The Jewish War Veterans of New Jersey recognized Operation Chillout’s all-volunteer outreach to homeless veterans at their 35th annual Legislative Breakfast in Toms River on Sunday. Department Commander Larry Rosenthal named OCO their “2015-2016 Organization of the Year”.
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OCO Executive Director Ray Chimileski gave the keynote address recapping the history of the all-volunteer outreach and detailing the relief they provide to the thousands of homeless veterans ‘regardless of their circumstances, no borders- no boundaries’. Chimileski noted the need for continued direct compassionate action for all homeless people in NJ and remarked on the similarities between the mission statements of the two organizations. The JWV mission vows to maintain true allegiance to the United States of America; to foster and perpetuate true Americanism; to combat whatever tends to impair the efficiency and permanency of our free institutions; to uphold the fair name of the Jew and fight his or her battles wherever unjustly assailed; to encourage the doctrine of universal liberty, equal rights, and full justice to all men and women; to combat the powers of bigotry and darkness wherever originating and whatever their target.
Both groups promised to mutually support their work focusing on all veterans in need throughout NJ.
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Delivery team in Hackensack at monthly hot lunch at Mt Olive Baptist Church.L to R
Leslie, John, Major D, Joe, Deacon Ray, Ken, Gene
L-R Tom Wicklow, John Hennessey, Ken Steffan, Stephen Serna, Ray Chimileski, Rev. Steve Brigham, Janice camp resident
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Tom Wicklow, OCO Logistics; John Hennessey, OCO Location Coordinator; Stephen Serna, BASF; Ken Steffan, OCO Logistics; Joe Iozzia, OCO Treasurer; Ray Chimileski, OCO Executive Director; Pablo Lizarazo, BASF VET Employee Team Coordinator.
Plainfield Fanwood Rotaract members filling backpacks for annual 2015-16 winter outreach.
Carmela Resnick, President of the Plainfield Fanwood Rotary Club presents Ray with truck load of finished backpacks for winter outreach.
Newton Police Chief Michael S. Richards accepts winter emergency supply backpacks from Al and Judy Gruswitz, OPERATION CHILLOUT Sussex County Location Coordinators.
PICTURED from L to R:
Ken Steffan, OCO Logistics Coordinator; Reading Teacher, Michelle Cooper; and School Principal Michael Neu
The North Hunterdon Rotary Club continues to provide support for homeless veterans through ‘Operation Chillout.’ Pictured, North Hunterdon Rotary Club President Carolyn Sepkowski presents a generous donation to Ray Chimileski (center) and Ken Stefan from ‘Operation Chillout.’ (courtesy photo)
Post 3401 makes generous donation to OCO winter outreach campaign pictured L to R:
OPERATION CHILLOUT Rapid Response Team member Jim Blair, Post 3401 Commander Jim Auriemma, Veterans Service Officer Ken Ruth, and OCO’s MAJ Tony DeStefano.
Hunterdon County Veterans Service Coordinator Sabrina Baarda presents supplies for the OCO 2015-2016 Winter Homeless Outreach campaign.
Pennsylvania Homeless Outreach Boost by K of C
PA Veterans Outreach Coordinator Al Compoly (center) receives generous donation from (Left) Gene Halterman, Grand Knight for District 35 and Fr. John T. Butler, from Knights of Columbus Council 4084 of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
OCO Team loads 97 cases of life saving water for delivery to homeless veterans throughout NJ, collected by Tramontin Harley Davidson, Hope, NJ, from generous riders during their annual Wet the Vet water drive.
CHILLOUT Summer Outreach Team presents St. Jude Parish, Budd Lake, with a Guardian Angel Award certificate for outstanding support of homeless NJ veterans.
L to R: Jim Moore, Leslie Chimileski, Mel Kaufhold, Ray Chimileski, John Hennessey
Outreach team Jim Moore, John Hennessey, MAJ Tony DeStefano and Ray Chimileski with Sr. Jacinta Fernandes and teen volunteers from parishes in the Newark Archdiocese. OPERATION CHILLOUT summer outreach delivered 70 cases of water and dozens of sets of new tee shirts. caps, socks and toiletry items to the Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless.
Many Thanks to Pioneer Trails Day Camp – West Essex YMCA
Day Campers collected 30 cases of water and many caps and tees for the 2015 summer homeless veteran outreach campaign
The BASF Corporation under the leadership of their Veterans Employee Team (VETs) took the lead to collect 75+ filled backpacks for the 2014 – 2015 annual winter homeless outreach campaign. The pictures from today have been posted to the Operation Chillout Facebook page:
BASF Employee Veterans Group Partners for Winter Homeless Veterans Outreach
The BASF Corporation in Florham Park, NJ is committed to ending homelessness among our military veterans. To support this goal they are in the process of collecting supplies to fill 100 backpacks for the 2014-2015 Winter Homeless Outreach Campaign. The Employee Veterans Employee Team (VET) supports our military veterans in many ways. The group is under the leadership of Pablo Lizarazo (VETs Group Leader), Lenora Kline (VETs Logistics Officer) and Stephen Serna (VET’s Scribe). Pablo said, “this is a priority project for us and our team is fully energized to make it a success.”
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Reeders, PA Launches Homeless Veterans Campaign
For the second year since OPERATION CHILLOUT opened an Outpost in PA, the Youth Ministry Team of the Reeders Methodist Church collected supplies for cases of backpacks for the 2014-2015 winter homeless outreach campaign. Many thanks to theses caring and dedicated young adults.
North Hunterdon Rotary Club 5652, District 7510 supports 2014-2015 Winter Homeless Outreach Backpack Campaign
The North Hunterdon Rotary executive board and officers generously presents a check to Ken Stefan and Ray Chimileski – OPERATION CHILLOUT from the annual Rotary charity triathlon event held at Spruce Run Reservation earlier this fall. The group also prepared and packed a case of 25 backpacks with new clothing and supplies for the upcoming homeless veterans outreach and deliveries.