First Lady Tammy Murphy announced the launch of a non-profit meant to aid the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund will put all of the charitable contributions it receives to blunting the impact the novel coronavirus has on the state’s economy, people and health systems.
“The COVID-19 virus has already had far-reaching societal ramifications that have overwhelmingly and disproportionally impacted low- to-middle-income residents and New Jersey’s small business community,” Murphy said. “We are committed to the task of identifying the most effective interventions, determining community needs, and raising essential funds and awareness as we battle this challenge.”
The NJPRF, which is not affiliated with any governmental or for-profit entities, will have its administrative costs filled by grants.
Josh Weinreich, a Summit-based private investor, will serve as the organization’s CEO on a pro-bono basis.
“At this time, maximizing our impact is our first priority,” Weinreich said. “If we put resources to work right now, we can drastically change the course of events here in our state, protecting and supporting our vulnerable residents and getting them back on their feet as soon as possible.”
The first lady was joined by a number of prominent New Jerseyans, including Murphy family friend Jon Bon Jovi, Stephen Colbert, Danny DeVito, Whoopee Goldberg, Carli Lloyd, Charlie Puth, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart.