Mental Health

Mental health support is available to Mercer County residents during this time of uncertainty due to the coronavirus.

Anyone feeling overwhelmed with sadness, depression, or anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is encouraged to call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).

Anyone in need of support due to anxiety over COVID-19 can also call the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, Inc., at 877-294-4357 (HELP) or visit www.mhanj.org/covid-19.

Those with questions about COVID-19 can have their questions answered by trained healthcare professionals by calling 1-800-222-1222.

Help for the Hungry

In the wake of the coronavirus, Princeton United Methodist Church will close the Cornerstone Community Kitchen dining room through March 27; however, they will continue to provide take-out meals for those in need.

Guests can pick-up their meals on Wednesday, March 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to the dining area.

The Princeton United Methodist Church is located at 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Call for Quilters

The Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a Trenton-based hereditary society for descendants of enslaved Africans, is paying tribute to the first documented Africans to arrive in North America by hosting a 400-year Commemorative Community Quilt Project.

The organization is seeking quilters to create 400 quilt blocks, which will be assembled and connected to backing to form the log cabin pattern quilt. The quilt will be displayed at colleges and universities throughout the country.

Each block must measure 4.5 x 4.5 inches. Completed blocks must be received by August 31. For more information on the design of and submitting a block, visit www.sdusmp.org.

Grants Available

I Am Trenton Community Foundation, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to the betterment of Trenton, and Isles, Inc., a non-profit organization that fosters self-reliant families and sustainable communities, are accepting applications for grants they will award for projects that benefit residents of the Trenton Historic District.

The two nonprofits will award between $500 and $3,000 for projects and activities taking place between May and October that will benefit the residents of the Trenton Historic District.

Those interested in applying for a grant must attend a virtual grant workshop. Webinars will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m. Registration is required. Grant applications are due by Tuesday, March 31. For more information, or an application, visit www.iamtrenton.org/thdc.

Call for Essays

Students in grades 2 through 12 are invited to submit an essay to the New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning and PNC Bank’s annual “American Patriot Essay Contest.”

Essays must be up to 100 words long and based on the theme, “What the American Flag Means to Me.” They will be judged by a panel made up from representatives of PNC Bank and the balloon festival.

The grand prize winner will receive a ride in a hot air balloon, which will visit their school in June, and fly in a hot air balloon at the 38th Festival of Ballooning, taking place July 24 through 26 at Solberg Airport in Readington. Second- and third-place winners will receive free admission to the festival.

Entries must include the student’s name, grade, age, and the name, address and telephone number of their schools. Entries can be emailed to pncessay@balloonfestival.com. All entries must be received by May 1. For more information on the balloon festival, visit www.balloonfestival.com.

Auction Open

The West Windsor Arts Council has announced that the Blank Canvas Art Auction is now open online.

“After careful consideration due to the growing concerns about COVID-19, we have decided to cancel our Blank Canvas Gala on Saturday, March 21,” says Aylin Green, executive director of the West Windsor Arts Council.

Bidding will close on Saturday, March 21, at 8:30 p.m. View the online art auction and register to bid on an original work of art by some of the region’s most talented artists at www.westwindsorarts.org.

Participating artists include Brigitte Afalo-Calderon, Sherri Andrews, Emily Buchalski, Maggie Byram, James Carvalho, James Doherty, Ilene Dube, Kimberly Ducote-Schimmel, Katie Eggleston, Ryan Gilleece, Aylin Green, Adriana Groza, Kathleen Hurley Liao, Lucas Kelley, Renee Kumar, Judy Langille, Lori Langsner, Bruce Lindsay, Daniel Luchansky, Helene Muzar, John O’Neill, Renata Piccione, Kate Pollard Hoffman, Kirsten Sanford, Anusha Saran, Joy Scalis, Alok Sharma, Lucia Stout, Katie Truk, Archana Vadivelu, and Clifford Ward as well as West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School students.

Proceeds from the Blank Canvas Art Auction will support the West Windsor Arts Council’s education programs benefiting young children, teens and adults, as well as multidisciplinary arts programming for the community offered free of charge.

Play Ball

Tryouts dates have been announced for the Mercer County 60+ Men’s Softball League.

The league is made up of four teams that are scheduled to play 21 games on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Mercer County Park in West Windsor.

Tryouts will be held 5:30 p.m. April 6, 8 and 12 at Mercer County Park, 1638 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Those interested in trying out should contact a league manager, Tim Cash, 609-658-6757; Ange Nicolai, 609-915-1988; Mike Slack, 609-731-9521; or Ron Thomson, 609-588-5387.

Call for Volunteers

New Jersey Blood Services, which supplies blood to area hospitals, is in need of volunteers to help at blood drives.

Volunteers will be a part of a team that helps donors with registration or in the refreshment area.

Volunteers must be able to work with the public and perform different tasks as needed. For more information on volunteering call 732-850-8906. To apply online, visit www.nybc.org/support-us/volunteer-nybc/volunteer-application.

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