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Mission Statement: We are a 501 c3 Nonprofit organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. With the help of our staff, we organize fundraisers, food drives, and community-building events. Our mission is to bring people together by helping those in need.
How the Nonprofit was Formed: Eight years ago, in 2012 Angel and I were living and working on the Barrier Islands. Our home was in Ortley Beach and we worked at Gabriella’s in Lavallette. Gabriella’s was the best of both worlds, fine dining and bar inside, Tiki bar and grill outside, just one block off the ocean. We had been there for several years and we truly loved life on the island. Everyone on the island knew each other; we were basically one big family. And, eventually, as the years passed, people really got to know who Angel and I were; we built a strong foundation and a solid reputation on our little island. Right before the start of the summer season in 2012 Angel and I were talking about what we could do to help our community, what we could give back to this place that had given us so much. It was at this moment Angel and Jules for Others was born. We decided we were going to host a benefit for the Lavallette Police Department; so we met with Chief Grant of the Lavallette Police Department and told him our idea. He was truly humbled by our offer. Nevertheless, Chief Grant wasn’t sure how the community would respond; we asked him to leave that to us! We worked tirelessly that summer, organizing, planning, and spreading the word about the benefit and just before the Labor Day holiday, we hosted a day-long event at Gab’s. We were able to raise enough funds to vest every officer in Lavallette, while also hosting one of the best parties the town had ever seen. One of our regulars from Gabs attended and told us at the end of the evening, “You guys did such a wonderful job you brought the entire community together’. From that point, we decided each year we would hold at least one benefit to help some part of our community. Then Sandy hit. In 2012, we lost our home and Gabs in Superstorm Sandy; it was absolutely devastating for us. Our lives were forever changed, but it only ignited our passion to continue our mission of, “Bringing people together to help those in need.”
Angel (right) and I (left) are a couple who have been together for quite some time now, just over twenty years to be exact. Our backgrounds encompass a wide array of disciplines. I am a nurse by trade and after a long career in the medical field I am now semi-retired from the industry. During my career I worked in various disciplines from med-surg, long-term care, hospice care, emergency, transplant, and clinical research. While I still keep up with my licensing requirements and CEU’s I prefer to focus my attention on the farm and the non-profit. I am an equestrian. I was born into a family of horsemen and women. I am blessed and beyond grateful that I was raised around these magnificent creatures, which cultivated an overall love of animals.While my grandfather started it all with his deep history in the horse world, I credit my mother for passing it on to me. There’s not a time in my life when we didn't have horses or when life didn’t revolve around the horses. I always loved going to shows, out on trails, to the tack shop, across the country to various events, all horse related, and spending all of my free time with them. While Angel grew up spending his time at the gym or on the beach we had two common threads: our love of animals and our love of helping others. For many years he enjoyed the horses from the ground as he was getting to know them. As time went on his interest began to deepen and after we got our farm in 2018 he was finally starting to think about riding. After some lessons and some searching for the perfect horse we bought Angel his first horse in 2019 Shadow. While we spend most of our time in the service industry as a means of income and a way to support our farm and our philanthropic efforts we also find that it provides a good platform to get the word out on events we are working on amongst the community. The best way to help the community is truly to be a part of the community at every level..
Angel and I work together which suits us well. Our backgrounds include a passion for animals, fitness and well-being, natural living with whole foods, essential herbs, and oils, and the martial arts. We have 8 horses, 2 mules, 1 donkey, 3 goats, 4 lambs, 2 amazing boxers Hamlet and Scarlet 1 Belgian Malinois, and 9 kitties.
Below are all of the previous fundraisers, food drives, and other communal events we have held; please read through them to see our mission represented through our work. 'Til the cows come home, we will continue to bring people together to help others and try to make the world a better place.
Thank you all for your continued support. This event was truly incredible. Everything came together perfectly and we couldn't be more proud. Thank you to our tireless volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication. Below are some more pictures from the amazing evening.
Thank you all so much for helping to make our 2019 Thanksgiving Drive so successful! We look forward to helping more families next Thanksgiving! Below are some pictures from the drive and just a few of the baskets and people who helped make this possible.
Operation: Tillotson was a success! Thank you all for your continued support of our cause! The recipient, Frank Colavita, is beyond deserving of this amazing service dog and we hope to help many more like him in the future!
About: Angel and I are currently working on a project very near and dear to us. We are taking our passion for animals and our passion for helping those in need and combining them. Operation: Tillotson is a benefit we are hosting in conjunction with Beacon 70. We have selected a Local veteran in need of a service dog. SFC Craig Tillotson is on a waitlist for a service dog after meeting with him we
In 2013, we held a benefit to help Rebuild the Lavallette Fire Department.
In 2014 we hosted a benefit to provide the beaches on the barrier islands with AEDs.
In 2015 we hosted a benefit for Hometown Heroes to help in their recovery after their office fire and we also organized the donation of emergency supplies for Classic City Clydes in Atlanta Georgia after their barn fire.
In 2016 and 2017 we hosted a benefit for The Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter and organized a large collection of food and supplies for the animals impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.
We are a small nonprofit, Angel and I in addition to our board members, so we are limited in the amount we can do each year. Regardless of this, we put our hearts into whatever project we are working on and we give 100% of any proceeds to the cause.