HelpLight Distributes LED bulbs to NY and NJ Charities
Over 1,450 LED lamps will help charities save on energy
Newark, N.J. – October 7, 2015- Matthew Erickson, owner of Duck Donuts in Middletown NJ and founder of HelpLightNJ coordinated a distribution of over 1,450 LED light bulbs to to Covenant House locations in Newark New Jersey and New York City, and Saint Benedicts Prep in Newark New Jersey. Since 1989, Covenant House New Jersey has been providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and an array of other important services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth between the ages of 18-21. Since 1868, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School has welcomed the sons of Newark and its neighboring communities. Under the guidance of the monks of Newark Abbey, the school’s philosophy follows the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition of Christian education.
The LED lamps will help reduce energy costs at the locations, and will reduce maintenance costs due to their longer life. Erickson arranged for the donation of the lamps through a corporate sponsor.
Erickson helped found HelpLightNJ in 2007 with fellow students John Caddock and Paula Pilipovic. Upon graduating from TCNJ in 2014 he decided to open the first Duck Donuts franchise in Middletown, and opened the store in March of this year. Erickson’s cousin, Joe Belko continues the HelpLightNJ mission, with Erickson acting as an advisor.
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About HelpLight NJ
HelpLightNJ (www.helplightnj.com) works to inspire teens to take action in the fight against global warming while teaching the values of energy conservation and helping the underserved in hopes of creating a better earth. Since its inception in 2007, the organization has donated 190,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and over 5,000 LED’s, which will save more than $14 million in energy costs and reduce CO2 release by over 166 million pounds. Currently part of the NJ Clean Energy Community Outreach Program, HelpLight is currently bringing LED technology to senior communities throughout NJ. HelpLight NJ was founded by John Caddock, Matthew Erickson and Paula Pilipovic.
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