Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (Toms River, NE)


  • Name:Camille Biamonte
  • Title:Grant Writer

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  • Organization Name:Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey
  • Address:253 Chestnut Avenue
    Toms River, NE 08753
    NJ - New Jersey
    United States

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  • Main phone:732-505-2273

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  • Mission:
  • CVCJ’s mission is to provide supportive home care to frail disabled, and homebound elderly enabling them to live healthy and independent lives in their own homes and to recruit and train volunteers for this purpose. The CVCJ Healthy Seniors Program includes several service provided by CVCJ: (1) medical transportation, (2) Alzheimer's Respite Care, and (3) CVCJ's friendly visitors services (including Caregiver Canines®, a pet-assisted therapy program, friendly home visits, friendly phone calls and CaregiverKids). It also includes cultural outreach programs like the nationally award-winning Lazos de Amistad (Bonds of Friendship), to reach under-served populations. Each of these programs and services is central to the fulfillment of the mission of CVCJ.

  • Overview:
  • Founded in 1993 CVCJ is a volunteer-driven organization that recruits and trains "neighbors who care for neighbors.” Through a vibrant network of more than 1,300 volunteers, CVCJ reaches more than 2,400 home-bound seniors each month, serving 23 municipalities in Ocean County by providing transportation to all types of medical appointments (physician, P/T, lab work, etc.), food security through grocery shopping, socialization and telephone reassurance, Alzheimer's Respite Care, information and referral, multicultural outreach, aging sensitivity training and intergenerational programs, and in-home pet assisted therapy.
    CVCJ eases caregiving and aging challenges through proven intervention programs leading to a better quality of life. Nationally recognized and award winning programs address obstacles to independent living to include hunger, isolation, and dementia.
    According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, mobility is essential for independent living. In a community in which medical services do not typically include home visits, it is essential for seniors to have transportation in order to access medical care. The CVCJ medical transportation services provide non-emergency medical transportation for seniors to any type of doctor or therapy appointment. Through these services, seniors are offered door-to-door transport to life saving treatments that includes chemo therapy, physical and occupational therapy and lab work. Without CVCJ, seniors would not be able to access their primary care physicians, ophthalmologists, oncologists, and occupational therapists.
    The number of people in Ocean County without transportation and, therefore, without access to vital medical services, is growing as the senior population ages. Many of the area's seniors have never driven, having depended on male spouses to escort them to medical appointments. When their spouse dies, these widows have no mode of transportation and quickly become isolated, unable to access services like medical care. The other group of seniors impacted is capable of driving, but should not be behind the wheel due to typical health issues that impact seniors such as night blindness, macular degeneration, stroke, or glaucoma. Often these seniors have lost their driving privileges, but have no other transportation options.
    The Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program has been a component of the services provided by CVCJ since 2002, when the need for training, education and services specific to Alzheimer’s disease became critical, based on the growing number of diagnoses among Ocean County’s seniors. A well-documented body of evidence demonstrates that caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease have diminished health and quality of life.
    Finally, the CVCJ friendly visitor services connect older adults with volunteers who visit or phone to ensure the health and wellbeing of seniors served. Volunteers offer friendship and support, preventing loneliness and isolation. Preventing isolation and loneliness is more than simply a nice idea. Seniors who are lonely are 45% more likely to die than seniors who are not lonely. According to Dr. Carla Perissinotto, a Professor at the University of California San Francisco, the risks of loneliness and social isolation include falls, dementia, nutritional neglect, and death. University of Michigan researchers have found that seniors who are lonely are twice as likely to develop dementia as seniors who are part of social networks. Tom Ellis, Ph.D., Director of Psychology at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, equates the risks of loneliness to the health hazards of smoking.

  • History:
  • Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey: A Faith in Action Program was begun in 1993 as an interfaith coalition of six congregations in the Township of Lakewood when two volunteers, inspired by a volunteer service organization in West Virginia, approached Monsignor Ladzinski of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Toms River. Monsignor Ladzinski had just initiated Project HEAL within his parish and he was very aware of the needs of the community elderly.

    With the Monsignor’s help and the guidance of Sandra Bell, a Social Work Consultant from Catholic Charities, the team made a presentation to the Toms River Ministerium. As a result, a steering committee of 8 clergy was formed. The steering committee set goals and objectives, created a mission statement and by-laws, and incorporated as Caregivers of Toms River. The organization acquired a New Jersey charities registration and was granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. In 1993, the first office opened.

    In August, 1999, a satellite office was opened in Whiting. In 2000 the name was changed to Caregivers of Central Ocean County. In January 2004, Caregivers of Central Ocean County, Inc. (CCOC) and Caregivers of Lakewood, Inc. (CL), also begun by clergy in the year 2000, merged to become Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ).

    The organization has grown to a coalition 60 houses of worship, including 16 Catholic churches. (See attached list of Catholic congregations who are coalition members). Through its interfaith coalition, CVCJ mobilizes and coordinates a network of more than 1,000 volunteers which reaches over 2,400 homebound seniors each month, now serving 23 municipalities in Ocean County, NJ to fulfill its Mission: “to provide supportive home care to the frail, disabled, and homebound elderly, enabling them to live independently in their own homes and to recruit and train volunteers for this purpose."

    The organization provides several community services to homebound seniors—all at no cost. These award-winning, nationally recognized services include free medical transportation to all types of medical appointments (physician, P/T, lab work, chemotherapy, radiation, etc.), grocery shopping for those with limited mobility or transportation problems, Alzheimer's Respite Care, information and referral, safety training, aging sensitivity training, inter-generational programs, music therapy, Hispanic outreach, and in-home, pet-assisted therapy through a visiting canines program.

    VII. Geographic Area Served by Organization: CVCJ serves 23 municipalities of Ocean County, NJ:

    Bay Head
    Berkeley Township
    Island Heights
    Forked River
    Lanoka Harbor
    Ocean Gate
    Ortley Beach
    Pine Beach
    Point Pleasant
    Point Pleasant Beach
    Seaside Heights
    Seaside Park
    South Toms River
    Toms River

    With almost one out of every four citizens in Ocean County age 65 or older, the region ranks first in New Jersey and second in the nation for its concentration of senior citizens. The large senior population of the area makes the services of CVCJ critical to the community.

  • Year established:1993
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:25
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:17


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:22-3197568

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:223197568
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:67 ROUTE 37 W BLDG 2
  • Organization City:TOMS RIVER
  • Organization State:NJ
  • Organization Zip:08755-6400
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1993
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):153
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Care and housing for the aged (see also 382)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C99Z
  • Asset Amount:$552,227
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$772,462
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$733,381
  • Last Updated:2/20/2018 11:13:39 pm

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