To the Editor:
The four-page article in the March 31 edition titled “Nonprofits Shift Gears Amid Virus Concern” depicted the many contributions that a dozen or more nonprofit community-based groups and their volunteers made during the pandemic in Southern Ocean County, including family support services and church community services. The Joint Council Taxpayers’ Associations of Long Beach Island, established in 1968, received a three-paragraph mention.
While we appreciate the mention and are respectful of the many contributions these organizations give to our communities, we are not your typical nonprofit organization, and the article did not sufficiently reflect the contributions made by many LBI taxpayers.
Citizens of LBI towns formed local nonprofit taxpayers’ and property owners associations to serve their respective communities. JCTA is made up of representatives from participating local taxpayers and property owners organizations, representing over 15,000 affiliated taxpayers and property owners. The organization meets monthly and focuses on Island-wide economic, cultural and environmental issues of local importance.
COVID-19 pandemic relief has been a JCTA concern since March 2020. To date, the JCTA has provided the St. Francis Food Pantry with gift cards from a variety of grocery stores with a total of $10,000 directly from the members of our local taxpayers and property owners organizations to the St. Francis Human Concerns Food Pantry in Brant Beach for families severely impacted by COVID-19. The St. Francis pantry is currently feeding 60 families per week and the need continues to grow.
JCTA is a nonprofit association whose mission is to identify issues of importance to all taxpayers and residents of Long Beach Island and to monitor the local governing bodies on their behalf. Its objective is to build a network of engaged taxpayers who care about LBI’s vitality and affordability and to preserve and promote the quality of life for residents, taxpayers and visitors.
The Island-wide organization continues to accept contributions to its COVID-19 initiative. Donations can be mailed to JCTA, P.O. Box 74, Ship Bottom, N.J. 08008.
Bill Hutson, president (Holgate), John Hailperin, vice president (Beach Haven), Ann Barkey, secretary (Loveladies), Kathleen Ries, treasurer (Harvey Cedars), Barbara Truncellito (Barnegat Light), Pat Prout (Brant Beach), Rand Pearsall (Holgate), Eileen Schwartz (High Bar Harbor)
JCTA Board of Directors