  • Offers three programs: weekdays after school, weekends, and summer vacation


For more information, visit




Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serves Delaware Valley

  • Region's largest hunger relief organization with network of close to 500 member agencies
  • Works to stop food produced in the United States going to waste while millions of people go hungry
  • In 2009, acquired 21 million pounds of food, distributing 17 million pounds across Delaware Valley and exporting four million pounds to assist other area food banks


For more information, visit


Providence House


Located in Burlington and Ocean counties

  • Provides services for victims of domestic abuse and their children free of charge at outreach offices and emergency safe houses
  • Offers emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, counseling, parenting education program and a program designed to assist victims age 50 and older


For more information, visit


Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey


Located in Camden, New Jersey, serves Southern New Jersey

  • Serves as a "home" for over 17,000 families whose children are being treated at nearby hospitals
  • Enables over 800 families a year to focus on helping their children heal
  • Child-focused facility has playrooms, computer rooms, and video games


For more information, visit


(Read more about Subaru and Ronald McDonald House of South Jersey in the article in Driver Summer 2009.)


The Salvation Army, Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Meals on Wheels Program


 Located in Camden, New Jersey, serves Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties

  • Opens in late 2010
  • Services focus on building character and confidence in underserved communities
  • Offers educational classes; day care; lunch programs, and recreational, spiritual, and cultural arts programs


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