How to Help

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SHIELD of Summit

(Society Helping our Infirm and Elderly)

A group of neighbors, over 100 strong, have volunteered to go grocery shopping and pick up pressciptions for Summit’s elderly and immune compromised residents.

To Request Help from SHIELD of Summit

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Sustain Summit Fun

In response to economic challenges facing local small businesses in Summit that are impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Nora Radest in partnership with The Summit Foundation and Summit Downtown Inc. (SDI) has established the Sustain Summit Fund, an emergency assistance grant program.

The fund will provide grants to small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 containment measures through donations from individuals and area corporations. All contributions are tax deductible and can be made by accessing a GoFundMe link.

“Our small business owners are facing an unprecedented economic challenge,” explains Mayor Radest. “While I fully support how important the current restrictions on social gathering and commerce are, my heart breaks for our local businesses that are severely and disproportionately affected.

Independent business owners with a physical retail address in Summit that have been negatively impacted by the restrictions placed on commerce starting in March 2020 are invited to apply. Applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of residents and representatives from Summit Downtown Inc. and The Summit Foundation. Applications will be evaluated promptly to ensure relief funds are distributed as quickly as possible.

To make a tax-deductible contribution, go to: GoFundMe link.

Atlantic Health Seeks Donations

Donate protective equipment to protect our extraordinary health care workers who are fighting COVID-19.

  • N95 Masks and KN95 Masks
  • General surgical masks (Levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • Eye protectors
  • Face shields
  • Disposable gloves (vinyl and nitrile)
  • Surgical and isolation gowns, shoe covers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Thermometers
  • Testing swabs
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Ventilators
  • Ventilator accessories – circuit BIPAP
  • Crocs with no holes

If you are interested in dropping off donations, you can do so at one of our donation bins. If you have questions, please email Atlantic Health. Additionally, you may order these items online and have them delivered directly to Overlook Medical Center.

For full information on how you can support Atlantic Health/Overlook Medical Center, click here.

Make a Mask

Many members of our community have reached out and asked if they can help us by making masks. We created a video to show you how to make masks that can be used by those in health care spaces who are not taking care of patients with Coronavirus, but still may want additional protection. This will allow the professional protective gear to be used exclusively for healthcare professionals who are at higher risk of exposure. Learn how to make a facemask.

Summit Area Sewing Squad

Founded in March 2020 in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, SASS, the Summit Area Sewing Squad, started out as a small group of local sewers wishing to make masks to donate to our local hospital. In under a month SASS has grown into an all-volunteer sewing army of over 90 people whose mission is to supply fabric masks and other PPEs to Tri-State hospitals most in need. Through our partnerships with Medtronic, the New Providence Lions Club, The Company Store, Seton Hall University Future Health Professionals and other area companies and organizations, our products have gone to 52 hospitals and four police departments.

SASS has room for many more sewers! The Squad has all the supplies, sewers just need a machine. Interested sewers can send a message through the FaceBook page.

As the Squad continues to make masks, its newest initiative is to raise funds to purchase plastic face shields for tri-state hospitals in the greatest crisis. To that end, SASS is launching a major campaign to raise $5000 to purchase 1600 protective plastic face shields, to be delivered with their masks to frontline healthcare providers.

Until the end of April, all donated funds will be earmarked to purchase protective face shields. SASS is extending this challenge to the local business community to pledge matching funds to double the amount it raises, doubling the number of shields it can purchase and donate.

In order to make it easy for donors, the New Providence Lions Club has agreed to host the Squad’s fundraising efforts. Online donations can be made.

To send a check, make it payable to the New Providence Lions Club. Write, “SASS face shield” in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to the New Providence Lions Club, PO Box 854, New Providence, NJ 07974.

At the end of the drive SASS will publish a full list of all recipient hospitals and of all donors contributing $500 or more on its Facebook Group.

In addition to our face shield campaign, we are collecting iPhones and iPads to help patients who don’t have their own talk with their families, and baby monitors for doctors to remotely check on patients to help reduce their exposure to this deadly virus. The Summit Post Office has set up a drop off bin to collect them for us.

Everyone at SASS thanks you for your contribution to help keep our frontline healthcare workers safe.

Shop and Order Local

Please help to spread the word about local businesses that are open and how you can order food, make purchases and get great service all while maintaining a safe social distance.

Summit Downtown, Inc. has developed a list of businesses that remain open and at what capacity. 


GRACE holds a weekly food distribution for Summit familieis in need. These next weeks are going to be intense. GRACE has already quadrupled their operations by adding a shelf stable component and the number of households they serve has almost doubled. GRACE will need your continued support. To donate please visit the Junior League webpage and designate your donation for GRACE.

All of what you give will go to an individual or a household in need. Thank you for all you have given and for your continued support!

YMCA Drive

In a time where “social distancing” is encouraged to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to remember those whose source of food access may be impacted. Join us as we come together to help those in need in our community.

Donate personal items, food and cleaning supplies by dropping them off at the Summit YMCA. All items will be collected and given to GRACE, Family promise and local families in need. YMCA drive info here.  

Front Line Appreciation Group of Summit (FLAG)

A new group, Front Line Appreciation Group of Summit (FLAG) has formed to provide meals to Overlook Hospital ER and ICU staff, and plans to start providing meals sourced from local restaurants to staff who can't access the hospital cafeteria. FLAG is taking donations via The Summit Foundation website. Click on the "Donate" button and select "FLAG of Summit" from the options list. Learn more on the FLAG of Summit Facebook page.

Other Fellow First Foundation Collection

The Other Fellow First Foundation’s Board of Directors states, "We cannot rely on Federal or State ’safety nets’. We must act on our own and act now. To that end, the Foundation commits to donate $25,000 to this effort and hope that our neighbors will join us, too. Time and time again, Summit has proven itself to be a small city with a huge heart. 

To support the initiative, click here.

Knowing that early and aggressive measures will help mitigate the blow, the Other Fellow First Foundation is working closely with Mayor Nora Radest to identify local organizations that provide life-sustaining services to the neediest of our community. These include:

  • SAGE Eldercare’s ’Meals on Wheels’ program - which provides a vital link to many of the community’s vulnerable elderly members.
  • Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad - which is always there when needed. The Squad has many needs right now, and is making the best of a tough situation.
  • Summit’s food assistance programs (GRACE, SHIP, Loaves & Fishes) - which fight food insecurity in the community need support now more than ever.