In the summer of 2019, the Community Foundation of South Jersey launched Transform South Jersey, a new initiative to strengthen the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of South Jersey communities by activating residents to influence community development and shape the future based on what matters most to them.
We invited residents, business owners, civic groups, nonprofit organizations, representatives of local government, and other civic leaders to nominate their South Jersey towns to become a Transform South Jersey Heart & Soul Community.
Through the nomination process, over 30 towns were invited to apply for consideration. In doing so, they mobilized their residents, held a series of community events, completed learning & readiness activities, and built momentum to push their towns forward. All involved put forth a tremendous amount of effort, but only 11 communities were selected for in-person site visits at the start of the new year.
After a whirlwind of an application process, the Community Foundation of South Jersey is pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of Transform South Jersey Heart & Soul Communities:
Atlantic County – Town of Hammonton
Burlington County – Willingboro Township
Camden County – Winslow Township
Cumberland County – Downe Township
Gloucester County – City of Woodbury
Salem County – City of Salem
Each of these communities will receive $100,000 in funding to support going through the Heart & Soul process, receive training & coaching, and get support in establishing and building their own locally controlled endowed community fund to be responsive to the priorities they identify through their Heart & Soul work.
Be sure to check back for updates on their journeys as we document and highlight their work here, or join the conversation online by following the hashtag #TransformSouthJersey.