Community Initiatives

In 2004, employees of the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) formed the Community Initiatives Committee (CIC), an Authority-wide volunteer organization focused on helping and supporting people in need.  The CIC partners with non-profit organizations in Delaware and the four southern counties of New Jersey to assist with programs and activities that help make a difference in the community. 


Some recent initiatives include:


Food Drive:  In early 2012, the CIC completed its food drive.  Approximately 5 containers of food were delivered to Ministry of Caring in Wilmington and the Food Bank of Delaware for distribution throughout Delaware. The Food Banks of  Cumberland, Gloucester, and Cape May counties received 5 containers each along with Harvest Point  in Salem County.


Winter Coat Drive:  DRBA employees collected 255 winter coats that were delivered to local community agencies for distribution. Cape May employees delivered 131 coats to the United Way of Cape May while Lewes employees presented 24 coats to Casa San Francisco in Milton and Southern Delaware School of the Arts.  Delaware Memorial Bridge employees distributed 100 coats, which were split evenly between the Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Community Center in New Castle and The John B. Campbell Family & Fitness Center of Salem County.


Shoes 2 Share Campaign: Working in conjunction with the United Way and Shoes2Share, the CIC  collected 1,640 pairs of shoes that were donated to those in need living in the State of Delaware and the four counties of Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, and Cape May in New Jersey.  Shoes2Share is a grassroots, charitable ministry with a passion to serve. The organization seeks to make life more comfortable around the world, for children & their families, through the donations of “new & like new shoes.”


Toys for Tots:  Working in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, the CIC sponsored a toy drive in December to benefit needy area children in the Authority's Compact area. Each of the seven counties received two collection containers full of toys, which put a smile on many children's faces.


Family Promise of Cape May County:  With a fund drive, the CIC aided this non-profit’s mission to help homeless children and their families in the area.  After opening just 30 months ago, Family Promise has already helped 24 families, including 52 children.  The organization’s goal is to not only assist in finding suitable housing, but to provide the programs and services necessary to address the underlying cause of homelessness and to return our guest families to a self-sustaining life.


Ronald McDonald House: DRBA employees volunteered to prepare dinner for 75 children and family members  at Ronald McDonald House in Wilmington, DE.  The dinner consisted of baked ziti, tossed salad with an assortment of dressings, seasoned bread sticks and a variety of homemade desserts.  An activity coloring book with crayons was also presented to the children.  The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides a safe, affordable “home away from home” to families of seriously or chronically ill or injured children who are being treated at area hospitals.


If you have an idea, please feel free to share it with our Community Initiatives Committee.