Q & A with our WaveMaker of the Month – Michelle E. Hellick

July 14, 2019

We’re pleased to highlight our OceanFirst Bank colleagues who are making a difference with the Foundation’s nonprofit community partners – we call them the “WaveMakers” and they are extraordinary leaders and volunteers. How long have you been a member of the OceanFirst Bank team? I have been a member of the OceanFirst Bank team, as …

Home Runs for Heroes Celebrates its 11th Season!

May 11, 2019

It’s a hit! Home Runs for Heroes, our special partnership with the Lakewood BlueClaws,  a minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies, and Townsquare Media stations, Beach Radio 1160 & 1310 and 92.7 WOBM, has scored big over the past ten seasons with more than $300,000 in grants awarded to our partner charities.   Home Runs for Heroes …

Summer Camp Grants

January 8, 2019

Remember how much fun you had at summer camp as a kid? We’re excited to bring that joyful experience to young people this summer and have partnered with some of the very best nonprofits in our footprint to provide $100,000 in Summer Camp Scholarships. This years camps offer all kinds of interesting and engaging activities …

Giving Back This Holiday Season

November 30, 2018

What makes the holidays special for our OceanFirst team? It’s having the opportunity to share in the kindness and generosity of the season and bring joy to our neighbors. This year, our awesome team partnered with Mercy Center, Your Grandmothers Cupboard, Interfaith Neighbors,  Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, and the Women’s Opportunity Center to collect …

Congratulations to the 2018 Model Classroom Grant Recipients!

October 3, 2018

An “Oasis” Outdoor classroom, a Literacy Lab, and a Center for Business and Collaborative Learning are just a few of this year’s Model Classrooms earning a $10,000 grant through OceanFirst Foundation’s Model Classroom Grant Program. In total, 25 schools shared in $250,000 in major grant awards and winning schools were selected from among 144 applicants. Each of the schools …

Home Runs for Heroes Tenth Anniversary is a Big Hit

October 1, 2018

Home Runs for Heroes scored big this season with $78,000 in donations to charities that help veterans and local service men and women. Home Runs for Heroes is  our partnership with the Lakewood BlueClaws,  a minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies, and Townsquare Media. Over ten seasons, $338,000 in grants have been awarded. Home Runs for …

Create an Awesome Internship Program

December 19, 2017

Are you looking to build the capacity of your organization? Consider an Internship Program. Adam Lowy, Executive Director at Move for Hunger, recently presented at our annual gathering of nonprofit CEOs and Board leaders on how to get started. He successfully built Move for Hunger’s internship program by partnering with Colleges and Universities throughout NJ …

‘Tis the Season

December 5, 2017

What makes the holidays special for our OceanFirst team? It’s having the opportunity to share in the kindness and generosity of the season and to see the joy our charity partners bring to our neighbors. This year, we’ve sponsored concerts with Holiday Express at LADACIN Network and our “elves” will be helping out to help …

The OceanFirst Charity Challenge Tops $500,000!

June 7, 2017

The OceanFirst Charity Challenge on Crowdrise has wrapped up for 2017 raising a record-breaking $503,115! In the past four years, our partners in the Challenge have raised an incredible $1.5+ million! More than 100 nonprofits from central and southern New Jersey competed in the Challenge vying for $30,000+ in grants and prizes provided by OceanFirst …