Eighty volunteers from New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson recently participated in a “Day of Caring” at the Mercer County Geriatric Center in Hamilton recently. The volunteers assisted with gardening, played games with residents from the Geriatric Center’s Alzheimer’s unit, played casino and carnival games, and made crafts. Following a picnic lunch there were more games, and a talent show for the residents.

This is the first year that Johnson & Johnson has sent a group of volunteers to the Mercer County Geriatric Center.

Salon Pure on Route 206 recently hosted a charity event for SAVE, a nonprofit shelter and animal welfare organization for companion animals in the greater Princeton area. Salon Pure has risen over $1,000 for the shelter with all proceeds going towards helping the homeless cats and dogs.

The staff of Teresa Caffe recently served lunch to students from the Boys and Girls Club of Trenton at a special event hosted at Fernbrook Farms. The meal is a celebration of the new partnership between Teresa Caffe and Fernbrook Farms in which Teresa will donate 5 percent of every check on Tuesdays through August 19. The money will help send 10 students, ages 6 to 11, from affordable housing neighborhoods in Princeton to Fernbrook’s camp in August to learn about food, agriculture and the environment.

Matossian Eye Associates, with offices in Ewing and Hamilton, recently conducted vision screenings at the Mercer County Project Homeless Connect.

Project Homeless Connect, a national movement to provide various services for homeless people, saw more than 500 people in Trenton this year. It was Matossian’s third time participating.

The 3M Foundation, part of 3M Corp., which has offices in Skillman, donated $100,000 to the Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Foundation toward the construction of an observatory at the college’s North Branch campus. The observatory will be named in honor of 3M and will be part of the RVCC Planetarium’s facilities. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2009.

The grant is in addition to a $50,000 gift 3M gave through NASA to the school last year to help expand existing science education programs.

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