First Responder Grants Available – Apply Today!

January 4, 2021

We salute and thank the volunteer fire and first aid responders who put their lives on the line to care for the sick and injured and protect and save the lives and property of others. These heroes among us always answer the call for help and we are honored to support them! We’re pleased to …

It’s Time to Apply for Summer Camp Grants – Deadline is Feb. 15, 2021

January 3, 2021

Remember how much fun you had at camp as a kid? We’re super excited to bring that life-changing experience to young people this summer. We want to partner with the very best nonprofits in our footprint to provide $75,000 in Summer Camp Scholarships. Past recipients have offered all kinds of fun, safe (in-person and virtual), …

Meet OceanFirst’s WaveMaker of the Month – Roberta Eggert

January 1, 2021

We’re pleased to highlight our OceanFirst Bank colleagues who are making a difference with the Foundation’s nonprofit partners – we call them the “WaveMakers” and they’re extraordinary leaders and volunteers. How long have you been on the OceanFirst team? It will be two years in February 2021. Favorite quote? To be good, Mankind must be …

Education is a Path, Not a Destination for this ACCC Student

December 18, 2020

In 2020, OceanFirst Foundation awarded $400,000 in scholarship grants to support students attending one of eight partner Colleges/Universities. One of the 280 OceanFirst Scholarship recipients was John McLaughlin, a student at Atlantic Cape Community College. After years of struggling with addiction, depression and severe anxiety, John, at the age of 27, decided it was time …

NJ Banks and Foundations Pledge $265,000 for COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

December 18, 2020

With initial supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine beginning to arrive in New Jersey, OceanFirst Bank, OceanFirst Foundation and several locally headquartered banks and foundations have partnered to pledge $265,000 to hospitals to support their vaccination efforts. Click here for more information.   

Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore Delivers New Coats to Local Kids

December 17, 2020

As temperatures dropped, seven southern New Jersey funders including OceanFirst Foundation, rose to the occasion to provide 3,200 FREE warm winter coats to kids. Called “Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore”, the coat distribution was done in partnership with Fulfill, Better Education for Kids, Inc., and Operation Warm. “There is no better way to harness the …

40 Nonprofits Recognized for Acts of Kindness

May 18, 2020

Together with our friends at the Grunin Foundation and Townsquare Media, we’re delighted to announce the 40 extraordinary nonprofits selected to receive special recognition through the Acts of Kindness Program. More than 100 nominations were received and these special nonprofits, along with their volunteer and staff heroes, rose to the top. For their Acts of Kindness, …

Important Coronavirus Information

March 16, 2020

First, a huge THANK YOU to all the nonprofits, medical workers, emergency responders, educators, community caretakers, volunteers, and generous neighbors helping to take care of one another under these difficult circumstances – you are our heroes! As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our communities, we want to express our heartfelt concern to all who are …

Making Waves This Holiday Season

December 9, 2019

What does OceanFirst’s volunteer team extraordinaire – the WaveMakers – like to do for fun? Well that’s simple. They love to give back. Forget October, they’re all about SOCK-tober! In just one month, they collected 3,500+ pairs of socks for our charity partners. They followed that up by donating all the trimmings needed to feed …

Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II, Memorial Fund Will Have a New HERO Soon!

October 10, 2019

Everybody needs a HERO and soon a special four-legged friend will be on its way to help a wounded Veteran in need of a service dog. Earlier this spring, our partners at the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II, Memorial Fund presented OceanFirst with a special honor – the naming of a service dog – in …