Community Grants

Komen North Jersey is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in the 9-county Northern New Jersey area.  Through its 2016-2017 community grants, Komen North Jersey is investing in screening, diagnosis, treatment support and education programs here in its nine county service area, provided by 11 local non-profit organizations that serve its uninsured or under-insured residents. Since it was founded in 1997, Komen North Jersey has invested more than $16 million in local breast health agencies and organizations. Up to 75 percent of funds raised stay in our service area.

During the 2015-2016 grant cycle, Komen North Jersey funding provided:

  • Financial Assistance – 192 individuals served
  • Breast Health Navigation 338–  individuals served
  • Psychosocial help – 231 individuals served
  • Screening/Diagnostics –125 individuals served
  • Education/Outreach – 70,530 individuals served

The remaining 25 percent goes to national research to find the cures. To date the Komen North Jersey has invested more than Seven Million Dollars in research grants. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here.

2016 – 2017 Komen North Jersey Community Grant Recipients

Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation

Helping Hand – provides direct financial assistance for non-medical needs to breast cancer patients while in treatment. Assistance is provided as an interim measure for expenses such as shelter costs and utilities.
Contact: Tina Jacobs (908)-277-2904 x 207 or tjacobs@komennorthjersey.org

Cancer Care

Comprehensive Financial Assistance for Women with Breast Cancer – Provides financial assistance to women in the nine Komen North Jersey counties undergoing breast cancer treatment. This includes assistance with:  treatment care, transportation, child care, pain medication and lymphedema supplies.

Early Detection and Education Program for Women in Essex County – Provide 12 free cancer education workshops in partnership with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s breast cancer screening program.  They will be led by a Spanish-speaking social worker, and will focus on reaching Hispanic women.  For participants diagnosed with breast cancer, Cancer Care will provide free counseling, education, practical help, and referrals to additional resources.
Contact: Kathy Nugent (201) 301-6809 or knugent@cancercare.org

Hoboken Family Planning

Cancer Prevention and Wellness Project -The purpose of this program is to diagnose breast cancer at the earliest possible stage and obtain treatment for the patient and in doing so save the patient’s life.
Rich Ward (201) 523-1056 or rgward1@aol.com

Morristown Medical Center

Community Outreach Program:  Reaching Underserved Latino & African American Community, Morris County– Increase breast cancer awareness and screenings for African American (AA) and Latina women in Morris County. Many at-risk Latinas live in Morristown and Dover, towns served by the hospital. AA women face their own unique barriers, including mistrust of the health system and a more advanced form of breast cancer.
Contact: Amy Lewis (973) 971-6581 or amy.lewis@atlantichealth.org

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

An Open Ear: Helping Newark Women with Breast Cancer Program –The BCSW, provides breast cancer patients with psychosocial support at diagnosis, during treatment, and survivorship, and helps patients to secure social services, insurance coverage, transportation, prosthetics, and makes referrals to community programs and supports. Grant funds will also be used to provide needy patients with transportation vouchers to ensure that they get to and from their appointments.
Contact: Pam Rayvid (973)-926-6594 or prayvid@sbhcs.org

Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County, Inc.

Sussex/Warren Breast Health Screening Project – provides four mobile mammography screening days   for 160 women, age 40-64. . The SWBHSP will provide outreach, recruitment, and mammography quarterly at PSS and will refer women with abnormal mammograms to programs for diagnosis and treatment

Sussex/Warren Breast Health Education Project – Providing a pervasive awareness and education campaign targeting low-income uninsured women in order to increase early detection rates and decrease breast cancer mortality rates
Contact:  Deborah Berry-Toon (973)-940-3500 or info@ppss.org

Somerset Health Care Foundation

Senos Sanos (Healthy Breasts) – Addresses an identified need for breast health education among Latino women.  Latino women have a high risk for breast cancer and a disproportionately low screening rate due to lack of access to care and lack of insurance coverage.  A Breast Health Educator will conduct community outreach at local health fairs and events that are for Latino woman.   She will also conduct group education sessions, in Spanish, at local community churches and facilities on the risk factors for breast cancer and the importance of annual mammograms
Contact: Saleena Marria (732) 418-8451 or saleena.marria@rwjuh.edu

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Breast Health Outreach Coordinator – Improves the community’s breast cancer awareness and education levels while encouraging early screening and detection among women.
Contact: Amparo Aguirre (908)-994-8244 or aaguirre@trinitas.org

The Trinitas Prescription for Breast Cancer Survival Program – Maximize every woman’s chances for breast cancer recovery by strengthening our Breast Cancer Navigator Program and providing diagnostic testing for low-income, underinsured women
Contact: Veronica Vasquez (908)-994-5025 or vvasquez@trinitas.org


During the 2014-2015 grant cycle, Komen North Jersey funding provided:

  • Financial Assistance – 50 individuals served
  • Breast Health Navigation – 141 individuals served
  • Psychosocial help – 209 individuals served
  • Screening/Diagnostics – 159 individuals served
  • Education/Outreach – 61,483 individuals served

During the 2013-2014 grant cycle, Komen North Jersey funding provided:

  • 223,491 people with breast health education
  • 2,227 no-cost screening mammograms for medically underserved Northern New Jersey residents
  • 12,185  referrals or free or low-cost screening mammograms