Beach Haven — A free family clinic for the uninsured, Coastal Volunteers in Medicine, was the first recipient of a donation from the newly formed Southern Ocean Chamber Association.
The check was presented on May 31 at The Gables Restaurant in Beach Haven during the Cocktails en Blanc fundraiser held for Coastal Volunteers in Medicine.
The association (SOCA), a NJ 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established to provide resources to advance small business and nonprofit entities in the Long Beach Island region.
“SOCA works to create a legacy of recognizing businesses who choose to invest for the local good, allowing the new organization to assist both business and nonprofit groups,” described Lori Pepenella, a SOCA board member.
Coastal Volunteers in Medicine is a free, non-emergency family clinic for those without medical insurance who live in parts of Southern Ocean County and have a family income below the federal poverty level.
Representing the SOCA Board of Directors, Pepenella and Jerry Thompson, along with Joan Hart from The Van Dyk Group, presented the $1,000 donation to Celia Mendelsohn, executive director of Coastal Volunteers in Medicine. The donation is to further advance the CVIM mission of assisting neighbors in Southern Ocean County.
The gift was designated to the organization from the Van Dyk Group, through SOCA’s Community Chest giving program.
“It was the Van Dyk Group’s wish to benefit charitable, health-related organizations that serve Southern Ocean County,” said Pepenella.
Pepenella added that the Southern Ocean Chamber Association was founded to support the growing business programs that have been created to stimulate economic development through the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, as well as furthering the chamber’s Thrive in 105 mission for nonprofit support.
“The organization utilizes the dynamic business network within Southern Ocean County to secure donations that can be directed toward nonprofit organizations whose missions serve the causes of youth, culture, community, wellness and first responders of the region,” she said.
For more information about SOCA or CVIM, go to the web link https://visitlbiregion.com/thrive-in-105/