A resolution at the start of a new year for some may be to give back to the community more. With so many opportunities in Hudson County for community service, that resolution can easily be met — and one organization that has been in the area for nearly 100 years is looking for locals to help out and continue its mission. We’re teaming up and hosting a Hoboken Girl Helps happy hour to help The Hoboken Community Center, who is in need of supplies for the pantry and its residents. Happening on February 1st, 2023 at 6:30PM at Panela in Hoboken, located at 36-42 Newark Street, we are combining giving back with celebrating the end of Dry January at Panela with some cocktails.
The need at the Hoboken Community Center is great, which is where the support of the community comes in.
We’re hosting The Hoboken Girl Happy Hour happening at Panela Hoboken on Wednesday, February 1st from 6:30PM-9PM — where you can stop by for a cocktail, meet some new friends, and bring some items to donate. RSVP here so you don’t miss out.
The Hoboken Girl and HCC are asking locals to bring one (or as many as you want!) of the listed items below which will be collected at the happy hour. Panela will have drink specials available with proceeds supporting the pantry.
For the happy hour, it’s free to attend (just sign up here so we can get a bit of a headcount) and stop by anytime between 6:30PM-9PM on Wednesday, February 1st:
- $6 Build your own margaritas, $5 beer/wine/well drinks, $8 classic cocktails
- Panela is amazingly donating 50% of all proceeds from the night to HCC
- Tables will also be available for anyone who wants to join for dinner later on as well!
Come make new friends, invite old friends, have a drink, and enjoy a good time — all for an important cause.
Panela Hoboken is located just one block away from both CVS and Walgreens which makes grabbing items for the drive even easier.
Read More: A List of Hoboken + Jersey City Non-profits to Donate to Year-Round
The Items Needed (bring one or a ton!):
- Baby wipes
- Baby formula
- Adult diapers
- Shaving cream
- Body wash
- Hand soap
- Bar soap
- Dry + canned pet food
- Wee wee pads
- Pet waste bags
Opportunities to learn about volunteering at the pantry will be available. Remember to RSVP here and we look forward to seeing you there!
About The Hoboken Community Center
The Hoboken Community Center has been in town since 1927 with the mission of providing housing to low-income men and offering affordable recreational programs to the local community. Since its inception, HCC has grown so that now visiting guests have access to more resources than those aforementioned. In 2019, the pantry which is located within the community center, opened to supplement food supply for its 96 residents. Soon after its opening, the issue of food insecurity amongst the senior citizen population of Hoboken was identified. Shortly after, distribution of non-perishable food and produce began. Little did the pantry know, by March 2020, their need in the community would expand amid the COVID-19 pandemic by March 2020. Anyone experiencing food insecurity became eligible for support from the pantry.
Now, the HCC Pantry has two programs:
- The Personal Care program — a bi-weekly distribution of hygiene products such as toiletries and period supplies.
- The Food Pantry — hosts a separate distribution of pre-bagged groceries, fresh produce, and bread. Approximately 1,675 clients are registered with the pantry to receive items — with 40% being senior citizens and 90% living at least 50% below the average median income level in Hudson County.
See More: Toni’s Kitchen: Giving Back to the Montclair Community One Meal at a Time
About Panela Hoboken
Panela is a Latin American restaurant bringing in the flavors and colors from South America. The restaurant has a jungle-inspired atmosphere, which compliments the playful cocktails/mocktails and dishes. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, making it the perfect place to spend date night or hang out with friends and family.
RSVP and attendance to the event is FREE (just bring supplies!), but we’d love to get an idea of the # of people attending, so please register for a “ticket” and stop by anytime. CLICK HERE TO RSVP.