"Down the Block embodies a wonderful example of how a community works to give a helping hand and a level of support to its members in their time of need. As we work to build a community that lives, learns, and works together, Down the Block is an organization that we hold up to our students as a model of character, care and kindness that we strive to achieve in the school district and the Millburn community."---- Dr. Christine Burton, Superintendent, Millburn Township Public Schools
How We Started
We learned that some of our neighbors are in need of help, and we learned that this type of help was not provided by any other organization serving Millburn Township. We started Down the Block, Inc. after hearing stories that deeply concerned us - stories of families right here in Millburn Township who are struggling financially to such an extent that their most basic needs - food, shelter, medical care, electricity, heat, etc. - could not be met.
Who We Are
Down the Block, Inc. is a non-profit corporation created and run by a group of Millburn/Short Hills residents concerned that people are struggling financially right here in our town. Our mission is to provide short-term assistance to those of our Township neighbors facing unexpected financial setbacks.
Where does my money go?
Down the Block is the only organization that can step in to pay a bill for a Millburn Township resident experiencing unforeseen financial need. To assure that your donation goes to those Township residents in need, we give each application careful review. Once an applicant's claim is verified and deemed eligible, we provide payment directly to the provider of the goods or services needed. In that way, you can be assured that your donation is used to help our neighbors meet their most pressing needs. Applicants can be assured that we respect their privacy and maintain strict confidentiality.
How We Can Help
Perhaps your spouse was laid off and your savings are nearly exhausted. Down the Block can help. Perhaps you were injured in and now undergo costly therapy three times weekly. Down the Block can help with your medical expenses. Perhaps your roof was damaged by a tree and your heating bill was sky high last month. Down the Block can help. Since our inception in 2009, Down the Block has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover expenses for neighbors in need.