Snyder Foundation Awards Grant to Refurbish Single-Parent Residence at Hackensack Meridian JFK-Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing

October 12, 2020

Philanthropy improves customized dormitory designed to accommodate five nursing

The Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to the Hackensack Meridian JFK Medical Center Foundation to refurbish the Audrey Snyder Single Parent Residence at the JFK-Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing in Plainfield, NJ. Combined with a gift from the Hyde and Watson Foundation, the grant has been used to purchase new furnishings and equipment for the nursing school residence.

“Attending nursing school as a parent poses unique challenges, such as arranging for child care and trying to study while working full-time. This program helps to lessen these concerns by offering full scholarships and rent-free living in a customized dormitory designed to accommodate five students and their school-age children,” said Coleen P. Kumar, PhD, RN, CNE, Dean of the Nursing School. “By fostering the bond between parent and child while facilitating advanced education in nursing, the Single Parent Program is helping each student achieve the dream of becoming a registered nurse.  We are deeply grateful to the Snyder Foundation for their continued visionary leadership and generosity to support the program.”

The Single Parent Program was conceived by the late philanthropist Audrey Snyder (daughter of the late Harold and Dorothy Snyder) and Judith Mathews, former Dean of JFK-Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing, to support student nurses’ academic goals and economic needs.

“Our objective at the Snyder Foundation is to nurture, cultivate, and unleash the potential of organizations and individuals in ways that will positively impact the most needy and underserved people in their communities,” said Paul Cortese, Executive Director.  “Our support of the single-parent dormitory at the JFK-Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing helps both deserving nursing students and ultimately will benefit the community through high-quality professional nursing care.”

About the JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools
JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools, also referred to as JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools, or, the Schools, is a part of the Hackensack Meridian network, which encompasses a wide array of organizations, services and facilities in the Central New Jersey area. The system includes an acute care hospital, JFK Medical Center, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, nursing and convalescent facilities and special treatment programs.

The goal is to provide the best possible education in a supportive environment. Accredited programs are offered in nursing, radiography and diagnostic medical sonography. The program fosters educational opportunities, encouraging students to acquire the highest level of knowledge and abilities.
The dedicated faculty, professional staff and administration are eager to help students reach their potential. Day and evening class scheduling is available to meet individual needs. In cooperation with Union County College, students earn an Associate in Science degree as well as a diploma in their chosen discipline from JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools. These credits are then transferable to baccalaureate degree programs.
Click here to learn more about the individual Schools of Nursing, Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

The Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Foundation exists to provide financial support in an effort to empower the development and innovation of institutions and individuals in the State of New Jersey that hold high promise. Its objective is to nurture, cultivate, and unleash the potential of organizations and individuals in ways that will positively impact the neediest and underserved in their communities. The Snyder Foundation’s main areas of focus have been healthcare, education, social services, and faith-based initiatives, with a particular emphasis on Union County residents and institutions.

The Snyder Foundation was originally founded in New Jersey in 1971 as the Snyder Trust by Harold B. Snyder in memory of his loving, generous, and caring late wife Dorothy, following her death in 1966. Harold, a New Jersey land developer and builder for 50 years, who also founded the Kenilworth State Bank, believed that philanthropy is a critical element in our society. He set up the Trust with instructions on how it should be administered after his death.

Today, the Snyder Foundation remains faithful to its legacy. Two of its two largest endeavors have been seen through to completion, and the majority of its remaining funds will serve the community in a manner consistent with the original founder’s wishes. Its vision is for another decade of more concentrated philanthropy in the form of private scholarships to help unleash the innovative spirit and individual potential of Union County’s young people.

About the JFK Medical Center Foundation
The John F. Kennedy Medical Center Foundation (JFK Foundation) was established in 1980 to receive contributions and other gifts on behalf of Hackensack Meridian JFK Medical Center (JFK) and its affiliates. The Foundation supports JFK in its mission to provide safe, comprehensive and high-quality healthcare services to the community regardless of the person’s ability to pay, lack of health insurance and whether or not government programs cover the full cost. As the philanthropic arm of JFK, the Foundation seeks charitable contributions for critical funding needs, such as: state-of-the art clinical services and technologies, facility modernizations and expansions, staff and community education, wellness initiatives, outreach programs and other vital components of JFK’s continuum of care.
Founded in 1967, JFK is a non-for-profit, academic medical center with 499 beds, primarily serving the Central New Jersey counties of Middlesex, Union and Somerset.