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Working as One
for the Good of Many.

End Hunger and Homelessness in Mercer County N.J.

The Common Good Initiative

The Trenton Social Impact Group is comprised of CEOs and Executive Directors of nonprofit organizations working together to improve the lives of those living in the Trenton area. These organizations have created a safety net of services to help all people in Mercer County, New Jersey. The organization believes everyone deserves to live with dignity. Our “Common Good Initiative” helps individuals in need of food and shelter. Our participating members connect people to resources—but our most important work connects people with people.

We Can Do More Together

As the Trenton Social Impact Group, we have created a unique support network, the Common Good Initiative, that delivers life-saving services to our neighbors in need in Mercer County, New Jersey.

We are transforming lives one meal, one counseling session, one apartment at a time.

But those aren’t the only ones we help.

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Our network also helps our team of leaders, who are given the chance to be part of the solution. While we connect people in need with resources, our most valuable work happens when we connect them with other special, kind-hearted people who champion the idea that everyone deserves to live with dignity.

Our work benefits those being served as well as those serving.

This is the sound of opportunity.

  • Contribute your time and talent. Make us better. Lead by example.
  • Every time you help another, you help yourself and your community.
  • We can help more with you.

Get Involved

The Trenton Social Impact Group is tackling hunger and homelessness in Mercer County with their Common Good Initiative. The Common Good Initiative is a county-wide support network for those individuals who are without food and shelter. To learn how you can become more involved, please search below for the services that resonate with you.

Hunger: We nourish our neighbors with life-sustaining food.

Housing: We connect those in need with temporary, short-term, long-term shelter.

Education/Employment: We deliver vital knowledge about parenting, job-search and financial skills to help people regain their footing.

Counseling: We provide counseling for trauma and abuse, domestic violence, depression and addition recovery.

Empowerment: We teach agriculture skills to improve food security, as well as pathways to higher education and financial knowledge to build credit.

Together, we can change the world by changing our neighbors’ lives. We can end this inequity and restore these basic human rights for all.

And we can do more with you!

Ways To Help

At the Trenton Social Impact Group, we believe every time you give “good”, you get better. That’s how the Common Good Initiative was born.

We have a team of special people who dedicate their time, money and talent to build our county-wide support network, which provides the basic needs to give everyone a second chance.

But we need your help to keep this effort going so we can take care of everyone in need.

For our corporate neighbors, we could use financial support and increased employee awareness and engagement in this effort.

For individual residents of the Mercer County region, we could use your time, expertise, and financial support to help serve alongside us, giving back your gratitude to your family at-large.

Donate

Donate

  • Make a personal or corporate financial contribution to promote the work of the organizations and of the Common Good Initiative.
  • Organize a fundraiser to benefit the organization of your choice.
  • Provide donations “in-kind” – our agencies have wish lists of items that you, civic organizations or businesses could donate.
Volunteer

Volunteer

  • Give the gift of your time by spending time serving meals, packing food bags, tutoring homeless children… just a few examples of the good work you can do.
  • Volunteer your special skills to help increase awareness of hunger and homelessness…prepare a Common Good Initiative newsletter.
  • Help us with social media.
Take Action

Take Action

  • Let your friends and families know about the Common Good Initative.
  • Contact our local elected officials to tell them all of our community members should be fed and housed.
  • Participate in events hosted by an organization that resonates with you.
Like Us

Like Us

  • Visit our Facebook page and “LIKE” the Common Good Initiative.
  • Send your friends and colleagues a link to the website.
  • Share how much you “LIKE” helping to make a difference!

Services

The Common Good Initiative

To take full advantage of our support network, please search below for our services that can help you.

Feeding the Needs of our Community

More than 50,000 residents will go hungry tonight in Mercer County, N.J., a number that has swelled in the era of COVID-19, according to research by Feeding America. Including children and seniors, 11% of Mercer County is food insecure. Our county-wide support network opens its doors and delivers food throughout the week to help feed those in need.

Arm in Arm
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Homefront
Jewish Family and Children Services
John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Center
Meals on Wheels of Mercer County
Mercer Street Friends
Mt. Carmel Guild
Rescue Mission of Trenton
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
United Way of Greater Mercer County
Urban Promise

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

The majority (56%) of Mercer County homeless persons reported having some type of disability, according to a Point-in-Time Count of the homeless from Monarch Housing Associates. Survivors of Domestic Violence represent 11.2% of the total homeless population in our county, while 92.6% of our homeless youth identify as African American. Our county-wide support network provides emergency shelters, short-term apartments and long-term housing solutions.

Anchor House
Arm in Arm
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Community Health Law Project
Homefront
Isles
Life Ties
Mt. Carmel Guild
Rescue Mission of Trenton
Womanspace

Delivering Education/Employment Classes

The lack of education and employment is part of the reason why the wealthiest American families now have 75 times more wealth as lower-income families, according to a report from Pew Research Center. A minimum-wage worker would have to work nearly 127 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom rental home in most of the U.S., according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Our county-wide support network teaches the skills needed to overcome.

Arm in Arm
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Child Care Connection
Dress for Success of Central New Jersey
Homefront
Isles
John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Center
LALDEF
Mercer Street Friends
Rescue Mission of Trenton
The Father Center of New Jersey
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
United Way of Greater Mercer County
Urban Promise

Counseling Those Who Need Help

Individuals with physical and mental challenges are overrepresented when it comes to food insecurity and homelessness. Among Mercer County’s homeless disabled, 53% reported mental health issues making it the most prevalent disability, according to the Mercer County Point-in-Time Count of the Homeless from Monarch Housing Associates. Our county-wide support network provides trained staff in the areas of trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy, mood disorders and anger management.

Anchor House
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Homefront
Jewish Family and Children Services
Life Ties
Mercer Street Friends
Rescue Mission of Trenton
The Father Center of New Jersey
Womanspace

Building Through Empowerment

Lifting people up through the sharing of crucial knowledge will give all Mercer County residents a true support network. Our county-wide network provides men with mock on-site job interviews and teenage boys with classes about healthy and productive relationships, as well as leadership and life skills. We provide women with support groups for job search and a career center for assistance, ranging from job training to referrals to local boutiques.

Anchor House
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Child Care Connection
Community Health Law Project
Dress for Success of Central New Jersey
Homefront
Isles
Jewish Family and Children Services
John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Center
Life Ties
Mercer Street Friends
Mt. Carmel Guild
People and Stories / Gente Y Cuentos
Rescue Mission of Trenton
The Father Center of New Jersey
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
United Way of Greater Mercer County
Urban Promise
Womanspace

News & Events

July 14, 2020

CMA Joins Fight Against Hunger, Homelessness

A subset of the Trenton Social Impact Group (TSIG), which is a consortium of 25 Mercer County-based nonprofits, will participate in the digital marketing campaign. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a present and persistent problem where a growing number of neighbors exist without food and shelter.

Trenton Social Impact Group Meeting

Date/Time: October 19, 2020 - 10:00 am

Location: Zoom

More Info: At this meeting we will update the full group on the Common Good Initiative and determine next steps

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