Community Hope of Ocean County is a coalition of Ocean County business owners, led by Tom Mirabella of Wingman Planning and Jacki Frank of Tri-County Agency of Brick. When Tom and Jacki brought the idea to local business owners, they did not hesitate to jump on board. Cindy Mirabella, Rich Lau, Paul Barlo, Tom Addalia and Jeff Bevacqua were some of the first business owners who quickly joined the effort.
The organization supports existing local non-profit agencies by bringing other local business owners together to provide a boost to the fundraising and problem-solving efforts of these non-profit agencies.
The first major project is a Thanksgiving Food Drive benefiting The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Thirteen businesses in Brick and Toms River will serve as collection locations. View the locations here.
In addition to the food collection aspect of the drive, Wingman Planning and a local philanthropist will each donate $25 for every website that Wingman Planning creates for clients during the length of the drive. The FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties can generate 150 meals from each $50 donation. Wingman Planning launches an average of eight new websites each month, and $700 has been raised from this pledge since its inception in late September.
Wingman Planning’s team immediately supported the idea and wholeheartedly worked to design, build, and create all that went into launching the project. The project was managed by their Director of Operations, Suzanne Kear.
It is Easy To Get Involved!
Local businesses are collecting nonperishable food items now. Simply bring your donations to one of 13 locations. Click on the boxes below for detailed information!