Livingston Philanthropies Reaches Out For Volunteers for Fall Coat Drive Season

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Editor’s Note: This week, Jeff “the Coat Guy” Friedman, founder and director of Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI), has, in his own words, put out a call for volunteers before the beginning of the fall coat drive season.
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By Jeff Friedman
I’d like to open with this beautiful quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Along with requesting continued generous donations of all sorts to provide for the poor, homeless and disenfranchised, I want the community to know that Livingston Philanthropies Inc., (LPI) needs volunteers for the fall when season nine begins.
I’m thanking the folks who have given their time and vehicles over the years. While a few stalwart volunteers remain active, peoples’ lives are dynamic. Some have moved, others have completed their SUV leases and turned in vehicles, still others have started new jobs with different hours.
Now, LPI is reaching out for volunteers who own SUVs or larger and have 2½ hours per week, or even every other week, open. Past and current volunteers will report that we always have a few laughs and meet interesting folks while delivering to soup kitchens, clothes closets and other distribution partners. It’s the opportunity to make a difference, in-person, to communities that many only read about or see on television. Please send me an email at to explore possibilities.
Need Website Designer
LPI also needs a volunteer to create a website for us. I have mega-content ready to go in the form of photos, documents and verbiage. For someone with website development skills, helping us out in this regard would be wonderful. Can an altruistic Living-ston resident please assist?
I’m awed by the level of donations as LPI moves forward into season nine.

Photo:     Livingston Philanthropies Inc., (LPI) volunteers Alan and Rick Levin, both LHS graduates, load their personal vehicles with family clothing, shoes and other badly needed items for delivery to the Clothing Boutique at Willing Heart Community Care Center in Newark. Livingston’s generous donations were distributed to those in need just several days later.

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