Partnering Charities and programs


Operation Shoebox New Jersey

 Operation Shoebox New Jersey assembles personal care packages shipped to US troops deployed overseas. To date 150,000 care packages have been shipped to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world!

(OAR) Organization for Autism Research NJ

OAR is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to apply research to the challenges of autism. OAR funds research that can be applied to help families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with autism find much needed answers to their immediate and urgent questions. No other autism organization has this singular focus.

Visions and Pathways

Visions and Pathways has helped abused, neglected, homeless, missing and at-risk youth since 1970. Our kids have broken lives. Some are shattered; some have just a small crack. Some show no physical signs of damage - the scars are on the inside. We help them put the pieces back together, build their self-esteem and acquire the skills they need to thrive by providing; food, housing, counseling, education assistance, arts and recreation activities, career and employment counseling, scholarships and financial literacy instruction. 

Chain of Hope

Chain of Hope is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was established by a group of life-long friends from Hillsborough after one of our own was stricken with breast cancer.  Our objective is to identify specific individuals and causes within Central New Jersey that we can assist through fundraising efforts. Our hope is to help provide peace of mind to local families during challenging times. Contact Victoria Nawrotzki, Tel. 908.892.9660

(CAN) Hillsborough Community Assistance Network

 C.A.N. – Community Assistance Network (Food Pantry)
Canned goods, pasta, paper products, over the counter medications, and other supplies are available to assist families in the time of financial crisis. Donations of items or food store gift certificates gratefully accepted.  Click here for a full list of items needed. 

Hillsborough Clean Communities Day

Clean Communities Act is a NJ litter abatement program managed by the Departments of Environmental Protection, Department of Treasury, and Clean Communities Council. Hillsborough council as well as many local governments, schools, community organizations, businesses and individuals combine to make and keep the state of New Jersey clean. Our chapter helps in this endeavor in the town of Hillsborough.


Community Options, Inc.

 Community Options, Inc., a   nationally based nonprofit (IRS 501(c)(3) certified) organization   incorporated in 1989 and headquartered in Princeton, NJ, will share in a  portion of the proceeds.  Community Options  believes in the dignity of  every person, and in the freedom of all  people to experience the  highest degree of self-determination. Embracing  this philosophy, they  provide housing and employment  opportunities for people with  disabilities and serves thousands of individuals with disabilities  throughout 10 states. 

The Zippy Fund

The Zippy Fund started after Zippy Cimino recovered from cancer and realized he wanted to help others like him. The Zippy Fund helps pediatric patients with medical needs by paying for extra therapy or integrative medicine, providing gifts such as iPads to keep the kids busy while receiving chemo and scholarships to continue their education (High School or College). They also help families with a life line for families to reach to in times of need and fiscal assistance with home or medical bills, food, gas, and hospital parking.

Miss UNICO Scholarship

 A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a young woman of at least 50% Italian heritage qualifying  by outstanding Academics, Community Service, Arts & Music,  Sports, and Hobbies and  interests.

Brian Piccolo Scholarship

Named after professional football player Brian Piccolo, this $1,000 scholarship award is given annually throughout the country by local UNICO chapters to high school student athletes of Italian-American heritage who exhibit the qualities modeled by Brian Piccolo in his life and career (excellence in athletics, integrity, leadership, courage,  loyalty, friendship, teamwork, dedication, sense of humor and anti-bias).   Our Hillsborough Chapter of UNICO gives (2) $1000 Scholarships.