Giving back – A look at nonprofits, Nov. 29, 2018

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Five nonprofits earn four-star ratings

Five nonprofits in Delaware received four-star rankings from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is one of a number of services that rate charitable organizations.


Receiving the designation  were:

  • Jewish Federation of Delaware, north Wilmington.
  • Delaware Nature Society, Hockessin.
  • Special Olympics, Delaware, Newark.
  • Food Bank of Delaware, Newark.
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware

Click here for further information on ratings and a listing of nonprofits in Delaware.

DART’s Stuff the Bus collects 10.2 tons of food

DART’s 21st annual “Stuff The Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive collected 10.2 tons (20,463 pounds) of food.

The week-long food drive took place from November 5 to November 10 at the Acme in Rehoboth, Walmart in Milford, Rodney Square in Wilmington, Middletown Acme and the Acme in Newark; and new this year was the Dover Safeway and the ShopRite at Christina Crossing Shopping Center in Wilmington.

As the holiday season continues, the Food Bank of Delaware will distribute the donated food through its Hunger Relief Partners to Delaware residents in need of food assistance.

John Sisson, DTC’s CEO stated “This was our 21st year of “Stuff The Bus” and I’m proud of our employees, business partners, bus riders, and the community, whose donations will help out their fellow Delawareans in need of food assistance.”

Donations were received from the general public, as well as businesses, schools, organizations, and state agencies throughout the state including the employees from DART, DMV and DelDOT, which filled two 30-foot buses full of non-perishable food.

The newest partner, ShopRite and the Kenny Family Foundation matched the donations collected at their Christina Crossing store, which amounted to 1,482 pounds. 

Again this year, DART partnered with Delaware 105.9 FM, WAFL 97.7 FM and WNCL 101.3 FM, which are part of the Delmarva Broadcasting Company. WJBR 99.5 FM, part of the Beasley Broadcasting Group, helped fill the bus in Rodney Square and Middletown.

Del-One Federal Credit Union raises nearly $5,000 in Give Back campaign

As part of Del-One’s Annual Give Back campaign, a special “Find a Cure” debit card was created and made available for members with a $10 donation toward the Del-One Foundation, with all proceeds from the cards going toward the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.  A total of $2,470 was raised.

  The Del-One Foundation then matched that amount, and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition received a check for $4,940 to assist with their quest to “raise awareness of breast health issues in Delaware through outreach, education and support to help facilitate early detection and treatment of breast cancer.”

Jewish Federation wins Silver Award

The Jewish Federation of Delaware was named a Silver Award Winner in the 14th Annual Davey Awards for its 2017-2018 Gratitude Report to the Community. With entries from across the US and around the world, the Davey Awards honors the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies worldwide.

The Davey Awards is judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (IAVA), an invitation-only member-based organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts.

Love Lights a Tree event coming in early December

The Commonwealth/Emory Hill Companies together with Wilmington University, New Castle Dental Associates, Bayada Nurses and the American Cancer Society of Delaware will be hosting the 13th Annual Love Lights a Tree Event to benefit the American Cancer Society of Delaware/Delmarva on Thursday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at 92 Reads Way in the New Castle Corporate Commons.

All are welcome to this free event and attendees can enjoy refreshments, Christmas caroling, tree lighting festivities and a visit from Santa. There will be ornaments for sale, a silent auction and raffles. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society of Delaware/Delmarva. This year two new trees will be decorated and added to the dozen trees already planted that will be lit up to commemorate loved ones lost, along with a survivor tree.

For more information on buying ornaments in memory of loved ones to decorate a tree, visit:

CAPE Business Network presents check to Epworth Food Rescue

CAPE Business Network presented a check to Gerrie Boisjoly, coordinator of Epworth Food Rescue, at Kaisy’s Delights in Lewes. The kitchen at Epworth’s food rescue program works with local restaurants, grocery stores, farms, orchards & individuals rescuing food to feed those in need in the community.

The Cape Business Network includes representatives of the following businesses: Bank of Delmarva, Best Fireplace, Brain Love Neurotherapy, Coastal Direct Primary Care, Delaweb Designs, Henlopen Chiropractic, Keller Williams Realty, L.I.F.E., Parcel Plus, Preston-Boulevard Ford, Silver Electric, Sleep Number Dover and Wealth Advisory Group.