2022 Inaugural Grantees

The Mimi Washington Starrett Foundation is proud to announce awarding over $550,000 in its inaugural grant cycle.

Featured Grantees

The Adult School of the Chathams, Madison & Florham Park

The Adult School of the Chathams, Madison & Florham Park exists to build a vibrant community that pursues and supports lifelong learning opportunities accessible to everyone – all bound by the common belief that continuous education is vital to self-actualization, personal achievement, physical and emotional well-being, and civic engagement.

Family Promise

Family Promise offers a continuum of services through their Shelter, Housing, and Outreach Programs. This means: education and employment; childcare; transportation; safe, affordable accessible housing; keeping families together during the transition to permanent housing, Landlord Support Program increases access to housing options by working with landlords as partners; investment in community and partnerships.

Their focus on Housing as Healthcare: Without housing first, health concerns cannot be prevented, and in fact become much worse. They also work to increase accessibility to services through the Navigating Hope outreach van, a partnership with Morris County Dept. of Human Services; NH offers hope, dignity, and respect while lowering many barriers to service.

The Center for Evaluation and Counseling, Inc. (CEC)

The Center for Evaluation and Counseling, Inc. (CEC) is dedicated to working with children and families. Their mission has always been to provide quality mental health services with the goals of strengthening and improving individual and family functioning. Their dedicated staff accomplishes this through teaching coping skills and building resilience in vulnerable populations. Based on our experience and impact, CEC is well known as a recognized leader in the field of child abuse.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal and Northern New Jersey (BBBSCNNJ)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal and Northern New Jersey (BBBSCNNJ) believes that mentoring is the first step into a brighter future for our children. Each time a child is paired with a Big Brother or Big Sister, a one-to-one relationship develops, built on trust and friendship, that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential. There are always opportunities to become involved as a volunteer or mentor and have lifelong impact on a child in your community! Check out their website for more information.

Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership (NORWESCAP)

NORWESCAP, the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership, is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities, overcoming poverty, and fostering self-sufficiency. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for low-income individuals and families, working towards a community where everyone can achieve their full potential. Through a variety of comprehensive programs and outreach initiatives, NORWESCAP addresses poverty's root causes, aiming for lasting positive change. Their collaborative efforts and resource provision significantly impact lives throughout Northwest New Jersey.

Morristown Festival of Books

Morristown Festival of Books promotes literacy, celebrates the written word, and fosters a love for reading within the community. With a vision of creating an inclusive and vibrant literary gathering, the festival brings together renowned authors, book enthusiasts, and the community at large to engage in meaningful conversations, share stories, and inspire a lifelong passion for books. Celebrating 10 years, this year's Festival is scheduled for Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7. Authors will be featured at various locations in Morristown, including the beloved KidFest on Saturday which is a family-friendly component of the festival that offers young readers and their families the chance to engage with renowned children's authors in a fun and educational environment.

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties is an organization that fully embraces its mission and vision. They are dedicated to advocating for vulnerable children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. This commitment is evident in every action they take. CASA staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that impacted children have a strong voice in the complex legal system. They strive to secure a safe and permanent home for every child, safeguarding their rights, well-being, and future. CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties is truly making a positive impact on the lives of the children they serve.

Preschool Advantage

Preschool Advantage is a beacon of early education excellence. Preschool Advantage’s mission is to provide access to quality preschool education for children of families in need, ensuring a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Through their visionary approach, they aim to bridge the educational gap and empower children from all backgrounds to reach their full potential. Their vision revolves around a community where every child has an equitable opportunity to thrive, succeed and gain a love of learning!