Host a Food Drive Or Other Event

Individuals of all ages, service clubs, schools, religious institutions and others can help the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation  by running fundraisers on our behalf, such as food drives and holiday gift drives, garage sales, and athletic events.

To get involved call 908-322-4323 or email

Run a Food Drive

Help us feed our families! Our Food Pantry shelves need to be filled and continually replenished.  Have a food drive for us at your home, place of work, school, local community organization or supermarket.

Host or Plan a Fundraising Event

Every year families and organizations hold fundraising events of all kinds to raise money for ECF. These can be athletic events, holiday vendor bazaars, garage sales, small get-togethers with friends, moms-night-outs…anything you can dream up!

Adopt a Family During the Holidays

During the holiday season every ECF family member writes a “wish list” of gifts, and ECF volunteers can adopt a family and fulfill their wishes.

Be an Ambassador for ECF

Volunteers can also serve as spokespeople, introducing ECF to schools, churches, civic/community groups and corporate/business leaders. They can make presentations at service organizations and rotary clubs, help us with corporate connections and bring our brochures to their local pediatrician’s office, library or school to let families in need know that we are a resource for them.

Assemble Birthday Bags and Other Donations

  • Birthday bags: Every ECF child receives a “Birthday Bag” on their birthdays, filled with everything needed for an in home birthday party—candles, hats, plates, napkins, party favors, etc.—so important when ill kids and their families are too overwhelmed or not feeling well enough to go out and celebrate.
  • Bereavement baskets: We are increasing our services to grieving families and have recently launched a statewide program to deliver “bereavement baskets” of soothing and helpful items individually tailored to a family’s particular needs.
  • Guardian Angel Bags: Though it is common for our kids to have planned hospital stays, oftentimes unplanned emergencies arise, meaning they suddenly need to get to the hospital as soon as possible. This results in a frantic throwing together of things in a bag while frightened and stressed. Volunteers help assemble ready-to-grab bags filled with various items to make a child’s hospital stay more comfortable and homey.
  • Holiday meal baskets complete with all the fixings for a feast that a family might be unable to afford due to the financial strain caused by a cancer diagnosis.


There are many other fundraising ideas! We are always impressed by the creative ways our volunteers raise money to support our mission each year:

  • Restaurant or fast food gift certificate collection
  • Coin drive at schools or offices.
  • Ticket collection for movies, sporting events, plays, amusement parks, museums, etc.
  • Surgical supply store gift certificates collection
  • Area hospital parking coupons collection
  • Hair cut gift certificates collection
  • Gasoline or oil change vouchers collection
  • New snow suit drive
  • New sneaker or gift certificate drive
  • Back pack and school supplies drive
  • Create letters for the holidays (Santa, Elves, Easter bunny)
  • Collect gently used electronics (gaming systems, video games, ipod/ipads) for children stuck at home


Thank you for your time and kindness on behalf of the families!

Follow Us

ECF has helped me tremendously with the support of my Caseworker, Eileen, as well as the volunteers with the holiday wish lists and in making sure Ty had a wonderful birthday every year. And when times were really hard, ECF helped out with meals and food. I don’t think I would have made it through without having to talk to someone who understood. Thank you ECF

Theresa Godfrey, Ty’s mom

Where to Find Us


77 Brant Ave.
Suite 304
Clark, NJ 07066
(908) 322-4323
Fax: (732) 943-7529

Joann Passantino
Executive Director, ext. 16

Victoria Shestack Aronoff
Development Director, ext. 15

Trish Picone
Accountant, ext. 12

Gloria Pocchio
Office Manager, ext. 10

Central Regional Center

77 Brant Ave.
Suite 304
Clark, NJ 07066
(908) 322-4323 x17

Barbara Kopel
Sr. Central Regional Director

Southern Regional Center

451 Beech Ave.
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
(856) 853-4803

Mary Ann Sullivan 
Southern Regional Director

Eastern Regional Center

1710 Highway 71
Suite 2
Wall, NJ 07719
(732) 282-2324

Rosemarie Contreras
Eastern Regional Director

Northern Regional Center

174 Paterson Ave.
PO Box 212
Midland Park, NJ 07432
(201) 612-8118

Inessa Rome
Northern Regional Director



The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations to the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation are tax-exempt to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID #22-2459774