SHIP BOTTOM, N.J.
- June 3, 2019
-- The Southern Ocean Chamber Association, a NJ 501c3 Non Profit; was established to provide resources to advance small business and nonprofit entities throughout the Long Beach Island region. Representing the Board of Directors; Jerry Thompson and Lori Pepenella as well a Joan Hart from The Van Dyk Group presented Celia Mendelsohn, Executive Director of Coastal Volunteers in Medicine with a donation for $1000 to further advance their mission of assisting neighbors in Southern Ocean County. The gift was designated to the organization from the Van Dyk Group, through SOCA's community chest giving program.
"It was the Van Dyk Group's wish to benefit charitable health related organization that serve Southern Ocean County" stated Pepenella who serves on the board as a Trustee. The check was presented on May 31 at The Gables Restaurant in Beach Haven during the Cocktails en Blanc fundraiser held for Coastal Volunteers in Medicine. Coastal Volunteers in Medicine is a FREE
non-emergency family clinic for those without medical insurance, residing in parts of southern Ocean County, who have a family income below 250% of the federal poverty level.
The Southern Ocean Chamber Association (SOCA) was founded to support the growing business programs that have been created to stimulate economic development through the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce as well as furthering its Thrive in 105 mission for nonprofit support. The organization utilizes the dynamic business network within Southern Ocean County to secure donations that can be directed towards nonprofit organizations whose missions serve the causes of Youth, Culture, Community, Wellness and First Responders of the region. It was awarded 501c3 status from the IRS March 2019. For more information about SOCA or Coastal Volunteers please go to https://visitlbiregion.com/thrive-in-105/