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Thank You from PNS

On February 6 members of our community came together for a virtual fundraiser to support the Princeton Nursery School (PNS). A Starry Starry Evening included an informative and lively discussion between CNBC’s Brian Sullivan and the school’s executive director, Rosanda Wong, detailing the nonprofit’s mission and the challenges it and its families continue to face due to the pandemic. In addition, attendees were treated to a soulful, live performance by singer/songwriter and Princeton’s own, Carly King.

The event raised much needed funds to benefit the nationally accredited early education program and hunger prevention program at PNS and also to provide scholarships for children of families in need.

PNS is located on Leigh Avenue and was founded in 1929 to provide working families with affordable care. Along with a quality preschool education, the school also provides support services for economically disadvantaged students and their working parents. The school’s hunger prevention program includes breakfast, hot lunch, and snack and also participates in the Send Hunger Packing program, which provides nutritious meals for the weekend.

The continued outpouring of support for PNS is a testament to how much our donors and friends value and recognize the need for affordable early childhood education and hunger prevention right in the Princeton-area community. PNS helps families break the cycle of poverty by making child care and year-round preschool education an affordable option for them.

PNS and its board of trustees would again like to send a sincere thank you to all of our generous donors and corporate sponsors including NFP, PNC Bank, Bryn Mawr Trust, and Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty.

More information about PNS can be found at www.princetonnurseryschool.org.

Danielle Bentsen, MD

President, Board of Trustees, Princeton Nursery School

HomeFront Presents a ‘Week of Hope’

Lawrence-based nonprofit HomeFront’s “Week of Hope” invites people to participate from February 14 through 21 and spread the Valentines spirit of caring to local homeless families.

Sunday, February 14 — Kick off HomeFront’s Week of Hope with their “Share The Love” Virtual Art Event, noon to 1:30 p.m. Participants will decorate hearts and adorn them with poetry and inspirational quotes that will ultimately be displayed at HomeFront’s Family Campus, a temporary shelter for 38 local homeless families.

Monday, February 15 (President’s Day) — Attend one of HomeFront’s “Week of Hope” virtual learning forums about local homelessness and hunger, solutions and how to get involved. “Welcome to HomeFront” Orientation (11 a.m. to noon) and a virtual tour of HomeFront’s pantry, FreeStore, ArtSpace, and Furnish the Future program (1 to 2 p.m.).

Tuesday, February 16 — Join HomeFront for a Virtual Snack & Activity Bag “Packing Event.” Community members can shop for, pack up, and deliver snack and activity bags for local homeless families. Tune in to Zoom from 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 3 p.m. as you pack your activity bags to learn more about HomeFront, the local situation, and how to get involved.

Wednesday, February 17 — Attend HomeFront’s “Week of Hope” Virtual Lunch & Learn with CEO Connie Mercer and COO Sarah Steward. Learn and join in on a discussion about local homelessness and hunger, solutions and how to get involved (noon to 1:30 p.m.).

Thursday, February 18 — HomeFront and Princeton Public Library will co-host a virtual panel discussion as part of HomeFront’s “Week of Hope” at 6 p.m.: Homelessness and Hunger in the Time of COVID-19.

Moderated by Connie Mercer, CEO of HomeFront, with panelists Bernie Flynn, CEO of Mercer Street Friends; Emily Lemmerman of Princeton University’s Eviction Lab; Crystol Thompson-Dyous, Trenton School District Parent Liaison and former HomeFront client; Sarah Steward, chief of operations at Homefront; and Gregory Stankiewicz, statewide coordinator of the NJ Community Schools Coalition.

Friday, February 19 — Take part in HomeFront’s “Week of Hope” with a Zoom tour from 10 to 11 a.m. of HomeFront’s headquarters, including its food pantry, FreeStore, Furnish the Future program, and ArtSpace. HomeFront’s mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey and provide families the tools they need to become self-sufficient.

Saturday, February 20 — Take part in HomeFront’s “Week of Hope” by volunteering on-site in our Diaper Resource Center, which benefits local families in need, at the HomeFront Family Campus, 101 Celia Way in Ewing (10 a.m. to noon).

Sunday, February 21 — Join HomeFront during their “Week of Hope” with a viewing of a short film created by Force for Good about the Tiny House project and homelessness (7 p.m.). A panel discussion, in which HomeFront will take part, will follow the film.

All programs are free. Register for events individually online at www.homefrontnj.org.