New Jersey Wireless Association donates $100K to charities supporting N.J. communities

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The New Jersey Wireless Association presented checks totaling $100,000 to four New Jersey charitable organizations at its 17th Annual Charity Golf Outing held at Forsgate Country Club last week. The NJWA donated the funds to Sierra House, Deirdre’s House, Seeds of Service and a memorial contribution to the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation in honor of NJWA board member Steve Weiss, who recently passed away.

Since 2007, the NJWA has donated a total of $543,000 to charities based in New Jersey.

“NJWA believes strongly in the importance of giving back. As an advocacy organization, philanthropy is part of our mission, and we are pleased to be able to support these charities that act as safety nets in the communities we serve,” Dominic Villecco, NJWA president, said. “The charities we select are making a real difference in people’s lives, and we know with our help, they can do even more over the next year.”

Among the recipients of a $33,000 NJWA donation this year is Sierra House in East Orange. The mission of Sierra House is to improve the prospects of individual achievement for the homeless, youth with developmental disabilities and low- to moderate-income individuals and families through housing, education, life skills and community services, thereby contributing to the long-term stability of our community.

Also receiving a $33,000 NJWA donation is Deirdre’s House in Morristown. Since 1996, it has opened its door more than 32,000 times to child victims of abuse and/or neglect and children who have witnessed violence.

About the NJWA

The New Jersey Wireless Association is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to making the public and our elected officials aware of the positive economic and social benefits of the wireless industry. The association’s membership is comprised of wireless carriers, equipment manufacturers, infrastructure/engineering and planning professionals, environmental consultants, legal/land use firms, site acquisition professionals, contractors, tower climbers, construction companies, construction managers and mobile app developers.

The NJWA also donated $33,000 to Seeds of Service in Brick. Project S.O.S., Seeds of Service, was established as an outgrowth of the Ministry, Visitation Relief Center of Visitation Roman Catholic Church. The grassroots efforts of the Ministry, Visitation Relief Center began shortly after Hurricane Sandy in November 2012. The Ministry’s mission is to focus on improving the process of receiving assistance and increasing access to resources in times of adversity or need.

In honor of NJWA board member Steve Weiss, the NJWA also made a $1,000 contribution to the Meghan Rose Bradley Foundation during the golf outing. Weiss’ late wife, Connie Lakas Weiss, was a board member of the foundation, which is dedicated to raising public awareness on pediatric brain cancer.